NickSplat

NickSplat
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NetworkTeenNick
LaunchedJuly 25, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-07-25)
Country of originUnited States
Formerly known asThe '90s Are All That (2011–15)
The Splat (2015–17)
FormatRetro Nickelodeon programming
Running timeMonday–Saturday from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am (ET); Sundays from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (ET)[1]
Original Language(s)English

NickSplat (formerly The '90s Are All That and later The Splat) is a programming block that airs nightly on TeenNick. The block shows reruns of classic mid-late 1980s, 1990s, and early-mid 2000s children's programming, mostly shows that aired on Nickelodeon during their original runs. The block airs seven nights a week from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays–Saturdays and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays.[2] Its name and logo comes from Nickelodeon's historic logo, a white brush-printed wordmark on an amorphous orange background (often manifested as a "splat" shape, but which was frequently rendered in many others), which the network used from 1984 to 2009.

The block was preceded in the format by The '90s Are All That, which debuted the night of July 25, 2011 (early July 26) and was inspired by a large amount of interest in classic Nickelodeon series from the 1990s by users of social media outlets such as Facebook.[3] From October 7, 2011 through October 23, 2011, the block aired in an earlier time slot, from 10 p.m. to midnight.[4] Response to the debut was very positive; hashtags pertaining to the block became trending topics on Twitter[5] and the Nielsen Ratings for TeenNick on the debut night increased to between eight and 60 times the ratings TeenNick received in previous weeks, beating numerous higher-profile basic cable programs in the same time slot.[6] The '90s Are All That was originally two hours in length, with most of that time airing from midnight to 2 a.m. Eastern Time.

Beginning October 5, 2015, the block expanded to eight hours encompassing the full overnight block (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), and began airing a broader variety of series and rebranded as The Splat.[7] To align itself with Nickelodeon's cross-platform branding, The Splat was renamed NickSplat on May 1, 2017.[8]

Programming

Current programming

NickSplat runs a mix of permanent shows with various other series from Nickelodeon's history featured irregularly. Episodes are typically repeated several times in a given week.

The following shows currently have a permanent slot on the schedule:

Show title Original/Nickelodeon run First day on NickSplat
Doug 1991–94[9] October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05)*
Rugrats 1991–2004 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)*
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1991–95 October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05)*
Rocko's Modern Life 1993–96 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)*
All That 1994–2005 October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)*
Kenan & Kel 1996–2000 October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05)*
Hey Arnold! 1996–2004 October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)*
CatDog 1998–2005 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)*

Other series that have aired on the block so far on a rotating basis include:

Show title Original/Nickelodeon run First day on NickSplat
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1994–97 October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)*
Action League Now! 2001–02 November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 1991-1996 June 17, 2017 (2017-06-17)*
All Grown Up! 2003–08 October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)
The Amanda Show 1999–2002 June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)*
The Angry Beavers 1997–2001 October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)*
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1992–2000 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)*
As Told by Ginger 2000–06 October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)
ChalkZone 2002–08 November 12, 2016 (2016-11-12)
Clarissa Explains It All 1991–94 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)*
Double Dare 1986–92[10] October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)*
Double Dare 2000 2000 June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23)
Figure It Out 1997–99 October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)*
GUTS 1992–96 October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)*
Hey Dude 1989–91 October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)*
The Journey of Allen Strange 1997–2000 October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26)*
KaBlam! 1996–2000 October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08)
Legends of the Hidden Temple 1993–95 October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)*
My Brother and Me 1994–95 December 31, 2015 (2015-12-31)*
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo 1996–98 October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)*
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee 1992–2015 November 5, 2016 (2016-11-05)
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 1998–2001 December 3, 2016 (2016-12-03)
Rocket Power 1999–2004 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)*
Roundhouse 1992–96 October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)
Salute Your Shorts 1991–92 October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)*
Space Cases 1996–97 January 1, 2016 (2016-01-01)*
Weinerville 1993–94 October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)
Welcome Freshmen 1991–93 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)
The Wild Thornberrys 1998–2004 October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)*
You Can't Do That on Television 1981–90[11] October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05)

Programs with an asterisk (*) previously had aired on The '90s Are All That prior to the rebrand. Only two shows aired on The '90s Are All That that have yet to air on NickSplat: The Secret World of Alex Mack and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (the latter of which, a show that originally aired on Fox Kids, only aired on The '90s Are All That as part of a one-time special presentation).

Note: These are broadcasting dates, which begin at 6 am and end 24 hours later.[12]

U-Pick with Stick

On October 7, 2011, Stick Stickly, who hosted the Nick in the Afternoon block during the mid-1990s, returned to host the block on Friday nights. The Friday night block revived the "U-Pick" segment from Nick in the Afternoon, allowing viewers to vote online to decide which shows they want to see.

Citing Stick's New Year's Hangover, U-Pick went on hiatus for January 2012. The first U-Pick post-hiatus was a showdown between Rocko's Modern Life and The Angry Beavers on February 3. The winning show was Rocko's Modern Life and it aired on the block for the entire weekend. U-Pick returned in early March for a showdown between Salute Your Shorts and CatDog with a marathon over the weekend of March 23 at stake. Salute Your Shorts prevailed.

Following the departure of Paul Christie, the voice of Stick Stickly, in March 2012, U-Pick was moved exclusively to an online content, in which the winning show would have a number of full episodes released for streaming on the block's official website; the first online U-Pick featured CatDog against Rocket Power with the latter as the victor. Later matchups included Double Dare vs. Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Clarissa Explains It All vs. The Secret World of Alex Mack (the last of which was abandoned before voting was closed).

Stick Stickly did return on August 5, 2013 to host '90s Game Show week (see "Special events"), then on a more permanent basis in a Wednesday night time slot beginning in June 2015. Votes for the 2015 incarnation are cast via Facebook comments.

Special programming

The '90s Are All That occasionally broke from the standard program format to air episodes of series that, because of either problems with securing the broadcast rights or not enough episodes to rerun the series in a regular time slot, did not get a regular spot on the block's lineup. The occurrence of these special program appearances varied widely; they were common in the first few months of the block but would not appear for several months at a time (thus ensuring the airing of the same reruns over and over again after a few months). NickSplat abandoned the set program schedule block and these types of shows now air in a more frequent rotation.

Potential programming

Other shows previously mentioned or alluded to as series that would be included in the block but, to date, have not appeared, or have only appeared online, include:[13][14][15][16]

In most of these cases, rights issues have proven to be an obstacle to clearing reruns. Pete & Pete, in particular, used such an extensive music library so pervasively throughout the show that neither securing the broadcast rights to all the music nor editing the music out of the show were feasible (similar issues have prevented numerous episodes of that show from being released on DVD); it would take over six years before any full episodes aired on the block.[17] The original interstitial shorts debuted on the block in December 2013 and have aired on NickSplat. A similar factor forced the musical guests to be cut out of the block's reruns of All That. Likewise, the numerous animators who were involved in KaBlam! and Oh Yeah! Cartoons each needed to give their permission to air their contributions, which held up those shows' inclusion for five years. A similar situation existed for the classic cartoons that had been used in Weinerville breaks, whereas rest of that show remains in the ownership of its host and creator, Marc Weiner; that series would eventually become part of the schedule by the time of the launch of The Splat, with the cartoons removed.

The Amanda Show was originally set to be included in the block but instead aired separately in its own, varying time slots during TeenNick's daytime lineup. It was eventually added to The Splat's lineup in June 2016.[18]

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