Hey Arnold! TV movie in development, will address questions about Arnold’s parents

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hey Arnold! Is Coming Back to TV.

Not long after Nickelodeon has dug into the nostalgia vault to launch the ’90s programming block The Splat, the network has announced a brand new entry for one of its most beloved series.In an interview found in the report, Nickelodeon’s Russell Hicks said the Hey Arnold! movie will be designed for the network’s “current” audience. In the final episodes produced, “The Journal (Parts 1 & 2),” titular, football-headed Arnold was off to find his missing parents, in the jungle that had seemingly consumed them. The original series ran from 1996 to 2004 based on football-headed titular character, his elementary school friend group and his grandparents whom he lived with in their boarding house.

As Variety first reported, the TV movie will explore some of the series’ unresolved plotlines, including just where exactly Arnold’s parents are. (Arnold lived with his grandparents Phil and Gertrude, in the series, who gave their grandson the coolest attic bedroom a kid could ask for.) Hey Arnold! first ran on Nick for five seasons beginning in 1996, following the titular football head and his group of schoolmates, including best friend Gerald and Helga, Arnold’s bully who also harbors a longtime crush for him. Nickelodeon tells Variety that the movie will pick up where the series let off, and will resolve unanswered questions like the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents. This could just be the first show Nickelodeon is bringing back for new audiences. “Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves,” Russell Hicks, president of content development and production at Nickelodeon Group, told Variety. “Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.” Nickelodeon said it’s goal isn’t to bring millennials back as viewers, but rather target the current audience and encourage family viewing.

The movie is part of Nickelodeon’s evolving strategy to utilize more of existing properties as the generation that watched shows like Hey Arnold! as children becomes parents themselves. The network started The Splat programming block on TeenNick that featured all your favorites from the 1990s, including Clarissa Explains It All and Ren & Stimpy. Together, they helped villagers in the small country when a plague known as the Sleeping Sickness broke out and began infecting the indigenous population.

For her part, Hart told us she’s been approached about returning to the character, but it has to be the right pitch. “I think it would have to be done really right.

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