Nickelodeon Gives Old Kid’s Show New Host And New Name

Posted by at 11:36 am on September 13, 2018

Nickelodeon has found a new human companion for Blue, the animated canine who tries to lead kiddie viewers to pre-school literacy.

The Viacom kids-media unit intends to launch a new season of Blue’s Clues, which first debuted in 1996, with a new host and name. The revival, which will be called Blue’s Clues & You, and run on the Nick Jr. cable network aimed at pre-schoolers, stars Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz and will launch production this month in Toronto. The new season will consist of 20 episodes.

Dela Cruz is, in a way, picking up a baton. Original host Steve Burns helped producers search for the new host. “I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up!” Burns said in a statement. “He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt.”

Dela Cruz recently appeared in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway as the understudy for Aladdin and a member of the ensemble. He has also appeared in David Byrne’s Here Lies Love and Encores!: Merrily We Roll Along. He has also appeared in the CBS series Bull and the ABC series “Time After Time.” Producers were impressed by ” his genuineness to his comedic timing and range,” said Shelly Sumpter Gillyard, executive vice president of talent, music and events, Nickelodeon Group.

The original Blue’s Clues series ran for six seasons, but still runs on many Nickelodeon international outlets and Noggin, a subscription-video service operated by Viacom. Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, and Angela C. Santomero, Blue’s Clues highlighted interactivity and explored subjects such as sign language, geography, physics, emotions, and anatomy.

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