‘Double Dare’ Will Be Resurrected For One Glorious Week Of Slime
Warning: nostalgia-related content ahead. I have never been so enticed to attend a comic event as I am the San Diego Comic-Con July 22. On this glorious day, Double Dare will be temporarily resurrected by Nickelodeon, with Marc Summers hosting for the first time in 16 years. I am beyond jealous that two lucky families get to participate in my childhood dream and partake in a “physical challenge.”
The SPLAT, an extension of TeenNick that specializes in #TBT programing, is holding a live episode at Comic-Con in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary (which isn’t really until October). “Thirty years later, people still stop me on the street every day and tell me playing Double Dare is the one thing they wish they could have done growing up,” Summers told Entertainment Weekly.
For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to witness the slime in person, it will be live-streamed on The Splat’s Facebook at 9:30 p.m. PT. On top of that, TeenNick will also play old Double Dare reruns for a week beginning July 25, including episodes of Family Double Dare and Double Dare 2000. I will so be here for a resurgence of the hit game show I loved watching as a kid, a giant bowl of popcorn in hand.
Can we take a second to mention the deep irony that Summers suffered from OCD, and yet hosted one of the messiest shows on television professionally? In fact, he claims that it led to him getting fired. OK, I just needed to get that out of my system. Summers must be on good terms with the people behind Double Dare now, or he really needed that paycheck. I’m hoping that it’s a combination of both.
Nickelodeon is actually participating in this year’s con in a huge way. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network is plotting a 25-year retrospective of Nickelodeon animation for July 21 featuring Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett, InvaderZim’s Jhonen Vasquez, The Fairly OddParents’ Butch Hartman, and Rugrats’ Arlene Klasky, as well as a women in animation panel July 22 and a ‘90s reunion panel boasting the casts of All That and Legends of the Hidden Temple July 23.
Oh man, that line-up sounds epic. Is Olmec gonna be there?
Every generation claims “things aren’t as good as they used to be,” but I truly find this to be the case when it comes to Nickelodeon’s programing. Nobody gets slimed these days. It’s the sad truth.