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For American audiences only, Nickelodeon is launching a new channel – Splat – purely focused on 1990s kids programming…
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? »
We all know Nickelodeon's best cartoons come from the '90s, but until now, we only ever got them in small doses. Well, if we're to believe a mysterious Facebook page, YouTube video, and Twitter account, that's all about to change. The network has been teasing The Splat, which may or may not be an entire channel dedicated to your childhood favorites. Here's the timeline: On Sept. 11, The Splat's Facebook page was founded. On Sept. 12, the Twitter account that was formerly associated with TeenNick's "The '90s Are All That" programming block switched identities and became @thesplat. Also on Sept. 12, this video was uploaded to YouTube from The Splat's account: The video teases cartoons that all aired in the '90s. Unfortunately, there's no live-action stuff like Clarissa Explains It All - unless you count Stick Stickly! Here's what we spotted: Rugrats The Wild Thornberrys Ren and Stimpy Hey Arnold! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Update: It looks like celebration over an all-'90s Nicktoons channel were a little premature (see our original story, below). It turns out that Nickelodeon is indeed launching The Splat, which focuses on its classic cartoons -- it's just not an entire new channel.
Instead, according to Variety -- and confirmed by The A.V. Club -- The Splat is a programming block, similar to the network's previous The '90s Are All That lineup over on TeenNick. Though there's still no official announcement from Nickelodeon, reps for the network did confirm the nature of The Splat's launch, which Variety says is set for sometime this October.
There's also still no word as to why "Doug" was missing from the first promo (perhaps because "Doug" was also once featured on ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup, and its rights are in limbo?). But that's a question for another day; for now, »
- Katie Roberts
Probably because everybody who's anybody is either working on a reboot, remake, or revival these days, execs at Nickelodeon are thinking now's the perfect time to bring back some of your childhood crown jewels. (If not for you, maybe your progeny!) Variety reports that such classics as Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, and Victorious might return to Nick's programming in the form of series, one-off movies, or TV specials. "We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way," Nickelodeon's president of content and development told the trade. "We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they’ve told us multiple times they want to have brought back." No selects or logistical details have yet been specified, but one can only hope that Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Ren & Stimpy, and CatDog are also up for consideration because animals are important, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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