Drake Bell and Josh Peck have both successfully moved on to pursue their own careers following their stint on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. After four years of playing Drake Parker on the teen sitcom, Bell has welcomed the ‘bittersweet ending” of the series and has concentrated on his growing career as a musician. He released his debut album “Telegraph” independently in 2005 but has earned more fame with his second album “It’s Only Time,” which he continues to promote on tour and on gigs since last summer. Bell has also acquired a number of movie roles, which kept him busy the past year. As reported before, he has an upcoming movie called College, a comedy about three high school seniors and their wild weekend visit to a local college campus as prospective freshmen, and the action-spoof Superheroes! On the other hand, Peck, who plays Josh Nichols, has been busy with The Wackness, Drillbit Taylor and the upcoming film Safety Glass and American Primitive.
Next month, however, the two Nickelodeon teen stars will be reuniting again as they begin filming the new telepic Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever.
The telepic, which marks their reunion more than a year after the production ended on their hit TV series, will feature Bell and Peck as they work as a mall Santa and his helper. Ultimately, they end up promising a little girl in foster care that she’ll have the “best Christmas ever.” As the title suggests, the new Drake & Josh film is expected to be released in time for the holidays.
Of course, Drake & Josh creator Dan Schneider is back to serve as executive producer to the telepic, along with Cohn and Lauren Levine. Michael Grossman, who is credited for his work on Grey’s Anatomy, will serve as director.
Meanwhile, Bell and Peck’s work won’t be just limited to acting on-screen. This time, they will also work behind the cameras as co-producers.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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