Nickelodeon to Air “Legends of the Hidden Temple” Movie


By Amy Joy, @amyjoy331


“Are you ready, Olmec?”


“Oh, yeah!”


If you just read those quotes in TV show host Kirk Fogg and talking stone head Olmec’s voices, you’re not the only one!  Legends of the Hidden Temple was a game show on Nickelodeon that ran from 1993-1995. If you were like me, this show was a staple in your TV watching (and the game show you wanted to go on like nobody’s business!)


The show was centered around six color coded teams of two (say them with me now: the red jaguars, blue barracudas, green monkeys, orange iguanas, purple parrots, and silver snakes) that would compete in three round of games for a chance to enter the “hidden temple”. They had to beat the moat, hear a legend and answer questions on the steps of knowledge, and then move on to the temple games that fit the theme of the legend for that episode and earn life tokens for the temple.




Then came the temple. One person from the remaining team would enter the temple to find an artifact, racing against the clock. Olmec would give them options on what path to take through the labyrinth of rooms with their own challenges and not to mention the temple guards who would jump out and surprise you (and cost you part of the token).


Now, why am I talking about an old TV show that’s been off the air for twenty plus years? Well, Nickelodeon announced via Variety today that Legends of the Hidden Temple was coming back but not in the way we remember it. Later this year, Nickelodeon will air “Hidden Temple” a live-action TV movie based off of the beloved game show.  Not much has been revealed about the movie beyond the basic plot. According to Variety, we’ve been given this snippet:


In “Hidden Temple,” three siblings must conquer a series of obstacles to remain alive, mirroring the theme of the original game show. The TV movie will nod to other elements from the original show, including Olmec, a talking head who knows the secrets behind the temple; the Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar and silver snakes, among others”


Truth be told, this could go either way. It could be epic and reminiscent of a show we grew up loving or it could be horrendously cheesy and just outright terrible. Let’s just hope that if they keep in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, it’ll be easier to put together this time around.  


Will you be watching? Remember, in the words of Olmec: “The choice is yours and yours alone!”


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