EXCLUSIVE: Nickelodeon has greenlit a fifth season of its flagship live-action series iCarly. After locking in star Miranda Cosgrove with a new deal, the network has ordered 13 new episodes of the comedy, which will begin production in 2012 for a premiere later that year. The renewal comes on the heels of the most recent episode of iCarly, iOMG, drawing a massive audience of 7.4 million last Saturday. The episode was the most watched basic cable program last week and ranks as basic cable’s top kids’ telecast this year in total viewers. iCarly is in the midst of a two-year pickup. Season 3 is currently airing, with production on Season 4 slated to begin in May.
Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider, iCarly has been a runaway hit for Nickelodeon since the sitcom’s 2007 launch, ranking as Nickelodeon’s top-rated live-action series in total viewers and all key kids and tween demos and spawning ratings record-breaking specials like iGot a Hot Room and iSaved Your Life. “Our audience will be psyched to get more of what they love – new episodes of their favorite show, iCarly,” said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s president of original programming and development. A show within a show, iCarly follows Carly Shay (Cosgrove) and her best friends, Sam (Jennette McCurdy), Freddie (Nathan Kress) and Gibby (Noah Munck), as they create a webcast for and about kids their age while grappling with everyday tween problems and adventures. Carly lives … Read More »
Mad Men won big at the WGA Awards on Saturday. But months after the end of the fourth season of the much accoladed AMC series, there is still no deal with the network for a Season 5 or a new pact for creator Matt Weiner to return. That certainly is making writers on the show uneasy and clouding what should have been a night of celebration for the writing team. Mad Men swept the drama categories at the WGA Awards, winning for best drama series and best drama episode, the Erin Levy-penned The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. Some in the audience were joking that Weiner might use his acceptance speech for best drama series to thank the show’s writers and announce that they no longer had jobs. He didn’t of course, and the show going away is extremely unlikely — though all the scribes feted on Saturday are not guaranteed to stay on as Weiner is known for shaking up the writers room between seasons. Read More »
Famed Los Angeles nightlife and restaurant impresario and celebrity scene staple, Brent Bolthouse, is segueing into TV producing with a comic project he co-created and developed with writer-producer Vanessa Riesen (Weeds, Californication). The untitled project, which is being set up at Starz, follows the lives of several people whose paths cross in Los Angeles, with each episode taking place over the course of one night. WME-repped Riesen is set to write the project, which she will executive produce with Bolthouse. Bolthouse, repped by WME and Thruline, has dabbled into acting and appeared on MTV’s The Hills.