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Move over Steve, Blue has a new pal in Blue’s Clues & You, Nickelodeon’s reboot of the classic kids show.
Relative newcomer Joshua Dela Cruz, who recently appeared on stage in Disney’s Aladdin and has popped up on Time After Time and Bull, will lead a new generation of preschoolers in the search for clues with the beloved energetic girl puppy blue.
Dela Cruz is, in a way, picking up a baton. Original host Steve Burns (pictured above) helped producers search for the new host. “I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up!” Burns said in a statement. “He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt.”
Added Nickelodeon Group’s Shelly Sumpter Gillyard, executive vice president, talent, music and events: “The search for the new host of Blue’s Clues & You was no small task, but we knew as soon as we met Josh that he was the perfect choice. From his genuineness to his comedic timing and range, there was no doubt that he could carry the show on for the next generation of preschoolers.”
“From the moment we decided to make a new version of the series, we knew that so much of the energy and magic of the show comes from the host’s ability to bring preschoolers into the colorfully animated world of Blue and her friends,” added Cathy Galeota, senior vp preschool content at Nickelodeon Group. “Josh’s wonderful theater background and his natural charisma checked all the boxes for us, and of course Steve’s stamp of approval only solidified our decision.”
In Blue’s Clues & You, Blue invites viewers to join her and Dela Cruz on a clue-led adventure and solve a daily puzzle. Production will commence this month in Toronto. The new season will consist of 20 episodes.