Nickelodeon Revives Double Dare


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One of my favorite game show series on Nickelodeon was Double DareDouble Dare first aired on October 6th, 1986, with Mark Summers as the host of this wacky and messy game show.  Contestants had to answer trivia questions to rack up money.  If the contestants couldn’t figure out the answer quickly, they could answer go with a dare where they have to complete the physical challenge.  These physical challenges tested the contestants of their agility, strength, and even intelligence through some of the messiest set-ups ever.

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The best highlight comes when the winning team faces the obstacle course.  Teammates had 60 seconds to traverse through eight obstacles.  Prizes were won based on how far the teammates got to before the timer ran out.  Whether or not the teammate got all the way through the end, every episode was a winner in this hilarious game show.

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Double Dare ended its run on February 6th, 1993 with repeats airing on TV up until January 1999.  The show had a great run and it wasn’t long until they revived the series with Double Dare 2000.  Jason Harris hosted the show for 67 more episodes.  It’s been almost 18 years since Double Dare ended and many people want the show to return.

Well folks… your answers have been HEARD.  Get ready – Double Dare is coming back!

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Nickelodeon announced that Double Dare will be coming back as a brand-new series.  The iconic 90s game show will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes.  Audiences can expect appearances from long time fans of the series, celebrities, and even people from the original show (fingers crossed for Marc Summers to return!).

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Fans can expect the same set up from the previous show – two teams compete to win prizes by answering questions or completing messy physical challenges.  The obstacle course will return, featuring many of the original stunts as well (and YES, the giant nose will even be returning too!).  There will even be prizes teams will be competing over during the course of the show.

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Truth be told, Double Dare isn’t the only 90s nostalgic series returning to Nickelodeon.  90s teen sitcom Clarissa Explains It All is slated to return as well.  Melissa Joan Hart is reprising her role as Clarissa Darling.  The reboot will showcase Clarissa as a mother in her 30s.  Clarissa Explains It All is one of many TV series planned for a reboot in the future.

See all of this excitement right here?  That’s the nostalgia talking.  Nickelodeon heard what the 90s kids all wanted and now they are finally delivering it.  This is the marketing strategy that will take them far as a TV network.

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            Double Dare was real exciting to hear about, but I’m also pumped for Clarissa Explains It All coming back too.  To be honest, I am excited about this huge wave of 90s nostalgia coming my way.  There are a lot of amazing series returning that came back better than ever.

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If Double Dare is planning to air again, who knows what game show will be coming back.  Maybe we’ll see more kids collecting coins in Nick Arcade or more temple runs on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Either way, Nickelodeon is truly crushing it with these planned reboots.

Keep up the discussion about 90s reboot, folks – Companies like Nickelodeon are hearing you loud and clear.

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#4/20PoliticalPRWIN


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Happy Hump Day folks!  It seems as though this week has been flooded with PR nightmares so far.  A PR nightmare from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist and another involving High Times.  Even with cannabis becoming more legal, it seems as though the industry can’t catch a break with all this bad publicity happening.

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In the hazy midst of 4/20 this past weekend, one PR miracle came to light – Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill that would decriminalized cannabis on a federal level.  The bill would help allow states to decide about cannabis without any interference from the federal government (except when it comes to interstate shipping of cannabis, especially with non-legal states).  Schumer is looking to nationalize the success from legal states like Colorado and Oregon.

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With this tactic, Senator Chuck Schumer is looking to get the federal government to end cannabis prohibition.  Decriminalization is one thing, but legalization will be just right around the corner.  This is just one of few steps left to finally put an end to this madness.

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Schumer’s tactic is absolutely brilliant.  With the audience leaning more towards recreational cannabis use in the United States, now is the perfect time to introduce legislation about legalization.  The wind is blowing towards legalization with more audiences jumping in on this amazing concept.

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We had a little PR nightmare with High Times last week and then this PR miracle sprung up as well.  Two different PR stories happening around one of the most important holidays for the cannabis industry.   You get good publicity and bad publicity; but at the end of the day, it just becomes publicity.  The mere fact that the cannabis industry is generating more and more buzz only proves that it is flourishing even further.

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In the end, Senator Chuck Schumer’s PR tactic was the other door that opened after High Times’s PR nightmare.  Even in the darkest of PR nightmares, a PR miracle still manages to make its way into the world.

There is NO such thing as bad publicity.  The cannabis industry continues to flourish regardless of whatever publicity it brings.

High Times PR Nightmare #420


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Another year, another 4/20 celebration has come and gone.  It was a great weekend to celebrate cannabis use here in the United States.  Recreational dispensaries are in full swing to open this summer here in Massachusetts, so there is a lot to be excited about this year.  Its only a matter of time before Massachusetts catches up with the other legal states.

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Even still, the legal states have been facing their share of problems over the years.  Legality issues have only been causing more roadblocks for the thriving cannabis industry here in the United States.  One incident sparked a PR nightmare involving a High Times event in San Bernardino.

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By a vote of 6-0, San Bernardino City Council denied High Times’ application. The High Times Cannabis Cup was not allowed any sales of cannabis products during the three-day event.  Participants were able to consume cannabis at the event, but they weren’t able to purchase any of it from the vendors.  Per order of the California Board of Cannabis Control, local governments had to approve events two months in advance.  Only problem was that San Bernardino never had a system to issue such permits until earlier in April.  This last-minute move only angered many participants.

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Due to this sudden change, High Times offered the option to refund your ticket.  Tickets ranged from $60-$420 for those that wanted a refund.  It was definitely a smart PR move of High Times to satisfy those who were looking to purchase cannabis at the event.

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Ironically enough, legalization of recreational cannabis has only made it MORE difficult for High Times to hold the Cannabis Cup.  Cannabis is fully legal in California, but businesses have little to no system put in place to hold public events.  It’s a shocking PR nightmare that highlighted the amount of work cannabis businesses still have.

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This wasn’t the first PR nightmare High Times had to deal with when planning an event.  High Times ran into a problem last year in Las Vegas when they held the event on Native American land (more on that previous PR nightmare here).  Even in the face of legal cannabis, businesses like High Times are finding it hard to promote cannabis products at their events.  It doesn’t have to do with the fact that cannabis is illegal; rather, the problem lies in the fact that many businesses do not have set plans for how to carry out events like the Cannabis Cup.

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So the good news is this – recreational cannabis sales are legal in California.  Bad news is that there is still so much work to be done in allowing businesses to sell cannabis products in major events.  We have fought long and hard to allow cannabis to be sold recreationally, yet there are still many legality roadblocks we have to push through.

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California was able to make recreational cannabis shops legal and they can definitely work to allow cannabis products to be sold at The High Times Cannabis Cup.  All it takes is just a little more creativity and they can finally feature products in other events.

For now, we have a lot of work to get through in order to prevent companies like High Times from running into more political PR nightmares.

Philosophical PR Nightmare of Fullmetal Alchemist


Lately there haven’t been a lot of interesting titles jumping out at me on Netflix lately, so I decided to revisit a classic anime series.  This one started as a manga series that sold over 70 million copies worldwide, eventually becoming a best-seller.  It tells the tale of two ambitious boys looking to bring there mother back after a disastrous attempt of alchemy.  I’m talking about Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Fullmetal Alchemist chronicles brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on their journey to search for the philosopher’s stone.  After losing their mother Trisha to an illness, they work to bring back her mother through alchemy.  They attempt to bring their mother back, but a dangerous mistake causes Ed to lose his right arm and left leg while Alphonse’s soul was placed into a suit of armor.  Ed gets fixed up through automail and joins his brother on the quest to search for the Philosopher’s Stone.

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The underlying story revolves around seeking out the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful stone that can bypass the laws of Equivalent Exchange.  Ed and Al search relentlessly for any clues about how to create the Philosopher’s Stone, only to find some hidden surprises along the way.  But within the major story lies a fictional PR nightmare revolving around the State Military, the nation of Ishbal, and a group of Homunculi.

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So the story goes like this – the nation of Ishbal was being invaded by the State Military.  Orders were set out to fight a war against the Ishbalans.  There was even a Ishbalan Massacre where many people were slaughtered in a matter of days.  Soldiers were told that Ishbalans ignited the war, but the story went MUCH deeper than that.

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All of these orders were set off by Führer Bradley, who happened to be – WAIT FOR IT – the Homunculi Pride.  Führer Bradley, the leader of the State Military, was a Homunculi all this time.  He was working alongside with Envy, Sloth, Wrath, Lust, Greed, and Gluttony.  What’s even more shocking is that Juliet Douglas (A.K.A. Sloth) was working alongside Führer Bradley the whole time.  Better yet, the entire State Military was working with the Homunculi the whole time.

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Not only did they start the war on Ishbal, but they even took many of them as prisoners as well.  Those prisoners were placed into Laboratory Five where they were used to recreate the Philosopher’s Stone.  They would then use the Philosopher’s Stone to cause even more destruction towards its enemies.

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Of course, the State Military did everything they could to cover up the story.  They never wanted anyone knowing that the Philosopher’s Stone exists or what they were using it for.  It got to a point where Captain Maes Hughes was shot by Envy after getting to close to the source.  All of this just to keep the secret about the Philosopher’s Stone hidden from everyone.  It’s just like the old myth says – you fly too close to the sun and you come crashing down on the earth.

Just…wow.  I am amazed at the level of depth this PR nightmare went throughout the season.  The main plot comes with a powerful storyline, but the PR nightmare around the State Military is just absolutely brilliant.

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There are some amazing stories in anime these days and Fullmetal Alchemist is a great example of that.  Fullmetal Alchemist is so much more than about two boys looking to bring their mother back – it’s a disturbing tale about the Philosopher’s Stone and the lengths people took to obtain it.  So much war and chaos went into the Philosopher’s Stone throughout the series.  I’m not sure which is more bizarre – what people did with the Philosopher’s Stone or the actions they took to keep it secret from everyone else.

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In the end, Fullmetal Alchemist was definitely worth watching all over again.  It was shocking to watch the hidden PR nightmare unfold in front of my eyes.  This storyline featured many twists and turns around every episode.

If you’re looking for a good anime with a crazy PR nightmare, definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix.