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New fan-driven Avatar ‘series’ coming to YouTube this month

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Nick made a tiny, significant update to its original announcement

aang and toph in avatar the last airbender Image: Nickelodeon

Avatar: The Last Airbender’s official YouTube channel announced Friday that a new Avatar “series” is on the way, but no specifics as to the magnitude of the show were given in the passive reveal. The news came as part of an announcement of the channel’s Earth Day weekend celebration, which will be a three-day event on the channel starting April 22.

The Earth Day event will include original videos, a livestream on each of the three days, and “a new, original series exclusively on this channel,” according to the announcement, which was quickly noticed by the fan site Avatar News.

The only problem is, there’s no word on what kind of series this will be. It seems unlikely that it would be a full-fledged new entry in the Avatar universe, but it would also be a little surprising for the announcement to say “series” in relation to a franchise known for expansive storytelling.

Whatever new Avatar content is headed to the YouTube channel, it won’t arrive until the final day of the weekend celebration. The Earth Day festivities will start on Thursday, April 22, and will continue for three days. The new series will debut live on Saturday, April 24, and will remain available on the channel permanently after its premiere, the channel said in a comment on the post.

No matter what this new series is, we know for sure that Nickelodeon isn’t done with Avatar. In February, the company announced the formation of Avatar Studios, a studio dedicated to the series. The studio’s first project, which began production this year, will be an animated theatrical film set in the Avatar universe.

Update (April 16, 7:30 p.m.): Polygon reached out to Nickelodeon for clarification, and we have been told to expect a trailer for the new series and a formal announcement from the company on Monday, April 19.

Update (April 17, 2:30 p.m.): An update to the YouTube page clarifies that the series is “a new, fan-led original discussion series,” as opposed to a new animated series, as many fans have speculated.