Late last night, it was reporting that the 1990s Nickelodeon variety show All That will be revived with many notable former cast members. A mere 12 hours earlier, Viacom (Nickelodeon’s parent company) reported that the former host for the Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, Kirk Fogg, will return as the star of the upcoming TV-movie adaptation of the show.
With longtime SNL cast member Kenan Thompson headlining the names for the All That reunion, Nickelodeon is clearly pulling some bold moves to make headlines in the news feeds of twenty-somethings’ iPhones everywhere. You’ll have a tough time not getting the 90s-feels after watching this gem of a 20-second promo for it.
The nostalgia gets even sweeter with the Legends of the Hidden Temple news. In what has to be the most “90s” show ever — filled with butt-cuts and a depressing sense of fashion — the fact that this joke of a kids’ gameshow is being turned into a TV-movie over 20 years after its last episode is worth a healthy laugh in and of itself. But then you can’t help but check if there’s any free footage of it that you might remember from your elementary school heyday, and before you know it, you’ve watched pure 1990s garbage.
Warning: the temptation is real.
Unsurprisingly, this lovable dork of a kids’ TV host was not majorly successful in using his Nickelodeon gig as a stepping stone to bigger and better things and has become practically anonymous in the world of media over the past 21 years.
Which is exactly what makes his return to the Hidden Temple franchise so awesome. Check out his enthused response to the news of his return:
When Nickelodeon asked me to be a part of the ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ movie, I immediately went to the closet and pulled out my blue denim shirt, which has been protected by a powerful golden force field since 1995,” said Fogg in a statement today.
As should be the case with most readers of this site, both of these programs’ original runs had a direct impact on my childhood. Whether it was a cold winter morning in which I fibbed a cough to skip a lame second grade science test or a no-bedtime 10-year-old sleepover in the basement, they never failed to hit the spot. Hopefully, we’ll regain some of that innocence lost with these upcoming throwbacks.
The All That clips will air during commercial breaks during a mid-April rerun marathon from the original 1994-2005 series on Nick’s new nostalgia network, The Splat. Fogg’s return to the Hidden Temple franchise will hit The Splat in the fourth quarter of this year.
This is far from the first exciting string of news coming from Nickelodeon in its efforts to adapt to the fast-changing world of “new media,” as they have had to create various bite-sized content for the tablet-owning youths of today. Props to Viacom for really giving its all in baiting its graduated now-young-adult audience with cameo comebacks from some of the first role models we ever knew.
Once a ’90s kid, always a ’90s kid..