Paramount+ has ordered a revival of the Nickelodeon series “iCarly,” with Miranda Cosgrove set to reprise her role as the titular web star.
The original iCarly series, which ran from 2007 to 2012, followed a group of best friends creating a webcast while grappling with everyday problems and adventures. Original stars Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress will also return to the series as Carly’s brother Spencer and friend/love interest Freddie, respectively.
“School of Rock” alum Jay Kogen and “Diary of a Future President’s” Ali Schouten have signed on to develop the new series.
Created by former Nickelodeon mainstay Dan Schneider, the original “iCarly” series was a hit for Nickelodeon, drawing strong ratings across its six seasons and earning five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Children’s Program. In addition to various specials and made-for-TV films, the franchise also spawned a spinoff series, “Sam & Cat,” centered on Jennette McCurdy’s “iCarly” character and Ariana Grande’s character from sister series “Victorious.”
McCurdy, one of “iCarly’s” biggest breakout stars, had a public split with Nick as the first season of “Sam & Cat” was airing, famously skipping an appearance at the Kids’ Choice Awards where the series picked up an award for TV comedy and Schneider was presented with a lifetime achievement award. McCurdy later described it as an “uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation,” sparking online speculation about Grande’s then-rising music career and pay disparities between the two actresses.
The Viacom network also abruptly cut ties with Schneider in 2018 following reports of “abusive behavior” toward staff. A prolific producer throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s, Schneider was responsible for some of Nick’s biggest live-action hits, including “iCarly,” “Drake & Josh,” “Victorious,” “All That,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Henry Danger.”