The CW is rebooting Legends of the Hidden Temple, the children's game show that originally broadcast on Nickelodeon in the early-to-mid 1990s. Hosted by Kirk Fogg, the series featured a temple filled with malevolent guards and hidden treasure for young competitors to seek out. A large talking stone head named Olmec (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) was also featured to guide players through the competition, which would result in one team earning the chance to explore the temple.
Nearly three decades later, Legends of the Hidden Temple is returning on a different network. The CW has put in the order for the reboot series, which will be produced by Stone & Company, the original producer behind the three-season Nickelodeon show. The series was previously set to be rebooted for the short-form streaming service Quibi, which has already gone down the tubes. Seeing the reboot just lying on the table, The CW has got the ball rolling on the project again.
There will be some similarities between both versions, as the reboot will bring back Olmec the talking head along with the Moat Crossings, the Steps of Knowledge, and the Temple Run. Also returning are the team names: Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes, and Green Monkeys. The basic concept of the game will also be largely unchanged. It's unclear if Kirk Fogg will be back to serve as host, or if Dee Bradley Baker will voice Olmec once again.
One major difference between the original and the reboot is that kids are no longer taking part in the challenges. The CW's Legends of the Hidden Temple will use adult competitors, but with the change comes the scaling up of the set and the challenges. It will feature a "jungle" type setting as opposed to the old-school Nickelodeon studio look. The physical and mental challenges will also have increased difficulty to prove more challenging for adult contestants. That's an interesting thought, as host Kirk Fogg previously explained how difficult it was to film the original series as it was with children.
"It was an intensely difficult show to do," Fogg told E! News in 2016, revealing that even adults were left totally exhausted when going through the course. "You think that it's easy to go through that temple, because it doesn't look like people are going that fast. But you go through it and come back, and I don't know if you've ever been in some sort of athletic thing where you feel like your lungs are going to explode, that's how you feel. And you don't know it until you get back, and suddenly you're like, 'I'm going to die.'"
A premiere date for Legends of the Hidden Temple hasn't yet been set at The CW. Other unscripted titles in the works at the network include more episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, World's Funniest Animals, and Masters of Illusion. New shows include Killer Camp, Would I Lie to You?, and Great Chocolate Showdown. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.