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Lucas Cruikshank (middle) plays Fred Figglehorn in "Fred 3: Camp Fred," the new Nickelodeon movie airing Saturday. Also pictured is Adam Herschman and Leah Lewis. (MIKE WEAVER/Nickelodeon)

Fred Figglehorn is back.

Or, more accurately, Columbus teenager Lucas Cruikshank is back on Nickelodeon with his wildly popular Internet character.

The cable network will premiere “Fred 3: Camp Fred” at 7 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable channels 32, 103, 1103.

This time the fast-talking, hyper teenager is headed to summer camp. The movie also stars Tom Arnold as the camp director and professional wrestler John Cena as Fred’s imaginary dad.

The movie comes on the heels of Cruikshank’s previous film efforts for Nickelodeon -- “Fred: The Movie” and “Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred" -- as well as his 22-episode TV series, “Fred: The Show.”

His TV stuff resulted from the character’s popularity on YouTube. Cruikshank created Fred for a Halloween video in 2006 and uploaded it to a YouTube channel that he had started with two cousins.

Fred was an immediate success, which prompted Cruikshank to start a video series and set up the Fred channel in April 2008.

Fred videos have drawn more than 900 million views since then. In 2010, Cruikshank was named one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Daily Variety and was listed among the 50 Top Digital Power Players by the Hollywood Reporter.

Nickelodeon recently greenlit “Marvin,” a new original half-hour comedy series starring Cruikshank as an alien teen who is trying to fit into life on earth while living with his human family.

Across the remote

* I correctly picked 43 of the 61 -- or 70 percent -- Emmy Award nominees in the major categories.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences showed more love for “Downton Abbey” than I expected, especially since the second season of the PBS drama wasn’t as good as the first.

I was surprised the Academy ignored Hugh Laurie (“House,” Fox) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer,” TNT). I was sure both would receive a nomination since they’re leaving their characters behind. I was wrong.

I also was shocked NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” -- one of TV’s better comedies -- was nearly shut out of the major categories. Series star Amy Poehler is up for best actress in a comedy, but Nick Offerman (who plays Ron Swanson) and the series itself inexplicably were snubbed.

* Here’s wishing a fond farewell to “Eureka,” the Syfy series that concluded last week after five fun-filled seasons.

“Eureka” was “Northern Exposure” with cool special effects. It was one of those special shows that non-science fiction fans could get into because of its quirky adorable characters.

If you’ve never seen Eureka, I suggest checking the series out on Hulu or Netflix.

* With “Eureka” now done on Mondays, Syfy kicks off new seasons of two other series on that night. “Warehouse 13” returns at 8 p.m., followed by “Alphas” at 9 p.m. Also beginning Monday is “Bachelor Pad” at 7 p.m. on ABC.

* I’m not sure what to make of this. TLC has ordered five episodes of a new reality series revolving around baseball great Pete Rose and his fiancee Kiana Kim and their attempt to blend their families together. Do we care? The series is expected to debut this year.

* In casting news, ABC’s “Revenge” hired Jennifer Jason Leigh to play Emily/Amanda’s (Emily VanCamp) presumed dead mother. Kelly Ripa’s hubbie, Mark Consuelos, has landed a spot on FX’s second season of “American Horror Story,” and Gaius Charles, who played Smash on “Friday Night Lights,” booked a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

* Paget Brewster, who played Emily Prentiss on the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds” for six seasons, will guest star in the season premiere of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” which will air opposite of -- you guessed it -- “Criminal Minds.” Interesting.

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