The ever-popular Nickelodeon show iCarly is coming to an end. After five years running, fans will see Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove’s character) air new episodes for the last time in November 2012.
Hitmaker Dan Schneider created this Nickelodeon show which has garnered high praise for the past few years; however, in recent months, the show has slipped from airing four to five times per day to airing about that often each week. For children’s cable networks, the demand for repeat airings is very important, but iCarly’s has dwindled. However, it’s important to note that the show was not canceled, but executives made the decision to stop production on the show after it’s fifth season. Schneider told TV Guide, “I want to go out the way we are — on a creative high-note.” The move to cancel the show was highly unexpected and left many fans echoing the sentiment, iSoSad.
iCarly premiered in 2007 and quickly became a breakout hit for the network. On the show, Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam) play best friends who created a webcast. The show’s underlying theme is empowerment for young people, but the show has effectively mixed in smart humor and random dancing. Families everywhere enjoy the show and feel great that their children are connecting with these characters.
The show’s massive appeal has attracted a number of high-profile guest stars, most notably First Lady Michelle Obama, actors Jack Black, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, actress Jane Lynch and popular boy band One Direction. While Miranda Cosgrove will head to the University of Southern California this fall, most of her co-stars will remain with the Nickelodeon family. Schneider has two new comedy pilots set for iCarly stars Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck. Jerry Trainor, who played Carly’s older brother, will now star in a new show called Wendell & Vinnie where he will portray a goofy uncle who takes on guardianship of his nephew who is a genius.