Well, it looks like North America’s favorite groms are going to be back in the industry. Viacom, the parent company of Nickelodeon announced Monday that they would be bringing back Rocket Power in a “fresh and grown-up fashion”. Since 2010, Viacom has not only struggled with viewer erosion but also an executive revolving door. Perhaps this is an effort to regain the attention of teens and young adults, in an attempt to make Viacom what it used to be.
The first season of Rocket Power aired on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999, and continued airing 4 seasons of reruns until late 2007. Between 2002 and 2005, it aired on CBS, and more recently on The Splat from June 2014 to February 2017, with a generally young and dwindling viewership.
Viacom plans to recreate the series, and direct it at an older crowd, but “still keep some of the classic themes” around. The plan is to use modern age animation and voice over technology, as well as mainstream media actors to play the parts. Viacom stated that it only takes about a day to do voiceovers for an entire episode, thus many of the signed actors and actresses were “excited to bring Rocket Power back to life”
Viacom didn’t release many more details about the show, but that production has already started, and that the first episode will likely air next Summer.
They also mentioned Dave Franco voicing lead character Otto Rocket, but only time will tell.