Alexa Nikolas, who publicly accused Jamie Lynn Spears of molesting her as a teenager, will not be in the film.
The sequel to the 2005 Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 starring Jamie Lynn Spears is coming to Paramount+.
The streamer announced the film, tentatively titled “Zoey 102,” on Thursday. The film, which will premiere later this year on Paramount+, also stars Spears and several former cast members of the series, including Erin Sanders, Sean Flynn, Matthew Underwood, Christopher Massey, Abby Wilde and Jack Salvatore.
The original series, created and produced by Dan Schneider, aired for four seasons from 2005 to 2008 and focused on Zoey, a high school student who attends a boarding school at the fictional Pacific Coast Academy in Southern California. The film will focus on Zoey and her friends meeting at a wedding.
While “Zoey 101” was popular during its original run and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program in its first season, allegations of on-set drama during the show’s production made its revival a tougher proposition.
“Zoey 101” cast member Alexa Nikolas has accused Spears of harassing her on set when she was 14, saying she was bullied and ostracized by several cast members. Nikolas also said that Jamie Lynn’s sister, singer Britney Spears, yelled at her on set after Jamie Lynn lied about being harassed by Nikolas. him (Britney since then apologized).
Nikolas left the series after season 2 and is one of the main characters not to return for the film. Neither did Paul Butcher, Kristin Herrera, Victoria Justice and newly minted Golden Globe winner Austin Butler, who starred in the final season.
Although Schneider is not connected to the show, the producer is apparently accused of the allegations in former iCarly star Jennette McCurdy’s memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Is Dead” last year. Although McCurdy only referred to the character in the book as a “creator,” she described how a tall figure on the “iCarly” set gave her alcohol as a child and massages without her consent, and claimed that Nickelodeon tried to pay her. $300,000 hush money not to come forward.
Since the book came out, Nikolas has made statements about Schneider’s inappropriate behavior on “Zoey 101,” such as participates in the installation of the wardrobe and asks for it takes a picture from the feet of the child actor. Last August Nikolas staged a protest outside Nickelodeon headquarters in support of child sexual abuse survivors, claiming the studio failed to protect her.
Nancy Howe directs “Zoey 101” from a screenplay by Monica Sherer and Madeline Whitby. The trio executive produces with Spears and Alexis Fishers. The series is a Live-Action production of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness.
“I’m so excited to be back with my PCA family and continue Zoey’s story and the stories of the characters that fans know and love,” Spears said in a statement. “As executive producer, it has been an exciting opportunity to work with such incredible talent, as well as Paramount+ and Nickelodeon.”
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