Salute Your Shorts (1991–1993)
Because I both love horror movies and have small children, I have my own picks for what I’ll be showing my kids until they’re of an age for… oh, I don’t know… Cannibal Holocaust. All these choices are subjective and entirely dependent on what different kids can handle.
By age 7, I was already seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street (sneaking a viewing without my parents
We reported recently that Nickelodeon was considering bringing back some old shows. New versions of Hey, Arnold! and Rugrats were being discussed, among others.
Now, it seems that Nickelodeon are trying to gauge what kind of audience there is for 1990s nostalgia before pushing ahead with producing any new content – they’re launching a channel specifically dedicated to re-runs of 1990s classic kids shows.
Going by the name Nickelodeon Splat, this new channel is launching on Monday the 5th of October, and will run from 10pm to 6am Est. At the moment, the channel is only going to launch in America.
Get your football-shaped heads and gallons of orange soda at the ready, because they’ll be screening repeats of all these shows:
All That, The Angry Beavers, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
The former daytime TV staple will recur on Greenleaf, Own’s upcoming drama about the powerful Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.
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Nickelodeon has confirmed its intention to launch “The Splat!,” a block of programming and other content related to its 1990s heyday, when the Viacom-owned kids’ outlet produced memorable stuff ranging from “Hey Arnold!” to “Hey Dude.” The programming will appear starting October 5th during late-nights and overnights – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – on the company’s Teen Nick cable outlet, making it a rival, perhaps, to Time Warner’s Adult Swim network for the eyeballs of young adult and millennial viewers.
“Splat” will feature episodes from the aforementioned programs along with others such as “All That,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Rugrats,” “Salute Your Shorts” and “The Wild Thornberrys.” But there’s more, including old programming stunts like “Super Toy Run,
The Viacom-owned outlet has plans to launch “The Splat!,” a programming block featuring series from the network’s heyday, starting in October, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The exact series slated to get the spotlight and the times they might be shown could not be learned, but Nickelodeon has no shortage of programs that have become cultural touchstones to teens and pre-teens who have likely moved on from the network. Past ’90s series include everything from “Rocko’s Modern Life,” which debuted in 1993, to “Salute Your Shorts” (1991) to “The Secret World of Alex Mack” (1994). And that short list doesn’t include mega-hits like “Rugrats” (1991).
The programming maneuver comes as many kids’ programmers are scrambling to stem significant ratings losses that have resulted from many of TV’s youngest viewers migrating to streaming-video,
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