Let the nostalgia begin children of the '90s. Nickelodeon announced Monday they're going to revive the animated series "Hey Arnold" for a TV movie. It was also hinted that this could be the first classic cartoon comeback of many on the network.
Russell Hicks, president of content development and production for the Nickelodeon Group told Variety, they are developing a new "Hey Arnold" TV movie, which would pick up right where the series left off when it ended in 2004. Hicks said he will go through the network's library of original shows to create something new for today's audience.
“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves,” Hicks dished. “Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life."
In September, the network announced "The Splat," a block of programming of '90s shows which airs all night on Teen Nick after 10 p.m. EST. It appears the network has liked what they've seen from re-airing these shows enough to the point where new episodes of certain programs could be made in the future. Here are seven classic Nickelodeon shows we think the network should revive:
"Rugrats" is arguably the most successful cartoon Nickelodeon has had along with "SpongeBob SquarePants." It would be interesting to see the show be brought back and there are a few directions the show could go in. The program could pick up right where the old series left off, with Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Dil and Angelica still the same age only having new adventures -- like what Comedy Central's "South Park" does. If the network is feeling really creative, the baby gang can be grown up with children of their own, leaving viewers to follow their offspring as they go own their own adventures this time around.
2. "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?"
Horror series like "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story" are dominating television right now, but there really aren't any horror series out there for kids/teens anymore like there was in the 90s when "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" and "Goosebumps" was on. There's definitely an audience for the show and plenty of modern ideas the series can use.
3. "Rocko's Modern Life"
This animated series ran for four seasons from 1993 to 1996 starring a wallaby named Rocko and Heffer, a steer. The show had something for everyone as kids loved it, while there was also a little bit of adult humor hidden inside. The cult classic would certainly have an audience if it came back. Who wouldn't want to see more adventures between Rocko, Heffer and Rocko's neighbors the Bigheads?
4. "The Wild Thornberrys"
"The Wild Thornberry's" could also be a great choice for the network to bring back. The idea of a girl being able to communicate with animals as her family travels around the world, exploring all different kinds of nature isn't an idea that's dated. It would also be fun to once again get to see Nigel and Donnie back on screen.
5. "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters"
Ickis, Oblina and Krumm were monsters getting schooled on how to scare by a character known as the Gromble. This cartoon could be really fun to bring back, especially if they play on the idea that it's not as easy to scare kids today as it used to be.
Doug, Skeeter, Patti, Roger, Porkchop and the Beets are cartoons that still fill the childhood memories of 90s kids, so why not revisit this classic? Technically, Walt Disney has the rights to the show, but rights can change hands. The difficult part would be where to take the show in present times, especially since so much has changed since 1999 and you can't really put the characters in the same school setting.
7. "All That"
"All That" was a staple of '90s Nickelodeon with great skits like "Repairman," "Good Burger," "Detective Dan" and "Vital Information." Chris Viscardi, senior vice president of content development for franchise properties at Nickelodeon, told Variety he's open to bringing back some of the live-action series and he isn't just looking an animated options. Why not bring back what was basically the young adult version of "Saturday Night Live"?
No date has been announced for when the "Hey Arnold" TV movie will air.
What shows would you like to see Nickelodeon bring back? Sound off in the comments section below.