(CBS Local) – The old has new in the world of streaming, and the reboot of the popular Nickelodeon series “iCarly” is now streaming on Paramount+. The series starring Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress has been one of the most watched series on the new ViacomCBS streaming service, and it has been given the green light for a second season.
CBS Local DJ Sixsmith recently chatted with Kress about playing Freddie Benson again, the show’s journey, why the series resonates in 2021, and how his life is now set how he plays the character. A new episode of “iCarly” is available today, and all five seasons of the original series are also available on Paramount+.
“We were really pumped to be able to get down to the ground and start working on this show that people seem to love,” says Kress. “Knowing that we have a lot of work to do is quite exciting. As it reached the geographic level of the original show, it began to become a pop culture phenomenon of its own. “
Words from the show began to be used and it began to become part of popular culture. That’s when social media grew and YouTube users were growing, and we were ahead of our time in 2007 when we started. We have been a part of launching this culture. We have inspired a generation of children to want to do what we are doing. The craziest part was seeing the tangible cultural impact of what we were doing. “
In the series revival, fans learned that Kress’ character Freddie was divorced twice and couldn’t bring his tech startup to success. As a result, he and his 11-year-old stepdaughter Millicent were forced to live with Freddie’s mother.
“It’s really interesting to see everyone’s characters get pulled into different places, but especially how Freddie’s life didn’t turn out,” Kress said. “Not many good things have happened to Freddie. It gives a great starting point to see his life. I think the best shows of other eras like Friends and How I Met Your Mother, they don’t start in ideal locations and that’s what makes it so satisfying for me to watch their arc as a person and a character.
“One of the most exciting things is that we made this show for people in their 20s and early 30s who watched the show as kids like us from a very early age. Now they’re watching a show where they’re watching people solve some of the same things they’re actually solving in real life. Seeing my character hopefully can relate and express something to aspire to. It’s nice to play a character who’s not in a good position, but has a place to go. That will hopefully please audiences and be a lot more satisfying as an actor because of the inherent scope. “