It’s not worth getting mad that everything from your childhood — assuming your childhood happened between the years of 1985 and 1997 — is being repackaged for a new generation, one that doesn’t know the meaning of “12 albums for a penny.” Just let it happen, and if you don’t want to watch Bob Saget put a price tag on his soul (it apparently costs however much he’s getting for Fuller House), then don’t watch it. The latest reboot, revival, or whatever you want to call it comes from that bastion of ’90s innocence, Nickelodeon, which is “considering ways to bring a small handful of its oldest programs back to its schedule,” according to Variety.
That means new Rugrats, new Hey Arnold!, new, um, Victorious?
“We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” [said] Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nick…The shows might not come back as series, but could appear in other formats, like a movie or special. And they likely would not constitute the bulk of the network’s development efforts. (Via)
An updated Hey Arnold! isn’t the worst idea, actually. Grandpa Phil and Grandma Gertrude are dead, and Arnold has turned the boarding house, where even the poorest tenant (Oskar) could find shelter, into gentrification central. It’s up to Gerald to convince his childhood friend to stop charging hipsters $3,500 for a one-bedroom apartment. Also, beeper heir Helga and Phoebe live together as wife and wife, Harold’s on welfare, and Stinky and Sid are low-level drug dealers.
It’s fun for the entire family.