Nickelodeon has a number of irons in the fire with some revivals and new projects.
All That was a personal favorite of ours back in the 90’s and Nickelodeon looks set to bring it back with a new cast as well as appearances from old favorites. Brian Robbins, newly named, President of Nickelodeon had the following to say:
“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars…We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of ‘All That’ to the world.” He suggested the program would be “a sort of mash-up of some of the old sketches and a lot of new sketches.”
Keenan Thompson, one of the original cast members who is now a regular on Saturday Night Live, is expected to serve as an executive producer and be heavily involved in the cast selection and show direction.
Nickelodeon is also working with Studiocanal to create a CGI-animated series based on the Paddington bear franchise for a pre-school audience. The show is expected to air sometime in 2020 on the Nickelodeon network. There are a number of other Paddington pieces in the works including a Paddington 3 film and a Paddington Run mobile game.
“We can’t wait to welcome Paddington, one of the world’s most beloved characters, to our global Nickelodeon family with a series that will take him on fun and exciting new adventures, while staying true to his original heartfelt charm and spirit,” said Layla Lewis, a SVP at Nickelodeon.
One other item that former veteran producer and now President of Nickelodeon Robbins is spinning up is related to a SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff. Ideas are being tossed around related to the storyline of Patrick, Plankton, or possibly a Sandy Cheeks tale.
All this is part of a concerted effort to lure younger kids back to the TV and away from Youtube and their phones. We will have to wait and see how Nickelodeon’s gamble pays off.