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Nickelodeon Wants Kids To See More Multicultural And Diverse Content, So They’re Launching Mexican-Inspired Show “The Casagrandes”

Nickelodeon announced this year that the network wants to focus on giving kids a more “multicultural, authentic and diverse” array of programming that will reflect modern kids’ everyday lives. The kids’ outlet plans to serve just that, in “The Casagrandes,” a companion series to its animated mainstay, “The Loud House,” about a small boy and his many sisters. The new program will follow Lincoln Loud’s friend Ronnie Anne and her brother Bobby Santiago living in the city with a chaotic multi-generational family. 

The kids’ network is actively working on bringing diversity to children through their programming.

According to Cyma Zarghami, president of the company’s Nickelodeon Group and a kids-media veteran; Nickelodeon will be focusing on series that present broader families and more characters from a broader array of backgrounds, said Zarghami, noting that modern kids want to see shows that mirror the people in their lives. “Multicultural, authentic and diverse,” are the themes they seek, she added.

“The Casagrandes” is a spinoff of Nickelodeon’s animated hit mainstay show “The Loud House”. 

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Children who watch Nickelodeon on the regular, will be familiar with Ronnie Anne from the hit series, “The Loud House,” which is similar to “The Casagrandes” in that they both navigate a kid’s life surrounded by a large family. The new show however, will add diversity to the network in terms of race. “The loud house” does so with gender, by focusing on a boy named Lincoln Loud living with his family of 10 sisters —all of whom have different personalities and ambitions which break with female stereotypes.

With “The Casagrandes”, Nickelodeon is taking the next step towards diversity by exploring a female character more deeply. 

On “The Loud House” Ronnie Anne Santiago is a character frequently presented as a tough tomboy figure who dislikes girly things. As the show progresses thought, the audience finds out that she is actually very sensitive and kind. Her brother, Bobby Santiago Jr. is also a recurring character as the boyfriend of Lori Loud, Lincoln’s sister. Roberto “Bobby” Santiago Jr. will be playing a much larger role in “The Casagrandes.”

Nickelodeon teased the new show during an episode of “The Loud House”.

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The network teased the upcoming spinoff in a recent episode of “The Loud House,” which was entirely about Ronnie Anne and Bobby, rather than Lincoln Loud, the protagonist of the series. In the episode, Ronnie Anne and her brother move to their extended family’s apartment in the city, which rests on top of a bodega. 

At first, Ronnie Anne is reticent about moving since she’s used to living with her small family of three. Soon she adjusts to living with all her relatives under one roof. The episode, which served as an introduction to Ronnie Anne’s extended family, is also an introduction to Latino culture. Throughout the episode, the show makes references that resonate with Latinos everywhere, such as the way that Ronnie Anne’s abuelita ‘Rosa’, persists on her family members and guests eating until they’re completely stuffed. 

The show makes many references to Latino culture and traditions through relatable characters like ‘Rosa’, the family’s abuela.

The overbearing grandmother is a Latino stereotype that largely, seems to be true to most Latinos, and a lot of Latinx children in the audience might be able to relate. The episode plays with that idea by having Rosa go way overboard with her cooking anytime someone mentions they’re hungry. Rosa also frequently makes home remedies when someone in her family gets hurt —another reference to the Latino community and the all too familiar ‘remedios caseros’ we have to endure when grandma finds out we have a tummy-ache or a fever. 

Lincoln and his family live in a suburban, mostly white-predominant town, while Ronnie Anne will be living in an urban area, surrounded by people of multicultural backgrounds. In the episode that teased the upcoming show “Los Casagrandes”, Ronnie Anne makes friends with several kids in the city, many of whom are also people of color. “Los Casagrandes” will reflect the city life by situating characters in different parts of the city. The Casagrande apartment and the family’s bodega, will be found in the Spanish-speaking neighborhoods.

Ronnie Anne, the protagonist, offers an intersectional lens on what it means to be both female and a POC.

By having Ronnie Anne as a protagonist, the show will offer an intersectional lens on what it’s like to explore her life as both a female and a person of color. In similar fashion to “The Loud House”, the characters will have diverse personalities, but instead of seeing the identities and narratives through female characters as seen through Lincoln Loud’s 10 sisters, the new show will present differences through Latino characters, specifically characters of Mexican culture. 

“The Casagrandes,” premieres Monday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. beginning on Oct. 19.

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All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

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All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

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RBD members reunited and posted a picture of it on New Year’s Eve. Fans were left wondering whether the reunion meant that we might be getting another album? Perhaps a tour? Or maybe we’ll get a Rebelde remake this year? Here’s why we think the former band members might be hinting at an upcoming project together.

Every Latinx kid’s favorite band of the early 00s might be getting back together.

If you grew up Latinx in the early 2000s, you were probably obsessed with Rebelde at one point or another —like the rest of us. Fans hadn’t seen all members together since 2008, when Anahi, Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera, Maite Perroni, Christopher von Uckermann and Christian Chavez were on their farewell tour. 

12 years later, the band got together again to tease their fans.

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Dulce Maria was the first to upload the reunion photo with her old bandmates. “Que el 2020 esté lleno de sorpresas que alegren su ❤️!  Feliz año!!!,” “May 2020 be full of surprises that cheer your heart,” she wrote on Twitter. 

The picture shows Dulce in a group hug with her 5 former band members.

It is not yet clear why the former RBD members were together, whether it was just a regular chat, maybe their working on an upcoming documentary, or a reunion and world tour. What’s true is that seeing the six of them in the same room, sparked the public’s anxiety. And they have thoughts. 

2020 is BLESSED

Needless to say that the reunion photo sent fans into overdrive, with them expressing their excitement all over twitter and the comment section of the Instagram photos posted by band members themselves. 

A lot of fans are getting their hopes up already

It is important to remember that many of the members often said that this meeting would not happen due to political differences and past discussions. The artists themselves talked about some dark times they went through during the period of time when RBD was at it’s most popular. Others remember the time with affection and say they would come back, if this happened by mutual agreement —and fans don’t even know what to expect anymore. 

Seeing all the members together after more than 10 years has sent twitter into a frenzy.

This user is ready to spend her life savings to sing ‘Solo quedate en silencio’ at the top of her lungs one more time.

Eff #WorldWarIII give us an RBD reunion tour!

This fan is not bothered about the rising tension between the US and Iran as long as RBD gets back together

The reunion actually took place before Christmas

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Para siempre. ❤️

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That RBD reunion actually took place around Dec. 23 when Anahi and her bandmates uploaded a similar photo featuring the band in a group hug that didn’t show their faces. “Para siempre,” she captioned it.

Interestingly enough, all band members uploaded the same group hug on December 23.

Poncho posted the photo and dismissed all reunion rumors, saying that the 6 were only getting together as friends, with no “pesos signs,” “no interests,” “just friends getting together”: “11 años después… Citando a Mai Este es el verdadero reencuentro, no el que evidentemente se esperaría anunciar, no es el de los números, ni es un negocio de otros , ni tiene signos de pesos , el reencuentro de los seis.’ Reencuentro de amig@s, mas no de intereses.”

Christian and Christopher also posted the same photo just before Christmas

“6 souls that will never be apart!! 11 years later, the love is still intact, this is the real reunion. December 2008-December 2019” was his caption.

To add even more layers to the mystery, they all posted another group photo on the same date again.

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Cuando una no es ninguna… ¡Feliz 2020!

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All 6 RBD members posted a group photo again on the same day —December 31. “Cuando una no es ninguna,” said Poncho. The bandmates previously regrouped in a photo in 2015 sans Herrera. With all of them present this time around, and with all of them timing the publication of their images on the same dates, we can’t help but suspect that this was more than just a friendly get together.

Here’s to hoping we get an RBD reunion in 2020 —or at least a fun documentary. All of us rebeldes are dying to sing the nostalgic tunes of our adolescence, as was proven when #RBDForever became a trending topic on Twitter after the photo’s release.

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Olmec And The ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Is Getting A Reboot And Fans Are Divided On If That’s A Good Thing Or Not

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Olmec And The ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Is Getting A Reboot And Fans Are Divided On If That’s A Good Thing Or Not

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The ’90s television series Legends of the Hidden Temple is coming back with adult contestants. The rebooted series will be released on the mobile-first streaming app Quibi. The Nickelodeon kids’ competition will now only have grown-ups competing as the same six original teams.

Executives know only old people want to watch this. Real kids today are too busy protesting climate change and making Juice WRLD TikToks to care about this. Shout out to all the Green Monkeys out there. Shout out to all the kids in the hood who wanted to go to space camp too. 

The new Legends of the Hidden Temple will be tougher. 

Even though kids are youthful and spry, producers have decided to make millennials do more challenging exercises. In the original series, six teams of two (the Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes) competed in three challenges.

The first required a moat crossing race, the second a series of trivia questions, and then a physical challenge through the obstacle course. Each week on the original the obstacles were different, and the team had three minutes to complete it. All of this was filmed in front of a studio audience. Well, the new version is quite different. 

The reboot “will preserve many of the favorite original elements of the show—the Moat Crossing, Olmec and the Temple Run—but will see them ‘grown-up’ for an audience that’s grown up along with them. The entire set will be taken out of the studio, into a jungle and scaled up with tougher challenges and bigger prizes on the line.”

Millennials basically live in the cloaked shadows of dusty office buildings, putting us in the jungle with fresh air might do something crazy like clear our pores. I’m not ready. Call it market research but these people seem to know what’s good for a nostalgia-loving generation of people who sit in front of computers all day.

“I love this beyond all words in the human language that describe affection,” one excited fan said on Twitter

The series’ episodes will run differently on Quibi.

“Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true. I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited,” producer Scott Stone, and original co-creator, said in a press release. 

Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg intends for Quibi to be made for a mobile generation. Thus, the episodes of all of the platform’s shows will be 10 minutes or less. Because of all the series are made for mobile devices, two versions of the footage will be produced: one vertical, and one horizontal. 

Quibi will launch next April at $5 a month or $8 for the ad-free version. Quibi is investing quite a bit of money in its projects and has courted notable directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Sam Raimi to create series. 

The original Legends of the Hidden Temple only aired three seasons. 

The strange kids competition about the vaguely-Mayan stone god Olmec and the treasures in his temple aired from 1993 to 1995. However, reruns of the show aired on various Nickelodeon properties up until 2015. 

According to writer Chelsea Blackstone the show was basically unwinnable. 

“Apparently, out of the 120-episode run of Legends of the Hidden Temple, only 32 teams ever won. That’s just over a 25% chance of beating the Temple, and those are pretty low odds,” she wrote in Gemr. 

In 1995, one Entertainment Weekly writer compared the series to an American Gladiators knock off for kids.  Legends was considered an American Gladiators meets Indiana Jones pastiche rip off but after decades in syndication, its impact on a generation is clearly lasting. Even the millennials most exhausted from being pandered to with reboots wants in on this. 

“Am I the only one tired of these reboots? Can’t we just remember the shows as they were when we were kids… (With that said, I would still like to be a contestant),” reporter Morgan Parrish said on Twitter. We’re all part of the problem! 

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