'iCArly's' Interactive Element Appeals to 'Drake & Josh' Actress
'iCArly's' Interactive Element Appeals to 'Drake & Josh' Actress
The Internet is one of the most popular media in today's tech-savvy society, and Nickelodeon is banking on the web's drawing power with the new tween series, iCarly.  The show stars Miranda Cosgrove, previously seen on Drake & Josh, as a 13-year-old student who hosts her own web series.  The show is also the first program to integrate viewer-submitted videos into storylines.

Cosgrove, 14, says the show's unique interactive element is what appealed to her the most.

“I think the best part about the show is that it's interactive,” she told Entertainment Weekly.  “It's really the first show for teens that has a great reality element to it, but it's still scripted.  I think the cool part for me is seeing all the kids' videos.  Thousands have already been sent into the website!  And the show just came out.”

However, Miranda Cosgrove, who plays Carly Shay on iCarly, said that her new series will also sometimes focus on Carly's life, her relationships and other characters.

“The Web show can be bigger or smaller depending on the episode.  Sometimes, it may only be not that big of a deal, and then other times, it makes up the entire show,” Cosgrove explained.  “It's been nice — they've been balancing it very well.  In some episodes, it's mainly about my life and the people around me.  There are definitely boy troubles, and she gets in fights with friends — pretty much all the stuff that normal teenagers deal with.”

Cosgrove, who started out in the business as a model, has been acting since she was only four years old, but is most remembered for her starring roles in the Jack Black-led film, School of Rock, and, of course, Drake & Josh, a gig which she says helped her to prepare well for her new show as well as the accompanying fame.

“I'm excited that the show has done so well and that kids are getting into it.  It helped that I did Drake & Josh, because I got to watch them do it.  So I know exactly what I'm getting into,” Miranda Cosgrove said.  “I'm friends with all my friends from elementary school — they think it's cool that I'm in acting, but they don't think it's that big of a deal.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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