Here are your three clues: He is beloved by ’90s kids, he wore a green striped shirt and he sat on a thinking chair.
That’s right. “Blue’s Clues” is back, and so is Steve.
The Nickelodeon hit, which originally aired in 1996, is getting a reboot called “Blue’s Clues & You!,” premiering Nov. 11. Steve Burns, who hosted the show until 2002, will be making a cameo on the premiere of the revamped children’s program. He’ll be joined by Donovan Patton, who replaced Steve in the role of Joe until the show’s end in 2006.
The storybook world’s new host, who enlists the audience to help him solve mysteries, is Joshua Dela Cruz, who will play Steve’s cousin. Some familiar faces in the cast: Tickety Tock the clock, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Mailbox and Magenta.
But it’s not all nostalgia. The handy-dandy notebook gets a 2019 update as a smartphone, and Blue and Magenta have gotten a CGI makeover. The soundtrack has a new pop-rock vibe too.
Since appearing on the big red chair, Steve has done some voice-over work and released an album with Flaming Lips musician Steven Drozd. He even has a dog, named Mickey — not Blue — after his favorite movie, “Rocky.”
In a preview for the show, OG Steve appears on a video call with Josh and Joe, giving sage advice to his successor.
Although rumors of drug use and death hoaxes followed Steve after his departure from Nickelodeon, the musician says he simply outgrew the role — and his hairdo. As he said in a behind-the-scenes documentary in 2006, “I refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show.” The day after he filmed his last episode, Burns shaved his head.
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In the clip for the upcoming season, Burns is featured in a fedora.