Throwback Thursday: Legends of the Hidden Temple Host Reveals Secrets from His '90s Game Show – and What He's Doing Now
The legendary Nickelodeon game show returns as a TV movie this fall
Prepare yourself for a major dose of nostalgia! Nickelodeon’s ’90s game show Legends of the Hidden Temple is returning as a film – and the show’s host is spilling details on the upcoming TV movie.
Everything from the original team names (um, yes, Blue Barracudas), the challenges (remember those pesky Steps of Knowledge?), Olmec the wise and stone-faced and the scary temple guards who mysteriously popped out of nowhere are all making a comeback.
“I thought it was a practical joke,” host Kirk Fogg, 56, tells PEOPLE of first hearing of the reboot. “But its an honor that they asked me back. I’m very excited about doing it. They’re doing a really nice job with the movie.”
Nickelodeon’s upcoming live-action TV movie – which is slated to debut in the fall – pays homage to the feel of the legendary show.
The film will follow three siblings who ditch a jungle tour and find themselves undergoing a real-life obstacle with the help of Fogg and Olmec.
Though the Legends host is thrilled to be a part of the film, his heart remains with the original game show he hosted from 1993 to 1995.
“As I got older and the show went off the air, I didn’t realize how much of an effect it had on kids and how much people like it,” says Fogg. “With all of the reality TV and all the shenanigans that go on these days, I’m so glad that I’m attached to this show. It really is childhood.”
In honor of Legends‘ comeback, Fogg reveals five secrets from his days on the Nick classic.
He had a favorite team.
Forget the Blue Barracudas, the Green Monkeys, or the Red Jaguars – Fogg was all about the Silver Snakes.
“I liked the Silver Snakes and I don’t know why,” he says. “They were next to me at the gong, where I was doing the play-by-play. They were the first ones to come over. But I’m telling you, they were kind of rag-tag. They always seemed a little disheveled and their hair wasn’t quite right and their shirts were kind of untucked. They were kind of funny. They actually kind of won a lot!”
He held on to his uniform.
Unfortunately, due to a last-minute show cancellation of the show, Fogg wasn’t able to grab a special memento from the set. He did, however, keep the memorable blue, denim button-down shirt.
“That was the only thing I kept because they canceled the show while we were on hiatus, so I never grabbed anything,” Fogg reveals. “You know, like, in Seinfeld they got to keep the couch? I never got anything to keep from the show!”
Those scary temple guards were actually the show’s producers and writers!
“They were really frightening,” says Fogg. “Some people cried sometimes.”
Fogg adds, “Sometimes the producers of the show would dress up [as a temple guard]. Everybody got a chance at being a temple guard. I didn’t!”
They filmed over 100 episodes.
In a span of three years, Fogg filmed 120 episodes of the game show.
“It’s so funny, because it was a lot of hard work,” he says. “That show was not easy. It was really quite an undertaking and pretty gutsy that Nickelodeon did it because of the scope of what entails with the moat, the steps, and the games, and the huge temple. It was huge. I think we kind of knew that this was nothing that had been done before. They could’ve kept doing it for twenty years.”
Legends was the last show Fogg hosted.
“For the last ten years, I have been flipping houses,” says the happily married father of two. “I develop houses and sell them in Los Angeles. It’s been really, really good. I really love real-estate and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Legends of the Hidden Temple is slated to air on Nickelodeon in the fall.