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'iCarly' star nabs NBC drama: Who's next?

We take a look at four other former child stars quite ready for prime time

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 15, 2013 3:18PM
Photo courtesy NickelodeonHaving wrapped her sixth and final season of her long-running Nickelodeon hit "iCarly" just this spring, TV's second-best-paid child star (second to Angus T. Jones of "Two and a Half Men"), Miranda Cosgrove, has nabbed a plum role in NBC's upcoming "Girlfriend in a Coma," starring (former child star) Christina Ricci and based on the Douglas Coupland novel.


Cosgrove, 19, will play Evie, a small-town overachieving pseudo-orphan whose ambition is thrown into a tailspin when her mother Karen (Ricci) finally awakes from her years-long coma. Cutting her teeth at Nickelodeon, and of course moving on to film fare like "Despicable Me," the young Cosgrove is of course ready to sink her teeth into something meatier. 

And she's not the only one. Here are four other former child stars we think are quite ready for prime time.

Victoria Justice: Justice, 19, is another Nick star du jour, and just saw her teen hit "Victorious," end on Feb. 13 after a respectable four-season run. She ventured into film with last year's Halloween blip "Fun-Size," and is dabbling in music, too, with an album scheduled for release later this year, but her calendar seems to be quite clear for pilot season. Gritty is key for a break-out here, say a Joe Carroll worshipper on "The Following," or maybe Elena's troubled, long-lost kid sister on "The Vampire Diaries."    

Keke Palmer: Palmer's Nick hit, "True Jackson, VP," wrapped up in 2011, so she's ripe for a break-out turn. And at 19, we see the sultry starlet going bold, perhaps as the newest face on a CW hit-in-the-making, like "The Originals," set in steamy New Orleans, or going love-lorn as one of the teen set on a soap like ABC's upcoming "Venice."

Aimee Teegarden: OK, so her teen hit "Aim High" -- costarring "Twilight" heartthrob Jackson Rathbone -- was a web series. But Teegarden is ready to step it up to the big leagues with the lead in the new CW drama "The Selection," which is ripe to be the next break-out teen drama. At 23, she's not a teen, but the youthful Teegarden can reliably play the teen who finds herself thrust into the spotlight in a competition that's "The Bachelor" meets the "The Hunger Games."  

Jennette McCurdy: Cosgrove's "iCarly" BFF, McCurdy, is blonde, cute and funny -- and, thus, a perfect fit to play Anna Faris's (teen) kid on the upcoming Chuck Lorre CBS comedy "Mom." Hey, she may be 20, but they know how to make that kind of math work in TV land, right? Too bad she's already got another Nick show, "Sam & Cat," in production. 
    
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Feb 16, 2013 5:59PM
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I have seen the show just watching my niece and nephew. It is a big jump from a really cheesy, goofy show to a full fledged drama. She seems like a nice girl and I wish her success, but depending on exactly what type of show it is, she has her work cut out for her. Doing goofy Nicelodeon shows is a bit removed from NBC dramas or even sitcoms.
Feb 16, 2013 4:23PM
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"And she's not the only one. Here are four other Disney stars we think are quite ready for prime time."

 

 I thought research was part of a writers job?  Disney and Nickelodeon are NOT the same company at all.  Take the word "Disney" out and replace it with "Nickelodeon" and you would be correct. 

Feb 16, 2013 2:43PM
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Someone needs to do their research before writing an article. Nickelodeon and Disney are completely separate entities.
Feb 16, 2013 2:18PM
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I think Miranda Cosgrove has paid her dues having been in TV for several years.  Yes, she is not a Disney product.   The writer knows nothing about her career.   She is also attending a Unversity to get her degree.   Lots of luck to her.
Feb 16, 2013 11:10AM
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Disney-Viacom... yah that Hannah Montana on Nickelodeon... I'm sure that in the toddler, tween and teen market, the managements at Disney and Nick are more worried about keeping show quality up than any silly-like rivalry or competition...
Feb 16, 2013 10:38AM
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Feb 16, 2013 9:40AM
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For the turd who wrote this--Disney does not own Nickelodean, so the stars are actually Nickelodean stars not "Disney stars."  Hopefully, these Nickelodean stars stay true to their original roots and are known for their careers rather than the drugs, alcohol, and criminal activities they are doing and the people they are associated with.
Feb 16, 2013 9:34AM
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And she's not the only one. Here are four other Disney stars we think are quite ready for prime time.
 
Third paragraph down, just above the section about Victoria Justice. Viacom owns Nickelodeon, not Disney.
Feb 16, 2013 9:15AM
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Although these kids exhibit a certain amount of "coached talent", this "anyone can be a tv and music star" attitude that is force fed to the kids of today at every turn, is turning out a generation of people who expect ..no demand...more than they are willing to work for. They expect instant fame, instant money with no effort. Is that really what we should be nurturing?

Most of the "teen talent" today would be nowhere without autotune.

I respect the work these kids particular have put in. This isn't targeted at expressly them. It's a comment on what the media is leading our kids into believing today.

I, for one, turn the tv off. Here's an outdated thought...let them READ, and NOT on the computer.

Feb 16, 2013 5:48AM
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The article suggests other "DISNEY stars" who would be good for TV... NONE of the people listed were on DISNEY!!!
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