How original 'Double Dare' host Marc Summers got Nickelodeon to bring the beloved show back

After a decade of wanting to bring "Double Dare" back to Nickelodeon, original host Marc Summers has finally gotten his wish: The network's longest-running game show, which originally aired from 1986 through 1993, will return to Nickelodeon for 40 new episodes on Monday, June 25.

"I've been after Nickelodeon for 10 years to do this," he exclusively told AOL at the the show's New York press day.

But it wasn't until Nickelodeon announced that it was bringing back universally-beloved hits like "Blue's Clues" and "Clarissa Explains It All" that Summers truly took matters into his own hands to get the network to give "Double Dare" the same fate.

"When I read that they were bringing back 'Blue's Clues' and 'Clarissa,' I sent an email to executives that said simply, 'Am I getting the next phone call?'" he told us. "Two weeks later, I did. I've always been aggressive about promoting stuff. I'm an executive producer, so I'm involved with everything: New obstacles, questions, contestants, hosts."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 7: Marc Summers attends Seventh Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards on May 7, 1994 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marc Summers, 'Win Tuition', at the 'Game Show Networks 2003 Winter TCA Tour' at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
LOS ANGELES - MAY 7: TV host Marc Summers attends An Evening With Bob Barker presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at The Leonard Goldenson Theater May 7, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Host Marc Summers of the Food Network at Unexpected Mexico - Presented By Bohemia on October 25, 2007 in New York. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 17: TV host Marc Summers poses at the 4th Annual Great Chefs Event Benefiting Alex� Lemonade Stand Foundation at Osteria on June 17, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Marc Summers attends the Broadway Salutes, Arts Horizons Annual Gala at The Edison Ballroom on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actor Marc Summers attends the Broadway Salutes Arts Horizons 4th annual gala at The Edison Ballroom on October 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: (l-r) Marc Summer, Rosie O'Donnell, Andy Cohen -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 13: Marc Summers attends Mitchell & Ness X DJ Questlove: A Celebration of Two Philadelphia Classics at the Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store on October 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Marc Summer (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: TV personality Marc Summers attends Philadelphia Style magazine's holiday issue cover event at the Hotel Monaco on December 11, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Marc Summers attends Food Networks 20th birthday celebration at Pier 92 on October 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Marc Summers attends Sirius XM's FOOD TALK with Geoffrey Zakarian, presented by Key Group Worldwide and The James Royal Palm on February 21, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for James Royal Palm Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Television personality Marc Summers is seen on April 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Marc Summers and chef Guy Fieri interact onstage during a culinary demonstration at Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village Featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid� Culinary Demonstrations 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Grand Tasting Village on February 27, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - The 4th Annual View/Chew cook-off airs Thursday, April 14, 2016. Donny Osmond is also a guest. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MARC SUMMERS
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Marc Summers attends 'Small Mouth Sounds' opening night at The Pershing Square Signature Center on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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Yes, when "Double Dare" returns later this month, Summers will not be returning as its host. In an effort to reach a large young audience, YouTube sensation Liza Koshy has been brought on to host the show's reboot. Koshy boasts over 15 million YouTube subscribers and a passionate, loyal fanbase that garners her tens of millions views on the clips that she uploads. It's that social clout that Summers thinks will help ensure that the "Double Dare" reboot will be successful.

"When we started this show in 1986, the biggest prize was an Apple computer and there was no internet," Summers recalled. "Now, the person who’s hosting the show gets 19 million views when she posts something on the web. Nobody even knew what that was back then. It’s cool and different and what we’re merging is the audience that has followed me throughout my career and the people who have no idea who the hell I am, but they know her."

For her part, Koshy described her high-profile new gig as "reliving [her] childhood" -- and noted that she "babysat for a few years," so she has experience being around kids.

"I'm already like a big kid myself, so slap 'Double Dare' and Nickelodeon into it, and I'm a baby all over again," she told AOL with a laugh. "This is literally my childhood dream. I'm excited to be part of this."

Though "Double Dare" will have a new host, most other elements of the iconic show will remain intact. During the New York press day, we partook in a mock episode of the game, complete with trivia, physical challenges, slime and more -- and it felt like the same competition we all remembered watching on Nickelodeon growing up. The physical obstacles -- like the nose! -- were all there, and that's something that Summers made sure of.

"Let’s not reinvent the wheel, because it’s really not broken," he said. "Let’s not fix something that doesn’t need fixing!"

As for advice that Summers gave Koshy about her filling his shoes in her upcoming hosting gig, he said that's one major rule that he learned from Bob Barker back in the day: It's about the contestants.

"Listening to contestants [is so important]," Summers said. "If you make the contestants stars, you will shine."

"Double Dare" returns to Nickelodeon on Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. EST

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