Nickelodeon Will Revive 'Blue's Clues'

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The show follows puppy Blue as she leads the audience - and live-action host - through her animated world to solve the day's puzzles.

As Nickelodeon looks to revive its fortunes, the network is turning to a colorful page in its handy-dandy notebook, bringing back Blue's Clues in a 20-episode order.

"The new, modern version of "Blue's Clues" will capture all the original's creativity and visual identity for a whole new audience ready for its fun adventures and expertly designed problem-solving curriculum", Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami said in a statement.

Todd Kessler, Angela Santomero, and Traci Paige Johnson - the trio that developed Blue's Clues - wanted the show to be entertaining as well as educational.

The series became so popular that it drew nationwide attention when Burns retired from his hosting duties in 2002 and was replaced with Donovan Patton, according to Variety. "I think they will probably be passionate about protecting it and making sure we do it right". An animated and puppet spinoff, "Blue's Room", ran 17 episodes from 2004 to 2007.

Producers are hoping for a similar phenomenon in this go-round.

The return of Blue's Clues will be touted during Nickelodeon's annual upfront presentation to media buyers this evening in NY.

Blue's Clues combined three things children love: catchy songs (like you don't remember the lyrics to "Here's the Mail"), interacting with the television, and adorable animals (and less-adorable talking spices).

A new host has not been chosen, nor has a premiere date been announced.

"We are going to pass the torch", she said. Nickelodeon is looking for someone who "will empower the home viewer to feel important, respected, and smart". But reworking the premise in radical fashion would not spark the reaction executives want, said Santomero.

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