Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Nickelodeon Will Revive 'Blue's Clues'

Nickelodeon Will Revive 'Blue's Clues'

Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom's Nickelodeon Group, told Variety that the show continued to run old episodes internationally and continued to see a strong audience. Many preschooler favorites are presented "magazine-style", with a collection of short segments, but "Blue's Clues" stood apart from the pack because it took viewers through a storyline from start to finish. According to EW, the network ordered 20 new episodes and is supposed to begin filming this summer.

Six years later, the show's host, Steve Burns, left the show.

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As Nickelodeon looks to revive its fortunes, the network is turning to a colorful page in its handy-dandy notebook, bringing back Blue's Clues in a 20-episode order. While no official release date has been announced yet, Nickelodeon revealed that the reboot would have a "refreshed signature look" and feature a brand-new host.

There's no word yet about who will fill the shoes - err, green striped shirt - of memorable former host Steve (sorry, Joe!), but Deadline reports that casting will begin for the role in mid-April. The series follows an animated dog named Blue who leaves clues for the show's host and its preschool audience to solve so they can figure out what Blue wants to do. Writer Malcolm Gladwell featured the interactive approach of the show, which was created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, in his megaselling book The Tipping Point. "The format of the show works pretty well, and I don't think they are going to mess with it that much".

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"Blue's Clues" is coming back.

The leader in the kids TV space announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday (March 6) in NY that it will debut 800 episodes of new and returning series this year, up 20% from the previous year.

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