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Nickelodeon announces ‘Blue’s Clues’ reboot

The puppy Blue returns to Nickelodeon in an

The puppy Blue returns to Nickelodeon in an updated "Blue's Clues." Credit: Nickelodeon / Maria Diez

“Blue’s Clues” is coming back.

The children’s cable network Nickelodeon announced at its annual upfront presentation for advertisers Tuesday in Manhattan that the acclaimed educational series for preschoolers would return this year with 20 episodes in a revamped format. Casting for a new host will begin this month.

The animated-and-live-action series, which ran nearly 150 episodes and specials from 1996 to the mid-2000s, featured the blue, female cartoon puppy Blue and a human — initially Steve (Steve Burns), followed by his brother Joe (Donovan Patton). Blue supplies clues to help viewers interactively solve a puzzle, while Steve or Joe, directly addressing the audience, goes through a series of related mini-puzzles. Following Blue’s journey, the human examines Blue’s clues and devises an answer to the puzzle.

“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.

The original series, created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, remains available on Noggin, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers, with excerpted short-form content on the Nick Jr. app and at NickJr.com. An animated and puppet spinoff, “Blue’s Room,” ran 17 episodes from 2004 to 2007.

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