‘iCarly’ Revival To Be Released On Paramount+ Without ‘Embarrassed’ Jennette McCurdy
The upcoming revival of the teen sitcom iCarly will premiere on June 17, it was announced this week. The iCarly revival was created by Ali Schouten and is based on the series of the same name by Dan Schneider, who will not be involved in any capacity due to the allegations surrounding his behavior. Jay Kogan was originally set to be a showrunner alongside Schouten, but later left the project following creative differences with the star of the series Miranda Cosgrove. The revival was first announced in December 2020 and will consist of 13 episodes. Unlike the original series, the iCarly revival will not air on Nickelodeon, but instead on the streaming service Paramount+.
The revival will pick up ten years after the original show ended and will follow Carly Shay (Cosgrove) as she navigates her way through life as an adult while still being an influencer on the internet. Along with Cosgrove, several other cast members will return from the original series including Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Mary Scheer. One cast member who will be notably absent is Jennette McCurdy, who portrayed Sam Puckett, Carly’s extremely violent best friend and co-host of her web series.
While McCurdy has stated she supports her former co-stars, she has since retired from acting and has said that she regrets ever playing her character, looking back on her time on the show and experience in other roles with embarrassment. “My experience with acting is, I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past, I resent my career in a lot of ways,” she said. “I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing. I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15, they’re not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing. And I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them.”