Whether you preferred the drama of Hey Dude, the postmodern sensibility of Clarissa Explains It All, or the gross-out humor of Ren & Stimpy, if you were a kid in the ’90s, there’s a good chance your favorite TV channel was Nickelodeon. Here’s what went on behind the scenes, as uncovered by Matthew Klickstein in Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age.
Here’s something that will rock your world: Alex Mack still wears the hats.
“Um, do you know that I still have so many of those hats? And I wear them,” series star Larisa Oleynik told me during a recent phone interview. (She referred to the hat at left as the “condom cap.”)
I caught up with some of the cast and the show’s co-creator to discuss what life was like being on one of Nickelodeon’s top show, whether they’d do a reunion/remake a la “Girl Meets World” and got to the bottom of a cliffhanger that has plagued me since 1998: Did Alex Mack take the cure for her powers?
Earlier this summer, we revealed that this Holiday season would bring an all-new present in the form of a secondSpongebob Squarepants Christmas special. Like the classic Rankin/Bass specials before it, this time the delightful little nerd from under the sea will be going stop-motion animated for the first time ever as Plankton decides to try and wreck the holidays. But it seems now that this year’s holiday festivities will be getting the network treatment as the latest celebration will be premiering right after Thanksgiving.
Underrated in 2011: I listen to a lot of podcasts (all of which I would immediately sing the praises of) and while I added many subscriptions this year, The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show deserves a very specific shout out. Rubin has a dedication to pursuing unique and thoroughly intriguing guests. From Kirk Fogg to The Daily What’s Nitzan, you are going to learn something fascinating in every episode. Sure Marc Maron can get inside the head of the comedian, but Jeff Rubin is diving into things you never knew you wanted to know about.
“I remember being really tiny and the actual stick - the pole on the head of the monkey that you had to stick through to hit the button - was super long. And you had all these tiny kids who would try to grab the head of the monkey and the pole would be too long when you were grabbing it from the top.”
- Legends of the Hidden Temple winner Anthony explaining why the Silver Monkey was so difficult on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show.
In this episode you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about Nickelodeon gameshow Legends of the Hidden Temple, and probably a great deal more. We cover both sides of the game with host Kirk Fogg and victorious contestant Anthony.
As always, two versions of the show -
The enhanced version on iTunes - This comes with pictures that pop up at pre-determined times to illustrate what we’re talking about, but it only works on Apple devices and in iTunes itself. The pictures appear where the album art usually would.
The 90s Are All That is such a hit for TeenNick that they have bumped it up from 12 am to 10 pm every night of the week. After midnight was an easy time slot with little competition, but starting this Friday, your nostalgia will go head to head with the likes of Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Adult Swim, and everything else on at that earlier still primetime hour. This just got way interesting.
Hey Dude will now have a much-coveted spot in the lineup, alongside All That, Kenan & Kel and Doug. And Stick Stickly – aka the famous popsicle stick from the ’90s — who make a triumphant return to host a new interactive segment called “UPick with Stick.” Every Friday night, Stick (voiced by Paul Christie, who first originated the role for Nick) will highlight ’90s Nickelodeon episodes chosen by viewers via Facebook and www.90sAreAllThat.com.
So like the Rugrats movie or The Wild Thornberrys?
The official concept arts of The Jungle Movie were released by its artist Roger Luan on his blog site, which he recently shut down. The Jungle Movie was supposed to be released as the final theatrical feature of the series. However, Nickelodeon executives and the show’s creator Craig Barlett had some disagreements, which caused the cancellation of the project.