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Nickelodeon Rides The 90s Nostalgia Wave: Announces New Lineup Of Grunge Era Programming

As a kid in the early 90s I watched Nickelodeon shows like Clarissa Explains It All starring Melissa Joan Hart, which aired on the network from 1991-1994. The annoyingly catchy theme song, tacky sets and shamelessly broad acting set the template for future Disney Channel hits like That’s So Raven and Hannah Montana. In 1995 the producers retooled the show and filmed a pilot for CBS (posted above) with the lead character embarking on an internship at an NYC newspaper. While it was never shown on CBS, it later aired as a special on Nickelodeon where it probably should have stayed in the first place. Clarissa‘s audience, which may not have been ready for primetime in 1995, is now in their twenties and early thirties and the network that gave birth to the show, and many more like it, is ready to cash in on the 90s nostalgia wave.

Nickelodeon has announced it will be adding a block of programming called “The ’90s Are All That’ which will air shows like Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Salute Your Shorts. The 90s revival will be an expansion of the slate of reruns the network already airs, which includes their nighttime programming “Nick at Nite”. That lineup, which debuted in 1985, has also undergone several major overhauls in recent years. Early staples like The Donna Reed ShowDragnet and Bewitched have long since been replaced by the brainlessly cheesy likes of The George Lopez Show. If the just announced 90s lineup means less time for George Lopez, I think we can all agree that’s a very good thing indeed.

[TVGuide.com]

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