Marc Summers On Nickelodeon’s Golden Years, ‘Double Dare’ & Getting ‘Slimed!’
If you grew up in the late ’80s-’90s or had children growing up during that time, then you’ve most likely spent your days after school glued to the TV watching all the shows on Nickelodeon.
One of Nickelodeon’s classic game shows in particular, Double Dare, was a favorite with the kids growing up during that time, and we had the pleasure of welcoming the show’s host, Marc Summers in studio this morning!
Marc spoke to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show about his days hosting Double Dare, plus tells us about helping out on a new book called Slimed!, which details the oral history of the network’s golden age from the over 250 personalities who personified the station since its beginning.
Though it’s now ranked at #29 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Games Shows of All Time, Marc tells us that Double Dare had modest beginnings.
“When we started, we were doing those shows for $9,000 an episode back in 1986,” he explained. “Nickelodeon was new and didn’t know what the heck they were doing…so the first thirty episodes I think it was…we did for about $9,000 an episode. Looks like we did it somebody’s basement.”
Marc tells his story, along with many other Nickelodeon stars, about hosting Double Dare in a new book that revisits all the ’90s nostalgia of the network called Slimed!.
We also spoke with the book’s author, Mathew Klickstein, who reached out to several Nickelodeon personnel to get their stories about the rise of the network and what it was like working on the first ever kids’ network. Through Mathew, Marc got involved with the book and even wrote its foreword.
“I got people that folks never thought I’d get in touch with,” Klickstein explained to Gary and Lisa on the phone. “It was really, really difficult. I had to be a little bit of a detective here. Nickelodeon had nothing to do with it. They’ve been very nice…but it’s a different place now – it’s not the same place we talk about in the book.”
To learn more about Slimed! and pre-oder it before it comes out on Sept. 24th, visit www.amazon.com.
Listen to our complete interview with Marc Summers to hear more behind the scenes stories from Double Dare, Nickelodeon and more!
Part one: Marc Summers talks about the history of Nickelodeon, the origins of Double Dare, and why these early Nick shows still resonate with fans today.
Part two: Mark Summers helps our own Lisa Stanley slime the morning show’s Paul Malik Double Dare style live on air!
Watch video of the sliming below: