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.