Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Liza Koshy & Marc Summers Talk 'Double Dare' Revival | Interview Round-Up | Nickelodeon [Updated]

The messiest game show on TV returns for a brand-new series, the all-new Double Dare, premieres Monday, June 25 at 8:00pm ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon USA! Hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, Nickelodeon's Double Dare revival will see a new generation of fans compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives. Bringing together new fans and the iconic game show’s millennial audience from the ‘90s, original series host Marc Summers returns to give color commentary on the challenges, lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.


To celebrate Nickelodeon bringing back the network's iconic game show for a brand-new series, many media outlets have published aweslime interviews with Liza Koshy and Marc Summers, which you can check out below!:

From Us Weekly:

‘Double Dare’ Original Host Marc Summers Talks Reboot With Liza Koshy

Get ready for more slime. Marc Summers, who hosted the original Double Dare on Nickelodeon from 1986 to 1993, has joined the revival of the show, this time as a color commentator alongside new host Liza Koshy. However, the reboot was his idea.

“They brought back Blue’s Clues, Clarissa [Explains It All]. I still have everyone’s email so I said simply, ‘Am I getting the next phone call?’ and two weeks later, I did,” Summers, 66, told Us Weekly exclusively. “I’ve always been very aggressive when it comes to staying alive in this business for 40 plus years. If you sit back and wait for the phone to ring, it’s not gonna happen. So, I [got] motivated. When I got the phone call, it was a lot of really nice talk and then the words, ‘Your passion has paid off, we’re bringing it back.’”

It was the network’s idea to have Koshy, a social media star, take over as host – something Summers agreed with. “I get it. I didn’t have any objections,” he told Us. “I just want success for the program. I’m glad I’m still a part of it. Maybe the timing is perfect and people are just ready to sit back and giggle and have fun.”

As for Koshy, who joined the TRL reboot as one of many hosts in 2017, Summers says she’s “wise beyond her years.”

“Could I still do it? Sure, but would it be right for the program? Probably not,” he said. “So we have a 22-year-old and a guy who’s been doing it for a long time, and we instantly bonded!”

Koshy, on the other hand, could not be more excited, telling Us she actually screamed when she got the offer.

“The ‘90s are coming back! The iconic games and obstacles are back. I’m glad that this generation gets to live the experience I had [watching it],” she said, adding that the most vivid memory she has from watching has to be the “Pick It” challenge, in which kids have to reach inside a giant nose to find a flag. “I also love seeing someone get pied in the face. I’m hoping it happens to me,” she added.

As for challenges, the new season will combine the classics with some new touches. “It’s definitely going to be a tip of the hat to all the stuff we had growing up but also new challenges, new games – it’s bigger, messier, sloppier. We’ve had a lot of time to save up the slime,” she noted.

Nickelodeon also partnered with HQ and Summers will join host Scott Rogowsky to cohost a ‘90s version of the show on Sunday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Double Dare returns to Nickelodeon Monday, June 25, at 8 p.m. ET.

From Fox Business:

YouTube meets green slime on “Double Dare” reboot

On your mark, get set, go! “Slim is back and bigger than ever,” Marc Summers, the host of the widely popular 1986 Nickelodeon game show “Double Dare,” told FOX Business Opens a New Window. on Thursday.

Three decades later, Summers returns as a color commentator on the reboot of the hit series that allowed kids to win prizes, money and get messy while navigating crazy obstacles without getting reprimanded for it.

The new show will be hosted by 22-year old YouTube star Liza Koshy and will be even bigger and messier than before.

“The obstacle courses are about 20 percent bigger -- we’ve got a lot more mess,” he said to Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co. Opens a New Window. " “We are bringing back some of the classic obstacles and some of the classic physical challenges but a lot of new stuff as well.”

And what about the infamous green slime? Summers said he expects a new “top secret recipe.”

“Back in the day it was made of apple sauce and vanilla pudding and green food coloring,” Summers added.



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From Broadway World:

VIDEO: Liza Koshy Talks Being a YouTube Star, and Gets Breakup Advice From Stephen Colbert

Making her late night TV debut, the new host of Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' explains to Stephen Colbert what it's like to be a Youtube star. Stephen tries to wrap his mind around 'Double Dare' host Liza Koshy's decision to broadcast her and her boyfriend's breakup to her millions of Youtube subscribers. Watch the clips below!

Stephen Colbert brings his signature satire and comedy to THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, where he talks with an eclectic mix of guests about what is new and relevant in the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, music, technology and more. Featuring bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, the show is broadcast from the historic and newly renovated Ed Sullivan Theater. Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on September 8, 2015.

A multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian, Colbert is well-known for his previous late night show, "The Colbert Report," which concluded on Friday, Dec. 18, 2014. The program received wide-spread critical acclaim and earned two Peabody Awards and 29 Emmy Award nominations, including two Emmy wins for Outstanding Variety Series (2013, 2014) and four Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

Liza Koshy Gets Breakup Advice From Stephen Colbert



Stephen tries to wrap his mind around 'Double Dare' host Liza Koshy's decision to broadcast her and her boyfriend's breakup to her millions of YouTube subscribers.

Liza Koshy Has More Followers Than Canada Has Canadians



Making her late night TV debut, the new host of Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' explains to Stephen what it's like to be a YouTube star.

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From Just Jared Jr.:

Liza Koshy Dances To Her First Late Night Appearance Ever - Watch!

Liza Koshy literally danced her way to her first late night show appearance ever on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (June 20).

The 22-year-old creator opened up about how it’s been transitioning from just an online personality to hosting Nickelodeon’s revived competition show, Double Dare.

“I had to relinquish control, because I do everything on my own,” Liza shared. “I stand in a living room by myself and I scream at a camera. That’s been my career for the past two and a half years.”

She continues, “It’s been insane…”

Check out her full interview [above]!

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From Rachael Ray Show:

Have You Seen "Double Dare" Host Marc Summers' Doc "On Your Marc" Yet?

Marc Summers made his name as the host of the Nickelodeon classic "Double Dare," one of the most beloved -- and MESSIEST -- game shows of all time. (Slime, anyone?)

But here's what nobody knew at the time: Marc was grappling with OCD -- and didn't even realize it.

That's just one of the many personal details Marc delves into in his documentary, "On Your Marc," which looks back at his long career as the host of Nick's "DD" and "What Would You Do?", and Food Network's "Unwrapped."

But the doc discusses something else, too: the process behind prepping for his latest gig -- a one-man show!

RELATED: Queen Latifah Is HERE for a "Girls Trip" Sequel

"Who knew?" Rach asks, marveling at her busy friend of nearly 19 years.

If you haven't seen the doc yet -- which was released in October 2017 and features commentary from friends like Neil Patrick Harris -- what are you waiting for?! [...]

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From Daily Blast Live via WWL-TV:

Marc Summers talks about new "Double Dare" reboot ahead of June launch

The new "Double Dare" reboot launches June 25th on Nickelodeon!

Time for slime! The favorite TV show of the 80's and 90's is back with a whole new look - but the same great talent! Former "Double Dare" host Marc Summers will be back on the Nickelodeon reboot of the famed game show, this summer! His new title as color commentator of "Double Dare" is sure to be a huge hit. Marc sat down with Daily Blast Live's Tory Shulman to chat about all the new things we can expect from the family-friendly show.

"Double Dare" ended it's super-successful run after 14 years and Summers says the reunion was full of emotion. "It was a bit nostalgic to walk back on the set after so many years...it brought a tear to the eye...but it's bigger, crazier and messier than ever!" DD's claim to fame of course was it's hilarious and slime-filled "physical challenges" that families competed with each other to complete. "We brought back some of those classic challenges, but it's a way bigger set...being on CBS, we have so much room!" Yes, Summers also conceded, the giant "Pick It" nose is back.

The new "Double Dare" reboot launches June 25th on Nickelodeon and it promises to be "filled with celebrities...we have kids-only shows, themed shows" and more, Summers asserted in the interview. He said the biggest challenge has been to make sure the quiz aspect of the show is up to snuff. "the knowledge people have nowadays...with their phones...it's a little different than we had in toe 80's and 90's when we started the show." Marc Summers will join the new host Liza Koshy on Double Dare.

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From AOL Entertainment:

How original 'Double Dare' host Marc Summers got Nickelodeon to bring the beloved show back

After a decade of wanting to bring "Double Dare" back to Nickelodeon, original host Marc Summers has finally gotten his wish: The network's longest-running game show, which originally aired from 1986 through 1993, will return to Nickelodeon for 40 new episodes on Monday, June 25.

"I've been after Nickelodeon for 10 years to do this," he exclusively told AOL at the the show's New York press day.

But it wasn't until Nickelodeon announced that it was bringing back universally-beloved hits like "Blue's Clues" and "Clarissa Explains It All" that Summers truly took matters into his own hands to get the network to give "Double Dare" the same fate.

"When I read that they were bringing back 'Blue's Clues' and 'Clarissa,' I sent an email to executives that said simply, 'Am I getting the next phone call?'" he told us. "Two weeks later, I did. I've always been aggressive about promoting stuff. I'm an executive producer, so I'm involved with everything: New obstacles, questions, contestants, hosts."

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From HollywoodLife:

‘Double Dare’ Reboot Host Liza Koshy Promises The Show Will Bring Back All The ‘Nostalgic’ Fun

‘Double Dare’ is back! The Nickelodeon reboot is set to premiere June 25. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with YouTube star and new host Liza Koshy about reviving one of her fave childhood shows!

Nickelodeon is reviving one of the most iconic game shows of all-time — Double Dare — with Liza Koshy, 22, at the helm. The YouTube star is the new host of the show, with original series host Marc Summers returning to give color commentary on the challenges.

HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Liza at the show’s press junket about the highly-anticipated reboot. She noted that her favorite OG challenge was “probably the hamster wheel,” which she learned was “literally physically challenging.” We also discussed how “honored” she feels to be a part of this experience, changes in the show’s format, and more. Check out our Q&A below!

What was your reaction when you got the Double Dare hosting gig?
Liza Koshy: “What?!” That’s exactly what I said word-for-word. Literally just “what.” One, it’s back? Two, me? It was exciting to be a part of my childhood all over again. I’m reliving the experience, but this time in real life. Instead of being in the physical challenge, I’m the one challenging them physically. It’s really cool to be a part of and be able to bring back. I’m honored. I’ve big shoes to fill — literally.

How does it feel to be bringing two generations together with the reboot?
Liza Koshy: That’s something that I’ve always strived to do with social media and in the traditional world as well. To be able to be a part of this as hosting on a network such as Nickelodeon that has been a part of my childhood for so long, and then creating kids content on my own for so long, it’s really fun to bring those two things together. In terms of, like, generation, closing that gap between each other and bringing it around for all good, family fun… it’s just a good time. Everybody of every age is able to enjoy it and sit back and watch and have fun.

Will there be changes to the original format?
Liza Koshy: It’s going to be shot differently, right? Because the technology has advance since 1988, when the first one came out. There’s going to be a lot that’s changed, but we’re also bringing back the classics — we have the ringer, the hamster wheel, the nose. We’re bringing back all that nostalgic, iconic stuff from back then, but we’re also mixing it in with technology and stuff we have now. We’re just going to make a bigger, better, bolder set and just have the slimiest, messiest challenges.

Why do you think people are still obsessed with Double Dare after all these years?
Liza Koshy: It was the first obstacle course where it involved kids. It had a mixture of things, with physical and mental challenges. It was just a big mix of stuff, and no one had ever done it before. I feel like it set the precedent for all these other shows. It set the format for all these other shows that wanted to do a mixture of trivia and obstacle courses. It was a confidence boosting thing for kids and for families, too. It brought people together. That’s something my family always watched together at night.

If you had to pick celeb guests, to go through the Double Dare obstacle course, who would it be?
Liza Koshy: I think it would be amazing to have Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on because they’re so involved with kids and getting them physically active and getting them moving, but also encouraging education and making sure girls are educated. I think that’s an amazing movement that she really pushed for when they were in office. I think it would be amazing to have them be on.

HollywoodLife also took part in the obstacle course at the show’s press day, and the experience was an absolute blast [click here for photos]. However, it’s a lot tougher than it looks! Double Dare premieres June 25 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

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From ET Canada:

Liza Koshy Gets Breakup Advice From Stephen Colbert On ‘Late Show’ Debut

Along with his signature satire and comedy, talk show host Stephen Colbert brought breakup advice to Thursday night’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.

His guest, YouTube star Liza Koshy, recently made the decision to broadcast her and her boyfriend, David Dobrik’s, breakup to her millions of followers across her channel and social media platforms six months after their initial goodbyes.

Colbert, 54, was curious as to why she made that executive decision.

“We wanted to heal first, we wanted to come to an understanding and be best friends and be in each other’s lives still without being in a romantic relationship but still be able to create online,” Koshy said. “For those six months, we took that time for ourselves to grow and still create together and show the world that you can still be friends.”

Of course, Colbert had a few friendly words of advice for Koshy, 22, post-breakup.

“You don’t want the person who you broke up with to have anything bad happen to them,” he told her. “You want them to be safe and healthy and happy but just never seen again. Just gone, just gone. They go to a different planet where they’re happy all the time and you never think about them again.”

Koshy also talked about her upcoming hosting gig on Nickelodeon’s reboot of “Double Dare”, which prompted more hilarious post-breakup advice from Colbert.

“Are you going to bring all the personal life stuff to ‘Double Dare’? So if you break up with the next boy, will you slime him when you break up with him?

“That sounds like a good plan. I think I’ll have David on just so I can do that.”

Koshy, who boasts over 40 million followers combined across her YouTube channel and social media platforms, broke down her job for Colbert after he wanted to know how she became a household name.

“I am myself and I think that’s something that my generation kind of embodies now that just being yourself online and just putting yourself out there and being authentically you is something that we really appreciate nowadays and being insane and taking Snapchats.”

[...]

The YouTube star also played a game of ‘Double Dare: Nickelodeon Nostalgia Edition” that brings back all the memories for fans of the original show.



From the mind of Liza Koshy, host of the new Double Dare on Nickelodeon, comes this special nostalgia-themed edition featuring all of your favorite shows from back in the day.

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From the New York Daily News:

'Double Dare' is back, and just as slime-filled as ever

Nickelodeon has brought back Double Dare for 2018. Reporters play Double Dare with Marc Summers and Liza Koshy the new host.

All my life, I always wanted to pick the giant nose.

I’d come home from elementary school, grab a pack of Gushers and turn on Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” knowing full well there could be no higher high than getting down and dirty on the children’s obstacle course game show, which initially ran from 1988 to 1993.

So when Nick announced it was hopping on the revival bandwagon and bringing back “Double Dare” for the next generation – the first new episode airs Monday, June 25 – I jumped at the chance to suit up and get to picking during a recent preview event for journalists held in Times Square. The kids on the show completing the challenges were typically 12-14 years old, and sure, I hadn’t so much as run a lap since high school, but how hard could it be?

Turns out, pretty hard.

On the day I play “Double Dare,” I arrive and am whisked to meet Marc Summers, the show’s original host who is set to return this time around as a color commentator.

“I’ve been trying for 10 years to get these people to bring this thing back,” he tells me, all but reading the minds of the countless millennials for whom “Double Dare” was peak fun.

The thing to know about Summers is that he makes better eye contact than anyone you've ever met. Think of the person you know who makes the best eye contact, and just know that his is better. When Marc Summers starts talking, it’s as though you’re speaking to your favorite elementary school teacher, or a friendly childhood neighbor – while it may have been a while since you last saw him, you’re instantly at ease thanks to a certain nostalgic familiarity.

Even though Summers is still involved, the actual host for the new “Double Dare” is a sprightly ball of energy named Liza Koshy. Koshy, 22, rose to fame on the now-defunct Vine, and later on YouTube, so I shoot a text for more information to the most social media-savvy person I know: my Gen-Z teenage sister, who responds within seconds to tell me her entire lunch table is “freaking out” that I am in Koshy’s presence.

I’d gone into the day expecting just to complete the famed obstacle course, but am told that we’ll be finishing a complete game, which also includes trivia questions. That surprise element excites me because I watched an episode the night before in preparation and the question was, “What is the official language of Germany?” – so I think I can handle this.

I’m assigned to the red team, and our first task is a wheelbarrow challenge, where one team member must walk on their hands as another carries them by the ankles across a mat to a whipped cream pie with cherries on top.

We start off with whatever the opposite of a bang is — and it’s all my fault. I severely overestimate my upper arm strength and volunteer to be the person on the ground. I make it about two centimeters before my spaghetti arms give out and I just kind of lie on the mat as the other pairs zoom around me.

“Can we switch spots?” I say to my exasperated partner, as she gives me a look that says, “No we cannot, although I feel your pain because this is very embarrassing for you.” I lose the race for my team and walk away with gnarly rug burns on both elbows that will make me unable to bend my arms for weeks.

We’re down, but not out, and now it’s time for trivia. Unfortunately, we’re not very good at that either (Be honest — would you know what job the creator of “Spongebob Squarepants” had before he created the show? I didn’t think so. It was marine biologist).

Our lack of intelligence has a silver lining, though, as it means we get to embrace what the show’s all about and complete a physical challenge. It involves plungers and kickballs, and, well, we’re not very good at it.

We head into the next challenge down 140-40 against the blue team. For this game, we have to spin in a circle and pass a whipped cream pie down the line to the person next to us as music plays. If you’re holding a pie when the music stops, you’re not only out, but you also have to take a pie to the face. I decide to step up and prove my worth as a competitor and win this game for us — although, as I will soon learn, winning isn’t always winning in “Double Dare.”

My victory gets us some points on the board, but it also gets me a super-sized whipped cream pie, which I am instructed to shove into my own face and rub around in circles. It’s no Sephora face mask, but it tastes pretty good, and I make a mental note to purchase some Whipped Cream that I can eat as a midnight snack. My teammates later inform me that I have a “Cruella de Vil” streak of the stuff stuck in my hair.

With our team back in the game, it’s time for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the obstacle course. It’s made up of four stations, and because I have proven that my athletic skills are slim to none, I get to pick the giant nose because it requires the least amount of hand-eye coordination. I’m ready for my time to shine, and as my teammates complete the difficult tasks, I shove my arms up the slime-covered nostrils and retrieve the flag miraculously in time to beat the blue team, catapulting us to an unlikely victory.

But, like I said, winning in this game isn’t always winning. Shortly after we celebrate, we’re corralled into a kiddie pool to receive our prize — which, much to my disappointment, is not a Garfield landline telephone, some cans of Chef Boyardee or an AOL subscription.

No, it is slime. Lots and lots of Nickelodeon’s signature green slime. So much slime that it requires a team of people to pour giant buckets of the electric-green tinted applesauce concoction onto both my head and the sneakers that I stole from my sister that probably belong to me now because they are absolutely, positively covered.

I have wondered about this my entire life, and I think the best way to describe being slimed is to say you’ve been covered in a cold, heavy blanket and given earmuffs. As the mixture coats my entire body, the room falls eerily quiet as the hair that I will be unable to wash before I go back to work that day mats against my ears.

It takes about 10 minutes and approximately 4,000 towels to emerge from the kiddie pool without making the Viacom offices look like the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day, but eventually I do, knowing full well I’ll be pulling slime out of my eyelashes until I die.

Still, it’s worth it, and for the rest of the day I can only think of the 4th-grade version of myself who’d be sitting on the couch thinking I was the coolest grown-up alive.

“Double Dare” premieres on Nickelodeon June 25.

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From TVLine:

Double Dare's Marc Summers Previews Show's Slimy Revival, New Obstacles

Nickelodeon’s fans from the ’80s are all grown up, but the kid-centric network hasn’t forgotten about them.

The network, know for its youth-friendly game shows of the 1980s and ’90s, is bringing back one of its classic hits: Double Dare.

Double Dare originally aired from 1986 – 1993 (and had a quick revival in 2000 that lasted less than a year). The show pitted two groups of contestants against each other in a trivia battle where one team could dare the other team to answer the proposed question or make them participate in slimy physical challenges. The winner of that round would move on to the obstacle course, a grab-bag of eight wacky and slime-filled challenges that the contestants had to complete in 60 seconds.

Now, the show is back, and it’s bringing the slime with it.

“I’m just excited to be a part of it in so many different ways. It was a show that was critical to my career and also critical to Nickelodeon,” said Marc Summers, host of the original series, ahead of the June 25 premiere. “To be able to reunite after all these years is just fun.”

The revival will have many hallmarks of the original, including the team trivia, the dare-double dare-physical challenge format and the signature, slime-tastic obstacle course. Since the show aired 30 years ago, Summers said he is excited for his now-grown-up fans to indulge in the nostalgia while also sharing their childhood experience with their own kids.

“What we have now is a situation where — maybe for the first time in Nickelodeon’s history — parents who grew up watching Nickelodeon programming have kids the same age they were when they started watching Nickelodeon,” he told TVLine. “And I think it is a bonding and sharing experience.”

Of course, not everything will remain the same. Liza Koshy (pictured at right), a YouTube comedian with nearly 15 million subscribers, will step into Summers’ shoes and serve as host of the revival. Summers will offer color commentary on the physical challenges and serve as executive producer.

“It’s an interesting combination, because there are grown ups who want to see Marc Summers and then they have kids who have no idea who Marc Summers is, unless maybe they watched Unwrapped or something,” said Summers, referring to the Food Network show he hosted from 2001 to 2011. “It’s a whole different flavor. If you are tuning in to see what Double Dare was, it’s not that. It’s something different. It’s something for 2018.”

This balance of old and new is best displayed in the Double Dare obstacle course. Returning challenges include fan favorite Pick It, where the contestants must stick their hands up a giant nose and find the flag, as well as The Wringer, The Tank and Down the Hatch (or Big Mouth as it is known by the Double Dare 2000 crew). They will be joined by newcomers Overstuffed, a giant bear waiting to be unstuffed, Tube-A-Totter, a Plexiglas tube filled with slime, and Couch Surfing, a dirty couch with a flag hidden within its crevices.

“It’s bigger. It’s louder. The obstacle course may be about 20 percent bigger than it was back in the day. It’s a mixture of old and new,” Summers said.

Double Dare will premiere Monday, June 25, at 8/7c. [...]

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From TV Insider:

'Double Dare' Series Premiere: EP Calls Revival 'Bigger' & 'Messier'

We dare you not to love this revival of the trivia and sloppy-stunt classic Double Dare.

The family game show, which ran on Nickelodeon from 1986 to 1993 (and had a brief return with Double Dare 2000), has at last resurrected its human-size hamster wheel and enormous runny nose.

“The obstacles are going to be a little bit bigger, the physical challenges a bit messier, but the overall show remains the same,” says original host Marc Summers, who now serves as executive producer and color commentator.

Taking over as host: YouTube personality Liza Koshy. “I drink a lot of coffee,” Koshy, who’s also an exec producer, warns, “so a lot of energy is going to happen.”

The network’s signature green slime has evolved too. Its decades-old secret recipe of vanilla pudding, applesauce and green food coloring is now “a whole other deal,” Summers says. “They wouldn’t tell me!”

Double Dare, Series Premiere, Monday, June 25, 8/7c, Nickelodeon

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From Bustle:

Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' Reboot Sneak Peak Teased New Challenges, But The Nostalgia Factor Is Still Off The Charts — VIDEO

ouble Dare is back to its old tricks. Well, sort of. The kid-friendly Nickelodeon game show kicks off its reboot run Monday, June 25. Ahead of its imminent debut, fans of the original series trying to gauge whether the revamp will stay true to its '90s roots might want to check out Nickelodeon's sneak peek of the Double Dare reboot, which the network shared via Twitter on Saturday, June 23. After watching the video clip and parsing through some vaguely spoiler-y comments from Marc Summers to TVLine, it certainly looks like the new series will honor the original — albeit, with the help of some modern updates.

Speaking to TVLine, Summers gave potential viewers a little heads up as to what they might expect from the upcoming Double Dare reboot. He said,

"If you are tuning in to see what Double Dare was, it's not that. It's something different. It's something for 2018."
Even only at a glance, it seems pretty clear that the reboot is doing its part to adapt the series for Nickelodeon's contemporary audience. Take the game show's host, for example. Fans of the original, which ran from 1986-1993, might recognize Summers as Double Dare's enthusiastic M.C., though he'll be taking on a slightly less central role in the games this time around. According to TVLine, Summers will serve as the series executive producer, in addition to offering "color commentary" (as he does in Nickelodeon's teaser video) during the game.


Taking over the revival series' host spot is YouTuber Liza Koshy, whose dynamism as Double Dare's new ringleader shines through in the series' teaser video. "On your mark, get set, go!" Koshy yells out toward the beginning of the clip, signaling the start of an exceptionally silly on-stage challenge, which is slated to play out during the revival's first episode Monday night. Laying out the ground rules, Summers' voice chimes in: "These two teams have to put their heads together, and everything else, by getting into a giant set of pants, a shirt and hands ... and by the way, put their toys away!"

As Summers explains in the video, the first team to put all their toys away earns $50, and control over what Summers fondly calls, "the craziest game on TV." Just so everyone's on the same page, he's talking about Double Dare, the beloved late '80s-early '90s game show that pitted tween competitors against one another through a series of trivia questions and goofy, but nonetheless entertaining, physical challenges. Judging by the teaser, it seems like the revival will more or less operate under the same parameters as the original. It'll even feature some familiar challenges that '90s kids might recognize, like Pick It and Down the Hatch.

That being said, the reboot series is also expected to unveil seven brand-new challenges during its upcoming run. Summers alluded to this during his conversation with TVLine, though he said the new show will find a middle ground between old-school nostalgia and new-age gimmicks. "It's bigger. It's louder," he said, adding that the new obstacle course may be something like 20 percent larger than the original. "It's a mixture of old and new."

Fans of the original Nickelodeon game show know that sloppy and chaotic — and usually pretty slimy, too — physical feats often take center stage on the Double Dare set. Roughly 20 seconds into the teaser video, one team of youngsters opts to compete in one of the show's notoriously silly physical trials. "This physical challenge puts the air ball in hair ball," Koshy cracks, as the teaser video segues into a quick run-through of the challenge and its delightfully bizarre parameters.

Of course, the sneak peak video doesn't reveal the challenge's victors, though it does offer viewers a glimpse into another freshly-minted physical challenge that viewers can expect to see during the reboot's first episode. Around the preview's 40-second mark, the Double Dare stage has taken a turn for the messy. Each player dons their own set of protective gear — a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads — along with a noticeably out-of-place pair of water shoes. Those wondering where this one's going should probably just watch the ordeal play out in the teaser video; in classic Double Dare fashion, the rules are not exactly straightforward.

According to TVLine's report, Summers told the outlet that he expects the Double Dare revamp to be a "bonding and sharing experience" for families whose older generation watched the original series, and whose younger members will likely indulge in the reboot. Per TVLine, Summers said,

"What we have now is a situation where — maybe for the first time in Nickelodeon’s history — parents who grew up watching Nickelodeon programming have kids the same age they were when they started watching Nickelodeon."
So, who else will be indulging in some glorious Nickelodeon-helmed pleasures when the Double Dare reboot kicks off Monday night? Whether you're introducing your little ones to a long-lost childhood favorite or simply throwing it back to the good ol' days, the revival looks like a slime-filled treat most everyone can enjoy.

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From Pucks and Recreation:

BEST DOUBLE DARE STORIES

Nickelodeon returns to Game Zero this Monday by premiering another Double Dare reboot.

Yes, another. Double Dare 2000 may have been a not-so-Y2K-compliant flash in the pan, lasting one season. But one diapers-to-dormitories upbringing later, nostalgia fever is spiking, and this revolutionary program would be remiss to sit out.

The channel that has long prided itself on being “the first kids’ network” fastened its pegs through the first bona fide kids’ game show. Between Double Dare and its Super Sloppy and Family offshoots, the fledgling brand had its first original source of respectability.

Besides making Marc Summers a household name, the show sparked a new appetite that transcended its own base. A boom in Nickelodeon game shows and kid/family-oriented shows on other channels fast followed.

Just look at the key elements of Nick cohabitants that gained reasonable traction. GUTS had ample physical challenges. So did Legends of the Hidden Temple, which also featured enriching trivia rounds. Figure it Out picked up the slime torch four years after Double Dare went dormant.

But only the trendsetter can say it has come back for two more whirls in two other decades. With 22-year-old Liza Koshy hosting, the first Double Dare of this century (not counting one-off specials) has a 40-episode foundation.

And with Summers on the side, heads will swivel between hope for the future and fondness for the past. In that spirit, here is a grab bag of the best stories on Double Dare’s inception, growth and impact.

All-inclusive, Part 1

Though it started by pitting two pairs of kids against one another, Double Dare never wanted to alienate parents. By the time it introduced the Family edition, it had well-established standards for prospective viewers and participants alike.

In 1990, parent Linda Kane told the Orlando Sentinel that her experience with her husband and two daughters on Family Double Dare “made us feel so together.” The same article noted that “In auditions, Nickelodeon looked for families who worked well together, who liked to laugh and joke.”

A year later, in a Q-and-A with the Los Angeles Times, Summers opined, “the family that plays together stays together. There is such little time for families to enjoy themselves these days, unless it’s vacation. It’s so neat to see moms, dads and kids hug each other again.”

It was little wonder Double Dare inspired so many parrots, or that it outlasted some misguided ones. Infamous examples included NBC’s I’m Telling, whose premise came across as mean-spirited and divisive for its sibling contestants.

All-inclusive, Part 2

Regardless of ranking or job title, grunt work and glamour went to everyone behind the scenes. An oral history published on Thrillist confirmed as much.

Per executive producer Geoffrey Darby, “I wanted to prove to the stage crew that nobody was above cleaning up. I remember getting on my hands and knees and vacuuming the floor after an obstacle course, and I made sure the other producers helped too. You can’t just stand around and watch the crew slave. If you make the mess, you have to clean the mess up.”

Added director Dana Calderwood, “When we rehearsed the stunts, or tested them, it wasn’t just the stunt team. Everybody would come by. Harvey would have an idea. Marc would have an idea. I would have an idea. PAs would have ideas. Interns would have ideas. One time we were sitting around eating Chinese food. Somebody said, ‘Let’s do a stunt with Chinese food.’”

Just as no one was above cleaning up, no one was beneath thinking up. It is hard to envision many other workplace dynamics that make everyone feel that appreciated.

Slimy Ivy and Big Ten buffs

How fast was Double Dare’s burgeoning, and how broad was its appeal? By 1987, the New York Times reported that “Cornell University and Ohio State University have ‘Double Dare’ fan clubs.”

The founders of those clubs would have already hit their double-digit ages when Nickelodeon hit the airwaves. At the youngest, they were applying to their eventual college when the groundbreaking game show arrived.

Perhaps this their belated way of spelling a slight void in their childhood.

Striking Goldberg

Its virtual half-’80s/half-’90s timeframe made Double Dare natural fodder for a period sitcom like The Goldbergs. Adding to the cozy fit, creator Adam F. Goldberg knew two former contestants.

And so, for a 2016 episode, Goldberg consulted and gave a little screen time to his friends as Adam auditions for the program. Upon completing the show’s fourth season, Goldberg ranked Pops’ attempt at the obstacle course as his 10th-favorite moment.

Good times with Good Charlotte

The members of Good Charlotte were barely or yet to be born at the time of Nickelodeon’s 1979 inception. They were between the ages of five and 11 by the time Double Dare gave the network traction.

As such, they were in the right age group to appreciate the program, as one March 2011 music video confirms. With the video, “Last Night” becomes the soundtrack of a ficticious Family Double Dare episode’s condensed recap.

Per a statement published on MTV, guitarist Benji Madden said, “This video takes place in the ’90s and we were all ’90s kids, so we know it pretty well. This was one of our favorite shows growing up. I always wanted to go on ‘Family Double Dare,’ and now my dreams get to come true.”

The presence of Summers in his familiar spot cements the authenticity of the synopsis. As a bonus, Harvey the announcer had a conspicuously good time mock-shredding with the band on set.

Tryout campout

“Physical challenge” may only be an everyday buzzword in a Double Dare context, but it applies to countless situations. One need only epitomize their determination to play the game to show such a challenge in action.

When Double Dare 2000 conducted auditions around the Beltway, the Washington Post was ready to catch anecdotes. One told of a Virginia family that parked before the mall and slept in their car for three-and-a-half hours. Their doggedness paid off when the two kids were summoned to thrust cream pies at their parents.

Isn’t that special?

Summers told multiple sources that Dana Carvey was in the running to host the program. But Carvey was simultaneously auditioning for Saturday Night Live, which offered him a spot for the 1986-87 season.

As it happened, the Summers era of Double Dare spanned 1986 through 1993. Carvey’s SNL tenure encompassed the same seven-year stretch.

In retrospect, the tradeoff worked for all parties concerned. While Carvey could have cut it as a thirtysomething Nickelodeon host, much of SNL would not have been the same. The spoofs of President George H.W. Bush, third-party candidate Ross Perot and news anchor Tom Brokaw come to mind.

Summers cops out

The crew, being only human, has admitted to letting out their respective full-fledged adults. But they took care to do so in the absence of young ears. Still, mature Double Dare fans occasionally created R-rated yarns when Summers and company went on tour.

In the aforementioned Thrillist piece, Summers remembered one “very hot, sexy woman” getting touchy-feely for a photo. He insists that, while they posed, she reached down his pants and made contact with his bare backside.

The woman then reportedly said, “My husband’s a cop, but he works midnight to 8 in the morning. Here’s my phone number and address, you should stop by and see me.” Summers told the site that he thought to himself, “Yeah, your husband’s got a gun, so that’s a great idea.”

It is safe to assume he kept his reaction to himself and simply never called.

A world of influence

Where Double Dare invigorated Nickelodeon, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? launched Rockapella to its peak. One could argue, though, that the latter two entities owe an intangible debt to the former.

PBS pursued its part-trivia, part-physical activity show for the 1991-92 television season. Its expressed objective, within the network’s spirit, was to make learning fun, specifically learning geography.

At the program’s launch, Education Week likened it to a hybrid of Jeopardy! and Double Dare. Granted, it slighted the latter as a “once-popular…game show for children that did not have educational content.” The program may have had fewer years ahead than behind by then, but its usage of trivia questions negates the second point.

Regardless, for its kids’ programming block, PBS clearly wanted its own twist on a signature show from the self-proclaimed “first kids’ network.” Its ambition was rewarded when its brainchild lasted a not-so-shabby five seasons.

Mars struck

Bruno Mars was born one year before Double Dare hit the air. He was eight by the time Summers was finished hosting new episodes outside of revival specials.

That made him a tad too young to appear on any variation of the series during its original run, if he so desired. But his lasting appreciation was palpable when he invited Summers to meet after a concert.

Summer recounted the encounter in a 2016 interview with Indie Wire, saying Mars had told him, “You raised me.”

The ever-humble Summers then told the site, “It’s like, that was weird.” But in terms of his crew’s collective impact, he was willing to acknowledge, “we struck a nerve in a generation.”

Likely the same nerve he and Koshy hope to find in countless kids in the same age group their parents were in the late ’80s.

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BuzzFeed Quiz: Only '90s Kids Will Get Every Single One Of These Trivia Questions Right!



From Bustle:

How Is 'Double Dare' Different From The Original? 2018's Kids Will Be Making All The Same Messy Choices

Double Dare isn't for '90s kids anymore: A reboot is officially coming to Nickelodeon Monday at 8 p.m. on June 25. But any lover of the iconic show is likely wondering how the Double Dare reboot will be different from the original. But there's some good news: That giant nose is still ready to be picked, no worries.

The format of the show is the same — teams answer trivia questions, but can opt take a "dare" if they don't know the answer. If both teams don't want to risk a wrong answer, they all compete instead in "physical challenges" that get super messy super quickly. The challenges, both 20-30 years ago and now, often involve things like filling a container with water or whipped cream. (The grosser, the better.) The winning team competes for further prizes by running an increasingly silly obstacle course.

Somehow, miraculously, none of the physical challenges or obstacles were ever as difficult for kids as the Shrine of the Silver Monkey on Legends of the Hidden Temple, but there were some hilarious fails over the years. Nickelodeon's signature green slime can make even the simplest task difficult.

“It’s a whole different flavor," said original host Marc Summers in an interview with TVLine about the new series. "If you are tuning in to see what Double Dare was, it’s not that. It’s something different. It’s something for 2018.” Summers promises a "bigger, louder" show this time around. Fans might expect to see some digital technology that wasn't available when they were kids, but nothing too extreme.

At the very least, the Gen Xers and millenials who watched the show when they were growing up should check the new episodes out and see if today's kids are really and truly up to snuff. Here are some of the differences in store — though honestly, there are not that many!

New Host In Town

While Marc Summers is still involved in the show, Vine and Youtube star Liza Koshy is taking over as host.

Sign Of The Times

Unless the competing youngsters decide to go totally retro, the hairstyles will be modern and, according to this preview clip, there will be dabbing.

Definitely watch the classic above though, if not to jog your memory than to check out the prizes. The camera, boombox, and digital dictionaries that winners can play for feel hilariously quaint in the smartphone era.

Make New Obstacles & Keep The Old

In the video above, Summers and Koshy run you through (not literally) the new obstacle course that ends the competition.

Celebrity Guests

Oh snap! Retro Nickelodeon superstars Kenan and Kel are reuniting on Double Dare as competitors, according to Entertainment Weekly. That's current Saturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson and his former on-screen BFF Kel Mitchell, for those who don't automatically recognize the alliterative duo.

“I am so excited to be playing on Double Dare and for whole new generation of kids to experience this iconic game show,” Mitchell told EW. “This episode will be double special because Kenan and I will be playing against each other and we are both huge fans of Double Dare! I can’t wait to see the super talented Liza Koshy rock it as the new host!”

Family Fun

Another Nickelodeon alum competing on Double Dare this time around is former Zoey 101 star Jamie Lynn Spears, who according to PEOPLE will be playing alongside her 10-year-old daughter Maddie.

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From Mental Floss:

14 Wild Facts About Double Dare

Some game shows will reward you with cars and cash prizes for being smart and intuitive. Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, which ran from 1986 to 1993 and taped more than 500 episodes, gave its kid contestants bicycles or boom boxes in exchange for fetching giant balls of snot from oversized noses.

To celebrate Double Dare's return (it will make its triumphant return to Nickelodeon tonight), we thought we’d drop some facts on the show’s history, the comedian originally set to host, and how one kid wound up snapping a bone in half on the perpetually hazardous course.

1. IT WAS INSPIRED BY MOUSE TRAP.

While kicking around ideas for a kid-oriented game show, Nickelodeon executive—and Double Dare co-creator—Geoffrey Darby recalled that a staffer brought up the classic board game Mouse Trap, which invited players to lure a (fake) mouse into a custom-built holding pen. Darby picked up on the thread, pitching the series as a Rube Goldberg machine that used people instead of balls.

2. DANA CARVEY WAS OFFERED THE HOSTING GIG.

Before settling on onetime magician Marc Summers, Double Dare looked at hundreds of host candidates. Soupy Sales, a comedian who had a popular kids’ show in the 1950s, was considered; so was Dana Carvey, who was reportedly offered the job on the same day he was invited to join Saturday Night Live. He opted for the sketch show, leaving the slot open for Summers.

3. THE VERY FIRST OBSTACLE COURSE WAS A DISASTER.

For the uninitiated, Double Dare typically pitted two teams against one another in a series of increasingly difficult—and disgusting—challenges, culminating with a run through a slime- and cream-covered obstacle course. When the show taped its first episode in September 1986, producers directed the contestants to find a flag hidden in a giant bag of feathers. Unfortunately, no one had bothered to hide the flag. On take two, the contestant was so rough with the feathers they didn’t see the flag had been gently placed within easy view. On the third take, a cameraman fell into the frame. They got it on the fourth try.

4. THE SET HAD ITS OWN SEWAGE SYSTEM.

Although Double Dare began on a studio set at a Philadelphia television station, it eventually moved to Nickelodeon’s home base in Orlando, Florida. The stage—which was usually filled with tourists visiting Universal Studios Orlando—was built specifically to accommodate the overflow of disgusting waste material created by the production. A sewage system allowed crew members to mop the glop off the floor and directly into grates. The “clean team” went through between 600 and 1000 towels per taping to erase any residual signs of slime.

5. THE STAGE WAS A TOTAL SLIPPING HAZARD.

No matter how much the crew steam-cleaned, vacuumed, or mopped, the bathroom-like tile of the stage floor maintained its essential sheen of foot-slipping gloss. The crew eventually grew accustomed to sliding across the set in tiny shuffle steps, similar to how you’d navigate a frozen-over driveway.

6. THERE WAS ONE GRUESOME INJURY.

Despite a space that would never pass OSHA standards, surprisingly few participants were ever actually harmed during taping of Double Dare—with one exception. During one obstacle, a child running across the floor slipped, braced himself, and snapped his arm so severely the bone poked through the skin. Summers would later recall that the kid had lied on his application and may have had a preexisting health condition that made his bones more brittle. Because he wanted to appear on the show so badly, he didn’t mention it.

7. “GAK” WAS A SLANG TERM FOR HEROIN—AND SLIME.

It was inevitable that Double Dare would spawn a series of tie-in products, including board games and apparel. The show also helped licensees create GAK, a rubbery, goopy substance meant to mimic the slime seen on the series. The name came from crew members who worked on the show as a kind of homage to the street term for heroin, a factoid that went over most parents' heads.

8. THEY USED A THREE-TRIES RULE FOR NEW CHALLENGES.

After designing a new obstacle, producers would invite kids from the Philadelphia area on non-shoot days to give it a shot. If a child couldn’t get through it in three tries, the idea would be scrapped.

9. IT USED TONS OF FOOD.

In 1987, The New York Times convinced a show staffer to tabulate the gross amount of food material used during a typical taping of the show. Their tally: 50 gallons of whipped cream, 30 gallons of slime, dozens of eggs, and 100 cubic feet of popcorn. To offset concerns over food waste, the production used as much past-dated canned material or other past-due goods as they could.

10. PEOPLE WENT BONKERS OVER THE SHOW.

While kids were delighted to have a game show that rewarded sloppiness, they weren’t the only ones watching. After just nine months on the air, Double Dare fan clubs popped up at Cornell and Ohio State University; the production received more than 10,000 letters every month, with a portion coming from parents griping that they had to postpone dinner because their kids insisted on viewing the messy show precisely at 5:30 p.m.

11. SUMMERS HAS HOSTED BOOTLEG VERSIONS.

With Nickelodeon wary of producing a full-blown revival of the series—the Summers-less Double Dare 2000 was not fondly received—the host has taken to emceeing unlicensed versions of the show for locally organized events. Every year, Summers hosts Dunkel Dare, a beer-themed challenge attraction that takes place during Philadelphia’s Beer Week.

12. SUMMERS WAS BELOVED BY SOME MOMS.

For years, Summers and Double Dare toured the country, doing live shows for crowds who were eager to try out the obstacles but couldn’t get to Orlando. After the live show, Summers would typically meet with fans to sign autographs. “There were all the mothers who would hand me their telephone numbers during the meet-and-greet after the show and tell me to call them when their husbands weren’t home,” he told People. “There was all sorts of nutty stuff going on.”

13. THEY DIDN’T ENDORSE JUST ANYTHING.

As alien a concept as it may seem today, Nickelodeon didn’t want to slap the Double Dare brand on anything that came along. The show turned down $1 million offered by watchmaker Casio to be the “official” time clock of the series; according to Summers, the network also refused another $1 million to license a Double Dare cereal.

14. THEY DID OFFER A CAR—ONCE.

With a tight budget, the original Double Dare generally kept the threshold for prizes low. In 1987, producers awarded a miniature automobile to a winning team strictly for their own amusement. Said executive producer Geoffrey Darby: “We wanted to be able to hear a kid scream, ‘It’s a new car!’”

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From WTOL:

Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' returns

Looking for some nostalgia this summer? Well, look no further than your TV set.

Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" comes back from the 90's to give you a fun blast from the past.

The show features two teams competing to win prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical stunts and facing the legendary obstacle course, including the human hamster wheel, the classic gigantic mouth, the wringer, the iconic Double Dare nose and more.

The original host, Marc Summers will return this time as executive producer, leaving hosting duties to actress and digital creator, Liza Koshy.

“This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking,” Koshy said.

“I can’t think of many shows like 'Double Dare' that have the ability to bond people together. Those who grew up watching the original series can now pass along their love for this game show to today’s kids. It’s an honor to be a part of this reboot,” said Summers.

Nickelodeon’s new Double Dare will also spill off of the screen and into the real world this summer, connecting to fans both old and new in a series of forthcoming location-based live experiences. There will be opportunities for fans to play Double Dare in on-the-ground versions at VidCon 2018 in Anaheim, California and all summer long at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis.

The show returns June 25 at 8 p.m.

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From TV Guide:

I Ran the Double Dare Obstacle Course and Lived My '90s Kid Dream

I was born in 1989, which means I grew up dreaming of getting slimed. I watched Nickelodeon's '90s game shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Figure It Out and Family Double Dare, and I begged my parents to take me to Universal Studios to be on the shows, but it never happened. Those shows ended and the world moved on. Nowadays, it seems like only celebrities get slimed, and so my dream of feeling green goop cascade down my head passed into childhood nostalgia and fantasy, alongside playing in the NBA and having my own Pokemon.

Until now. Nickelodeon is bringing back Double Dare starting Monday, and I got the incredible opportunity to make my childhood dream come true by running the course. And yes, I got slimed.

Childhood dream fulfilled

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The iconic game show originally ran for nearly 500 episodes from 1986 to 1993 (and in reruns long after that), with a few title variations, includingFamily Double Dare and Super Sloppy Double Dare. It was briefly revived for Double Dare 2000, but it's been dormant ever since. It's being brought back now in our reboot-crazy era with one eye toward nostalgia and the other toward now. It has a new host in social media star Liza Koshy, but original host Marc Summers is onboard as an executive producer/color commentator/perfect link between the past and present.

I didn't get to see either of them in hosting action at the recent press event where reporters were invited to run the course, but it was okay, because my game was hosted by a very competent Nickelodeon employee named Mike. Shoutout to Mike. I was on the red team, which one of my teammates christened "Team Won." Team Won was me, two other reporters and an employee from Nickelodeon's animation department, who turned out to have clutch SpongeBob SquarePants knowledge in the Nickelodeon trivia round.

The game started with a human wheelbarrow race where the wheelbarrow had to bob for cherries in a whipped cream pie. My team lost the race and then we fell further behind during the trivia section. Our chances were especially hurt when we couldn't get it together during our physical challenge, which was passing a ball from person to person using plungers. Hand-eye coordination is not an important skill in entertainment journalism.

After trivia was a game called "Make That Pie Fly!," which was basically a version of musical chairs where all the competitors stood shoulder-to-shoulder and passed whipped cream pies up and down the line, and if you dropped it, you were out. To make it harder, the people on the ends had to spin around when passing the pie back. I didn't drop the pie because my hand-eye coordination is only slightly below average, but the person next to me did, which meant we had to "make that pie fly" into each other's faces. So I smashed a tin full of Cool Whip into someone from the blue team's face while she did the same to me.

DOUBLE DARE!

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Then it was time for the main event: the obstacle course. It was a scaled-down version of the full course with four iconic stations: The Wringer, Down the Hatch, Pick-It, and the Human Hamster Wheel. I was assigned the Wringer, where I dove Superman-style through a roller that looked like the world's most whimsical industrial metal-flattening machine and shot down a slide covered in whipped cream. The whipped cream made the slide very fast, and I hit the ground with a thwap that left two Cool Whip handprints on the rug. (Hopefully Nickelodeon budgeted carpet cleaning into the event, because we left the room in 1515 Broadway a mess.) I jumped up and grabbed the flag above me and passed it to my teammate, who then dove into the giant mouth of Down the Hatch. I didn't do Pick-It, the most iconic Double Dare obstacle, where you have to dig around for a flag inside a giant nose filled with green whipped cream, but I can give you this advice in case you ever find yourself face-to-face with the disembodied schnozz: get under it like you were working on a car and go straight to the side of the nostril. The flag is velcroed on there.

My team ran the course in 47 seconds, four seconds faster than the blue team, and our prize for winning was getting slimed. I felt like it was 1995 and I was at Universal Studios Orlando. I was vibrating with excitement. I got into a kiddie pool and the stagehands poured the slime over my head as I always dreamed. It was chilled, but not cold, and very, very sweet. The recipe for slime, I've since learned, is vanilla pudding, oatmeal, applesauce and a whole lot of green food coloring. It felt like very thick, slow shampoo that made my hair much dirtier. I slicked it back through my hair like dairy pomade.

For a short time, I got to feel like a kid again. And that's the kind of nostalgia I can get behind. The return of Double Dare gives parents who grew up watching the show the chance to share it with their own kids. And now a new generation of kids will dream of going through the Wringer. I hope this revival lasts another 500 episodes to give thousands more kids the chance to experience it. Slime without end, amen.

Double Dare premieres Monday at 8/7c on Nickelodeon.

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The messiest game show on TV returns for a brand-new series, the all-new Double Dare, premieres Monday, June 25 at 8:00pm ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon USA!

Hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, Nickelodeon's Double Dare revival will see a new generation of fans compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives. Bringing together new fans and the iconic game show’s millennial audience from the ‘90s, original series host Marc Summers returns to give color commentary on the challenges, lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

Series guests will include Jamie Lynn Spears, Rico Rodriguez, Chloe Kim and Lindsey Vonn.

Leading up to the debut of the brand-new series of Double Dare, NickSplat will air a selection of classic episodes from across the Double Dare franchise every night at 11:00pm ET/PT between Monday 18th - Sunday 24th June 2018. HQ Trivia will also host a special Double Dare quiz hosted by original host Marc Summers and HQ host Scott Rogowsky on Sunday, June 24!

Nickelodeon’s new Double Dare will also spill off of the screen and into the real world this summer, connecting to fans both old and new in a series of forthcoming location-based live experiences. There will be opportunities for fans to play Double Dare in on-the-ground versions at VidCon 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., and all summer long at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis.

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Nickelodeon's Double Dare revival debuts today June 25th. And it will bring back Marc Summers along with new host Liza Koshy. Click here for video.

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Originally published: Friday, June 22, 2018.
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