Nickelodeon’s comedy series iCarly drew 6.4 million total viewers with its hourlong finale, iGoodBye, on Friday. Although well below the series’ 2010 high of 12.4 million viewers, it was a respectable ending for the long-running sitcom. The finale ranks as the top telecast for November with all kids and tween demos, averaging a 8.4/2.8 million in kids 2-11, 11.7/2.3 million in kids 6-11 and 12.5/2.6 million in tweens 9-14. The finale also ranks as basic cable’s top kids telecast with total viewers for the month.
EXCLUSIVE: Miranda Cosgrove has signed with WME. The iCarly star followed her agent Warren Zavala to the agency from CAA, where he left earlier this month after three years, bringing many of his clients with him. Cosgrove has just finished on the Nickelodeon series, which will air its finale in November. The actress is reprising her role in Despicable Me later this year, with Despicable Me 2 set for release July 3, 2013. Cosgrove joins fellow Zavala clients Anna Faris, Jackie Earle Haley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Dano, Johnny Galecki, Amber Heard, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Shiloh Fernandez, Kelli Garner, and David Giuntoli in joining the agent at WME. Cosgrove continues to be managed by Anonymous Content and Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.
Young actress-singer Jennette McCurdy has signed with UTA for film, TV, music and other areas. She was with CAA. iCarly co-star McCurdy plays Carly’s (Miranda Cosgrove) best friend on Nickelodeon’s top series, which begins production on its the fifth season in January. McCurdy has a talent holding deal with the network for a pilot that would be a starring vehicle for her. Her credits also include Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie. On the music side, McCurdy is about to release a country album through Capital Records Nashville and is looking to segue pop music. She continues to be represented by Chris Huvane at Management 360 and attorney PJ Shapiro.
A plan for a series of public service announcements targeting first lady Michelle Obama’s “Joining Forces” initiative was unveiled today during a panel sponsored by the Hollywood guilds designed to create a dialogue about ways to share the stories of military families through film, television and digital media. Nearly 500 members of the Hollywood creative community attended the event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills; the panel was moderated by J.J. Abrams and featured Obama as well as Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate. From the press release on the PSAs:
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 …