March 8, 2012

'Figure It Out' Returns to TV!

It was announced yesterday that the popular 1990's Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out will be revived by Nickelodeon with 40 new episodes expected to air later this year.  Figure It Out was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I am excited that the next generation of kids will get to enjoy this show. 

For those of you who didn't grow up on 90's Nick, Figure It Out was a game show hosted by Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders.  A kid would come on the show with a special "talent" (usually not that special), and a panel of celebrities would ask "Yes or No" questions to figure it what it was.  The celebrities usually consisted of Nickelodeon stars, such as Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Temberelli, Amanda Bynes, and current SNL star Kenan Thomson (see picture).  If the panelists are having trouble guessing, physical clues would appear to help them along.  There was also a "Secret Slime Action", usually something very common, that if the panelist did, they would be slimed (again, see picture).

It has not been announced yet if Summer Sanders will return as host, but according to her blog, she is excited for the return and would be happy to host if asked.  No word yet on who the panelists will be, but I imagine they would include the current Nickelodeon stars and not the old panelists of my day.  We'll be sure to post an update as this story unfolds!

UPDATE: According to this article, Summer Sanders will not be returning to host.  The show will be hosted by Jeff Sutphen, who previously hosted the 2009 Nickelodeon game show BrainSurge.

Here's a classic episode featuring celebrity panelists Lori Beth Dengerg (All That), Kenan Thomson (All That, Kenan & Kel, now on SNL), Arjay Smith (The Journey of Allen Strange), and Mike O'Malley (Global Guts, now on Glee as Kurt's dad).  The kid's special talent is that he's a Rodeo Sheep Riding Champion.

Oh childhood.  I miss you so.

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