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Every '90s kid will be reliving the glory days of Nickelodeon come summer time, because All That is making a comeback! The Nickelodeon sketch comedy show for kids and teens helped launch the careers of Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and many more. It was basically like Saturday Night Live but better. So it's only fitting that Thompson was tapped as executive producer for the reboot. 

Details are slowly pouring in, but here's what we know so far. Ready yet? Get set. It's All That!

In an interview with Variety, Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins revealed that an All That reboot is in the works.

Robbins said that the sketch comedy series "stayed in the zeitgeist for many years" and that "people are really fond of it." That's definitely putting it lightly. The show first aired in 1994 and stuck around until 2005.

Basically, Nickelodeon is bringing back '90s kids' entire childhood.

Along with the revival of All That, there are plans for an Are You Afraid of the Dark? miniseries and a Spongebob Squarepants spinoff of sorts.

"Our vision for a new Nickelodeon is to fill up every screen, of every size, to make an impact on as many consumers as we can and to be at the forefront of conversation for today’s kids and families," Robbins explained.

Kids today don't even know what they're in for. All That aired during Nickelodeon's golden age, which hasn't nearly been topped since.

It spawned a number of successful spinoffs, including Kenan and Kel and The Amanda Show. It also helped launch the careers of Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Drake Bell, to list just a handful of names.

Thompson, who non-'90s kids might know from Saturday Night Live, will executive-produce the reboot.

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The comedian told Variety that he remembers the show very fondly. "It means everything to me. It was my first job that I ever had. It gave me an opportunity." So, obviously, when Robbins asked him to executive-produce, it was a "no-brainer."

Right now, Thompson is the show's longest-running cast member ever at a whopping 14 seasons. Darryl Hammond held the record until last year.

Naturally, everyone's first question about the reboot was whether or not the original cast members would return.

The original cast featured Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Josh Server, and, of course, Thompson. Amanda Bynes, Danny Tamberelli, Christy Knowings, Leon Frierson, Mark Saul, Nick Cannon, and others joined in later seasons.

Good news! According to Thompson, the original cast is still really close and will return in some aspect for the reboot.

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"We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars," said Robbins. "We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of All That to the world." Thompson said he will definitely be involved in the casting process.

As far as sketches go, fans requested that the reboot bring back some of their favorites.

And according to Robbins, it will be "a sort of mash-up of some of the old sketches and a lot of new sketches." AMEN.

"Good Burger," "Everyday French With Pierre Escargot," "Vital Information," "Ask Ashley," and "The Loud Librarian" were all comedic gold. And we can't forget the precursor to the stoner movies we now watch as adults: "Totally Kyle."

In case you've never seen it, here is one of Thompson's iconic sketches from the series "Everyday French With Pierre Escargot." 

It's so ridiculous and nonsensical, and I love every second of it. Plus, it's baby Kenan Thompson! And, bonus points: His French is actually pretty good, by American standards.

Oh, and don't worry. Thompson said he won't be leaving his job on SNL, even though he'll be busy as heck.

"If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read," he said. "I’ll be around." He also hopes the return of All That will make it a "staple show for Nickelodeon." Phew! SNL simply wouldn't be the same without Thompson and "What's Up With That?"

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You can expect new episodes of All That to air on Nickelodeon sometime this summer, although no specific date has been set yet. Until then, you can rewatch some classic sketches on the official All That YouTube channel. Happy bingeing!