A month ago we found out that the popular ’80s and early ’90s game show Double Dare was being revived by Nickelodeon. The only question we didn’t have an answer to, was whether or not Marc Summers was going to return as host.
Now Nickelodeon has announced a return date for the show, and that Summers will indeed be involved. But there’s a catch. Summers will not be returning as host, instead taking on a commentary role for the game’s challenges. Liza Koshy steps into the role of host for this new version of Double Dare.
Continue below for the full announcement.
From Nickelodeon’s press release:
Get ready for a summer full of Double Dare, as Nickelodeon sets Monday, June 25, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) as the premiere date for the iconic game showâ€™s return. Digital creator and actress Liza Koshy has been tapped to host the brand-new version of Double Dare, where a new generation of fans will compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives.
Bringing together new fans and the iconic game showâ€™s millennial audience from the â€˜90s, original series host Marc Summers returns to give color commentary on the challenges, lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.
Said Koshy, â€œThis is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking.â€
Said Summers, â€œI canâ€™t think of many shows like Double Dare that have the ability to bond people togetherâ€“those who grew up watching the original series can now pass along their love for this game show to todayâ€™s kids. Itâ€™s an honor to be a part of this reboot.â€
Double Dare features two teams competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical stunts and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle courseâ€“the human hamster wheel, the classic gigantic mouth, the wringer, the iconic Double Dare nose and more.
Nickelodeonâ€™s new Double Dare will also spill off of the screen and into the real world this summer, connecting to fans both old and new in a series of forthcoming location-based live experiences. There will be opportunities for fans to play Double Dare in on-the-ground versions at VidCon 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., and all summer long at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis.
While it’s a little bit of a bummer that Summers isn’t returning as host, it’s good to know he’ll at least be a part of the show in some way. That alone makes it worth it for me, as someone who grew up watching the original, to at least check out this new version. Exactly what Nickelodeon had in mind when they decided to bring him back, I have no doubt.
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