'Blue's Clues' Is Coming Back to Nickelodeon -- With a Modern Twist

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For those of us who were kids in the mid to late '90s, had younger siblings during that time, or were just really into kids' shows, Blue's Clues is iconic. Half live-action, half-cartoon, it combined clever little songs with an interactive plot to create a show that always kept us entertained. The only thing worse than host Steve leaving to "go to college" was when it ended for good. But, according to an announcement from Nickelodeon, Blue's Clues is coming back, and we probably shouldn't be as excited about it as we are to share it with our kids. 


On Tuesday, at Nickelodeon's 2018 upfront -- essentially a meeting were network executives get together to make announcements to the press -- the company revealed that it was reviving Blue's Clues. According to EW, the network ordered 20 new episodes and is supposed to begin filming this summer. 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. 

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Although we're definitely sad that Steve isn't coming back, this news is really awesome for all the kids out there -- and us too if we're being totally honest. Blue's Clues had an amazing 10-year run, from 1996 to 2006; the show won several awards for children's programming, was nominated for nine Emmy awards, and won a Peabody

Nickelodeon executives revealed that the choice to bring back Blue's Clues was based on the company's desire to keep kids engaged and tuned into their shows again. "With Blue's Clues, Nickelodeon launched what became TV's first generation of interactivity for preschoolers and set the bar for quality, curriculum-driven shows we have made since," said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon Group, in a statement. "The new, modern version of Blue's Clues will capture all the original's creativity and visual identity for a whole new audience ready for its fun adventures and expertly designed problem-solving curriculum."

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Zarghami also revealed that the design of the new Blue's Clues will be very similar to the original. That means it'll still have bright, engaging colors, a cool artistic style, and -- fingers crossed -- a giant red thinking chair. 

Still, Variety reports that there will be some pretty significant changes as well. Blue will supposedly look more three-dimensional and be "even furrier and more huggable." The show will also be a little shorter to make room for more advertising. All the Blue's Clues purists out there will be happy to hear that no drastic changes will be made to the overall themes. "There's an inherent nostalgia from our audience," Angela Santomero, an original producer of Blue's Clues who will be supervising the reboot, told Variety. "I think they will probably be passionate about protecting it and making sure we do it right."

Santomero isn't wrong. Lifelong fans and parents alike have taken to social media to show enthusiasm for the reboot. 



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With so many '90s reboots happening right now, it's normal to be a little wary of a Blue's Clues revival. Luckily, the Nickelodeon team is bringing back original producers and pretty much keeping the premise of the show close to its roots. Even if we are technically "too old" to watch the show now, we're really excited that our kids get to experience the magic of Blue and her friends. Now, has anyone started the petition to get the Rugrats reboot up next? 

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