I’m not sure if TeenNick is different from Nickelodeon insofar as it’s a different channel or insofar as it’s a different sort of programming on the same station a la Nick@Nite, but whatever it is, it has some damned smart executives:
TeenNick will dust off old faves like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Show, All That and Clarissa and air them in a new midnight-to-2 a.m. programming block dubbed (appropriately enough) The ’90s Are All That. The tween cabler came up with the idea after seeing the huge interest in early Nickelodeon programming on social media sites. There are several Facebook pages — followed by millions of fans — that are devoted to Nickelodeon shows from the ’90s.
Naturally, no one gives two shits about anything Keenan Thompson has ever done, but I like the idea of bringing back good shows like Pete & Pete. I’m unlikely to watch very much, if any, of this programming, but it embiggens my heart to know that another generation gets to experience some of the same programming I had growing up. It’s a lot like how Nick@Nite made me an expert in I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show by bringing them back so many years after the fact. (Do you know there are people who don’t remember That Girl, much less Marlo Thomas?) I’m glad today’s tween generation has a quality opportunity to get familiar with some quality television of the past.
Of course, there are several shows missing from the lineup already. Salute Your Shorts, Hey, Dude!, Are You Afraid of the Dark? These are key 90’s Nickelodeon pieces of art. When you go retro you pick the best of the best of a generation (which makes the presence of All That confusing here).