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Disney Is Bringing Back Its First Ever Reality TV Show 'Bug Juice'

The series is headed back to Maine's Camp Waziyatah, where Disney filmed the show's first season almost 20 years ago.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
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From its goofy-ass theme song to its liberal inclusion of of baggy T-shirts and backward hats, Disney's Bug Juice—a reality show following a group of kids while they spent a summer at sleep-away camp—was 90s as hell. Now, almost 20 years after the show's debut, the network is bringing it back, Variety reports.

The revival's first season returns to Camp Waziyatah in rural Maine, the focus of Bug Juice's premiere back in 1998. Just like last time, Disney will chronicle a group of tweens and teens as they ship off to the summer camp—following along as they meet their counselors, get to know their bunkmates, and scream along to corny chants while they play capture the flag and make friendship bracelets or whatever.


"Bug Juice took viewers on a journey of adventure and self-discovery," Susette Hsiung, executive vice president of production for Disney Channels Worldwide, told Variety. "Now, nearly two decades later, we are thrilled to be back in Maine at Camp Waziyatah with the creative team from Evolution Media and many of the same crew members who produced the original series."

Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Tina Gazzero Clapp, and Toni Gallagher—the geniuses who gave us the series back in the 90s—are executive producing the revival, slated to debut in early 2018. Though it might seem like a pretty simple show in retrospect, it was a big deal for Disney back when it premiered—never before had they tried to bring reality TV into the realm of kids' programming.

Bug Juice is just the latest 90s throwback to dig itself from the grave for a reboot. From Fuller House to Girl Meets World, Twin Peaks to The X-Files, it seems like folks in Hollywood sure do miss the halcyon days when Furbies were still cool and we all watched shit on VHS.

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