The Emily Yeung Theme (registered with ASCAP as "We'll have lots of fun with Emily Yeung") is the familiar opening theme song of This is Emily Yeung and This is Scarlett and Isaiah. The This is Emily Yeung Version is sung by JJ Johnson, the This is Isaiah Version is sung by Isaiah, and the Scarlett and Isaiah Version is sung by Scarlett and Isaiah. The theme introduces the magical world of Emily Yeung and Scarlett and Isaiah through its lyrics.
In an unpublished memoir, Sean Cook commented that he personally had come up with many of the ideas for the song: "An integral part of set designer Charlie Rosen's set was a wall of doors...I wanted to use these doors as transition gateways from the reality of the street to our puppet or animation pieces. I told Jessie [Cook] to include 'Learning, Laughing, Sharing, Smiling'". "More important, I insisted that the recurring theme in the lyric be 'We'll Have Lots of Fun with Emily Yeung' The opening I envisioned was one of children...running happily, tumbling, playing along the way, but always intent on getting to Sesame Street..." Although Cook was pleased with Bill Weisbach's music, which he said was "melodic and simple enough for a child to recognize" and link with the show, he believed the final product was "a lyrical disaster," filled with "hackneyed phrases" and "astronaut slang" such as "A-OK" which he believed would "become obsolete."[ Contrary to Cook's opinion, many of these "happy little clichés" have arguably become as inexorably linked to the series as the melody.
This is Emily Yeung is the American live-action, sketch educational-variety show created by Blair Powers and Sean Cook, which originally aired on the Treehouse TV cable television network from April 16, 2006, to October 22, 2006, lasting ten seasons. The series was produced by Powers/Cook Productions (later Sinking Ship Entertainment)
The series features original short sketches featuring Real Life Kids from Toronto aimed toward a younger audience. The Show also featured a Host going on Adventures every episode.
Although the pilot episode received mixed reviews, This is Emily Yeung has received critical acclaim during its first 5 or 6 seasons for its diverse cast and its impact on children's television. The show has been marketed in other ways, including DVDs, CDs, and books celebrating the legacy of This is Emily Yeung.
- Sam Orb
- Sam Smith
- Jeff Canada
- Jackson Gomez
- Jackson Johnson
- Stevy (said "Here we are" at the introduction of "These are Emily Yeung's Friends")
- Scott Barlett
- Katie Ryan
- Katie Jones
- Scott Gas
- Jeff Robertson
- Tommy Rod
- Brian Jinso
- Brian Song
- Tommy Fland
Side: Toodee, Foofa, Winter Clothes, a Mermaid costume, Gooble, Antennas, Brobee, a Dog costume, a Teacher Costume, a Singer Dress, and a Cape
Age: 7, 8, 9, & 10
Phrase: Halloween means to me Christmas, being careful, imagining with Treasure, Gooble going on adventures, searching for bugs, going to school and having my birthday in nature, playing dress up while flying, having a talent show and pretending to be a superhero.
8-bit game: Goodbye Gunk!, Help! (with Lauren), Riverboat Racer (with Evan Strong), Underwater Treasure, Flying Objects(2x), Cars and Buildings (with Maddie), Present for Foofa, Foofa and Plex Race, Music Magic, On Top of the World, and Wonder Kid (with Annalena Jacobs)
Toy: Teeth Toy, Magic Fish, Lizard, Dinosaur, Party Horn (with Evan Strong), Motorcycle, Robots, Birthday Cake (with Isaac), Popsicle Stick House, Toy Box, Plane, Watering Can, and Pencil
- She has her own television show called This Is Emily Yeung.
- Her triplet sisters are named Ella Yeung and Abbie Yeung.
See also: List of All That musical guests
Main article: List of All That sketches
All That features original short comedic sketches that parody contemporary culture. Although the show had a team of writers, the cast were encouraged to help contribute their own ideas for characters and other segments. Improv and ad-libbing were used to help the cast and writers find the right tone for a certain skit. The following is a short list of some notable sketches that aired during the show's tenure.
- Ask Ashley starring Amanda Bynes as a little girl named Ashley, who offered advice from her bedroom on a TV series. She was sweet and friendly until she read letters sent in by clueless viewers. After reading a letter, Ashley would go on a violent tirade against the letter's author.
- Baggin' Saggin' Barry starring Kenan Thompson as a cool dude with baggy pants. Once pulled Abraham Lincoln from his pants.
- Detective Dan starring Josh Server as a hopelessly incompetent private investigator who frequently stumbled into a crime scene to make matters worse.
- Everyday French with Pierre Escargot, featured Kenan Thompson, sitting in a bathtub filled with suds, wearing a rain coat and matching hat and swimfins on his feet. In the sketch, he would say silly phrases in badly-pronounced French, and then translate them in English.
- Know Your Stars a recurring sketch that involved a random voice that made an impersonation of an individual with embarrassing, wacky, funny and untrue facts and info about a cast member or special guest.
- Good Burger is a recurring sketch that took place at a fast food restaurant. The cashier, Ed (played by Kel Mitchell in Seasons 1–5 and Ryan Coleman in Season 9), was portrayed as a clueless teenager who always found a way to mess things up. A notable quote from Good Burger, stated by Ed in every sketch, was "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?" Good Burger was later made into a feature film.
- The Loud Librarian starring Lori Beth Denberg, as a librarian who would ironically yell out, "Quiet, this is a libary![sic]" along with a variety of noisemakers whenever the silence in her library was accidentally violated.
- Sugar and Coffee starring Lisa Foiles and Kyle Sullivan as extremely hyperactive hosts of their own talk show. The pair would eat pure sugar and drink massive amounts of coffee and then force their guests to do the same thing from giant orbs attached to the ceiling, which usually led to overactivity in the worst way.
- Thelma Stump starring Jamie Lynn Spears as an extremely old woman who serves as a bodyguard and security guard for the backstage of All That.
- Vital Information is a recurring sketch that was the center piece of the show before the relaunch. Starring Denberg (for the first four seasons), Danny Tamberelli (for seasons five and six), and Lil' JJ (in the tenth season) deadpanned one liners, usually three in a row.
- Miss Piddlin starring Kenan Thompson as the lunch lady at the school. The only thing she offers is peas. She gets extremely angry when someone or people reject her peas.
- See also: history of All That by season: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | 7, 8, 9, 10
Although Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin are credited as creators, the main creative force behind All That was Dan Schneider who became the showrunner of the series in the third season. All That marked the beginning of Schneider's prolific career in creating and writing hit television series for young audiences. The New York Times, in separate articles, referred to Dan Schneider as "the Norman Lear of children's television" and "the master of a television genre".
In 1986, Robbins and Schneider met while working on the ABC sitcom, Head of the Class. Becoming close friends, the two performers both shared a mutual interest in writing, eventually coming together to write and then pitch an episode to the show's producers just to see if they could do it. To their amazement the producers liked their idea and bought it. Their episode: Will the Real Arvid Engen Please Stand Up later aired during the show's second season.
Exterior of the former Nickelodeon Studios where All That was filmed for its first two seasons.
Following the success of Head of the Class, Robbins and Schneider were asked to co-host the second annual Kids Choice Awards in 1988 alongside Tony Danza and Debbie Gibson. Although unaware of the fledgling Nickelodeon cable channel, before the invitation to host was brought to them, the two agreed. The award ceremony that year was produced by Albie Hecht, who Robbins and Schneider quickly struck up a friendship with behind the scenes. Their friendship continued after the awards and Hecht suggested they develop something for Nickelodeon. Robbins and Schneider later declined his offer as they were still under contract with ABC, at the time.
In 1991, Head of the Class ended its run and Robbins started a production company with producer friend Tollin which they aptly named Tollin/Robbins Productions. The company originally produced several small budget sport documentaries. Hecht, now Head of Development for Nickelodeon, contacted them and asked them to film a project for the network. The half hour documentary they made featured Phil Moore and Mike O'Malley as co-hosts of a comedy tour as they drove around to different cities to perform. Since their schedule only permitted for two days of filming; Tollin/Robbins had to make the entire show appear as if they had toured around the country.
Impressed with the final product, Hecht met with Robbins to discuss developing a new show for the network in 1993. Asking Robbins if there was any type of show that he would be interested in making. He responded to Hecht with the idea of creating a kid-version of Saturday Night Live. Bringing Schneider (as head writer) and Tollin in to help develop the show; the three influenced by classic sketch shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, You Can't Do That on Television and Laugh In began to flesh out a rough idea of the show's format.
Once greenlit, Robbins, Schneider and Tollin decided against writing the pilot episode and instead chose to compile the cast first. Usually in television (as Schneider explains) the pilot is written first and the cast is assembled later. However, the three believed it was crucial to find the right child actors first and then tailor to their strengths. With Hecht's blessing, a nationwide talent search for child and teen actors was launched that was to last for several months.. Eventually Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Josh Server, and Kenan Thompson were hired.
The original cast with Robbins, Schneider, Tollin and others
With the cast intact, writing for the pilot began. Cast and crew flew out to Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando to begin production of the episode. And on January 17, 1994 the pilot episode was set to begin filming. Tollin recalls debating with Robbins over whether or not to postpone filming because of the Northridge earthquake that occurred hours earlier on that same day.
After filming was completed the show sat on the shelf for several months as the pilot did not score well. Nickelodeon tested the show with focus groups consisting of children, both boys and girls in different age groups. The scores showed that Kids probably wouldn't like this new sketch comedy show for kids. Regardless of the negative response, Geraldine Laybourne (the then President of Nickelodeon) decided to pick up the show for a full first season.
Nickelodeon on Sunset at 6230 Sunset Boulevard as seen in May 2011. All That was filmed here until its cancellation.
The basic concept they came up with was to produce a half-hour show that featured a cold open (which featured the cast participating in varying juvenile acts in a green room before the show starts), several different sketch-comedy pieces and then a musical performance to close out the episode (this format would remain the same for all ten seasons). The main staple, of the original seasons, was the Vital Information sketch which was featured in every episode until the relaunch in 2002.
During Season 1, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert were brought on as producers and continued working in that capacity through Season 3. The writing team advanced to Executive Producers/Head Writers for Seasons 4–6. Kopelow and Seifert continued their relationship with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell by co-executive producing and head writing Kenan & Kel and eventually writing the feature film Good Burger (1997) with Schneider.
After Season 2 ended in 1996, the show moved out of the old Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and into the Nickelodeon on Sunset (formerly The Earl Carrol Theater) in Hollywood where it would remain for the rest of the show's run. Over the next few years, as the show grew in popularity, several departures and additions occurred. Some of these additions to the cast included Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias and The Adventures of Pete & Pete star Danny Tamberelli among others.
In 2000, Nickelodeon placed the show into hiatus to be retooled. Production started back up a year later after an extensive nationwide talent search for child and teen actors. Ultimately hired were Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons, Giovonnie Samuels, and Kyle Sullivan. The first episode of the "new" All That featured special guests Frankie Muniz and Aaron Carter and debuted on January 19, 2002.
The eighth season opened with the addition Jamie Lynn Spears to the cast and marked the beginning of All That cast members started attempting dares on the SNICK program: Snick On-Air Dare. Occasionally, On Air Dares had special guests from other shows. In 2003, Nickelodeon advertised a competition called R U All That?: Nickelodeon's Search for the Funniest Kid in America. After this contest ended in 2003, the finals aired on July 26, 2003. The contest picked five finalists, and all of them performed a sketch with some of the cast members. The winner was Christina Kirkman.
In 2005, Lisa Foiles announced on her Official Yahoo! Group, that the show had been cancelled. This was the message posted on Lisa's club by Lisa Foiles herself (as of September 5, 2005):
Since the second cancellation there have been no plans for another relaunch. The show currently airs in reruns, particularly during The Splat programming block on TeenNick.
Main article: List of All That episodes
100th episode (1999)
All That celebrated its star-studded "100th episode" during its fifth season. This one-hour special was the only episode in the show's history produced live.
The 100th episode featured several celebrities: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All), Larisa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack), Robert Ri'chard (Cousin Skeeter), Stephen Collins (7th Heaven) as an audience member, and Britney Spears (in a taped video appearance; Spears was originally supposed to perform in person but had to back out due to a knee injury; Lauryn Hill took her place) all made appearances.
Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, and Alisa Reyes all appeared to celebrate the occasion. Denberg returned to anchor the episode's Vital Information.
10th anniversary (2005)
In 2005, Nickelodeon celebrated the 10th anniversary of All That by airing episodes from the first six seasons in the week leading up to a "reunion special" hosted by Frankie Muniz on April 23. Ashanti and Bow Wowwere the musical guests.
Chelsea Brummet, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coleman, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Leon Frierson, Katrina Johnson, Christina Kirkman, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Amanda Bynes, Josh Server, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kyle Sullivan, Danny Tamberelli, and Kenan Thompson, along with new cast members Kianna Underwood, and Denzel Whitaker, reunited on the show.
Approximately 6.2 million total viewers watched the special on both its April 23 and 24 airings, making it the top cable or broadcast program for the 2–11, 6–11, and 9–14 age demographics, and TV.com gave it a rating of 8.7/10.
After a four season hiatus, All That decided to bring back the "Vital Information" segment with BET's Coming to the Stage winner Lil' JJ succeeding Lori Beth Denberg and Danny Tamberelli, respectively. Lil' JJ's very first "Vital Information" occurred during the 10th Anniversary Reunion Special.
Impact and legacy
All That is highly regarded for its large diverse cast both in terms of ethnicity and gender. The show was praised in The Atlantic for breaking the classical norms set in children's TV with its cast, irreverent and unapologetic humor, and kid characters played by actual kids.
When All That debuted in 1994, television was still primarily segregated by race as shown by popular sitcoms like Seinfeld (where the cast is completely white) or Martin (where the cast is entirely black); even Saturday Night Live was dominated by white male comedians. Robbins, Schneider and Tollin wanted the show to reflect its audience and also sought out varying musical acts (alternative, hip hop and R&B among others) to embrace the diversity.
Awards and nominations
|1997 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Nominated|
|1998 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Actor||Nominated||Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell – All That / Kenan & Kel|
|1999 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Won|
|Favorite TV Actor||Won||Kel Mitchell – All That / Kenan & Kel|
|2000 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Won|
|Favorite TV Actor||Won||Kenan Thompson|
|Favorite TV Actress||Won||Amanda Bynes – All That / The Amanda Show|
|2001 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Actor||Nominated||Nick Cannon|
|2002 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Nominated|
|2003 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Actress||Won||Amanda Bynes – The Amanda Show / All That|
|2004 Kids' Choice Awards:|
|Favorite TV Show||Won|
In 2011, Lisa Foiles joined forces with Comikaze Expo, planning the first ever All That reunion with Comikaze Expo CEO Regina Carpinelli. The reunion featured a roundtable discussion, where the cast reflected on their tenure on the show and received questions from the audience. Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Foiles, Leon Frierson, Katrina Johnson, Kevin Kopelow, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server all participated in the event.
Also in 2011, Bates, Johnson, and Reyes appeared together at Zooey Magazine's One Year Anniversary Special Event held in Hollywood. The anniversary launched the Love Is Louder campaign which speaks out against bullying and hate messages.
In the 2011 special "iParty with Victorious" (a crossover between iCarly and Victorious), Kenan Thompson jokingly complains that everyone wants to borrow money from him including Andy Samberg (Thompson's Saturday Night Live co-star) and half of the original cast of All That when Carly Shay (portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove) asks for a favor from him.
In 2015, Mitchell and Thompson reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they performed a special Good Burger sketch. Dan Schneider returned to write the sketch for the show.
In 2015, Comikaze Expo, held the second All That reunion. Angelique Bates, Chelsea Brummet, Ryan Coleman, Lori Beth Denberg, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Katrina Johnson, Christina Kirkman, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server, and Danny Tamberelli all participated in the event.
On April 22, 2016 Nickelodeon aired a reunion special consisting of new 3-4 minute shorts with most of the original cast, including Kenan and Kel.
Kenan & Kel
Main article: Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Sixty-five episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick on Sunset theater in Hollywood.
The Amanda Show
Main article: The Amanda Show
The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, and Nancy Sullivan, along with several performing artists who came and left at different points.
The Nick Cannon Show
Main article: The Nick Cannon Show
The premise of the semi-scripted show was that its star, Nick Cannon, a former cast member on All That, would come across a situation he thought needed changing and then "take over" to make things better, or at least funnier.
Main article: Zoey 101
Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional boarding school in Southern California. It was created by Dan Schneider
Main article: Just Jordan
Just Jordan, starring Lil' JJ, follows the exploits and actions of Jordan Lewis, who has moved to Los Angeles from Little Rock.
In other media
All That made one effort in developing a popular sketch into a feature-length films with Good Burger.
The movie was released into theaters on July 25, 1997 with a budget of roughly ten million dollars. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 33% based on reviews from 27 critics. Most praise came to Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's performances. Although the film received mix to negative reviews from critics and positive reviews from fans, it was a financial success.
All That: The Album
On November 26, 1996, Nickelodeon released All That on CD, titled: All That: The Album. It contains All That dialogues from the show, and songs sung by musical guests (i.e. Faith Evans, Coolio, Brandy, Naughty By Nature, etc.). All That's theme opening and outro theme were finally released on this CD. Music from the CD is mainly inspired from the show.
All That: Fresh out the Box
On October 1, 1998, Nickelodeon released a 112-page book of All That called All That: Fresh out the Box by Steve Holland. The book contains information of the show's sketches, cast members and notable points of the show. It also contains different character information as well.
On June 30, 2000, Nickelodeon gave All That a promotional summer tour titled All That Music and More Festival, which traveled all over the United States and was hosted by the cast of All That. The tour began after Season 6 and lasted until September 3 of 2000. The tour mainly featured the cast members of All That and a musical guest. Many of the musical guests joined and performed during the tour. Also while the tour went on, the cast members did numerous live sketches.There was also a ticket contest the year before the festival began. On July 29, 2000, Nickelodeon broadcast the highlights and events that happened during the entire festival.
On August 15, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 1 with the first seven episodes from season two. On November 29, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 2 with seven more episodes from season two. All That: Volume 3 was released in 2012 with seven episodes from season two. Just like The '90s Are All That airings, the musical guest performances are omitted and the end credits are re-done as generic white text on black. All That Volume 4, with episodes from the start of season 3, was released on iTunes August 13, 2012; however, episodes 40 and 43 are excluded for unknown reasons with episodes 45 and 46 included instead.
On June 24, 2013, the iTunes Store released All That: Retro Essentials with four episodes from season two. The episodes are 217, 220, 228, 237. Episodes 217, 220 and 228 were re-released with the musical guest performances. Episode 237 has the musical guest edited out.
All That ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 until 2005 (its entire original run). All That aired on Nick at Nite on Mondays to Thursdays at 8:00 pm from June 25, 2012, until July 12, 2012, alongside Kenan & Kel at 8:30 pm. The Nick at Nite airings, had the musical performances edited out. All That ran in reruns on TeenNick from March 12, 2008, to September 15, 2008.
All That once again aired on TeenNick from July 25, 2011, to December 27, 2012, as part of The '90s Are All That (a block that is named after the show before the programming block was rebranded as The Splat in 2015). The show returned to TeenNick on The '90s Are All That, from March 4, 2013, to June 1, 2014. The '90s Are All That airings, however, also have the musical guest performances removed, along with their introduction sketches, presumably for time and the high cost of obtaining music distribution rights. The block initially only aired episodes from seasons 2 and 3, later adding seasons 4 and 5 into the rotation. The reruns on TeenNick in 2008 however, aired the Season 3 through 5 uncut and retained the musical guest performances, with the exception of the K-Ci & JoJo episode. The final rotation of these reruns included Seasons 6 and 7.
On November 4, 2012, All That returned to Nickelodeon with two episodes at 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm and the musical performances edited out.
The show currently airs in reruns on Monday and Saturday nights on The Splat.
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