Nickelodeon is reviving Hey Arnold! for new TV movie

The fourth-grader with a football-shaped head is returning after a decade off the air

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Nickelodeon is reviving one of its tentpole franchises for a new TV movie. As Variety reports, the network has green-lit plans for a film based on Hey Arnold!, the animated series about a fourth-grader with a football-shaped head who lives in the big city with his grandparents.

Hey Arnold! originally ran between 1996 and 2004 as an episodic series. Creator Craig Barlett will return to pen the forthcoming movie, promising a storyline “that picks up where the original series ended and resolves unanswered plotlines — including the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents, long missing from the program.”

The revival of Hey Arnold! is part of Nickelodeon’s “emphasis on wringing new value” out of its extensive archives, notes Variety, and there are plans for more reboots in the near future. That includes live-action series, which Variety speculates could include Clarissa Explains It All. Mitchell Kreigman, the creator of Clarissa, recently published a new book, Things I Can’t Explain, chronicling the character’s life as a young adult in the big city.

Get nostalgic and revisit a past episode of Hey Arnold! below.

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