Unfortunately for iCarly fans—and Miranda Cosgrove devotees the world over—Variety reports that the Parmount+ reboot has been canceled after three successful seasons. An enormous wave of bonafide nostalgia initially overcame fans worldwide when Paramount+ announced the long-awaited return of the beloved teen sitcom. The program, centered around the teenage adventures of Carly Shay and her friends, remerged on TV and computer screens after a (too) long hiatus.
But alas, their adventures, at least on Paramount+, are no more.
After an improbable revival, iCarly has been canceled again, but at least we got to see Carly and Freddie get together.
A Paramount+ spokesperson broke the gloomy news, explicitly stating that iCarly, originally broadcast on Nickelodeon and produced by Dan Schneider, would not enjoy a fourth season. The company spokesperson detailed how the program nonetheless delivered a terrific three seasons of content, gifting fans the reward they had all been waiting for: the long-awaited romantic union of Carly and Freddie (sigh).
Paramount+’s rep went on to respectfully thank the whole cast and the writing, directing, and producing teams behind the celebrated show for doing their best for so long.
The exciting revival indeed handed fans of the show much of what they had been clamoring for. Carly Shay rejoined her whimsical brother Spencer, and always-dependable friend (and soon-to-be boyfriend), Freddie. And iCarly—the reboot—contributed an exciting spin on the old favorite, one understandably born of the actual timespan between the original show’s airing and its Paramount+ return: a more mature Carly, ten years older, portrayed by a more mature Miranda Cosgrave, a decade older as well.
iCarly was part of a wave of nostalgia bait programs on Paramount+, including Zoey 102 and the return of the Rugrats.
Both Miranda and Carly wasted no time getting back to business revamping the character’s renowned web show. But the series was no mere stroll down memory lane; it also introduced new characters, including Harper, Caryl’s new buddy played by Laci Mosley, and Freddie’s stepdaughter, Millicent, portrayed by Jaidyn Triplett. Both of whom were new additions, lifelong fans of iCarly could all get behind.
Fans around the world grew up with Carly, Freddie, and company. The original show spanned a whopping six seasons—the first in 2007, the last (before the reboot) in 2012, all of which amounted to a staggering 97 episodes. In comparison and retrospect, the reboot seems a bit short-lived, with its three seasons dwarfed somewhat by the original six.
A decade later, fans loved seeing the iCarly gang that they had grown up with now struggling to enter adulthood.
The revamped and revived version of the show was but one of several series Paramount+ rejuvenated for its streaming platform. Beyond iCarly, what other classics came back to life on the streaming giant? Rugrats, for one, as well as a live-action sequel to Fairly Oddparents, redubbed The Fairly Oddparents: Fairly Odder, rounded out by the hotly-anticipated sequel and film for Zoey 101, named—can you guess it?—Zoey 102.
The collective brainchild of executive produces Jay Kogen and Ali Schouten (who also wrote the show’s pilot), the reboot was produced by Nickelodeon Studios and Awesomeness. Interestingly, Cosgrove—the obvious face of the show—surpassed merely reprising her role as Carly: she also served as an executive producer.
While fans are understandably sad to see iCarly go, no one can deny the show’s legacy is indelible. For many, the reboot constitutes more than a streaming show—but a trip through time back to their teenage years.