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The original “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns is returning to make an appearance in the series premiere of Nickelodeon’s remake, “Blue’s Clues and You!”

Burns will be joined by fellow former host Donovan Patton (Joe), with the pair assisting the new host, Josh Dela Cruz, in solving his first game of Blue’s Clues. You can watch the trio interact in the trailer above.

According to Nickelodeon, “a remake of the groundbreaking, curriculum-driven interactive series ‘Blue’s Clues,’ ‘Blue’s Clues & You!’ follows Blue as she invites viewers to join her and Josh on a clue-led adventure and solve a puzzle in each episode. With each signature paw print, Blue identifies clues in her animated world that propel the story and inspire the audience to interact with the characters.”

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The original “Blue’s Clues” aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2006. The remake features a modern take on beloved “Blue’s Clues” hallmarks, like the Handy Dandy Notebook, which is now a smart phone that Josh can have video calls and receive emails. Blue and his pal Magenta have been updated with CG-animation, and original characters Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Shovel, Pail, Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Cinnamon, Paprika, Felt Friends, Sidetable Drawer and Mailbox will all return — plus the original Thinking Chair.

New additions include Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper’s twins, Sage and Ginger, and an all-new Handy Dandy Guitar.

Following the series premiere of “Blue’s Clues & You!” full-length episodes will be available on, the Nick Jr. app, Nick Jr. On Demand and Download-to-Own services. Nickelodeon is also launching play-along, tap-and-touch immersive videos on its interactive learning subscription service, Noggin, alongside the show’s cable premiere.

“Blues Clues and You!” premieres Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

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This Is What Steve From ‘Blues Clues’ Is Doing Now

If you were in pre-school in the mid-’90s, or just had some deliriously fun fever-filled sick days from elementary school, you probably caught an episode or 27 of Blues Clues. If you’re a Blues Clues classicist, you probably were willing to follow Blue’s owner Steve and his iconic striped sweater wherever Blue’s paw prints would lead you, divorcing the series once Steve’s “brother” Joe took the reigns. So I know I can’t be the only OG fan left with one important question: where is Steve from Blues Clues now?

To begin with, he’s very much alive and living in Brooklyn, so you don’t have to feel weird about that after all those death hoaxes. “I Googled the conditions of life, and I meet every single one of them, I can assure you, I am certainly alive. I know that for sure,” real-life actor Steve Burns said in a 2016 interview with Huffington Post. Ha.

But, beyond that, he’s rocking a music career of sorts: Burns released the albums Songs For Dustmites and Deep Sea Recovery Efforts in 2003 and 2009 respectively. Last year, though, saw him making an homage to his roots in kids’ entertainment, releasing the a record of psychedelic children’s music FOREVERYWHERE with Steven Drozd of Flaming Lips fame. Their lead single? “The Unicorn and Princess Rainbow.”

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Um, how epic is that?

Music isn’t necessarily the reason that Burns set sail from the children’s show, however, although it did fall together like that. Instead, he cites losing his hair and simply feeling it was the right moment to separate himself from his Nick Jr. persona. “I was getting older; I was losing my hair; a lot of the original gangsters on the show, like the people who created it, were all moving on to other careers,” he said. “It just felt like time. I just had a gut feeling like it was time to go.”

And, even though Blues Clues saw darker days once he left, you honestly can’t blame the guy. I’m really glad that, after all these years, Burns has managed to make peace with his past as a nursery school hero and have a good sense of humor about the fact that he looks more like “Moby if he had a real problem with pad Thai” than the ever-clueless Steve.

You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter under the monikers of @SteveBurnsAlive. And yes, I think we’re very, very happy to hear that he’s still alive.

Steve Burns to make cameo in ‘Blue’s Clues’ return

Here are your three clues: He is beloved by ’90s kids, he wore a green striped shirt and he sat on a thinking chair.

That’s right. “Blue’s Clues” is back, and so is Steve.

The Nickelodeon hit, which originally aired in 1996, is getting a reboot called “Blue’s Clues & You!,” premiering Nov. 11. Steve Burns, who hosted the show until 2002, will be making a cameo on the premiere of the revamped children’s program. He’ll be joined by Donovan Patton, who replaced Steve in the role of Joe until the show’s end in 2006.

The storybook world’s new host, who enlists the audience to help him solve mysteries, is Joshua Dela Cruz, who will play Steve’s cousin. Some familiar faces in the cast: Tickety Tock the clock, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Mailbox and Magenta.

But it’s not all nostalgia. The handy-dandy notebook gets a 2019 update as a smartphone, and Blue and Magenta have gotten a CGI makeover. The soundtrack has a new pop-rock vibe too.

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Since appearing on the big red chair, Steve has done some voice-over work and released an album with Flaming Lips musician Steven Drozd. He even has a dog, named Mickey — not Blue — after his favorite movie, “Rocky.”

In a preview for the show, OG Steve appears on a video call with Josh and Joe, giving sage advice to his successor.

Although rumors of drug use and death hoaxes followed Steve after his departure from Nickelodeon, the musician says he simply outgrew the role — and his hairdo. As he said in a behind-the-scenes documentary in 2006, “I refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show.” The day after he filmed his last episode, Burns shaved his head.

In the clip for the upcoming season, Burns is featured in a fedora.

Original Blue’s Clues star to appear on reboot’s premiere

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The premiere of the rebooted children’s show Blue’s Clues is set to feature a very familiar face.

Steve Burns, who hosted the original show about a clue-leaving animated blue puppy from 1996-2002, will appear in the first episode of its reboot Blue’s Clues & You!. He will be joined in the premiere by Donovan Patton, who took over hosting duties until the show ended in 2006, Nick Jr. revealed Monday.

A preview of the episode shows Burns and Patton helping out the new host, Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz, when he needs assistance making Blue a snack.

The host still has his Thinking Chair, his Handy Dandy Notebook (which now features a phone), and friends like Tickety Tock, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Mailbox, and Magenta. New additions include a fresh blue-striped shirt, a new musical style, and a Handy Dandy Guitar. Blue is sporting a bit of a makeover too.

Check out the preview clip below.

You’re going to need to sit in your Thinking Chair for this news: Steve and Joe will be in the first episode of Blue’s Clues & You! Check out this clip as they return to help Josh play his very first Blue’s Clues 🐶💙🖍️

— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) August 26, 2019

Blue’s Clues & You! premieres Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

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Steven Michael Burns (born October 9, 1973 in Boyertown, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and entertainer, best known for his role as Steve, the host of Blue’s Clues.

Early Life

Steve Burns was born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He played in bands called Sudden Impact US, Nine Pound Truck, and the Ivys (which he has called a “Morrissey rip-off band”) while in high school and college. He studied theatre under an acting scholarship at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley. He dropped out of school and moved to New York City to become a professional actor. He lived in a basement apartment near Times Square, finding his first success as a voice-over artist for ads and making appearances on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order.

Blue’s Clues

In 1995, Burns auditioned for Blue’s Clues. He showed up with long hair and an earring, later commenting that he was a bit of a skate rat. Initially, the Nickelodeon executives were not supportive of Burns hosting their new show; in subsequent auditions the show’s creators requested that he dress more conservatively. Burns reported that the creators, in a call-back phone conversation, asked him, Could you not look like you tomorrow morning? It became apparent, however, that he was the favorite with preschool test audiences. Executive producer, co-creator and voice of Blue, Traci Paige Johnson reported that of the 100 people they auditioned, Burns was the realest. As Dr. Alice Wilder, Nickelodeon’s Director of Research and Development, said, There was just something about this kid, who was fresh out of Pennsylvania, who just knew where to look in the camera to really talk to kids. He was just right.

From its premiere, Blue’s Clues was an instant hit, due to Steve Burns’ performances as much as the show’s format. He became a superstar among his audience and their parents, but unknown to everyone else. However, enjoyed what he called being a “micro-celebrity, about as small a celebrity as you can be.” As The New York Times reported, he “developed an avid following among both preteen girls and mothers. The former send torrents of e-mail; the latter scrutinize the show with an intensity that might make even Elmo, the red monster of Sesame Street, blush.” In 2000, People magazine included Burns in their annual list of America’s most eligible bachelors.

Burns became very involved with the production of Blue’s Clues from the beginning. One of the most challenging aspects of being the host of the show was performing in front of the blue screen before the animation was added. Burns called it “maddening” and likened it to “acting at the bottom of a swimming pool.”

While doing Blue’s Clues, Steve found time to be a panelist for the successful Nickelodeon panel game show Figure It Out.


After six years and almost 100 shows, Burns departed Blue’s Clues in 2002. He was replaced by Donovan Patton, playing his brother Joe.

Add another hero and celebrated celebrity to the long list of the follicly challenged: Pioneering children’s T.V. star, Steve Burns, who abruptly left his highly successful show, Blue’s Clues, at the height of its popularity in 2002, partly did so because he’d started losing his hair, according to the Huffington Post.

Many kids and parents that grew up with Steve, Blue, Paprika, Side Table, Side Drawer, the Mailbox and others from the 1996-2006 show were disappointed by Steve’s sudden announcement at the time that he was “going to college.”

What? College? You’ve got one of the most successful shows on television, even clobbering the Teletubbies and Sesame Street, you were named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors, what do you want with college? Maybe a good message for the rugrat Blue’s Clues viewers, but something always seemed suspicious about that explanation for Steve’s leaving Blue’s Clues.

Steve Burns of Blue’s Clues fame, may have lost some hair but is still alive and well.

Regardless, Steve’s decision was final, and soon his little brother, Joe, had moved in to try to fill Steve’s incredibly talented and charismatic shoes. That never quite worked out, and Blue, Steve and the rest drifted off into parent and childhood memories.

Fortunately, Sponge Bob had arrived on the scene in the midst of Steve and Blue’s incredible run and soaked up some of the inevitable tears, but that’s a different story. The thing about Steve’s going to college always seemed contrived, and the unsatisfying answer for “What happened to Steve?” always remained.

Steve Burns along with a cow jumping over the moon, much like how Steve himself took Blue’s Clues over the moon.

Like many celebrities, rumors had long swirled around Steve Burns, including that he was a drug addict and had died of a heroin overdose and those were before he even left Blue’s Clues. Other unsavory rumors included Steve getting killed in a car accident. So, when Steve did suddenly announce his retirement from Blue’s Clues, the stories really started to fly.

Fortunately, however, there was no horrible demise of Steve Burns, just a successful guy that was ready to move on after a Blue’s Clues career that included more than 100 episodes over 6 years. He wanted to pursue a music career, which he did, and, well, yeah, there was the hair thing:

“I knew I wasn’t gonna be doing children’s television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show,” said Burns in a 10 year Anniversary Blue’s Clues special. “And it was happenin’… fast.”

In the clip of Steve Burns below, The Moth Presents Steve Burns: Fameishness, it’s easy to see that Blue’s old pal, like many of us, has lost some hair over the years. But he’s none the worse for wear, still the same cool, charismatic and handsome guy, and certainly not dead.

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Why Nickelodeon’s new ‘Blue’s Clues’ may feel very, very familiar

It won’t take an expert detective to sniff out the similarities between Nickelodeon’s upcoming series “Blue’s Clues & You” and its source material, “Blue’s Clues.”

After comparing the first three episodes of “Blues Clues & You” — currently available on Vudu — to their original counterparts on Amazon Prime, The Times has concluded the forthcoming reboot of the popular children’s program will follow mysteries nearly identical to those of its namesake. Key differences, such as a fresh host and updated technology, will separate the old from the new.

“Blue’s Clues,” which ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2007, followed Steve Burns and his dog, Blue (voiced by co-creator Traci Paige Johnson), as Steve deciphered the meaning behind Blue’s barks by tracking strategically placed paw prints — with assistance from the show’s young viewers.

Each episode adhered to the same easily digestible formula: The live-action host collects three clues — drawing a symbol for each in his handy-dandy notebook along the way — that add up to Blue’s message of the day. Once Blue’s owner and the audience find every hint, the host returns to his “thinking chair” to solve the puzzle. The learning program earned eight consecutive Emmy nominations for preschool children’s series between 1998 and 2005.


“Blue’s Clues & You” sees Johnson reprise her voice role as the title pup opposite newcomer Josh, played by Joshua Dela Cruz, who takes up Steve’s mission to hunt for Blue’s clues. In the pilot, Josh also benefits from additional guidance, courtesy of former “Blue’s Clues” hosts Steve and Joe (Donovan Patton), who replaced Burns’ character in 2002.

Though the series uses newly recorded voice performances, the scripts and animated movements remain largely unchanged, as each episode closely matches the corresponding original — with a few exceptions. Because the new show runs about two minutes shorter than “Blue’s Clues’” 25 minutes, certain sequences that aren’t crucial to the plot — such as Blue painting elephants or assembling doll outfits out of felt — have been cut, while others more integral to the story have been shortened.

Among the modern elements to be featured in the reboot are Broadway star Dela Cruz’s jazzy spins on classic “Blue’s Clues” tunes, advanced CG animation for Blue and her canine pal, Magenta, and a tricked-out take on the host’s trademark notebook, which now doubles as a smartphone. In the second episode of “Blue’s Clues & You,” “Playdate With Magenta,” Josh’s notebook/phone comes in handy as the final clue, hinting that Blue wants to take a photo with Magenta during her visit. In the original, “Magenta Comes Over,” the final clue is a camera from the pre-smartphone era. Similarly, instead of receiving handwritten letters in the mail like Steve, Josh simply opens emails from pen pals on his phone.

Steve gets a letter from Mailbox in “Blue’s Clues.” (Screenshot by Christi Carras via Amazon Prime)

Josh gets an email notification from Mailbox in “Blue’s Clues & You.” (Screenshot by Christi Carras via Vudu) Advertisement

Familiar friends such as Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Shovel, Pail, Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Cinnamon, Paprika, Felt Friends, Sidetable Drawer and Mailbox will return to accompany Josh and Blue on their adventures, along with some small additions — two of whom make their debut in the third installment of “Blue’s Clues & You.” While the original episode “Blue’s News!” introduced Paprika as Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper’s new baby girl, the updated version, “Big News With Blue” reveals Paprika’s littlest siblings, twins Sage and Ginger.

Amid an industrywide influx of new franchise installments, there are no set rules for remakes or revivals, though “Blue’s Clues & You” sticks closer to its predecessor than other animated TV reboots. The Times compared writing credits and episode synopses on more than 30 animated remakes — nearly all geared toward children — to their respective originals and concluded that none hewed as tightly to their initial iteration as the first three chapters of “Blue’s Clues & You.”

“For me, it’s kind of an homage to what I did, coming back to exactly the … format that I created, which, at the time — and still, now — is completely unique to television,” “Blue’s Clues” co-creator Todd Kessler, who is not involved in the production of “Blue’s Clues & You,” told The Times in a phone interview, referring to the episodes now streaming on Vudu.

A pioneer in interactive TV, the first “Blue’s Clues” engaged its preschool-age fans by breaking the fourth wall and inviting them to help solve Blue’s riddles. In 2019, “Blue’s Clues & You” will take the interactivity up a notch with play-along videos available on Noggin, Nickelodeon’s youth-facing educational subscription service.

“They made a couple minor changes,” Kessler said. “But, literally, you’ll see they follow the shots and the animation pretty much in a paint-by-numbers way.”

“With any property, there’s a need to refresh it,” he added. “Our budget for ‘Blue’s Clues’ was about one quarter of what the budget for other Nickelodeon shows was at the time. So now the animation and the backgrounds are much more robust than they were originally. … And also, they have a host who’s from mixed cultures and will have a much easier time being identified with around the world.”

The network also offered its perspective on how the updated “Blue’s Clues” nods to the show’s earlier days.

“The new series is not a shot-for-shot remake. We have refreshed a number of the original scripts and added modern touches,” a representative for Nickelodeon, which declined to make the producers of the reboot available for comment, said in a statement to The Times. “There are similarities, including ‘Easter eggs’ for the fans, and there are instances where the scripts adhere closely to the original as well as having many new moments.”


“Blue’s Clues & You” premieres Nov. 11 on Nick Jr.

Times staff writer Carolina A. Miranda contributed to this report.

Blue’s Clues Host Steve Burns on How the Flaming Lips Changed His Life

This story originally appeared in SPIN’s February 2004 issue. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Flaming Lips’ 1999 album The Soft Bulletin, we’re republishing it here.

In January 2001, Steve Burns left Blue’s Clues, left those secure, highly lucrative two dimensions, and returned to anonymous real life. His departure was so surprising that it prompted rumors that he’d died in a car wreck or of a heroin overdoes.

The turning point was significant. Burns had walked into a New York party and heard a record for the first time—the Flaming Lips’ 1999 album The Soft Bulletin. “ my head completely,” Burns intones like a ’60s acid casualty. “I mean, I haven’t had a response like that to a record since, oh, I don’t know. Just pssssshoo.”

Indeed, countless studies—mostly informal, many involving bongs—have isolated a potent quality in The Soft Bulletin, something that bypasses all critical faculties, sweeping listeners into a Spielbergian swoon of aching wonder. Maybe it’s the trembling vulnerability of Wayne Coyne’s voice or the way the band’s tales of heroic scientist and atomic-age love bypass ’90s cynicism to hit us squarely in our inner kindergartner.

In any case, Burns was uniquely vulnerable. “Right before that, I was into Radiohead,” he says. “But it’s so dark. And right then, I needed something hopeful.” That night at the party, he got it. He stayed long enough to find the host and ask for the title of the CD. Soon, he got a Pro Tools audio program and started writing songs—a lot of songs.

“It was, ‘Wooooaaaaa,’” says Burns, mimicking a massive creative vomitus. “I had literally been doing nothing but talking to objects made of felt. For six years! There was this weird creative constipation going on.”

NEW YORK — Joshua Dela Cruz has gone from having a genie as a sidekick to a bright blue puppy — and he couldn’t be happier.

The actor is the host of a new reboot of the pre-school TV show “Blue’s Clues” and hopes people who grew up on the original come to check it out with their kids.

“Now parents get to share a piece of their childhood, which is really exciting and only makes the learning that’s happening onscreen that much stronger,” he said.

Dela Cruz comes to Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues & You!” after a long stint in the Broadway musical “Aladdin,” where he understudied Iago as well as the title character and went on as Aladdin for three months.

“There was still something more that I wanted at that point. I’d been with the show for just about five years. And I wanted to use the gifts and the skills that I had learned to help someone,” he said. “And my agent sent me an audition for ‘Blue’s Clues.’”

The original Nickelodeon show ran from 1996 to 2007, with a human host solving a puzzle by deciphering the meaning of Blue’s barks and paw prints — with assistance from young viewers chiming in with their thoughts.

The reboot hews close to the original, with the return of characters like Mailbox, Thinking Chair, Slippery Soap, Shovel and of course Blue, though the pup is being rendered by computer graphics. “She is furrier, she’s more lovable,” he said.

Other changes include the addition of Handy Dandy Guitar and an update to Handy Dandy Notebook, which now has smartphone technology, allowing Dela Cruz and Blue to receive emails and video calls.

Former hosts Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) returned for the first episode to help welcome Dela Cruz as the host. Burns helped pick Dela Cruz from an audition process that included over 3,000 hopefuls. He is the first Asian-American actor to become Blue’s companion, a responsibility not lost on him.

“I was talking to my friend and they said their kid was like, ‘Hey, he looks like me.’ And man, that hits you like a ton of bricks,” he said. “It hits you like a ton of bricks.”

Traci Paige Johnson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the original “Blue’s Clues” and the reboot, helped pick Dela Cruz, purposely widening the search to include Broadway performers because they can sing and dance and endure a grueling schedule.

She and her team went to see him in “Aladdin” and were wowed by what they saw him do onstage. But they were even more impressed by what they saw offstage.

“Some kids were backstage and he was just so lovely with them, so genuine. He got down to their level and spoke to them,” she said. “He just felt like the whole package.”

The 30-year-old Dela Cruz thinks “Blue’s Clues” is different than other shows geared toward children because it honestly asks audience members for help and it doesn’t ask them to be silent consumers.

“It’s more of a transfer of power and authority to the home viewer, which is something as a kid, you don’t usually get,” he said. “You’re usually told to be quiet and listen. Our show gives us the opportunity as kids to voice our opinions and make mistakes, because that’s a part of learning.”

Appearing on “Blue’s Clues” completes an unlikely circle for Dela Cruz, who as a youngster watched the show with his younger sister. The family didn’t have cable but whenever they’d sleep over at their aunt’s house, the pair would eagerly watch the blue dog. Dela Cruz even credits the catchy “Mail Song” with spurring his interest in singing.

He grew up in New Milford, New Jersey, with no intention of becoming an actor. “I had a very strong imagination growing up and I was the only boy sandwiched between two girls, so I would just kind of play by myself all the time and put myself in these wild situations and dream up these big stories.”

Advice from his older sister led him to audition for the high school musical and it was theater that helped him overcome his aversion to public speaking. Dela Cruz earned a bachelor’s in musical theater from Montclair State University in 2011.

His additional credits include “Here Lies Love” off-Broadway and Onscreen, he’s appeared in ABC’s “Time After Time” and CBS’ “Bull.”

It was at college when he met his wife, the stage and TV actress Amanda Dela Cruz, who is currently appearing off-Broadway in “Jersey Boys.” Though he’s often away filming his show in Toronto, he’ll slip a picture of her — and their beloved dog Ollie — into his scripts.

“I’ll look at those pictures and just kind of remember home,” he said. “I just get a little bit homesick. And when I see them, it just kind of brightens me up.”

He marvels that now he’s the host of a show he enjoyed years ago with his little sister, who is expecting her first child. (“All she wanted for her birthday one year was Handy Dandy Notebook,” he said.) When he told her he had landed the gig as the host of the “Blue’s Clues” reboot, it was a shock.

“It’s not something that any of us really ever saw as a thing that could ever happen in our futures,” he said. “It’s really wild.”


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