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Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Marc Summers feels obligated to thank Roseanne and Will & Grace for Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot
"For whatever reasons, I’ve always been surgically attached to the program and the format," says Summers, who will return to the rebooted game show as its narrator. "You mention Double Dare and fortunately, the next words out of their mouths is Marc Summers, which is pretty darn cool." He adds that he expects the Double Dare revival to be a hit because of its escapism. "The world’s kind of crazy, and people want to go back to their past when things were a little more fluff," he says. "Today, there’s so many alarms that pop up on television, and then there’s a little thing that didn’t exist when we first launched: the Internet. The access that kids have is totally insane."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Norman Lear teams with Nickelodeon on a hip-hop kids' animated series
Man of the House, from writer/illustrator Michael Molina, revolves around an 11-year-old Columbian-American boy named José, who tries to form a hip-hip group with his neighbor.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Double Dare announces new host Liza Koshy and confirms Marc Summers' involvement
Koshy, an actress and "digital creator," will succeed Summers as host of the classic Nickelodeon game show when it's rebooted this summer. Summers will be part of the show by offering color commentary and lending his knowledge of the game to each episode. "It's an honor to be a part of this reboot," Summers said in a statement. "This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking," added Koshy.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Marc Summers is set to return for Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot, but not as host
The original Double Dare host will serve as an executive producer on the rebooted kids' game show and he'll have an on-camera role, according to TMZ. But he won't be the host. TMZ says Summers was a "quick hire" after the reboot announcement was made. Summers hasn't confirmed his involvement, but he teased an upcoming Double Dare announcement in a tweet on Saturday.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Zoey 101: Where is the cast now 10 years after the end of Nickelodeon tween show?
See how Jamie Lynn Spears and her co-stars have grown since the May 2008 series finale.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How SpongeBob SquarePants became TV's most "meme-able" show
Why didn't other Nickelodeon classic shows become classic memes? "I’d venture to say that SpongeBob is better greased to circulate widely because of its spectacular realism," says Lauren Michele Jackson, adding: "Watching SpongeBob now... I see how the sea-dwelling characters play back adulthood with all the damning comedy it deserves. Life is endlessly mundane, if you’re lucky, and ideally endured with a sense of humor. That type of humor is the lifeblood of so many jokes propagated online, so it makes sense that the internet would latch onto a show that embraces this sensibility. It’s still not quite nostalgia — teens, who weren’t yet born or verbal when the show was at its peak, love the memes. But if it’s memory in part that makes SpongeBob a worthy candidate for memes, it’s the show’s PG appreciation for life’s hilarious humorlessness that makes it adaptable to any and every situation."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Ren & Stimpy creator pens an 11-page "apology" that is met with backlash from his victims
On Friday, John Kricfalusi finally responded to Buzzfeed's March 29 exposé accusing him of sexual misconduct with two teenage girls in the 1990s with an 11-page letter posted to Facebook. He apologized to his two victims, Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice, but wrote of the article: “There is some general truth in it, some things I remember somewhat differently, some not at all. The writer exaggerated and presented some things out of context for tabloid consumption.” As Cartoon Brew pointed out, in a portion of the letter titled "No Excuses," Kricfalusi said he was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD, which he says “makes it almost impossible to control your impulses and obsessions.” Byrd responded to his post on Facebook: "I don’t find any apology strong or heartfelt enough for taking away a person’s adolescent motivation, her hopes to be an artist, and her sexual agency…We don’t accept this non-apology, neither do any of the other girls he doesn’t bother to mention, and it’s a big pile of manipulative crap. There you go."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
NBA star Chris Paul to host Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports Awards
The fifth annual awards show will tape on July 19 and air on July 22.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Nickelodeon is reviving Double Dare this summer
The classic kids game show, which originally aired with host Marc Summers from 1986 to 1993, is returning to the cable network this summer with 40 new episodes. However, it appears that Summers won't be back as host. Nickelodeon said in its announcement that the reboot will "feature appearances from blasts from the past, longtime Double Dare fans and stars from today." In 2016, Summers returned for a Double Dare 30th-anniversary special. Double Dare is the latest Nickelodeon revival series, coming one month after the announcement of a Blues Clues reboot. ALSO: Marc Summers has an "Isn't this interesting" response to the revival.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Blue's Clues reboot warns potential hosts to not dress like original host Steve Burns
According to TMZ, the Nickelodeon reboot received more than 1,000 submissions to be the new host.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Paw Patrol's firefighter costume is being recalled for being fire hazard
The flashlight contained in Nickelodeon kids' show firefighter outfit has the potential to overheat and cause a fire and/or burns.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Ren & Stimpy creator's portrait has been removed from Nickelodeon's studio following sexual misconduct allegations
According to Buzzfeed News, which first reported the John Kricfalusi allegations, "Nickelodeon declined to comment on BuzzFeed News’s reporting. But the morning after the story was published, John Kricfalusi’s portrait was removed from the studio."
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
Ren & Stimpy creator accused of harassing and sexually abusing teenage girls
A Buzzfeed News exposé is accusing John Kricfalusi, creator of the iconic Nickelodeon cartoon, of preying on and grooming teenage girls, statutory rape and possessing child pornography. Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice have come forward to detail their encounters Kricfalusi when they were teenagers in the 1990s, beginning when they were each 13. "Old letters, emails, and transcripts of AOL conversations between the women and Kricfalusi back up many of their claims," reports Buzzfeeds's Ariane Lange. "They each have witnesses to parts of their stories. Yet both women worried that they sounded 'crazy.' For years, they chose to keep their experiences private, because coming forward didn’t seem like it was worth the risk. Rice feared retribution from his many supporters. Neither woman thought they’d be taken seriously. Now they believe the world has changed. Byrd feels the time has come for Kricfalusi to be held accountable, particularly, she said, after the police told her in December that Kricfalusi’s alleged crimes against her were too old to investigate." Byrd says she's coming forward because “he shouldn’t be able to get away with that." In response to the allegations, Kricfalusi's attorney said: “The 1990s were a time of mental and emotional fragility for Mr. Kricfalusi, especially after losing Ren and Stimpy, his most prized creation." Kricfalusi was fired from Ren & Stimpy in 1992, before the allegations took place.
- Nickelodeon had no comment on the Buzzfeed article, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which adds: "In response to the Buzzfeed story, Paramount Network, the channel that was formerly Spike TV, which ran Adult Party Cartoon, a 2003 reboot of Ren & Stimpy, said that it did not receive any complaints against Kricfalusi at the time. A spokesperson for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim said the same."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 7:27PM EDT
Nickelodeon and "King of the Tween Comedies" Dan Schneider part ways after a long successful relationship
The former Head of the Class star became famous as a mega-producer of Nickelodeon's hit tween comedies, creating and/or producing Drake & Josh, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, iCarly, Kenan & Kel, Victorious, All That and the current No. 1 hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger. "Since several Schneider’s ... projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and (production company) Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects," Nickelodeon said in a statement.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Kids' Choice Awards got political, but that shouldn't be surprising
This year's ceremony got political by honoring participants in March for Our Lives. "While that might surprise adults who don’t pay attention to kid-centric programming," says Emily Yahr, "Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom (other channels include MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, Comedy Central and TV Land) has made an effort to emphasize politics since MTV’s early Rock the Vote days, and particularly in the last month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Two weeks ago, multiple Viacom channels went dark during the national school walkout over gun violence. This weekend, MTV joined with the NAACP to pay for buses to take teens to the march in Washington."