The Ikal Revival premieres on June 17th on Paramount, plus the original series aired between 2007 and 2012 on Nickelodeon and starred Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Chris and Jerry Trainor. The majority of the main cast are back for the revival, but sadly, there will be some fan favorites missing from the lineup. The first three episodes premiere on June 17th on Paramount, plus, the remaining 10 episodes will air weekly exclusively on Paramount. Plus, the revival is set in the present day and sees the original gang navigate their way through work, love, family and tackling the challenges life throws at you in your 20s.
When the news was announced, Miranda Cosgrove, who has reprised her role as Kalischer said in a statement, Being on the Israeli side has always felt like a second home to me. And it’s so awesome to be back with my pals Jerry and Nathan. We served up spaghetti tacos over 10 years ago, and I can’t wait to show you what we’re cooking up next with Nickelodeon for Paramount, plus also reprising their roles alongside Cosgrove for the Revive series. Jerry Trainor is Carly’s older brother, Spencer, and Nathan is Carly’s first love and best friend, Freddy.
Sadly, Jennette McCurdy will not be returning to the series as Carly’s best friend, Sam Puckett. McCurdy confirmed in March 2021, she had quit acting on the podcast Empty Inside while speaking to Mom, Star and Farris. She said her family was the main driving force for her being in the industry and described her experience as difficult. She said, I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it. My mom put me in it when I was six and by sort of age, I guess 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family, McKirdy continued.
And it was very much the pressure of my family not having a lot of money. And this was the way out, which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success, because I don’t think I would have been as ambitious if I didn’t know that it was for my family. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played. I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles and if you feel fulfilled by them.
In an exclusive statement to Newsweek, McCurdy’s representatives confirm McKirdy would not be returning to Ikoyi. They said Jenette is busy working on her book, which sold to Simon and Schuster, as well as bringing her one woman show back to the stage. She is also working on some other film and TV projects which have not yet been announced. McKirdy had starred in all six seasons of Ikari and even appeared in the spinoff Sam and Cat alongside Ariana Grande. Since appearing in Arkley, McKirdy has gone to pursue a career in writing and directing, most recently directing, producing and writing the 2013 short film Strong Independent Women.