• All That revival confirmed at Nickelodeon; Kenan Thompson will “be around”

    All That logoReady yet? Get set. All That is coming back to Nickelodeon! The hit kids sketch show will return with former cast member Kenan Thompson as executive producer.

    All That ran from 1994 to 2005 on Nickelodeon launching the careers of many comedy actors. In addition to the SNL star, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kel Mitchell, and Gabriel Iglesias all got their big breaks on the tween version of Saturday Night Live. Many of its characters are considered classics among millennials born in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

    Variety confirms All That revival at Nickelodeon

    Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins told Variety, who broke the story, “People are really fond of it,” noting All That “stayed in the zeitgeist for many years.” Robbins served as a co-creator and an executive producer of the original run.

    Robbins is right that the sketch show remained a nostalgic favorite for adults under 40. Many were excited for the possibility of a Good Burger sequel when Thompson teased it on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in December. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We’ve had meetings about it,” he said on the show. “So it’s in the higher powers’ hands cause we’ve both said that we’re down to do it.” It appears those higher powers delivered something even greater to the 40-year-old father of two.

    SNL star Kenan Thompson

    New kids will collaborate with All That legends

    “We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. Though Nickelodeon plans to start fresh with an all-new likely-unknown cast, adult fans of the show can expect former cast members to make appearances. The new All That will likely be a “mash-up” of the show’s old characters with a lot of new sketches. That bodes well for fans of Pizzaface, Milkman, Superdude, and Lori Beth Denberg’s Vital Information anchor.

    Kenan Thompson on All That: It means everything to me.

    Thompson is very vocal about what the program meant for him in his early years. “It was my first job that I ever had,” he told Variety. “It gave me an opportunity.” Hopefully, the series will do for a new cast of unknowns what it did for Thompson and many of his castmates. “I think it should be a staple show for Nickelodeon.”

    Of course, with a new hosting gig on the horizon and a sitcom pilot up in the air at NBC, Thompson’s future as SNL’s most tenured cast member is called into question. As far as he’s concerned, he’s still showing up to 30 Rock every week. The Good Burger star is not delusional. He knows he has a lot on his plate right now. However, he still hopes to have a say over All That’s tone and casting. “If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read,” he assured. “I’ll be around.”

    Billy Procida

    Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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