Before the days of SpongeBob Squarepants, ICarly and Dora the explorer there was Nickelodeon, the network had a bulk of programming such as The Adventures of Pete of Pete, Hey Dude and You Can't Do That on Television.
Now the network's top execs are currently considering on bringing back a small handful of it's older shows back. “We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” says Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon.
Just recently Nickelodeon greenlit the Hey Arnold TV movie that will continue from where the series left off and will explain unanswered plotlines, including the whereabouts of Arnold's parents. The film is currently in the very early stages and could lead up to a miniseries or a couple of specials according to Chris Viscardi.
Yes this does mean shows such as Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats, The Angry Beavers and The Wild Thornberrys could potentially return, however "We’re not bringing them to series. That’s not the intent when we bring these things back. We’re bringing them back as these one-off events. Now, down the line, if they’re incredibly successful, we’ll think about turning some of them into series" says Chris Viscardi who has recently been promoted as Senior Vice President of Content and Development.
Nickelodeon has recently launched a new block showcasing classic cartoons on TeenNick called 'The Splat' which could boost the chances of these shows getting revived in the near future.