In a move certain to thrill parents who grew up in the 90s, Nickelodeon announced yesterday that it’s rebooting the popular kid’s TV show Blues Clues. Twenty new episodes have been ordered for the upcoming season. The new version of Blue’s Clues will have a “refreshed signature look,” including making the titular cartoon dog look more three-dimensional and “even furrier and more huggable.”
But while the look may change, Nickelodeon insisted that the classic format of the show would remain the same. The original Blues Clues ran from 1996 to 2006, with each episode featuring Blue leaving clues around the house. The clues were designed to help the show’s host (and young viewers) figure out what everyone’s favorite blue animated dog wanted to do for the rest of the day.
“The format of the show works pretty well, and I don’t think they are going to mess with it that much,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group.
Steve Burns hosted Blue’s Clues for the show’s first six seasons before handing over the reigns to Donovan Patton, who hosted the remaining seasons. Blue’s Clues was so popular at the time of Steve’s retirement, that many speculated Steve had died or gotten hooked on drugs. Steve ultimately revealed to Fatherly that he left the show because he was losing his hair.
Instead of bringing back Steve or Donovan for the revival, Nickelodeon will be holding an open casting call to find a new host. It will take place in Southern California on April 14.
“We are going to pass the torch,” said Angela Santomero, an original producer of the series who is returning as a supervisor. “What’s going to be more important than who that person is is that they can really connect to the home viewers.”