- - Monday, August 6, 2012

Nickelodeon’s hit show “iCarly” made Jennette McCurdy a star and, although the show will air its series finale in November, the 20-year-old doesn’t have to worry about what comes next.

The network has tapped Ms. McCurdy and actress Ariana Grande to star in a spinoff tentatively titled “Sam & Cat.” The series will follow the girls’ characters, Sam Puckett from “iCarly” and Cat Valentine from “Victorious,” as they become roommates and start a baby-sitting business.

“Sam & Cat” will be produced by Dan Schneider, who is behind the Nickelodeon shows “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Zoey 101” and “Drake & Josh.”

“I couldn’t be under a better person’s wing, so I’m really happy about that decision,” Ms. McCurdy said in a recent interview. “I haven’t seen a script … so I’m dying for information.”

Ms. McCurdy describes taping the series finale of “iCarly” as emotional.

“The last day of shooting was really sad,” she said. “There was a lot of crying and there were a lot of hugs going around. None of us wanted to say goodbye really.”

Besides acting, Ms. McCurdy loves singing. She recorded a self-titled album with Capitol Records Nashville, but is no longer under contract with that label.

“I knew that I was starting this show and I needed to be focused on that,” she said. “I didn’t want any one thing to get too muddied with the others. Hopefully a different label will like to sign me.”

She has spoken with Mr. Schneider about incorporating her music into “Sam & Cat.”

Ms. McCurdy said she hopes celebrities will appear on the new show, as they did on “iCarly,” which featured guest spots by first lady Michelle Obama, One Direction and Jane Lynch.

Who would be her ideal guest star?

“Andrew Garfield. I’m gonna marry him,” she said with a laugh. “In my dreams maybe.”

Youngest Jonas brother ‘considered’ for ‘Idol’ gig

It looks like the three Jonas brothers may all have TV shows on different networks.

Kevin Jonas, 24, is soon to star in the E! reality show “Married to Jonas,” which chronicles his life as a newlywed, while Joe Jonas, 22, has taken a mentor role alongside Nelly, Gloria Estefan and John Rich on the CW’s new music competition show “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.” Now 19-year-old Nick Jonas has confirmed reports that he is “being considered” to join Mariah Carey at the judges’ table on season 12 of “American Idol.”

“The rumors are true,” Nick Jonas tweeted to his 4.6 million followers Saturday. “It would be a dream come true if it happens.” He later added in a reply to a fan, “This is something I’d love to do.”

Reaction from Jonas Brothers devotees was swift and supportive while “Idol” viewers seemed more divided, with some pointing out that the youngest of the Jonas Brothers, while a multiplatinum-selling artist, has limited experience because of his age.

‘Walking Dead’ writer to appear at N.Y. Comic Con

“Walking Dead” comic writer Robert Kirkman will be appearing at this year’s New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in October.

The founder of the Image Comics imprint Skybound will be promoting the forthcoming 100th issue of his superhero comic Invincible and the new Skybound title, Clone, as well as discussing the second “Walking Dead” graphic novel, “The Road to Woodbury,” which Mr. Kirkman penned with Jay Bonansinga and is being published by Thomas Dunne Books on Oct. 16.

Mr. Kirkman may even have a word or two to say about the third season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which returns Oct. 14.

“Harry Potter” franchise star Tom Felton also will be appearing at the event where he will be signing autographs for fans and taking part in a Spotlight Q&A.

Previously announced New York Comic Con guests include Anne Rice, Sean Astin, Adam West, Burt Ward, Lou Ferrigno, Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Mignola and Christopher Lloyd.

‘Dance Mom’ Abby Lee Miller to lead new show on Lifetime

Lifetime cable network, which has found success with its “Dance Moms” franchise, has picked up “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” headlined by Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms.”

The reality effort will feature a dozen promising girl and boy dancers — ages 6 through 13 — competing for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The series’ 10-episode first season will premiere this fall.

Joining Ms. Miller at the judges’ table will be Robin Antin, founder of the Pussycat Dolls, and dancer and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson. Kevin Manno of MTV’s short-lived “The Seven” will serve as the show’s host.

The 12 dancers will learn new routines and compete before the judges as well as a live audience at the Los Angeles Theatre. Throughout the process, the competitors will be coached by their often highly competitive mothers, who will be making decisions regarding training, music, costumes and choreography.

Natasha Lyonne to star in ‘Weeds’ series finale

The mystery surrounding the series finale of Showtime’s “Weeds” has been kicked up a notch. “American Pie” actress Natasha Lyonne has been tapped to guest star in the hourlong finale.

Ms. Lyonne will play a woman named Tiffani in the episode, with additional details about her role being kept under wraps.

Not much is known about the two-part episode, set for Sept. 16, with show-runner Jenji Kohan and the cast telling reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that the series will not end with another cliffhanger. Unlike the season seven finale, which ended with perhaps the series’ biggest cliffhanger yet after Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) was shot with a quick cut to black, the finale will tie up many loose ends and feature a memory lane of past characters.

“[Ms. Kohan] managed to bring things together in a really beautiful way,” Ms. Parker said. “She didn’t make it a happily-ever-after thing, but there was hope, and there was some sort of benediction. I cried when I read it. I think the finale is beautifully written, and I hope it lives up to what she wrote.”

“Weeds” airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on Showtime.

• Compiled from Web and wire reports.

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