Paramount+ is reviving beloved Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. Here’s what to expect from the new show – including who is involved and who is not.
Wake up, the members of my nation…
Fans of a certain age may recognise that lyric. Eight years after its conclusion, it was announced in December 2020 that long-running Nickelodeon teen sitcom iCarly is set to be revived at Paramount+, formerly known as CBS All Access. The show ran between 2007-2012 for a total of 97 episodes.
Former Drake and Josh actress Miranda Cosgrove, who played the title characters’ mischievous younger sister, played the title role of Carly; a Seattle-based teenager who started a web show with her friends. The web show (much like the television series), eventually took off as a worldwide phenomenon. Guest stars on the Nickelodeon sitcom included then-First Lady Michelle Obama, Jack Black, Emma Stone, and One Direction.
In addition to Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Noah Munck also starred in the series as main characters Sam Puckett, Freddie Benson, Spencer Shay and Gibby Gibson, respectively.
The iCarly revival is being creatively led by Jay Kogen. The New York-born writer, producer, and director’s previous credits include The Simpsons, Frasier, Malcolm In The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond, among other beloved comedies. Ali Schouten (NBC’s Champions) serves as co-showrunner.
While answering a fan question on Twitter, Kogen provided an insight into his direction for the show, informing them “Carly and Spencer and Freddie are still friends. Still in each other’s lives. As are others from the past. But their lives aren’t centered in the past. They are part of the present.”
Of the series’ original main cast, Cosgrove is confirmed to be returning for the revival, following her character’s move to Italy in the 2012 series finale. Joining her is Nathan Kress as former iCarly technical producer Freddie Benson and Jerry Trainor as Carly’s older brother/struggling artist, Spencer Shay.
Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck were not included in the initial announcement. As of January 2021, they have not signed on for the new series. Since iCarly ended, McCurdy has written and acted in several web series, as well as directing short films. Munck has had a long-term recurring role on ABC’s The Goldbergs as “Naked Rob” Smith.
It is also unknown at this time whether popular recurring characters such as Marissa Benson, T-Bo, and Nevel Papperman, who appeared across multiple seasons, will be returning for the new series.
However, developer Kogen has revealed on Twittr that there will be at least one new major character joining the series. He wrote: “There is a new main character who is lgbqt+”.
The new ‘iCarly’ series will air on Paramount+.