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The Splat Brings 90s Nicktoons Back to Nickelodeon

By Brian Gallagher — September 15th, 2015

Fans of classic Nickelodeon shows from the 1990s can start rejoicing now, because there will soon be a platform where you can watch all of your old favorites again. Variety reports that this initiative known as The Splat will be a programming block on Nickelodeon devoted to their classic animated TV shows such as Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but sources claim that the programming block will launch in October.

The exact programs that will be featured on The Splat have yet to be confirmed, but, over the weekend, a YouTube channel for The Splat was launched. The site featured a trailer that includes footage from a number of Nickelodeon programs, while the official website TheSplat.com has also been launched. While there is no content on the site yet, it does direct users to a number of social media platforms for The Splat, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more.

Variety also reports that this initiative is believed to be separate from Nickelodeon's efforts to produce brand new episodes of these shows. During the 90s Fest in Brooklyn last weekend, The Splat Instagram page posted a number of different photos with celebrities such as Pauly Shore, Coolio and the band Smash Mouth spotted with The Splat logo. Buzzfeed reached out to Nickelodeon Australia, which confirmed the programming block will run from 10 PM to 6 AM starting next month in the U.S.

It isn't known when Nickelodeon will make an official announcement yet. This move could be an effort to combat streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, with the network putting its popular 90s shows all in one place for fans to watch every night. Several children's programmers are suffering ratings hits as their youngest viewers have started watching a majority of their program on tablets and other mobile devices. Whether or not The Splat will be a big hit is anybody's guess, but it could prove to be incredibly popular with adults who grew up on these shows in the 1990s.

While we wait for any sort of official announcement, check out the two videos from The Splat's YouTube page below. It's worth noting that The Splat could be trying to compete with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming, which also runs from 10 PM to 6 AM, featuring a bevy of adult-themed shows. Do you think The Splat could give Netflix, Amazon and Adult Swim a run for its money? Let us know what you think after checking out these videos, along with images from The Splat's social media pages.

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