Tuesday, July 20, 2021

'Gibby': Script of Unaired Pilot Episode of 'iCarly' Spin-Off Now Available Online

In August 2012, as Nickelodeon's hit comedy series iCarly was nearing its original five-season run, Nickelodeon announced that the network planned to produce two spin-off series: Sam & Cat, starring Jennette McCurdy and Victorious' Ariana Grande, who reprised their famed characters Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine, respectively; and Gibby, starring iCarly series regular Noah Munck in which he reprised his role of Gibby.

As we all know, Sam & Cat got the greenlight to become a full series, however, Gibby unfortunately never got past the pilot stage.

Created by iCarly, Victorious and Sam & Cat creator Dan Schneider, Gibby would have featured Gibby getting a new job at The Bixby (aka The Bix), a recreational center where kids of all ages hang out, socialize, play sports and take unique classes. Gibby becomes a mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers, helping them break out of their shells and embrace life in true "Gibbehhh" style. The unaired pilot was filmed during summer 2012.

Copyright: Harry Matheu.

Not much was known about Gibby since Nickelodeon decided not to pursue the show. However, the script for the pilot episode has now become available on Archive.org!

Among the tidbits of information in the shooting script, including a first look at how the series may have ended up, it also gives us the cast of the pilot. Joining Munck in the pilot (episode #101), filmed August 1-3, 2012, were:

River Alexander as Flip
Dusan Brown as Winston
Adam Dorfman as Markon
Taylor Groothuis as Jordy
Chris Meyer as Ozzie
Juliana Long Tyson as Sierra
Tim Russ as Principal Franklin (reprise from iCarly)
Paul Tigue as Mr. Waggit
Ignacio Alcala as Max
Tim Soergel as Deek
Kara Royster as Gail
Taylor Keene as Candi
Michael Tennant as Grant
Stanley Miller as Billy
Cynthia Rube as Nurse Faye
Kalama Epstein as Kid #2
Jordan Jones as Devon
Jack Rozuk as Mean Kid #1
Eric Osovsky as Mean Kid #2

Executive produced by Schneider, the pilot was directed by Steve Hoefer.

You can read the Gibby pilot script in full on Archive.org, or in the embed below.

You can also view photos of the Gibby set Harry Matheu's personal site. Matheu also designed sets for Sam & Cat, Henry Danger, Victorious and Game Shakers.

And whilst Gibby never came to fruition, fans can catch brand new episodes of iCarly, streaming every Thursday on Paramount+!

Original source: BuzzFeed; Additional source: iCarly Wiki.

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