Thursday, October 14, 2021

On The Air: Legends of The Hidden Temple (2021)

 This Temple isn't for kids anymore.

Legends of The Hidden Temple, which originally aired as a children's game show on Nickelodeon (1993-5), was revived originally as a possible entry for Quibi, until that service was discontinued. The CW picked up the pilot, and ordered it to series, airing on Sunday nights, coupled with the returning Killer Camp, and displacing Batwoman, which, as we've noted, has moved to Wednesdays.

Cristela Alonso is the new host, after Kirk Fogg had returned for a feature film version of the series a few years ago. Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker returns as the voice of Olmec, and gets star billing as a result. Airing as it does at 8 pm (ET), Temple airs opposite Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC, and has a daunting task within itself.

The task? Taking what was a half hour show, and stretching it out to a full hour, with the same games that were used in the original series. The target audience is meant to be the fans of the original series, now all grown up, and their families. 

Here's a teaser:

Part game show, part reality show. However, between Wheel, The Equalizer, and, for now, anyway, Sunday Night Football, this Temple, set for 20 episodes instead of 40 as it was back in the day, might not make it to the finish line. The opener drew less than 300,000 viewers. That is not promising.

Rating: C.

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