July 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Last night, the new Midnight Society began to take shape. Of course this is a reference to the hit 90’s show Are You Afraid of the Dark, which staked it’s claim as the greatest ghost story show of the era (if you grew up in the 90’s, anyway). The 90’s are back, in a big way. Nickelodeon has launched its new programming block, The 90’s Are All That, on the TeeNick network. Airing from 12am-4am on weekdays, and early evening on the weekends, the new block features everything that made your childhood television experience the greatest it could be.
Launching last night with an epic lineup of classic shows All That, Doug, Kenan and Kel, and Clarissa Explains it All, the lineup gives fans of “old school Nick” what they’ve been craving for years–a programming block full of everything that made Nickelodeon so great growing up. Other programs from Nick’s 90’s era will make their way onto the lineup as well, with Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Aahhh! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, CatDog, Double Dare,, and many others airing in the coming weeks. And in between segments hosted by All That star and current Saturday Night Live sensation Kenan Thompson on the iconic Big Orange Couch, you might even see some of the classic bumpers, commercials, and segments that you love. Nickelodeon will also take requests to have new shows added to the lineup. In essence, The 90’s Are All That is…well, All That.
The concept behind the new block is pretty amazing, but the one complaint I have are the hours. Now, this likely could be the same situation that TeeNick was in when it first launched on the main Nickelodeon network–a block that started as an experiment, that led to a whole new network. Think of the possibility of The 90’s Are All That turning into a full blown network! Nick has enough content to warrant it, and it could be similar to how TV Land launched–everything retro with nothing new. Nick is reportedly observing the response to the new late night trip to yesteryear, in hopes of seeing whether or not people want this. My opinion: Make it the Nick at Nite of TeeNick–from 9pm – 6am. That way, they’ll get a little more viewership. If it works, then it’ll just be more evidence to launch a full network. The current hours, however–not so much, especially on weeknights when people have work and other things during the week.
If you’re truly interested in watching classic Nickelodeon make it’s grand relaunch, show support for the block. Post on the Facebook page, talk about it on Twitter, and most importantly, WATCH! The new block airs on TeeNick every night. See the commercial embedded below to see what all the fuss is about!