Following a heartwarming message of love that made fans shed a tear about a year ago, original Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns is now rejoining his old buddies in the first film inspired by the Nickelodeon series.
Burns will star with successors Donovan Patton (Joe) and Josh Dela Cruz (Josh) in Blue’s Big City Adventure, which chronicles Josh and everyone’s favorite pup taking a trip to New York City following Josh securing an audition for a Broadway musical.
But Josh leaves his handy dandy notebook at home, so Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper start a journey to the big city, where they find someone familiar living there: Burns, who has changed his unforgettable green striped polo to a more grown-up green striped tie.
As the journey to the Big Apple happens, Josh and Blue encounter new friends and find the magic of music and dance. The musical, scheduled to premiere on November 18 on Paramount+, will also host appearances from BD Wong, Phillipa Soo, Ali Stroker, Alex Winter, and Steven Pasquale.
Blue’s Clues was first released on Nick Jr. in 1996, with Burns guiding the children through a host of mysteries with his dog Blue, who aids in breaking down the clues. In 2002, Burns left the show, giving the leash to Steve’s brother Joe, portrayed by Patton.
The series was rebooted in 2019 to Blue’s Clues & You! with the latest host Dela Cruz.
Burns Made Fans Cry
Last year’s 25th anniversary of the show, Burns shot a video message about his sudden exit (in season 4, “Steve Goes to College”), slicing onions for fans.
“Hi, you got a second?” he stated, dressed in a new green polo.
“You remember how when we were younger, we used to run around and hang out with Blue and find clues, and talk to Mr. Salt, and freak out about the mail, and do all the fun stuff? And then one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news… I’m leaving.”
Burns then asked, “Can we talk about that?”
The 48-year-old host elaborated that the time he was away made him challenge himself and utilize his mind.
As a grown-up, “I literally am doing many of the things that I wanted to do.”
He further said, “Look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time. And it’s just… it’s just so amazing, right? I mean, we started out with clues, and now it’s what? Student loans, and jobs, and families, and some of that has been kind of hard, you know?
“I know you know. I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends.”
In an interview with EW in 2003, Burns said that Blue’s Clues family always held a part in his heart.
“I’m really protective of the show and the new guy [Donovan Patton],” he stated. “But the nice thing is now I get to bust that character out whenever I want to. It’s kind of like being Clark Kent.”
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