After a nine-year hiatus, former Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly” will be rebooting on June 17. There is much anticipated excitement for the revival of the series, especially for those who grew up watching the teen sitcom.
The trailer for the “iCarly” reboot was released on June 1, and it leaves the audience with a steady idea of what to expect from the show. It seems that Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) has returned home to revive her formerly famous internet show “iCarly,” but only with the help of her brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor) and friend Freddie (Nathan Kress). Although best friend Sam (Jennette McCurdy) from the original series will not be returning to the reboot, two other characters will be joining the fun crew: Harper (Laci Mosley) who will be Carly’s roommate and best friend, and Millicent (Jaidyn Triplett), Freddy’s step-daughter.
The trailer also confirms with us some other recurring characters that will be returning to the show such as the villainous Nevel Papperman (Reed Alexander) and Freddie’s mother, Marissa Benson (Mary Scheer). These already confirmed returning roles raise the question of whether fan-favorite recurring character Gibby (Noah Munck) will be making an appearance in the reboot of “iCarly.”
From the trailer, we can tell that some things will remain the same—such as the iCarly studio in Spencer’s apartment, some skits from the original series (such as Baby Spencer) and the goofy comedic moments. Additionally, Paramount+ just released a video of the opening credits for the “iCarly” reboot and it appears that the well-known theme song “Leave It All to Me” will remain in place.
On the other hand, the trailer leaves us wondering what caused Carly to decide on starting up her famous webcast series again? And, what happened in the nine years that she was away?
In the original “iCarly” we watched Carly and her friends grow through their teen years while attending school. In the reboot, Carly will now be navigating her adult life which includes learning how to handle and enjoy her fame, while exploring her love life more seriously. The trailer also hints that fashion could play a more important role for Carly throughout the series thanks to her stylist best friend and roommate, Harper.
Although Carly and Freddie are no longer young teenagers on the show (or in real life), in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Cosgrove expresses, “I just turned 28 and my character is going through all the things you go through in your late twenties” which has made it “really fun getting to play the character again and getting to see where her life has taken her.” This older version of iCarly will be a perfect watching experience for the same audience that grew up with the show originally; it will still be relatable and funny for the now young-adult age group.
If you’re just as excited as I am to follow the adventures of the grown-up “iCarly” crew, the new series can be streamed on Paramount+ starting June 17.
By Lauren Weber