Exciting news broke for millennials today: Legends of the Hidden Temple is coming back to television! Well, kind of.
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The kids-content channel announced that they will have a live-action rendition of the 1990s game show in long-term movie format. They will also have a two-part TV movie based on Hey Arnold!, the beloved children's series that ran from 1996 to 2004.
“There’s a tremendous amount of attention on kids these days. What that says is there’s a tremendous amount of opportunity – not unlike what is going on in the grownup space,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s cable networks aimed at kids and families. “There is just more content everywhere.”
Viacom has been facing declining ratings on almost all of their networks, save for Nickelodeon, which saw a rise by 4% in the first quarter. Nick Jr, for younger children, has also seen a rise in viewers.
“The company is under a lot of scrutiny, but I don’t think Nickelodeon is under any scrutiny at all,” said Zarghami a veteran programmer who joined the network as a clerk in 1986 and rose steadily through the ranks. “We have done a tremendous amount of work to build our ecosystem.”
Part of that comes because there has been an increased interest in reviving some of the old favorites. According to Variety, this idea came from interns who wanted the older programs to live again online. However, they decided to put them on Teen Nick at night and had a huge increase in viewers.
The report is that the "Hidden Temple" movie will focus on three siblings who have to go through the obstacles to remain alive. The movie will come in the latter half of the year, and will make reference to Olmen, the talking head who knows the secrets of the Temple, the Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple, and there will be cameos from the original team animals, including the green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snake.
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Isabela Moner is set to star. The TV movie is directed by Joe Menendez and written by Jonny Umansky, Zach Hyatt, and Alex Reid. The “Arnold” movies are slated to appear in 2017.