Nickelodeon Considering Rebooting ‘Rugrats’, ‘Hey Arnold!’, Your Childhood
Reboots are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and that principle has shifted from movies to television, and from network TV to cable.
Nickelodeon is reportedly considering rebooting Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, You Can’t Do That On Television, Victorious, and pretty much your entire childhood, at this point. Of course, plans are in such an early stage that we probably can’t even legally call them “plans” yet. But Nickelodeon executives aren’t exactly trying to hide what they’re considering.
“We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” said Russell Hicks, the current president of content and development at Nickelodeon.
While the above listed series are just a sampling of the shows that could come back under this new initiative, they might not return as full series. Some might appear in other formats, such as movies or one-off specials that could pop a rating. If nothing else, Hicks seems to recognize how sacred a lot of these programs are to its older demographic, who loves nostalgia as long as that doesn’t involve remaking something they loved as a kid.
Hicks wouldn’t reveal any specifics, only noting that the generation that watched all these classic Nickelodeon shows in their youth now have children of their own. “We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they’ve told us multiple times they want to have brought back,” said Hicks.
If nothing else, the process is already under way with the triumphant Nickelodeon return of Kel Mitchell, one half of the classic Nickelodeon sketch comedy series, Kenan & Kel. Kel will be a part of the upcoming series title Game Shakers, which is set to premiere on September 12. For now, that will be the extent of Nickelodeon’s nostalgia-focused programming, as the network heads try to come up with an original take on some old-ass ideas. Whether any of these nostalgia plans will work is anyone’s guess, but it should be at least somewhat interesting to see what shape these ideas take, even if some things are better left untouched.
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