November 23, 2015


Nickelodeon Bringing 'Hey Arnold!' Back With a TV Movie

Nickelodeon/Craig Bartlett
Nickelodeon/Craig Bartlett

We heard not too long ago that Nickelodeon has been eyeing a big Nicktoons comeback, that the network is "looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way."

Now the word's out that a Hey Arnold! TV movie is in the works. Variety reports that it'll "feature a storyline that picks up where the original series ended and resolves unanswered plotlines–including the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents, long missing from the program." Creator Craig Bartlett, who's also worked on Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy and Pee Wee's Playhouse, will write and executive produce.

Nick's president of content development and production, Russell Hicks, broke down the channel's thinking:

“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves. Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life. ... You have to remember people who are going to watch really don’t have a recollection of Hey Arnold! You have to make it relevant to them but also nod to the audience that is going to be interested.”

There are active conversations underway with creators of other classic Nicktoons, too. “We are in discussions with them now and will probably have more to say in the next few months,” says Chris Viscardi, who fills the company's new role of senior vice president of content development for franchise properties.  (He also co-created The Adventures of Pete & Pete!) “There’s a good likelihood we’ll be doing more than just Arnold! in terms of doing specials.”

We're living in truly heavenly times.