Nickelodeon greenlights ‘iCarly’ spinoff

  • By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times
  • Sunday, August 5, 2012 4:15pm
  • Life

LOS ANGELES — Nickelodeon unveiled a new slate of projects Friday, including a spinoff of its hit series, “iCarly.”

The pilot, “Gibby,” created by “iCarly’s” Dan Schneider, follows Gibby, Carly’s odd friend, as he takes a job at a rec center for kids of all ages. Noah Munck will reprise his role as Gibby, who will become mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers.

Another show from Schneider combines characters from “iCarly” and his “Victorious” series. The pilot, “Sam &Cat,” teams Carly’s best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy), and Tori’s good friend, Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande), as they become roommates and business partners as teen entrepreneurs instead of getting traditional after-school jobs.

Other pilots in the works include “The Haunted Hathaways,” about siblings moving into a New Orleans house occupied by a family of ghosts; “The Thundermans,” about a 13-year-old girl from a family of superheroes who stands out by having more powers than any of her relatives; and “Instant Mom,” about a twentysomething party girl who becomes a mom overnight when she marries an older man.

Current productions from the channel include the new series “Wendell and Vinnie,” starring “iCarly’s” Jerry Trainor, and the multimedia interview/blooper/prank show “You Gotta See This.”

Two film productions are in the works: “Swindle,” about a group of kids working to take down an evil con man, and “Nicky Deuce,” about a nerdy kid who transforms into the slick title character.

Nickelodeon is working on a variety of new animated series including “Sanjay &Craig,” about a boy and his snake best friend; “Monsters vs. Aliens, a spinoff of the hit movie; “Monty and Norville,” about a troll and dragon who are friends; and the pilots “Bad Seeds,” about a bird running with a bad crowd, and “Blaze and the Monster Machines.”

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