Nickelodeon Is Reviving ‘All That’…Pass.

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This morning, as I was scrolling through Twitter, I noticed an eye catching headline from Variety. 

Nickelodeon Is Reviving ‘All That’ with Keenan Thompson as the Executive Producer

I can’t say that I’m that shocked by this move, given that the last few years, in Hollywood, have been a series of recycled ideas and floundering remakes. 

But this…this is a bad idea. This is not going to work as well as the network thinks that it will. 

Growing up, there was nothing funnier than watching Keenan, Lori  Beth, Amanda and the gang present their own, kids version, of Saturday Night Live. ‘All That’ was essentially a sketch comedy show for the younger audience, and I can say, unequivocally, that it does not hold up in my adult years. It wasn’t geared towards adults, though, so that is understandable. 

(There are shows such as Kablam! that do hold up, in case you’re wondering.)

‘All That’ paved the way for tween television programming, and trying to re-capture that magic is almost destined to fail from the beginning. Part of the magic of ‘All That’ was the cast. Everybody in that show was amazing and, similar to SNL, it rotated people out pretty frequently. Obviously, it would be nearly impossible to bring back those casts and even if they did, it’s not like it would appeal to current day tweens. 

The revival of ‘All That’ is a nostalgia play, and a very haphazard one, at that. This could end up being wildly successful. But I can all but promise that, if it is successful, it won’t be for the same reasons that it was originally a stalwart in children’s programming for the better part of 10 years.