November 23, 2012

Last dance for 'iCarly'

Friday marks the final show of the series that its creator hopes will be a source of nostalgia for its teen fans.


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Miranda Cosgrove, center, as “Carly Shay” with Jennette McCurdy, next to Cosgrove, as “Sam Puckett”, Nathan Kress, center left, as “Freddie Benson” and Mindy Sterling, left, playing teacher “Mrs. Briggs” work on the set of “iCarly,” in Hollywood last June.

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Jennette McCurdy, as “Sam Puckett,” gets a makeup touch-up during taping on the set of “iCarly,” in Hollywood. The Nickelodeon series is coming to an end after five seasons.

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Ask Schneider, whose next projects are the "iCarly" spinoffs, and he'll tell you the comedy's point was illustrating kid empowerment.

"In the ('iCarly' final) episode, we're all moving on," a soft-spoken Cosgrove said. "It's sad because it's kind of the same as how it is in real life. We all kind of grew up and had our childhoods on set, and now it's time to leave it behind."Cosgrove, at the time of the interview for this story, was just a couple of months away from starting her first semester at University of Southern California to study theater (her followers on Twitter, MirandaCosgrove, have since been along for the ride as she has chronicled sketch class achievements and library encounters: "You know ur in trouble when u go to check out books at the library to write an essay & the guy checking u out says "May the force be with u," she recently tweeted).

The finality of it all was not lost on Schneider. He conducted exit interviews with the cast on his own -- an "audio scrapbook," as he called it -- asking questions such as "What's your favorite episode?" and "If 'iCarly' were going to be erased or destroyed forever and you could only save one (episode), which would it be?"

"I just wanted to have it because 'iCarly' was something really magical," he said. "And not just for us involved in making it, but a generation of kids. I know that when these kids are in college, they'll have 'iCarly' as a point of reference. Sort of like the way some kids had 'Saved by the Bell.' We'll be a form of nostalgia, and that's really cool."


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Miranda Cosgrove, left, and Jennette McCurdy work on the set of “iCarly,” a show from Nickelodeon that spoke the language of a generation.

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