Wayside (also known as Wayside School) is a Canadian animated television series created by Louis Sachar, developed and written by John Derevlany for Canadian television channel Teletoon. The series centers on Todd, a transfer student who attends Wayside, an offbeat educational institution based on Sachar's upbringing. The series' premise is based on Sachar's Sideways Stories From Wayside School book series, although several elements in the series differ greatly. The series was conceived in 2005 by Derevlany, who later developed and wrote an hour-long pitch for Teletoon. Pleased, the company green-lighted Wayside for 25 episodes in 2007. The series was later commissioned to air in the United States on Nickelodeon during the summer of 2007 before being pulled from the network's lineup and returning late in the year. The show premiered in reruns on Nicktoons on September 1, 2007 and was actually left the channel on September 1, 2008, then returned on July 13, 2009. Production ceased in 2008 for both countries, and any official word on continuation has yet to be announced. Wayside has also been nominated for a "Best TV Series for Children" at the 2008 Cartoons on the Bay award ceremony. Despite favorable critical reception, the series has also received negative criticism, including unfavorable comparisons for its differences from the Sideways Stories book series. Many tie-in media have been released, including a DVD release of the pilot episode under the title Wayside: The Movie, released in 2007, and a DVD of the first season, released on August 17, 2008.