In late 2019, Quibi announced the return of the classic Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple with some major changes, like the fact that it’s for adults now.
Quibi shut down less than a year later, and the library of shows it aired are going to Roku. But there was no word about unproduced shows, like this one. Until now.
The CW has bought Legends of the Hidden Temple, and will the show will be filming in Los Angeles this July, according to its casting website.
It seems like The CW has just picked up the Quibi version; The CW’s press release even has some of the exact same language (the game will be “taken out of the studio into a ‘jungle’ and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line”).
Where exactly they’ll find a jungle—even a jungle in scare quotes—in Los Angeles remains to be seen. Will that be a soundstage jungle?
The show still has the same production company, Stone & Company Entertainment, though The CW adds that Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox will executive produce.
The CW did, however, give the briefest of details about the game’s format:
This supersized, adult version of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE preserves many of the original Nickelodeon series’ favorite elements, including “Olmec”—the giant talking Mayan head – the“Moat Crossings,” “The Steps of Knowledge,” the “Temple Run,” and of course, the iconic team names: “Purple Parrots,” “Blue Barracudas,” “Orange Iguanas,” “Red Jaguars,” “Silver Snakes” and “Green Monkeys.”
Only this time, the entire show is taken out of the studio into a “jungle” and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line. Every episode is a hero’s journey through a mysterious jungle.
Five teams begin the journey, but only one is “strong enough and smart enough” to enter the ominous Olmec’s Temple, avoid the “dreaded” Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner.
If you haven’t seen the original, season one is on Paramount+, as are other classic Nickelodeon game shows. The original only aired three seasons between 1993 and 1995 on Nickelodeon, but as The CW says, it “holds a special place in millennial hearts.” I’m not quite sure if I’m a millennial or not, but if loving Legends of the Hidden Temple is the marker, sign me up as a millennial.