Show Time: Nick Renews iCarly

Nickelodeon will offer a fifth season of "iCarly," a show partly about a show. The comedy features kids putting on a Web series, with the next season set for 2012.

On April 9, the show drew 7.4 million viewers (its season-to-date average), which Nick said was basic cable's most-watched show for that week.

The series is executive produced by Dan Schneider, who is also behind emerging Nick sensation "Victorious," another live-action program.

The iCarly announcement comes as Nick negotiates with advertisers in the kids' upfront market.

In "iCarly," the Web series is sort of a maypole, but the characters also grapple with problems that are challenging to all tweens. The series has a companion Web site and has specials attached.

Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) lives in Seattle with her older brother and guardian, providing a twist on family dynamics. Her father is stationed on a military submarine.

The hit show debuted in 2007.



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