The execs at Nickelodeon have been all about embracing the network’s animated past. A new Hey Arnold film, upcoming features for Rocko’s Modern Life and Invader Zim, and a planned Rugrats revival are in the pipeline. The network also tapped into its rich game show IP, successfully introducing Double Dare to a new generation and reimagining Legends of the Hidden Temple as a TV movie. The network’s strategy of using its ‘90s and ‘00s hits to connect generations proves a little harder when looking at its hit live-action shows; shows like Clarissa Explains It All, Sneaky Pete, Kenan and Kel, and The Amanda Show were all character driven by the child stars of the moment. All That, with its sketch show format, is the outlier, and Nickelodeon is finally ready to bring back the groundbreaking kids series.
In a major content slate announcement, Nickelodeon unveiled its plans for 2019 and beyond. Those include a revival of All That, which will be executive produced by its most famous alumnus, Kenan Thompson. The Saturday Night Live star spent five seasons starring on the Nickelodeon sketch show and now he’ll have a big hand in shaping the direction of the weekly comedy series. Former Spike TV president Kevin Kay (who produced All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Lip Sync Battle) will executive produce alongside Thompson. Comedian Jermaine Fowler (Super Donuts, Sorry to Bother You) will serve as a consulting producer. The series is set to premiere this summer.
All That will have a new cast, but will also bring back old cast members for special appearances throughout the season. The original cast included Thompson, Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, and Josh Server. In later seasons, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Danny Tamberelli joined the cast and quickly became fan favorites.
All That premiered as a sneak peek on April 16th, 1994 and quickly gained a reputation as Saturday Night Live for kids. It ran for 10 seasons and 175 episodes until it was cancelled in 2005. The show has been praised for its inclusive cast (which made it ahead of its time, and still way ahead of where SNL is today), diverse musical guests, and for being a launchpad for several cast members to get their own series. The popular sketch “Good Burger” became a Nickelodeon feature film and helped Thompson and Kel Mitchell land The Kenan and Kel Show. Bynes and Cannon were also able to use All That as a showcase to eventually land their own respective series on the network.
To commemorate the occasion, NickSplat launched an official YouTube channel for All That. The teaser below is a great stroll down memory lane before the new All That premieres.