Nickelodeon has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Blue's Clues & You reboot series, introducing new host "Josh" and the show's visual upgrade. Dubbed Blue's Clues & You, the show will feature an artistic design very reminiscent of the original series, with a modern mix of CGI and stop-motion animation. The basic format also seems to be largely unchanged, blending singing with clue-finding in a manner which seems to pick up right where Blue's Clues left off. In the teaser, Josh performs a song for the viewers with Blue and her pals, giving fans a good idea of what the new show is going to be like.
Last year, Joshua Dela Cruz was announced to portray the show's new host, but this video is our first time seeing him in character as Blue's new owner, Josh. Although we're getting a new host, plenty of familiar faces from the original series will be returning, carrying over that same Blue's Clues feel. This includes Blue's best friend Magenta, Slippery Soap, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Cinnamon and Paprika, Shovel and Pail, and Tickety Tock all make an appearance in the video. Even with the new title and new host, the show is going to feel less like a reboot and like a straight continuation of Blue's Clues.
Originally premiering on Nickelodeon in 1996, Blue's Clues was first hosted by Steve Burns. It was the first cutout animation series for preschoolers and became an instant hit for the network. The critically acclaimed series would earn nine Emmy Award nominations and become the longest-running Nick Jr. series until it was eventually surpassed by Dora the Explorer in 2011. Based on the show's success, a live production of Blue's Clues would also be created, drawing in over two million fans between 1999 and 2002. Still playing in syndication, there's no denying that the series is one of the most beloved children's shows of all time.
All good things must come to an end, and host Steve Burns decided to depart the series in 2002 after filming over 100 episodes. "I knew I wasn't gonna be doing children's television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid's TV show, and it was happenin'-fast," Burns said about his decision to leave. Steve was written out of the series by way of explaining the character was heading to college, introducing Donovan Patton as the new host of the show, Steve's brother Joe. Patton would remain on the series until its end in 2006, reprising the role for 13 episodes in the short-lived spinoff series Blue's Room.
An official release date hasn't been specifically set yet for Blue's Clues & You, but the teaser promises the show will arrive on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. this November. In addition to introducing Blue to a new generation of growing children, the reboot is still certain to capture the attention of nostalgic young adults who grew up with the previous iteration of the series. We'll have to see if the show is as successful this time around as it was before. You can take a look at the new teaser below, courtesy of FlutterDubs on YouTube.