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“ICarly” Reboot is in the Works… But for Adults?

Fans of the Original Show Will be Excited for the “ICarly” Revival

By: Carlos Glick

Cast photo with the original “ICarly” cast, left to right, Noah Munck, Jerry Trainor, Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jennette McCurdy. Credit: dailyelites

As a kid, most of us probably watched shows like “Drake and Josh,” “Zoey 101,” “ICarly,” etc. We also probably never got the theme songs out of our heads but who would’ve ever thought that any of these shows will be coming back a decade later?

On December 9, 2020, word got out that an “ICarly” reboot is in the works, but geared more for adults. It is said that the release date for the reboot will air sometime late 2021, early 2022 on Paramount Plus. The original series aired from 2007-2012.

It has also been mentioned that only three out of the five main cast members are to return for the revival, which include Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor. Cosgrove played Carly, Kress played Freddy and Trainor played Spencer.

Jennette McCurdy, who played Sam in the original “ICarly” series, will not be expected to return for the revival due to the traumatic experiences she had behind the scenes in the original “ICarly” series. This is mostly because of the producer Dan Schneider, who was released from Nickelodeon in 2018.

Before the original “ICarly” series aired, Cosgrove, Trainor and Kress all starred on or appeared in “Drake and Josh” either being a main character, recurring character, or an extra. 

Cosgrove was the vicious evil little sister Megan Parker, Trainor was an employee worker who worked at the Premiere known as Crazy Steve and Kress played Toplin, who was a party guest in the episode titled “Battle of Panthatar.”

According to OK magazine, they say that although the original series ran from 2007-2012 and was for kids, the new show will be for adult audiences and “will not be about Carly becoming a Tik Tok star, but rather it will explore her journey through her twenties alongside friends and family.”

Producers Jay Kogen (“School of Rock,” “The Simpsons,” “Frasier”) and Ali Schouten (“Diary of a Future President,” “Champions,” “Merry Happy Whatever”) will be the executive producers of the show. 

According to IMDb, as of January 28, 2021, no official plot details have been made. Nickelodeon will not air the reboot, instead the series will be available on Paramount Plus. ViacomCBS has set March 4, 2021 as the launch date for Paramount Plus. 

Nickelodeon will not be airing the series on their network, but I am interested to find out if the reboot series will have the same set pieces as they did in the original series, or if we finally get to see characters that were mentioned but never appeared, like Socko, Spencer’s friend.

I’m also curious if characters like Mrs. Benson, T-Bo, Lewbert, Mrs. Briggs, Principal Franklin, Nevel Papperman or even Nora Dershlit will all turn up in the revival series.

I think the reason why the new revival is geared for a more mature audience is because fans who grew up watching the original show, like myself, will understand the characters more and the jokes that will be presented. Overall, this revival is meant for fans who watched the original series. 

I’m excited to see what the new show has in store!

 

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