Paramount+’s iCarly Revival Addresses Sam’s Absence in First Episode

Following the official announcement of the iCarly revival, fans of the iconic Nickelodeon sitcom have immediately rejoiced with the show’s return, especially when the main cast including Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, and Nathan Kress were confirmed to reprise their roles as Carly, Spencer, and Freddie. However, most of them got disappointed when they found out that Jennette McCurdy’s fan-favorite character Sam Puckett won’t be included in the upcoming Paramount+ revival as the actress previously revealed that she had retired from acting. Many are wondering how would the new series addressed Sam’s absence, especially when the character was such a big part of the original sitcom.

In a recent interview with EW, The School of Rock alum confirmed that the new iCarly will indeed explain Sam’s absence, revealing that fans should expect to get an answer about Sam’s whereabouts in the first episode. In addition, Cosgrove also teased that the revival will also get to explore the romantic tension between Freddy and Carly, who shared a kiss during the original series finale.

“Definitely, we touch a lot on the whole relationship with Sam and where Sam’s at in the pilot episode,” Cosgrove teased. “And then we mention her a little bit throughout the season, so we’ll definitely explain that on the show.”

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The iCarly revival picks up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended, which finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love, and family in their twenties. It features the return of original stars Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor, who are reprising their roles as Carly, Freddie, and Spencer, respectively.

The series is being developed by Jay Kogen (School of Rock, The SimpsonsFrasier) and Ali Schouten (Diary of a Future President). Joining them are new cast members Laci Mosley (Florida Girls) and Jaidyn Triplett (See), who has been cast as Carly’s new best friend/ roommate, Harper and Freddie’s snarky and social media-savvy stepdaughter, Millicent.

It is scheduled to make its debut on Thursday, June 17 with the first three episodes. It will then be followed by subsequent episodes that will drop weekly, exclusively on Paramount+.

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Created by Dan Schneider, iCarly ran on-air for six seasons from 2007-2012 on Nickelodeon. It centered on the titular teenager as she creates the eponymous web series alongside her best friends Sam Puckett and neighbor Freddie Benson in the apartment loft she and her older brother Spencer live in. However, as the show becomes an internet phenomenon, the group must balance their teenage lives with the craziness that comes from their newfound fame.


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