US kids' network is looking at bringing back other classic shows from its past too
Nickelodeon is bringing back Hey Arnold! with a special TV movie.
The popular animated series about an idealistic nine-year-old living with his eccentric grandparents in an inner-city boarding house originally ran for nearly 100 episodes between 1996 and 2004. The TV movie will pick up where the original series ended and also answer the mystery of what happened to Arnold’s parents, Variety reports.
Nickelodeon has yet to confirm when the Hey Arnold! TV movie will premiere, but the network re-iterated its plans to bring back other classic shows from its past, which were first announced in September.
“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves,” Nickelodeon’s Russell Hicks told Variety. “Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.”
The network also explained that it is considering reviving classic live-action series from its past, such as Clarissa Explains It All and Kenan And Kel, as well as other animated hits like Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Confirming that Nickelodeon has already reached out to the creators of some of its classic shows, Nickelodeon’s Tony Viscardi added: “We are in discussions with them now and will probably have more to say in the next few months. There’s a good likelihood we’ll be doing more than just Arnold in terms of doing specials.”
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