RICHMOND- Break out your old Handy-Dandy Notebooks and dust off the old Thinking Chair. The Clues have returned to TV.
Nick Jr’s famous classic Blue’s Clues debuted on November 11th as a new spinoff series titled Blue’s Clues and You with new host Joshua (Josh) De La Cruz.
In a series that replicates the 1996 premiere episode of Snacktime where Josh needs to figure out what Blue wants with her snack. Fans even got a glimpse of former hosts Steve Burns (Steve) and Donovan Patton (Joe).
The theme song is altered as is the Handy-Dandy notebook which also is a phone. Instead of mailtime with a letter, the mail is delivered in the form of an e-mail that adapts to the modern lifestyle.
Fans also enjoy the return of the host actually writing the clues down instead of them being drawn and singing. Cruz also brings back the striped shirt although it is blue rather than the famous green worn by Burns.
Patton’s shirt is pictures of present boxes referring to his new job at the present store. Burns is a detective in the show.
Many of the sneak peeks from Nick Jr indicate that they will re-run most of the old episodes with a modern twist. Including Blue’s Big Birthday which will air on a day that is actually not the same day the original show came out (9/8/96).
Thousands of fans auditioned for the role of Burns but Cruz won out with his charming personality and the feel that creators Traci Paige Johnson, Angela C Santomero, and Todd Kessler were looking for.
In 2006, the creators of the show featured a 20 year anniversary detailing how the show expanded from Burns’s departure due to hair loss and how Patton took over. Once the series stopped airing due to failing reviews, fans wondered if the show would ever regain the popularity it once had.
By 2002, the show had received several awards for excellence in children’s programming, educational software, and licensing, and had been nominated for nine Emmy Awards.
It has been syndicated in 120 countries and translated into 15 languages. It was also one of the few pre-school shows to incorporate sign language which was done by Marlee Matlin.
The show even featured other popular celebrities including the late great Ray Charles who posed as a musical note in the hit movie “Blue’s Big Musical Movie”.
The creators’ and producers’ initial goals were to “empower, challenge, and build the self-esteem of preschoolers” while entertaining them as they had learned from the popular PBS Kids show Sesame Street. Although, they wanted something new.
Now with a refreshed look that captures the essence of the past with a modern look, pre-schoolers just might fall in love with the new series as many of the older generations did when it first came out.
Blue’s Clues is scheduled for 20 episodes with the new revival. You can catch the new series only on Nickelodeon, weekdays from 1-2 ET.
And remember, when you use your mind and take a step at a time, you can do anything, that you want to do.