Old School Lane’s Nickelodeon Tribute: The Nick Cannon Show
The year is 2002.Â Spiderman, Ice Age, My Big Fat Greek Wedding,Â andÂ The PianistÂ were released in theaters.Â The Osbournes, The Bachelor, American Idol,Â andÂ Code Name: Kids’ Next DoorÂ debuted on TV. With the huge success ofÂ Kenan & Kel,Â andÂ The Amanda Show,Â one of the main cast members ofÂ All That,Â Nick Cannon, decided to have his own TV show after he left the show. Cannon’s show was none other thanÂ The Nick Cannon ShowÂ which debuted on January 19, 2002.
The premise is that Nick Cannon would come across a situation or a setting such as a school, the circus, or the beach, and try to make it “better”. He would portray skits, funny jokes, or his characters that he used to play as inÂ All That,Â and try to include his style in it. Similar toÂ All That, Kenan & Kel,Â andÂ The Amanda Show,Â there were former members ofÂ All ThatÂ that would appear as guests such as Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Not to mention there were celebrity guests that were popular at the time such as Romeo, Mary J. Blige, Willy Santos, and 3LW. Every episode was pretty much the same: Nick would appear in a place and does various jokes and skits in order for something that he feels that is boring or typical to be “better”, have something to make it pop for the younger audience.
As time went on, the majority of the production and film crew left after the first season, the ratings were lower and lower as time went on, and the show was eventually cancelled one year later on February 1, 2003. Overall, the premise is pretty cool and kind of unique, but the execution of it was very mediocre. The main problem is with Nick Cannon himself. He’s not a really funny comedian and most of the jokes and skits that he did were a bit flat and awkward. If the jokes and skits were more tightly written and the show starred on one of the more funnier members ofÂ All ThatÂ during that time period such as Gabriel Iglesias, Mark Saul, Danny Tamberelli, or Jack DeSena, maybe it would’ve done 10 times better. Nick Cannon wasn’t really one of the more popular cast members ofÂ All ThatÂ and if he was, it was because he was performing with more better actors such as Kenan Thompson when they did their skit “TheÂ Inconvenience Store”Â .
As of now when it comes to TV shows or series involving with taking something and making it better, it hasn’t been done right or the way it could have been presented. TakeÂ Demo ReelÂ for example. It sounds like a fantastic idea on paper, but hasn’t been executed the way it should have been.
WithÂ The Nick Cannon Show,Â I felt the same way. Now to his credit, Nick Cannon looks like he’s trying and I give him an “A” for effort on that. When it comes to interacting with people, he’s very natural and very energetic. I feel that being a radio personality and one of the hosts ofÂ America’s Got TalentÂ brought that out more and he feels more in his natural habitat.
But as anÂ All ThatÂ spinoff, this is one of the weaker ones. I wouldn’t recommend checking it out.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Thanks for reading.