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Nickelodeon set to bring back classic ‘90s programming

Singer Lisa Loeb, second from left, and "Rugrats" characters attend the Nickelodeon-sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival.

Singer Lisa Loeb, second from left, and “Rugrats” characters attend the Nickelodeon-sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival.

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In a move sure to delight millennials everywhere, Nickelodeon is cleaning out its metaphorical attic and bringing back a number of its classic 1990s series for a programming block called “The Splat!”in October, Variety reports.

Though Nickelodeon has yet to reveal which shows will be pulled from the archives in an attempt to lure the child-bearing and childlike masses alike, the network has plenty to choose from, including animated fare such as “Rugrats” and “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” as well as live-action staples such as “Salute Your Shorts” and “Hey Dude.” It’s unclear which shows Nickelodeon has access to in its attempt to make the most of the current wave of nostalgia-inspired culture that has spawned an upcoming TV season that includes a new show featuring the Muppets, as well as the return of “The X-Files” and a television adaptation of “Uncle Buck,” but details are expected in the coming days.

Nickelodeon has long been known for being a place where audiences can find gems from television’s past, with a constantly changing Nick at Nite slate that ages with its audience, the television equivalent of an oldies radio station. “The Splat” looks to continue that long tradition, but by narrowing the focus even more, in an attempt to secure a claim in the children’s viewing market that grows increasingly competitive with the rise of programming offerings from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.

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Nickelodeon’s news, coupled with the recent news that Sesame Street was relocating to HBO’s neighborhood, makes for a tumultuous time in children’s programming. And there looks to be little hope for calm in the future, given reports that Nickelodeon’s president of content and development, Russell Hicks, is hoping to bring back other shows from the network’s library in a fresh and new way.

Until more details arise, audiences will have to amuse themselves with the Twitter feed and YouTube channel of the upcoming programming block.

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