The Nickelodeon series Blue’s Clues is getting a new presenter, Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz, as well as a brand-new title, Blue’s Clues & You.
Blue’s Clues & You will look on as Dela Cruz invites a new generation of preschoolers to search for clues with the titular animated puppy. Production on the 20-episode show will begin this month in Toronto. The original Blue’s Clues first began airing on Nickelodeon in 1996 with host Steve Burns.
Burns commented: “I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt.”
“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,” noted Shelly Sumpter Gillyard, the executive VP of talent, music and events at Nickelodeon. “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.”
Cathy Galeota, the senior VP of preschool content at Nickelodeon, added: “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. 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.”