Nickelodeon’s “iGo to Japan,” the first-ever TV movie inspired by convergent mega-hit series iCarly, follows iWeb Award nominees Carly (Miranda Cosgrove), Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress) on a laugh-packed, mud-soaked adventure overseas, premiering Saturday, November 8 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT). It’s a wild and rollicking trip for the teen travelers, who must parachute from a possum-filled cargo plane, outwit conniving rivals, jump the language barrier – and race the clock to arrive in time to compete for the ultimate Internet prize: Best Comedy Web Show in the world!
“iGo to Japan gives fans more of everything they love about iCarly. It’s a big, broad, hilarious romp – loaded with suspense and mess like only Dan Schneider can deliver,” said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming. “It’s topped off with a rocking performance by iCarly soundtrack artists Good Charlotte – and the iCarly experience continues on the newly redesigned iCarly.com site.”
Riding high on the news of their nomination, Carly, Sam and Freddie kick off their adventure on a tin can of a plane packed with caged possums and piloted by Spencer’s (Jerry Trainor) odd acquaintance, a grizzled, Korea-bound guy named Freight Dog (Don Stark). After parachuting onto Japanese soil, the bedraggled group arrives at last at their hotel and meets iCarly’s main rivals for the iWeb trophy, Kyoki and Yuki. Seemingly friendly, the Japanese teens take the American kids on a “scenic tour” in a minivan. It’s a dirty trick, though, and the duplicitous duo peels off, leaving the iCarly crew stranded and mud-splattered just hours before the ceremony. Down but not out, the trio keeps on trucking. Thanks to Freddie’s mom, they’re spotted and whisked to the awards – only to be sequestered in a utility room with security guards. The show starts and the countdown begins. The opening act, Good Charlotte, pumps up the volume with their hit single “Where Would We Be Now?” Will the iCarly kids get a crack at competing onstage? And will they take home the coveted trophy?
Post premiere, on Monday, Nov. 10 beginning at 4 p.m. (ET/PT), in a programming block titled “iGo Behind the Scenes,” Miranda Cosgrove will host an iCarly marathon revealing footage shot behind the scenes in the making of the flick, followed by an encore airing of the movie at
8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
iCarly has been a top-five show with tweens since its September ’07 launch. Year-to-date, the series consistently has ranked among the top five live-action shows on Cable TV with Kids 6-11 (averaging 1.7M) and tweens 9-14 (averaging 1.6M). Since debuting internationally in March 2007, iCarly has also become a global hit and is among the top ten shows in the UK, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico and Columbia.
Equally popular online, year-to-date www.iCarly.com averages 2.9 million unique visitors each month (source: Omniture Site Catalyst Jan- Aug. 2008) who upload and watch videos, blog and rock to the cast’s favorite tunes. The site had its best month ever in July, with 3.6 million visitors. Internationally iCarly.com is registering rapid viewer uptake, hitting the 1 million international unique visitors in the month of June alone (Comscore Media Metrix June 08).
The iCarly album, released in June from Columbia Records – part of the global partnership between Nickelodeon and the Sony Music Label Group – debuted at the top of the charts. It was #1 on the Billboard Kids Chart; #2 on Billboard’s Soundtracks Chart (right behind Sex & the City) and #28 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The album features four original songs performed by Cosgrove, including the show’s theme “Leave It All to Me.” It also features songs inspired by the popular series from multi-platinum popular artists including Natasha Bedingfield and Avril Lavigne.
Nickelodeon’s multi-platform efforts for “iGo to Japan” include a sneak peek of the premiere and additional footage (“Extra Scoops”) on TurboNick and Nick’s wireless and online syndication partners, beginning Oct. 27. In addition, TurboNick will offer a post-premiere instant replay. An ad-free mini-site –http://ww.nick.com/ijapan –launched Oct. 9 and features a video sneak peek of the episode, behind-the-scenes content, Nick Extras, a new movie-based game called “Sushi Madness”; and various downloads (screensaver, wallpaper, buddy icons and avatars). Also in October, Nicktropolis, Nickelodeon’s virtual world destination (http://www.nicktropolis.com) will offer an iCarly trivia game and screening parties, and three iCarly themed rooms. Comcast will provide an advance screening of the TV Movie on Video-on-Demand beginning Oct. 27, running throughout the month of November. Nick will continue to post second season episodes – including “iGo to Japan” — on iTunes.
iCarly is created and executive produced by Dan Schneider’s (Zoey 101, Drake & Josh) Schneider’s Bakery.
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