With an iCarly series revival in the works, original stars Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor reunited in a new photo taken from the set. Posted to Cosgrove's Instagram account, the image shows that the three haven't really changed too much since we last saw them together nearly a decade ago. With so many fans of the series stoked about the revival, it wasn't long before the post started going viral, quickly pulling in hundreds of thousands of likes and countless excited replies.
"HOLY MOLY THE GANG IS BACK," one reply reads, echoed by many others.
Last month, it was reported that an iCarly revival was in the works for the Paramount+ streaming service. At the time, it was also revealed that the revival would bring back Cosgrove as Carly, Kress as Freddie, and Trainor as Spencer. Jay Kogen (School of Rock, The Simpsons, Frasier) and Ali Schouten (Diary of a Future President, Champions, Merry Happy Whatever) also signed on to develop the series.
As wonderful as it is for fans to see the three stars back together in one photo, many can't help but notice the absence of Carly's best friend Sam. Played by Jennette McCurdy in the original series, McCurdy reprised the role for the spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande. As for why Sam won't be returning for the new iCarly, this could be due to McCurdy retiring from acting in 2017 to focus her efforts on writing and directing.
"McCurdy felt ashamed of 90% of her resume and ultimately unfulfilled, so she turned to alcohol, but since that didn't work, she quit acting and began pursuing writing/directing in 2017," McCurdy's bio reads on her official website. It's also noted that in addition to writing and filmmaking, McCurdy hosts the podcast Empty Inside, where she speaks with guests about uncomfortable topics.
Debuting on Nickelodeon in 2007, iCarly originally ran for six seasons until it ended its run in 2012. The series follows Cosgrove as Carly Shay, a teenager who hosts her own web series called iCarly along with her friends Sam (McCurdy) and Freddie (Kress). Her eccentric brother Spencer (Trainor) shares a loft with Carly and often winds up involved with the group's wacky mishaps. During its run, the series was very popular with Nickelodeon viewers with one 2010 episode serving as the network's second-most-viewed telecast ever.
Given its past success, it's not a surprise to see Paramount+ pick up the revival as the budding streamer attempts to find its own way in a competitive streaming market. Other projects in the works at the streaming service include the musical series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and the animated SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years.
Paramount+ launches on March 4 as a rebranded version of CBS All Access. It's not yet clear when the new iCarly will debut, but with the cast apparently already working on the show, we could be seeing the old gang back together by the end of the year. This news comes to us from Miranda Cosgrove on Instagram.