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iCarly What to know before you watch the new 39; reboot

iCarly What to know before you watch the new 39; reboot

iCarly What to know before you watch the new 39; reboot

'iCarly' Revival Brings Same Slapstick Humor to Modern, Influencer … Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:00:00 -0700-Miranda Cosgrove reprises her role as webcast influencer Carly Shay almost a decade after the hit Nickelodeon series' finale. Here's what to know.

Wake up the members of my nation, because the “iCarly” revival is here. And if you’re so young (or so old) that you’re asking, “What’s an iCarly?” leave it to us to explain what the fuss is about.

Created by Dan Schneider, the hit Nickelodeon series, which premiered in 2007, returns Thursday on Paramount+, nearly a decade after the original series finale. Miranda Cosgrove reprises her role as webcast influencer Carly Shay — and this time, she’ll be navigating life as an adult, with former cast members Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress along for the ride.

What was the original “iCarly” about?

The sitcom began with Carly, then an eighth-grader, living in a Seattle apartment with her 26-year-old law school dropout turned artist brother, Spencer (Trainor), who was her legal guardian while their father was in the Air Force. After a stint in detention, where Carly was forced to watch talent show auditions, she launched a viral weekly web show called “iCarly” with her gritty but lovable best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy), and geeky, obsessed neighbor, Freddie Benson (Kress).

The show followed Shay and her friends on their ascent to the status of influencers, balancing adolescence with the ups and downs of becoming an online sensation. Welcoming teen guest stars such as One Direction and American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, the Emmy-nominated show ran for six seasons before its final curtain call in 2012.

What has the cast been up to since “iCarly” ended?

Cosgrove’s breakthrough Nickelodeon role was as the mischievous, brilliant little sister, Megan, on “Drake & Josh,” to whom she pays homage in the reboot. McCurdy’s character, Sam, starred in Nickelodeon spinoff “Sam & Cat” with Ariana Grande — who played scatterbrained redhead Cat Valentine in the network’s series “Victorious” — but it lasted for only one year.

Following “iCarly,” the cast took different paths. Cosgrove, who pursued a psychology degree at USC, voiced the role of Margo in the “Despicable Me” franchise. Kress started a podcast called “RadioActive Dads,” exploring parenting and his budding family. Nickelodeon veteran Trainor continued to work with the network on shows such as “Wendell and Vinnie” and “T.U.F.F. Puppy.”

McCurdy, whose character was beloved for her butter socks, sarcastic one-liners, and blatant disrespect for authority, will not be returning to the new series. In a February 2021 episode of her podcast “Fish Out of Water,” McCurdy said that she quit acting a few years ago because it was not initially her idea to become an actress.

At age 6 or 7, McCurdy’s mother introduced her to acting, and she eventually became the primary financial support for her family. Following her mother’s death, McCurdy changed her trajectory and grew to resent her career, feeling ashamed of previous roles.

Another key figure who’s not part of the new project — this one behind the scenes — is original showrunner Schneider. Although responsible for grooming a generation of Nickelodeon talent in TV shows and movies — including Amanda Bynes in “All That,” Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell in “Good Burger” and Jamie Lynn Spears in “Zoey 101″ — he’s since parted ways with Nickelodeon (in a different podcast conversation, McCurdy said that Schneider created a “hellish” working environment).

What’s different about the revival?

In the 13-episode Paramount+ series, helmed by Jay Kogen (“The Simpsons”) and Ali Schouten (“Champions”), 26-year-old Carly, a successful college graduate, lives with her best friend, Harper (Laci Mosley). Big brother Spencer has become wealthy through accidental art-world fame, while Freddie is twice-divorced and forced to move back in across the hall with his mother after his tech startup fails. (He even has a stepdaughter, Millicent, played by Jaidyn Triplett.) Nostalgia hits hard, though, and in the premiere episode Carly — who’s had stints in TV and radio since the end of the original series — decides to revive the web show for her roaring 20s.

One other difference to expect? Since 10 years have elapsed, the revival series will include “sexual situations” and is “not specifically for kids,” Trainor, 44, and Kress, 28, revealed in an interview with Page Six.

If you want to reminisce, the original series is on Paramount+ in its entirety. (You can also check out Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.) The first three episodes of the 2021 edition of “iCarly” premiere Thursday on Paramount+, with the remaining episodes airing on the platform weekly. Watch the trailer here.

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What to know before you watch the new 'iCarly' reboot Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:00:00 -0700-iCarly' Revival Brings Same Slapstick Humor to Modern, Influencer World: TV Review · Production: · Crew: · Cast: · Music By: …

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‘iCarly’ Revival Brings Same Slapstick Humor to Modern, Influencer World: TV Review

June 17, 2021

iCarly,” a late-2000s gem on Nickelodeon that was on the cutting edge of YouTube video culture, has returned with a new series on Paramount Plus, featuring familiar goofy, slapstick humor. But it’s added a more adult edge to target our modern influencer-obsessed way of life.

Some 14 years after “iCarly” first premiered, web-show host Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is all grown up, much like the Nickelodeon kids that enjoyed the original show. She and the cast of new and returning characters ditch their video cameras for smartphones and tackle some slightly edgier topics than what would’ve appeared on the show in its first run. There are still plenty of kid-friendly antics, physical comedy and eye-rolling puns, but every once in a while the Paramount Plus series will toss in a sex joke, a self-referential gag and even — gasp! — a swear word. (The writers even made sure to include a joke about the COVID pandemic.)

The more mature themes fit older characters who are going through many of the same problems as their young adult viewers — who may be nostalgic for their own simpler, Nickelodeon-filled childhoods. Carly recovers from a breakup and attempts to rekindle her passion for making her old-school web show in the modern world. Her brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor) is a successful artist who struggles to find his next creative spark and the approval of his loved ones. Carly’s new roommate Harper (Laci Mosley) has dreams of being a stylist but is stuck working a barista job. (In a show of progressive diversity that likely would’ve been axed by 2000s Nickelodeon, Harper is openly bisexual.) And in a more unexpected twist, returning character Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress) is divorced and living with a tech-savvy daughter named Millicent (Jaidyn Triplett) back with his mom in her apartment.

The revival also briefly explains why Carly’s best friend and co-host Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) hasn’t returned, and other original “iCarly” characters make appearances in the show — though sadly not fan-favorite Gibby (Noah Munck). Harper and Millicent are great additions to the cast; they offer the same levels of zany humor and facial expressions that the returning stars carry over from the first series. Millicent brings a Gen Z perspective and social media awareness to the millennial cast, while the writers make light of current-day topics like ASMR, internet trolls and influencer apologies to fans.

The new “iCarly” doesn’t change much from its successful Nickelodeon formula, beyond modernizing the jokes for an older crowd more tapped into a changing internet culture than ever. The characters still act like “ding-dongs,” but there are good laughs and clever moments throughout. For fans who grew up with Cosgrove and “iCarly,” the revival feels like catching up with a childhood friend and sharing in the challenges of adulthood, without shedding any of the humor or personality from when you first met.

“iCarly” streams weekly on Paramount Plus; the first three episodes are now available. 


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