Monday, August 15, 2022

Big Nate | The Cellphone Effect (S1, E9) | Paramount+

Big Nate | The Cellphone Effect (S1, E9) | Paramount+

Nate thinks his new cellphone puts him in a whole new class of cool, but it's really just signaling a whole new world of trouble. From the full episode "Best Laid Cell Plans."

When Francis gets an emergency cell phone, the gang makes major plans for it. But even the best laid cell plans can go wrong. What ensues is a viral video, an investigation, an unlikely duo and the strangest tea party ever…

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The perils of the digital age catch up to the kids of P.S. 38 (along with plenty of other troubles) in nine new episodes of Big Nate launching this week. Set to premiere Friday, August 19 on Paramount+, the latest misadventures of author Lincoln Peirce’s beloved misfit will see Nate pursuing his singing dreams, saveing a pregnant lizard and taking spring break to the next level.

In addition to this week’s drop, Big Nate’s fans can also look forward to Season 2, launching in 2023 with a padded order of 20 episodes, recently announced.

Big Nate follows the riotous exploits of Nate Wright (voiced by Ben Giroux), a sixth-grade kid who has a never-ending need to prove his awesomeness to the world. Whether he’s dealing with disasters at home or detention at school, Nate is no stranger to a challenge. Luckily, he’s able to express himself through the world of cartoons that he creates. Charming, mischievous and a magnet for misadventure, Nate always finds a way to turn trouble into fun.

The voice cast also features Dove Cameron as Ellen Wright, Rob Delaney as Martin Wright, Bryce Charles as Dee Dee Holloway, Daniel MK Cohen as Francis Pope, Arnie Pantoja as Teddy Ortiz, Charlie Schlatter as Chad Applewhite, Kevin Michael Richardson as Principal Nichols, Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Godfrey, Nik Dodani as Randy, Betsy Sodaro as Kim, Lisa Kay Jennings as Gina, Chandni Parekh as Jenny, Todd Haberkorn as Artur, Ryan Garcia as Mr. Rosa, Mike Rivkin as Mr. Galvin and Chester Rushing as Zeff.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation, Big Nate is executive produced by Mitch Watson (All Hail King Julien) and John Cohen (The Angry Birds Movie) and produced by Amy McKenna (Beware the Batman), with Peirce serving as consultant throughout development and production. Bridget McMeel is co-producer and Jim Mortensen is supervising producer.

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The Highly Anticipated Nick Jr. Friends Event Returns To Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

The Highly Anticipated Nick Jr. Friends Event Returns To Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
Debuts at Riviera Maya With up to 43% In Savings, up to $400 in Resort Credits and New Character Appearances At Both Locations

MIAMI, Aug. 15, 2022 -- The Nick Jr. Friends Event, the highly anticipated annual fall event uniquely crafted for preschoolers, is returning to Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana and launching for the first time at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya with exclusive discounts, dedicated programming, and special Nickelodeon character appearances at both locations. This top preschooler event gives guests the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Nick Jr. friends including Chase, Marshall and Skye from PAW Patrol, Blue from Blue's Clues & You!, Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, and for the first time ever, Santiago of the Seas. Having made its mark as a top event in the Caribbean for families with little ones over the last four years, this popular seasonal programming is back with brand new experiences and savings. Families looking for endless summers can level up their autumn vacation and take advantage of major savings with up to 43% off starting at $203 per person per night + up to $400 in Resort Credits when they book now through October 30 and travel September 8 through October 31, 2022.

While both resort locations will offer unforgettable experiences that are true to the heart of the Nickelodeon brand, each destination will welcome unique experiences that set the stage for an unmatched Nick Jr. Friends Event. Little guests staying at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with Santiago from Santiago of the Seas, who is making a debut appearance just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, while those staying at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will get the chance to play with Chase and Skye from PAW Patrol and Shimmer & Shine from Shimmer and Shine.

"We are beyond excited to bring back our Nick Jr. Friends Event to our resorts this fall after continued overwhelming success," said Daniel Lozano, Vice President of Operations at Karisma Hotels & Resorts. "Families can expect signature experiences coupled with new playful surprises that will make this year's event bigger and better than ever."

Families can enjoy a 5-star luxury all-inclusive vacation with gourmet dining, thrilling adventure at the Aqua Nick water parks, expansive accommodations, and all kinds of exclusive, limited edition events and experiences taking place throughout the week — from exciting character meet and greets to interactive activities including searching for clues left behind by Blue, making Dora's backpack and creating their own adventure map, dancing the Pup Pup Boogie with PAW Patrol, making their own Blue & Magenta ears, themed menus with fun mocktails and sweets, dance parties and much more. Little ones can even get inspired to help their friends, families and communities with Paw Patrol's "Calling All Heroes" program as they receive a Big Hero Book of hero tips when participating in the activities onsite.

With two locations, one in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the 5-star family experiential resorts are designed to ignite the spark of play for guests of all ages with signature seasonal events throughout the year including the Nick Jr. Friends Event this fall. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts offer spacious and themed family suites, Nickelodeon™ Place, Aqua Nick themed water park, Club Nick for kids, and the renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience by Karisma.

For information about the Nick Jr. Friends Event or to book, visit

About Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection that owns and manages an impressive portfolio of properties in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Property brands include Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma; El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma; Azul Beach Resorts by Karisma; Generations Resorts by Karisma; Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma; Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts; and Margaritaville St. Somewhere by Karisma. Properties have been honored with the industry's top accolades, including Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 100 Hotels in the World," Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 30 Hotels in Cancun," TripAdvisor® Traveler's Choice "Best Hotels for Romance," and AAA's "Five Diamond Award'' and "Four Diamond Award." Karisma Hotels & Resorts is committed to employee and community support while delivering authentic experiences to guests, receiving worldwide recognition for its compassionate and creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations.

About Nickelodeon International
Nickelodeon, now in its 43rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing, and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, available in more than 400 million households across 170+ countries and territories via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Paramount Networks International, a division of Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA). For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters, and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc.


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Originally published: August 15, 2022.

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When You Least Expect It: Paramount+ Debuts Key Art and Trailer For Spanish-Language Original Series


Series Stars Erick Elías, Marta Hazas, Blanca Portillo,
Francesc Orella and Alba Planas

“When You Least Expect It” Premieres in the U.S. on Thursday, August 18,
Exclusively on Paramount+

August 15, 2022 – Paramount+ today debuted the official trailer and key art for the upcoming Spanish-language original drama series WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. Produced by VIS, the international studio division of Paramount, the series will premiere in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday, August 18, with all ten episodes in Spanish and dubbed in English, exclusively on Paramount+. WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT will also air on Paramount+ in Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France upon the service’s launch in those regions.

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Created by Cristóbal Garrido and Adolfo Valor (“Honeymoon with My Mother”), WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT explores the healing journey of five strangers, each dealing with the loss of a loved one, whose lives intersect in a group therapy session. The feel-good drama recounts the moments that derive from death while optimistically portraying how, despite the wounds, it is possible to laugh, love, and, most importantly, live again.

The outstanding cast includes Erick Elías (“100 Días Para Enamorarnos,” “Betty en NY”) as Pardo, a Mexican rock musician who now has to care for his children whom he barely knows; Marta Hazas (“Velvet,” “Pequeñas Coincidencias”) as Sara, a mother and doctor who has lost the love of her life and whose 8-year-old son is obsessed with death; Blanca Portillo (“Los Abrazos Rotos,” “Maixabel”) as Dr. Laforet, a psychologist with unconventional methods; Francesc Orella (“Merlí,” “Inés del Alma Mía”) as Luis, a successful businessman who thinks he has everything under control; and Alba Planas (“Express,” “Skam”) as Graci, a college student with her whole life ahead of her forced to abide by a life-changing promise she made to her dying boyfriend.

Paramount Global is one of the leading producers of Spanish-language content in the world. In addition to WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, Paramount+ has exclusively debuted several scripted premium and library Spanish-language originals produced by VIS in the United States, including CECILIA and THE ENVOYS, which will both return for a second season, and PAROT.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream CBS News Network for 24/7 news and CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About VIS

Introduced in 2018, VIS is the international studio division of Paramount. VIS covers production of content for Paramount brands and platforms, including Paramount+, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, Channel 5, Network 10, Telefe, and Chilevisión, as well as for third parties. The studio includes Ananey and Porta Dos Fundos, as well as the new cause-driven division, VIS Social Impact. VIS’ content covers all genres, from kids, young adult, live action and animation to soap operas, dramas, short and long-form comedy formats and feature films.


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Originally published: August 15, 2022.

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Tiny Chef Celebrates Birthday With Epic Nickelodeon Sliming

It's Tiny Chef's birthday! And to celebrate, Tiny Chef received Nickelodeon's highest honor whilst visiting Nickelodeon Studios: An epic Nickelodeon sliming!

Catch The Tiny Chef Show this September on Mickeflowdeon! Click HERE to find out more!

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"Closer to the Heart" Live at South Park The 25th Anniversary Concert | South Park Studios

"Closer to the Heart" Live at South Park The 25th Anniversary Concert | South Park Studios

In a surprise appearance from Rush, the group performed "Closer to the Heart" with Matt Stone and Primus at South Park the 25th Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 10, 2022.

Celebrating 25 years of South Park live on stage. South Park The 25th Anniversary Concert is now streaming on Paramount+ in the US. Use promo code SOUTHPARK for one month free.

South Park The 25th Anniversary Concert will feature co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone taking the stage to perform songs from the show’s 25-year history. They’ll also be joined by Primus, Ween, and other special guests.

It will also be available in international territories where the service is available.

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Cartman Tries Saving The World Of Warcraft | South Park | Comedy Central UK

Cartman Tries Saving The World Of Warcraft | South Park | Comedy Central UK

The end of the world (of warcraft) is nigh as a rogue player kills Cartman, Stan and his dad…

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Nickelodeon to Premiere New 'Danger Force' Episodes in Austria and Switzerland From Sept. 5

Nickelodeon will start to premiere brand new episodes of Danger Force, including the all new two-part special Power Problems ("Entkräftet") in Austria (Österreich) and Switzerland (Schweiz) from Monday 5th September 2022 at 17:55 Uhr (AT)!

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Originally published: August 15, 2022.

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Nickelodeon UK Starts to Premiere New Episodes of 'LEGO City Adventures'

Catch brand new LEGO City Adventures weekends at 9:00am on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, as part of Toons on Toast!

Nickelodeon HD UK Autumn Advert and Summer Idents 2022

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The Nickelodeon Experience, A Fun New Immersive Experience for Kids to Tour the U.K. This Summer

Nickelodeon UK to launch fun new immersive experience for kids this summer

Meet Paw Patrol favourites Chase and Marshall at The Nickelodeon Experience
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

Get ready for an epic family adventure with The Nickelodeon Experience – a brand new immersive event that will be touring the U.K. this summer!

Adventure seekers, aged two to 14 years old, will have the chance to explore the worlds of their favourite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. TV shows at this first-of-its-kind experience. From multi-sensory and interactive adventures to creative and skill-based challenges, kids get to map their own journey and curate their own fun.

The Nickelodeon Experience's The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ underground lair.
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

The tour will feature 10 activity zones inspired by popular Nickelodeon shows, including The Thundermans School for Superheroes and Henry Danger. There will also be a PAW Patrol meet and greet and the Slime Time Party, among numerous other activities. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 4.

Produced by The Luna Cinema, the outdoor adventure event will take at Saughton Park in Edinburgh between July 1 and 14, Manchester’s Heaton Park from July 23 to August 5, and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire between August 14 and 27.

Luna Cinema founder George Wood said: “We cannot wait for the launch of The Nickelodeon Experience this summer!

"For years we’ve wanted to develop a truly interactive experience that allowed kids to immerse themselves in the worlds of their favourite TV shows, just as we do with Friends fans at FriendsFest and film lovers with our Luna Cinema screenings.

"To have such an iconic catalogue of shows, including global brands like PAW PatrolThe Thundermans and SpongeBob SquarePants under the Nickelodeon umbrella is a treasure trove of content to explore and bring to life."

Tickets for The Nickelodeon Experience go on sale from Friday, March 4, 2022 and will be available to buy from Each stop will have a limited admittance each day.

Children's tickets start at £29.50 and adult tickets start at £9.50 including booking fees. Infants under two years old go free.

The Thundermans’ School for Superheroes at The Nickelodeon Experience
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

At the The Nickelodeon Experience kids can go behind the scenes of some of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows including The Thundermans’ School for Superheroes, where they will learn to acquire their own super-powers.

You can step into an episode of Henry Danger, where Nick fans must navigate Henry Danger’s Maze full of secret twists, turns, puzzles and passages.

Can you solve the Hunter Street Escape Room mystery at The Nickelodeon Experience?
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

They can also race against the clock to solve the Hunter Street Escape Room mystery, which puts teamwork to the test in an attempt to crack the code and find the key.

What’s more, an arts and crafts zone featuring Baby Shark’s Big Show and Blue’s Clues themed activities awaits all budding artists.

Attendees can also jump on a giant pirate ship, play in rock pools, and make a splash in an immersive play zone based on the swashbuckling world of Santiago of The Seas.

There ain't no party like a Nickelodeon Slime Party! The Nickelodeon Experience's Slime Room
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

For the perfect finale to the experience, you’re invited to the Slime Time Party.

The adventures don’t stop there. From a PAW Patrol meet and greet featuring fan favourites Chase and Marshall, to a subterranean adventure in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ underground lair, complete with ooze covered tunnels, Nickelodeon fans will be utterly captivated in this immersive outdoor adventure.

The Nickelodeon Experience's Bikini Bottom Beach - Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

Alongside these immersive zones, children and their parents can relax at SpongeBob SquarePants’ Bikini Bottom Beach, where they can also sample delicious delights from the many themed food and beverage stalls and visit the Nickelodeon store and take home the perfect memento from an incredible range of exclusive Nickelodeon Experience merchandise.

Virginia Monaghan, Vice President (VP) Events and Experiences at ViacomCBS UK, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Luna Cinema to bring our hugely popular Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows to life through this uniquely immersive experience.

"This is a chance for children to make new memories with friends, in a safe and fun setting, and with their favourite characters.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming the people of Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas to explore all that the experience has to offer.”

“Nickelodeon hasn’t been to Scotland for ten years – so it’s going to be extra special to be able to kick-start the nationwide tour in Edinburgh.”

The Nickelodeon Experience's immersive play zone based on the swashbuckling world of Santiago Of The Sea.
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

The Nickelodeon Experience Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

2 JUL - 14 JUL - EDINBURGH Saughton Park
23 JUL - 05 AUG - MANCHESTER Heaton Park
14 AUG - 27 AUG - STEVENAGE - Knebworth House

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Update (21/7) - WIN family tickets to The Nickelodeon Experience in Hertfordshire this August!

Enjoy arts and craft at The Nickelodeon Experience
Credit: Nickelodeon / The Luna Cinema

Originally published: March 03, 2022.

Sources: Welwyn Hatfield Times, ManchesterWorld, Stereoboard, The Comet, Liverpool Echo, Edinburgh Evening News.

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Nickelodeon UK Starts to Premiere New 'The Patrick Star Show'

Rollout the pink carpet, as Bikini Bottom's biggest star is coming to Nick! Catch brand new The Patrick Star Show, premiering Monday 15th August 2022 on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, as part of Toons on Toast!

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Originally published: July 29, 2022.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for August 15, 2022 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for August 15, 2022 | Nickelodeon

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Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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Nickelodeon News Bytes | August 14, 2022

NickALive!'s pick of Nickelodeon news, highlights and more from around the internet!:

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-- Actor Anne Heche, who voiced Suyin Beifong in The Legend of Korra, has sadly passed away

-- Former Another World star Robyn Griggs, who was a host on Nickelodeon's Rated K: For Kids by Kids in the 1980s, has sadly passed away. Her friends and family have set up a GoFundMe to help cover healthcare costs

-- Denise Dowse, voice of Officer Shirley on Rocket Power, has sadly passed away

-- Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek franchise has sadly passed away

-- Super League Gaming hints at the return of the Nickelodeon Spooktacular this Halloween

-- All the nostalgia-riffic action of Matt Bennett's iParty in Orlando

-- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: 10 Best Survival Tips Ned Gave Us To Survive The School Year!

-- Camille Eden, VP of recruitment and talent development for Nickelodeon - America (animation) named in Fame Week Africa’s Top 10 Women in Entertainment list

-- Sprayground Brings Immersive Time Travel Experience To The Heart Of New York City In Brand New Pop-Up Shop. Housed in the center of Times Square, the store opened on August 14th, and is full of exciting activities for an entire month from collaboration activations such as Nickelodeon

-- Kally's MashUp star Maia Reficco joins One Fast Move cast

-- Titusville Playhouse to present The SpongeBob Musical

-- BET Announces After Happily Ever After A New Unscripted Series Starring Divorced Couples Looking for Love

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Miranda Cosgrove Responds To Allegations About ‘iCarly’ And Nickelodeon Made By Former Co-Star Jennette McCurdy

Miranda Cosgrove reacted to her former iCarly co-star Jennette McCurdy’s allegations against Nickelodeon.

In McCurdy’s new memoir, the actress claims she was “exploited” and “encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure” known as "The Creator," then offered "hush money" by Nickelodeon.

Cosgrove responded to the claims in an interview with The New York Times (via ET Canada).

“When you’re young, you’re so in your own head,” the actor said of her own experience on iCarly, which debuted in 2007. “You can’t imagine that people around you are having much harder struggles.”

Cosgrove acknowledged that McCurdy hid the disturbing off-camera incident with her comedic talents.

“You don’t expect things like that from the person in the room who’s making everyone laugh,” she said.

Meanwhile, McCurdy opens up about her friendship with Cosgrove in her new memoir, revealing her first impression of her iCarly co-star and shares why she didn't sign on to be a part of its recent reboot. The show ran for six seasons, which aired between 2007 and 2012.

After landing the role of Sam Puckett when she was 14, McCurdy was "fascinated" to learn of Cosgrove's "independence," something McCurdy wasn't accustomed to, given her abusive relationship with her now-late mom.

"She walked alone to pick up food from a different nearby restaurant each day -- alone! What’s that like? Then I’d always hear when she came walking back into the studio because she’d be playing Gwen Stefani or Avril Lavigne from her Sidekick. I knew of these artists, but Mom didn’t allow me to listen to them because she said their music might make me wanna 'do bad things,'" McCurdy, who grew up Mormon, writes of Cosgrove. "On set, Miranda said cuss words like 's**t' and 'a**,' and she took the Lord’s name in vain at least fifty times a day. Mom warned me not to get too close to Miranda because she doesn’t believe in God."

The then-teens quickly developed a friendship, mostly through AIM.

"Miranda and I spent hours talking every day on it," McCurdy recalls. "... Even though in person Miranda seemed shy and quiet, she had a distinct and hilarious personality through her written words. So many of the things she said made me laugh. Her way of observing things -- people, habits, human nature. I loved her. And I was so excited we were becoming friends."

As iCarly's success continued, so too did McCurdy and Cosgrove's friendship.

"My friendship with Miranda has been a source of camaraderie and emotional support," McCurdy writes. "I’m friends with the rest of the cast too, but my connection with Miranda is different and special. We Skype on the weekends and see movies at ArcLight after work."

When iCarly came to an end, McCurdy worried that it'd mark the end of her friendship with Cosgrove too. That fear really came into focus when the women shot their final scene together through tears.

"The reason I’m crying is that I don’t know what will become of my friendship with Miranda. We’ve gotten so close. Like sisters, but without the passive-aggression and weird tensions," McCurdy writes. "I have my judgments around female friendships being catty and petty and backstabby, but that couldn’t be further from the truth with Miranda. With Miranda, it’s always been so easy. Our friendship is pure."

McCurdy soon realized, however, that her fears were unfounded.

"There was no need to worry about context; our friendship has gotten stronger since iCarly ended," she writes. "We hang out three or four times a week. Usually one of the nights is a sleepover."

In fact, their bond remained so close that McCurdy eventually opened up to Cosgrove about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia. 

"Miranda’s been very supportive. I appreciate her support but it’s also difficult at times," McCurdy writes. "Before Miranda knew about this stuff, when bulimia was my secret, I could get through the ups and downs on my own. I was the only person I had to be accountable to, the only person I would disappoint. But now that she’s in on the secret, I can tell she’s hyperaware of my eating tendencies. She’s constantly observing. I’m not just disappointing myself with my slips, but her too."

As close as the women once were, though, they did start to "drift apart" as they entered their late 20s.

"At the beginning of the decade, the people I was close to seemed like friends for life, people I could never imagine not seeing every day. But life happens. Love happens. Loss happens," McCurdy writes. "Change and growth happen at different paces for different people, and sometimes the paces just don’t line up. It’s devastating if I think too much about it, so I usually don’t."

That change in their dynamic came around the same time that an iCarly reboot was in the works. Cosgrove wanted McCurdy to jump on board, but the latter actress had expressed embarrassment about her time on the series.

On a phone call, McCurdy insisted, "Miranda, I’m not doing the reboot. There’s nothing you can say to convince me." 

"She tells me she thinks the reboot could be an opportunity for all of us in the cast to 'get back out there,' maybe get some other opportunities from it," McCurdy recalls of Cosgrove.

When that tactic didn't work, Cosgrove reminded McCurdy that "it's really good money."

"But there are things more important than money. And my mental health and happiness fall under that category,'" McCurdy recalls telling her. "There’s a moment of silence. It’s one of those rare moments where I feel like I didn’t say too much, or too little. I feel like I represented myself accurately and there’s nothing I would change about the way I said it. I feel proud. We wrap up our conversation, promising to keep in touch, and hang up."

When ET spoke to Cosgrove last year, she reacted to McCurdy's decision not to reprise her role in the reboot.

"We all really wanted Jennette to be a part of the show in real life, but she's just doing other things and we're really happy for her," Cosgrove said at the time, adding that McCurdy would be welcomed onto the reboot "anytime."

The iCarly revival has addressed Sam's departure by explaining she is on the road with the biker gang, the Obliterators.

McCurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died is out now.

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Josh Peck Praises 'Incredibly Brave' Jennette McCurdy for New Memoir

Drake & Josh alum Josh Peck is showing his support for fellow former Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy following the release of her candid and sometimes shocking new memoir.

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Peck recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight's Denny Directo, while promoting his new Netflix coming-of-age dramedy 13: The Musical, and he opened up about the iCarly actor's tell-all, I'm Glad My Mom Died.

"I just think it's incredibly brave," Peck said of the memoir. "And for her to do it in a way [where] she has this beautifully biting comedic voice and this thoughtful way of expressing her journey and her pain and her challenge."

"I just honor her in that because it takes a lot of guts," he added. "But I also know sort of the power, that when you do get vulnerable and share your story, how so many people can see themselves in it and find a little bit of a reprieve, so I'm just really proud of her."

In her new memoir, the 30-year-old former actress details the emotional and physical abuse she says she endured throughout her childhood up until her mom's 2013 death from cancer. She also reflected on her professional challenges and experiences growing up under the heat of the public spotlight.

Peck -- who wrote a memoir of his own, Happy People Are Annoying, published earlier this year -- said he related a lot to McCurdy's story of early fame.

"Navigating, sort of, growing up in the public eye, your not always afforded sort of the opportunity to stumble in a safe way that you would be if you were just having a normal kid experience," Peck explained, adding that one of the biggest issues facing young actors is a lot of "extra pressure."

Meanwhile, Peck, now 35, has grown up and navigated his way to adulthood amid fame. The actor has been married since 2017 to Paige O'Brien. The couple share a 3-year-old son, Max, and are expecting their second child.

When asked how the pair are getting ready for the new addition, Peck joked, "I think, you know, we're moving to a bigger place and so we are hardcore adulting. Like oh my, we own property!"

"It's fabulous. I mean, I always say having a kid is the one thing that’s not overrated in life. It's not overhyped," Peck added with a smile.

On top of his growing family, Peck also has a lot on his plate career-wise. Peck confirmed that he'll be returning for the second season of How I Met Your Father.

"Maybe I'll get in trouble after I leave here for confirming, but yeah," Peck said with a laugh. "Hilary [Duff] is a dream and I feel lucky to be her friend. I've known her for over 10 years and just the entire group there, all the actors, the creator, it's a beautiful time. I'm so lucky to be a part of it."

Additionally, Peck is appearing in the new Netflix dramedy 13: The Musical. The story follows a middle schooler named Evan Goldman (Eli Golden), who moves from New York City to a small town in Indiana following his parents' divorce. He is determined to throw the best bar mitzvah ever, and Peck stars as Evan's rabbi who will oversee the event.

"I love the idea that we're sort of redefining this idea of sort of a stately stoic sort of long-bearded religious leader into this kind of cool millennial rabbi who's trying to help this kid, who very clearly is going through it," Peck shared. "His parents are recently divorced he's recently uprooted his life from New York City, so there's a bit of a culture shock... And [I'm] just trying to help him throughout this process because bar mitzvahs are wonderful and weird and challenging, and I think my character really knows that."

13: The Musical -- adapted from Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish's 2007 musical -- is streaming now on Netflix.

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Hasbro Hosts The Power of Peppa Partners Day

Olympian Greg Rutherford joins panel discussion and The Oinksters Awards presented.

Living up to its title, The Power of Peppa Partners Day, the Hasbro licensing consumer products team left the 200 strong audience, made up of licensees and retailers, in no doubt about the full slate of new content and impressive consumer engagement activations which will keep the UK’s favourite muddy puddle jumper firmly in the hearts and minds of little ones and their parents, ramping up to Peppa’s 20th anniversary in 2024.

The well-attended event, which took place on 13 July in the Science Museum’s Illuminate space, also included a lively panel discussion entitled ‘How to embrace change and stay relevant’, as well as presentation of The Oinksters awards.

“It has been a thrill seeing all of our talented partners come together for a day packed with insightful conversation, including a one-off panel interview with industry leaders who recognise the tremendous success of Peppa Pig’s nearly 20 years of British and global excellence,” said Sally Carnota, senior director of licensed consumer products, UK at Hasbro. “We’re also honoured to acknowledge and celebrate the award winners who continually embrace the ‘Peppa Effect’ by adapting to change and staying relevant with exciting new opportunities for our favorite cheeky pig.

“We look forward to the continued success of the brand through inventive avenues from both new and long-lasting partners, for years to come.”

The Q&A session was moderated by the quick-witted comedian, writer and executive coach Cally Beaton, with panellists including the Olympian athlete Greg Rutherford; YouTube Kids and Family lead, Fatima El Milinia; Joel Silverman, ceo and founder of creative agency KidsKnowBest and Joel Parks, ceo and founder of environmentally-conscious brand Bamboo Bamboo.

Questions put to the panel included what preschool content would look like in 10 and 20 years’ time; what brands can do to ride the storm of the cost of living crisis; as well as whether brands could and should lobby Government to update the school curriculum.

Audience participation added a fun element to the Q&A session with attendees urged to vote on various questions, such as ‘Should George Pig have his own series?’, by raising their Peppa/George voting cards in the air.

The grand finale was the presentation of The Oinksters, which saw retailers Tesco, Asda and and licensees Vitabiotics, Penguin, Character Options, Calbee Seabrrok Crisps, Blues Group, Wow! Stuff and Fashion UK being feted for their winning Peppa Pig partnerships with Hasbro.

The full list of winners is below:

  • Puddle Jumping Hero – Character Options
  • Penny Polar Bear Newcomer Award – Calbee Group UK
  • Edmond Elephant’s Clever Clogs Award – Wow! Stuff
  • Daddy Pig’s Marketing Expert Award – Vitabiotics
  • Zuzu and Zaza’s Partnership Award – BM Fashion (UK)
  • Grandpa Pig’s Best of British Award – Tesco
  • Miss Rabbit’s Best Retailer Award – Asda
  • Peppa Cares Award –
  • Madam Gazelle’s Learning Award – Penguin Random House
  • Mummy Pig’s Values Award – Blues Group

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