Legends of the Hidden Temple

Legends of the Hidden Temple
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GenreGame show
Created byDavid G. Stanley
Scott A. Stone
Stephen Brown
Directed byCharles Ciup (Season 1)
Glenn Weiss (Seasons 2–3)
Presented byKirk Fogg
Narrated byDee Bradley Baker
Composer(s)David G. Stanley
Scott A. Stone (credited on-air to "The Music Machine")
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes120[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)David G. Stanley
Scott A. Stone
Production location(s)Nickelodeon Studios
Universal Studios Florida
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Stone Stanley Entertainment
Release
Original networkNickelodeon[2]
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)[2] – 1995 (1995)[1]
External links
Website

Legends of the Hidden Temple is an American action-adventure[3] TV game show that broadcast from 1993 to 1995[1] on Nickelodeon. Created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone, and Stephen Brown, the program centered on a temple that was "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards".[4] Kirk Fogg was the host[2] and served as the teams' guide while Dee Bradley Baker announced and voiced a talking Olmec who "knows the secrets behind each of the treasures in his temple".[4] Six teams of two children (one boy and one girl) competed to retrieve one of the historical artifacts in the temple by performing physical stunts and answering questions based on history, mythology, and geography.

Legends of the Hidden Temple was produced by Stone Stanley Productions in association with Nickelodeon and was taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Following the series' conclusion, it aired in reruns on Nick GAS from 1999 to 2007 and occasionally on TeenNick's block The Splat since 2015. In 1995, Legends of the Hidden Temple won a CableACE award for Best Game Show Special or Series.[5][6]

Production

Prospective contestants for Legends of the Hidden Temple were required to be between 11 and 14 years old.[7] 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.[8]

Legends of the Hidden Temple began airing on Nickelodeon on September 11, 1993.[9] 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.[10] Due to this success, the show began airing weekdays at 5:30 p.m. starting the week of February 14, 1994.[10] The show was renewed for a forty-episode second season in February 1994.[10] Auditions for new episodes took place on February 26 and 27, and production occurred from March 27 through April 17.[11] Second-season episodes began airing June 6 of that year.[12] A forty-episode third season started production on February 18, 1995[13], 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 scare contestants while they tried to complete challenges in the haunted house.[14]

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.[15][16]