Legends of the Hidden Temple returns as an adult game show, now officially accepting nominations for nominees
News week– “Legends of the Hidden Temple” is the last big show from the 1990s to be rebooted – and applications are now open for nominees. The action-adventure game show originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1995, and provided kids with a series of physical and mental challenges to retrieve artifacts in a Mayan-themed world.
Originally slated for the hapless Quibi streaming service, the reboot will now be on The CW, but there is a twist. This time the contestants will be adults. Here’s how to sign up to take on the Knowledge Stages, Moat Crossings and of course Olmec, the talking Mayan Head voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, from Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
Apps are open now for kids in their 90s (or older) who want to appear on reboot.
As with the first version of the show, applicants must apply in teams of two. This time, however, they must be 21 or older. They must also be available to shoot in Los Angeles in July.
The production company has set up a website where potential applicants can apply to be purple parrots, blue barracudas, orange iguanas, red jaguars, silver snakes or green monkeys. You can visit this page on legendscasting.com.
If you grew up in the 90s or were in high school in the 2000s and didn’t know what “Legends Of The Hidden Temple” was, what were you doing with your life?
Nickelodeon had a run in the mid-90s with their game show – GUTS, Legends, Nick Arcade, What Would You Do, Wild and Crazy Kids, and their SNICK line – Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Alex Mack, All That and Are You Afraid Of The Dark ?, which was matched only by ABC’s TGIF. They have had a monopoly on child, pre-teen and adolescent demographics for 5-6 years.
All of these shows were a blazing fire, but none were up to the level of Are You Afraid Of The Dark and Legends Of The Hidden Temple.
When you think of perfectly constructed game shows, Legends is at the top of every list.
From the introduction
To semi-weird, over-enthusiastic host Kirk Fogg (who actually left some reboot secrets at TMZ a few weeks ago)
And some of the worst casts for an athletic game show of all time. And an unbalanced team without any consideration of parity.
The producers of the show used to STACK the Silver Snakes team in fucking heaven. Speaking dynasty. It seemed like in all the other episodes the Silver Snakes were circling the bufoons on the Purple Parrots (a team that never won, my team).
The show would start with this fucking guy pushing back into the frame from the rafters like a certified bad ass. He took the microphone out of its tool belt microphone case and graciously greeted us all into the jungle.
From there it was time for a race across the lagoon where every team member had to succeed for you to win. Uncoordinated gangly kids got fucked here.
Some episodes were going through this strange contraption, others were swinging or rafting-
4 teams advanced and the last two teams of tramps were sent home. But not without a sick consolation prize!
This is where they stopped to read a well-placed announcement from Olmec about their sponsors and that the idiots coming home were breaking up so well it would make Steven Cheah proud.
Then we would be captivated by a wise historical lesson from Olmec, the talking Easter Island-like statue that was Kirk Fogg’s formidable sidekick.
Each episode had a different storyline based loosely on historical figures
He usually dropped several clues during his monologue that passed completely over the heads of the contestants, as the time had come to answer trivia questions at this point in the game, “The Stages of Knowledge”, c it was as if the children were reading them in Greek.
I’m pretty sure the show’s executive producer was in the moonlight as a Little League coach who manipulated missions to stack his team like a loser and used to throw his buddies’ kids on the Silver Snakes and ask them the questions ahead of time because they thrived at this game.
Fuck the money snakes.
We would end up narrowing the teams down to two winners and sending two more losing teams home. With even better farewell gifts like Moon Shoes.
From there, the remaining two teams would move on to a head-to-head clash in three different matches which varied with each episode where the winner received “The Pendant of Life”. Each of the first two sets was worth a half dime and the third set was worth a full.
This life pendant has changed the game. It was pretty much essential if you wanted to win the grand prize.
If there was a tie, they would take that thing off and ask another question on the show’s theme story to determine the winner.
The winning team would get a quick glimpse of the Temple of Olmec labyrinth, then set off in search of the show’s precious artifact.
The children would have 3 minutes to complete the task.
They would almost ALWAYS get caught by a temple guard who would jump out of a hiding place and scare them.
This is where the pendant of life got huge. They could exchange one at the guard to continue their quest. If they didn’t have one, they’d be dragged out of the maze and their teammate would have to give it a go.
They had run into rooms that each had a puzzle to solve in order to open doors and hatches to enter the next room.
No room was more confusing to these mental dwarves than the infamous “Silver Monkey Sanctuary”.
Literally three pieces, a bottom, a middle, and a head with a post on it that you would drill through to unlock the door. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Wrong. This thing was more difficult than Chinese arithmetic.
If the kids found the artifact somehow it would unlock all the doors and if they got out of the temple in less than 3 minutes they won the game. And in addition to the monster bragging rights, also sick prices. Like a CD player.
Children today have no idea. They think having endless amounts of streaming songs handy on their phone is cool. They have no idea what was really cool. It was walking around with 18 songs on a disc that skipped every time you took a step (unless you have advanced anti-skip detection) in your hand. Fucking poseurs.
If you land the big shit prize, you’re headed to a desert location, Ramada.
If luck was on your side, you would head to all the dream children in the world …
That’s right. Space camp.
Game show of all time and you can bet I applied already. See you in the jungle in July.
ps – I think Summer Sanders, who hosted “Figure It Out,” after Legends, taught me at a young age that older women are where it’s at. It might have been my very first crush. Such a baby.
pps- My college roommates and I in Loyola would come home from bars (we had two, Pumping Company and Hamiltons) and watch GAS on Nickelodeon until 4 or 5 in the morning. The GAS network was awesome. It was just 24/7 Nickelodeon game shows. We all had a personal team (mine was Purple Parrots, maybe it was the worst draft pick in history) and we played beers, bar tabs and other stuff based on their results. It got to the point where we would be yelling on the TV at 3.30am at a 14 year old kid who was in the room with the wizard’s staff and couldn’t find him right in front of their face.
It got so bad that a few years after I graduated, when I went from DJing at Rogers Park to the Big League in downtown Manor, we dressed up for Halloween as a band and went as a than Legends’ competitors. Probably the biggest dork move of my life. Definitely the worst photo ever.
When I say that NOBODY had any idea what we were, I mean not a single person. It was a little depressing but much more embarrassing. Needless to say, we realized that not everyone enjoyed the show as much as we thought.
pps- since we tell embarrassing college stories my friend Scotty was single all through college aka smart. He didn’t need help picking up girls when we were dating, but for some reason we got the idea to tell the girls he was on GUTS when he was younger and won a piece of Agro Crag, and that he had it at home in his room. He played it when they asked him like he didn’t want to make a big deal out of it and sold the story perfectly. Over the years it turned into this whole thing where he reduced events to a T, and who his competition were, the whole thing. It was a real beauty and to this day I haven’t seen a pickup line work better. Unless it comes from Gaz.