Blue's Clues & You will celebrate this year's holiday season by bringing back former hosts Steve and Joe for a fun Christmas special. A rebooted version of Nickelodeon's educational children's program Blue's Clues, the new series premiered on the network in late 2019. Featuring the same animated blue dog from the previous iteration of the show, Blue's Clues & You! also introduced new host Joshua Dela Cruz as Josh, Blue's live-action owner who cares for the pup in an animated world.
On Friday, Nickelodeon will air a special episode of Blue's Clues & You! called "Blue's Night Before Christmas." After the two previously appeared at the start of the reboot, both Steve Burns and Donovan Patton will also be returning for the holiday special to reprise their roles as Steve and Joe, Josh's cousins and Blue's former owners. In the episode, also written and directed by Burns, "Josh and Blue play Blue's Clues to figure out what Blue wants for Christmas, decorate with Steve, help Joe wrap presents, and celebrate a night full of holiday traditions."
Blue's Clues & You! may have brought in a new host, but the series features several familiar characters from the original series. The reboot brings back Blue's various friends like Mailbox, Sidetable Drawer, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Paprika, Cinnamon, Ginger and Sage, Shovel and Pail, Tickety Tock, and Slippery Soap. Co-creator Traci Paige Johnson is also back as the voice of Blue, and Blue's puppy pal Magenta has also appeared in the new series. Although the series has also been given a visual upgrade to look better than ever in high definition, it also features a similar art style and format.
Because the Blue's Clues reboot turned out to be an instant hit for Nickelodeon, the network almost immediately put in a renewal for a second season. With today's new generation of children enjoying the show just as much as the kids from before, Nickelodeon would put in an order for even more new episodes by renewing the series through season 3 earlier this year. Blue's Clues & You! is now currently in the midst of its second season, and season 3 will likely premiere sometime in 2021.
"Blue's Night Before Christmas" is just one part of Nickelodeon's "Nickmas" lineup of holiday-themed programming to help ring in the 2020 holiday season. The network will also be premiering new episodes of hit series like The Casagrandes, Danger Force, and All That along with fan-favorite holiday episodes of other shows like Rugrats, PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Loud House.
The Blue's Clues & You! holiday special will premiere on Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The series also regularly airs every weekday at 11 a.m. (ET/PT). For a sneak peek at "Blue's Night Before Christmas," Nickelodeon has also released a video of Joe reuniting with Blue and Josh online. Encouraging viewer participation, the three work together to help finish wrapping presents for Santa's sleigh, and by the end, Josh is overcome with holiday excitement. You can watch the video below, courtesy of Blue's Clues & You! on YouTube.