Former 'Double Dare' Host Marc Summers Trashes His Old Network, Nickelodeon

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Former 'Double Dare' Host Marc Summers Trashes His Old Network, Nickelodeon

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 17, 2013 | Comments ()


I’ve heard two radio interviews this morning with Marc Summers, the former host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, and current host of Unwrapped. who is out with a book called Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age. In both interviews, he doesn’t speak kindly of his old network, complaining that on Nickelodeon now all the kids look like 11-year-old Britney spears, instead of real kids with acne.

He’s also apparently not on good terms with the Nickelodeon, which has rebooted Double Dare without him, complaining that greedy suits have ruined the kid’s network:

“Their network is going in the dumper. Disney beats it. They have no idea what they’re doing. They put on a bunch of cartoons and stuffed animals instead of real human beings that other people can associate with. Whatever they want to do is fine. They play games with me, and I play games with them … the creative people are gone. It’s become a ‘how much money can we make from this merchandise’ and ‘how many tours can we put out and steal money from the parents.’

The acrimony, however, wasn’t as interesting to me as two other things I learned from the interviews: 1) That Nickelodeon considered Soupy Sales for the host of Double Dare, but thought he was too old, and then offered the job to Dana Carvey, who was offered the gig on Saturday Night Live the same week and ended up declining, which is how the job fell into Marc Summers’ lap. And 2) the green slime is made of apple sauce, oatmeal, vanilla pudding, and green food coloring, which is disgusting and strangely appetizing.

(Sources: TMZ and YouTube)

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  • Limbo

    While children on television are usually a little more attractive than your average acne faced teen, they're still kids. Nickelodeon seems to be one of the few networks that doesn't cast 25 year olds as 15 year olds, so I can give them credit for that. As for making teenagers look like Britney Spears, I don't know if the old solution is any better. Are we supposed to wrap our teenage girls up in Ace bandages to halt puberty in denial? Just ask little Buffy from the 70s (not the vampire slayer) how that turned out. I'll wait while you get the shovel.

  • dizzylucy

    At least it's still kids programming? Unlike MTV which has nothing to do with music anymore, and which I loved equally as a kid.

    I grew up near Philadelphia, so a lot of local schools went to tapings of the Nick game shows while they still filmed there. Everyone I know who was on one never actually got all the prizes they won. So Golden Age, not so much in our memories.

  • lmtj79

    that sounds like article research right there, 80's kids shows prize: Did you get them and were they as awesome as they always seemed.

  • foolsage

    Yo! You there, the used-car-salesman-lookin' mofo! Back way the fuck away from badmouthing "Legend of Korra".

  • Emilie

    surely you'd have to thoroughly blend your oatmeal. slime never looked grainy.

  • Mr. E

    I feel like I can recall that in the early days, the mid-80's, the slime did seem to have a thicker consistency to it than in later years, but I'm mixing Xanax with coffee just to see what will happen so take that with a grain of salttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt. oops, dozed off there.

  • DarthCorleone

    Back in the day at some point Nickelodeon released a green slime recipe either on a show or in a magazine, and I attempted to make it. That wasn't even close to what they claimed it was, and the result I made at home was very disappointing. This sounds much more effective.

  • This just reminds me of how much I loved "You Can't Do That On Television". It seems like no one knows anymore that that's where the slime came from, whenever a character said "I don't know" on the show.

  • Mr. E

    Everyone above 25 remembers that. You shootin' the shit with teenagers or something? #Barthforpresident2016

  • I remember. Alistair!!

  • DarthCorleone

    This old man knows.

    No. Wait.

    I don't know.

    *waits expectantly*

  • AvaLehra

    Wait, wait, wait...Photoshopped or un-Photoshopped Britney?

  • JJ

    "It’s become a ‘how much money can we make from this merchandise’ and
    ‘how many tours can we put out and steal money from the parents.’"

    He's not wrong. Gone are the halcyon days when it was "how many catapulted pies can we fit in those pants."

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    At least ten or you're doing it wrong. Get some motor skills, kids.

  • BWeaves

    " . . . now all the kids look like 11-year-old Britney spears, instead of real kids with acne." says the man with skin so smooth he looks like a woman.

  • Pat

    He's an adult. but... yeah :P

  • Pawesl

    Kids like cartoons. I'm 25 and I still love cartoons. Its why Cartoon Network is going in the crapper with all of their live programming. What a waste.

  • Batesian

    Except that's not an accurate statement. As a former CN staffer, I can say the success rate of the live-action shows was roughly consistent with its animated shows.

  • Fredo

    Fun House > Double Dare

  • gnibs

    Hi Fredo, I'm not going to agree with you, but I'll say that you don't deserve downvotes for stating a reasonable position.

  • AlexaCastro

    He should watch some Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. A:TLA is one of the greatest shows ever freakin' made. And Korra is a masterclass in gorgeous animation.

  • Batesian

    Yes indeed. And not a fan of blanket statements like that. People don't relate to cartoons or stuffed animals? How about some Muppets or Adventure Time?

  • Parker Jammstein

    Seriously. My brother was really into that show and a marathon was on one day and we watched it together. Blows every other show on Nick totally out of the water. It's gorgeous.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Knowing what goes into the green slime in time for Halloween is like an early Christmas gift.

  • ed newman

    Have you priced apple sauce, oatmeal, and vanilla pudding? Even if you shop in bulk at Costco, you're hosed. Now that Jesse Pinkman is free maybe I can hire him for a caper...

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