Legends of the Hidden Temple
|Legends of the Hidden Temple|
|Created by||David G. Stanley|
Scott A. Stone
|Directed by||Charles Ciup (Season 1)|
|Presented by||Kirk Fogg|
|Composer(s)||David G. Stanley|
Scott A. Stone (credited on-air to "The Music Machine")
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||120|
|Executive producer(s)||David G. Stanley|
Scott A. Stone
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Stone Stanley Entertainment|
|Original release||September 11, 1993 –|
Legends of the Hidden Temple is an American action-adventure TV
Legends of the Hidden Temple was produced by Stone Stanley Productions in association with Nickelodeon and was taped at
Prospective contestants for Legends of the Hidden Temple were required to be between 11 and 14 years old. Those trying out had to compete in several physical tasks, including rope climbing and running, as well as a written test. The majority of the contestants were picked from the surrounding Orlando, Florida area.
Legends of the Hidden Temple began airing on Nickelodeon on September 11, 1993. The show originally aired on weekends at 6:30 p.m. In that time slot, it increased the Nielsen rating from 1.5 to 2. Due to this success, the show began airing weekdays at 5:30 p.m. starting the week of February 14, 1994. The show was renewed for a forty-episode second season in February 1994. Auditions for new episodes took place on February 26 and 27, and production occurred from March 27 through April 17. Second-season episodes began airing June 6 of that year. A forty-episode third season started production on February 18, 1995, and began airing a year and six days after the premiere of the previous season. The show was originally conceived under the title Secrets of the Haunted House where monsters would jump out and frighten contestants while they try to complete challenges within the haunted house.
In 1996, the Orlando Business Journal reported that Nickelodeon was considering renewing Legends for a fourth season, but according to Scott Fishman, then Vice-President of Production Services at Nickelodeon, renewal was "not [a] sure bet" because Nickelodeon was considering three new game show pilots taped in Orlando. Production for the fourth season was stopped midyear before it could be released, cancelling the season.