Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nickelodeon ‘Blue’s Clues’ Revival: Steve Burns Wants Old Post, Willing Fight John Cena For It

Former Blue's Clues host Steve Burns is ready to take on 16-time WWE champ John Cena for his old post when the beloved Nickelodeon show is rebooted later this year.

Steve, who hosted Blue's Clues for 7 years expressed his interest to take back his job, telling TMZ that part of the magic of the show was that there was an average Joe in the driver's seat. So far, Nickelodeon hasn't announced who's gonna be the new host, and Steve's still in the running, but production is strongly considering a female stepping in to fill Steve's old, green-striped polo.

“It seems to me that Blue’s Clues is returning now because somehow, all of the kids that I befriended way back when have kids,” Burns, who hosted the popular children’s show from 1996-2002, told TMZ. “From everything we understand about it, the millennial generation is extra super-duper nostalgic, and to think that they have such warm, fond memories of Blue’s Clues — and of me — is truly super cool and wonderful and warm and fuzzy.”

“I like the idea that the host of Blue’s Clues could be a regular-looking guy,” he said. “You know, I didn’t look like Justin Bieber or anything like that. I was just kind of a normal, weird dude. And I like the idea that the host of that show really could be your friend, really could be someone who you might meet — and who isn’t like a super buff, amazing professional wrestler.”

“I think if John Cena is serious about hosting Blue’s Clues, he and I should wrestle for it,” he quipped. “I’m calling you out, John Cena!”

Cena did a impromptu audition for the hosting gig wearing the green-striped polo at Nickelodeon Upfront 2018, where Nick first revealed plans to revive the network's iconic problem-solving interactive preschool series for a new generation of preschoolers, It's unclear if it was for real or not, but Steve seems up for the fight regardless. Cena has a partnership with Nickelodeon: The WWE superstar will be returning to host Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, airing live on Nickelodeon on March 24, from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/PT); will be voicing a new original villain named Baron Draxum in Nickelodeon's upcoming 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, premiering late 2018; and is executive producing Nickelodeon's Keep It Spotless, the network's brand-new competition series, premiering Monday 26th March 2018 at 7:30 P.M. (ET/PT).

In 2002, Steve handed over the reigns of the show to his 'younger brother Joe', played by Donovan Patton, who appeared in 50 episodes total.

To help find the new host of Blue's Clues, Nickelodeon will host open call in Southern California on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Unfortunately, all the time slots of the open audition are now filled, however, if you are 18 years old or older and would still like to be considered, you can submit a video audition. (Nickelodeon is seeking women and men of any ethnicity who can play 18-25 years old. Auditionees must be aged 18 or over.)

It's currently unknown whether the UK version of the rebooted Blue's Clues will have a localised host. In the original series, the show was presented Kevin Duala.

Picked up for 20 episodes, the new Blue’s Clues will have a refreshed signature look. Casting for the new host will begin this month, and production on Blue’s Clues will commence this summer.

The new Blue’s Clues series centers on the energetic girl puppy Blue who invites viewers into her animated world to help solve the day’s puzzles with the help of a live-action host. Preschoolers are encouraged to interact with the action on-screen by answering questions, pointing out clues, jumping on their feet and playing along.

The original Blue’s Clues series launched in September 1996 to critical praise from educators, parents and preschoolers and ran for six groundbreaking seasons. Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, Blue’s Clues drew acclaim and high ratings for its unique interactivity that helped change the way kids watch television and has remained one of the most popular preschool shows of all time. The landmark series also raised the bar in preschool television by exploring advanced subject matter such as sign language, geography, physics, emotions and anatomy.

The classic Blue’s Clues library is currently available on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers, and short-form content can be found on the Nick Jr. App and NickJr.com.

Who do you want to see in the famous Blue's Clues thinking chair? Sound off in the comments below!

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Sources: People.com, Uproxx, Inquisitr.
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