March 07, 2012 12:55pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Nickelodeon Revives 1990s Game Show 'Figure It Out'
Nickelodeon is going back to the 1990s.
The youth-focused cable network announced Wednesday that it is reviving game show Figure It Out, green-lighting 40 episodes of the series.
Set to begin production in April for a premiere on the network this year, Figure challenges celebrities to guess kid contestants' talents and skills. The original series ran for four seasons on Nick from July 1997 to December 1999 and was hosted by Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders. Panelists who participated in the '90s hit included Kenan Thompson, Aaron Carter, Amanda Bynes, Coolio, Joe Namath, Mike O'Malley and countless others.
The series order comes after TeenNick found ratings success last year with repeats of its 1990s scripted offerings including Clarissa Explains It All, Rugrats, All That and The Amanda Show.
"Figure It Out is a show that celebrates kids and their wonderful and often bizarre talents" Nickelodeon president of development and original programming Marjorie Cohn said in a statement announcing the news. "In this Internet age where kids are expressing themselves online, it feels timely to give them a TV platform to showcase those talents in a uniquely Nickelodeon way."
Figure It Out was created by Kevin Kay and Magda Liolis with Eileen Braun and Liolis on board as executive producers for the reboot. The series joins Nick game show Family Brain Surge -- which has been averaging 2 million total viewers per episode -- on the network.
The game show is the latest '90s project to get the reboot treatment with MTV bringing back animated hit Beavis and Butt-Head last year.