Leave it all to the cast of “iCarly.” Many of your favorite stars from the original Nickelodeon series are back for a new reboot, along with a couple of newcomers.
Nine years after the series finale of the sitcom about teens who go viral for their eponymous web show, “iCarly” is logging on again for a Paramount+ reboot, streaming June 17.
In the first trailer, released Tuesday, an all-grown-up Carly (Miranda Cosgroves) is back shooting the show (now on a smartphone) with cameraman Freddie (Nathan Kress), brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor) and new best friend Harper (Laci Mosley).
“Welcome to the new ‘iCarly,'” Carly tells viewers on her show-within-a-show.
Now in their late 20s and early 30s, the main characters are returning to their old goofy antics – only now they’ve swapped spaghetti tacos for the occasional adult beverage.
Noticeably absent: Carly’s previous best friend, Sam (Jennette McCurdy), who has retired from acting and will not appear in the reboot).
Mosley, who is Black, shared on social media last month that she had been experiencing cyberbullying by people who believed she was replacing McCurdy’s character.
“Hi, I’m playing Harper on ‘iCarly.’ I’m not replacing Sam. Jennette McCurdy is a wonderful person. I’ve never met her but it’s no shade,” she said in an expletive-filled Instagram Story that has since expired.
Leave it all to the cast of "iCarly" – many of your favorite stars from the original Nickelodeon series are back for a new reboot, along with a couple of newcomers. (Photo: PARAMOUNT+)
“Please stop calling me (the N word) and being racist,” she captioned the video, calling for people to “stay out of her comments” with racist remarks.
Mosley tweeted that “being a Black woman is exhausting,” adding on Instagram that although “racism isn’t new… it still hurts.”
“I love being Black. I hate how Black people are treated on this planet,” she wrote. “I took this role on iCarly because the room is diverse…our show runner @ali_schouten is so incredibly kind and caring and the cast is talented and some of the best people I’ve ever met. I was shocked when a celebration of all the hard work we’ve put into making this reboot was overshadowed by the most racism I’ve ever experienced in my life over the course of 72 hours.”
‘Racism kills’: ‘iCarly’ and Miranda Cosgrove denounce racism after Laci Mosley faces cyberbullying
Mosley continued: “Racism kills. I can’t beg you to love me or yourselves enough to be kind to people but I can block you and protect my peace… Black is beautiful and no amount of slurs or vitriol you dump online will change that.”
Cosgrove reposted an unofficial statement from an “iCarly” fan page, which stated that “iCarly” is “proud to be racially diverse, not only in our crew but in our cast. We have recently seen reports of racism towards a member of our iCarly cast, and it is not acceptable!”
“iCarly” and Paramount+ issued a joint statement on Instagram May 17 saying the television show “stands with the iCarly cast.”
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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