Jamie Lynn Spears has announced that she will be reprising the role she is best known for: Zoey Brooks from the Nickelodeon show “Zoey 101.” Spears, 31, posted a photo on Instagram showing a script for “Zoey 102” – a film reboot of the hit show that ran from 2005 to 2008.
“Zoey 102” is the working title for the original feature film based on the characters from “Zoey 101,” and it will premiere exclusively on Paramount+, the company announced. Paramount Global is the parent company of CBS News.
The film will star Spears and several series alumni, including Erin Sanders (“Quinn Pensky”), Sean Flynn (“Chase Matthews”), Matthew Underwood (“Logan Reese”), Christopher Massey (“Michael Barret”), Abby Wilde (“Stacey Dillsen”) and Jack Salvatore (“Mark Del Figgalo”).
Underwood commented on Spears’ post, which also included a photo of the directors’ chairs with each of the returning characters’ names embroidered on them. “So amazing to be back with the gang,” he wrote.
The TV show, created by Dan Schneider, followed the teenage characters at Pacific Coast Academy, the California boarding school that serves as the show’s setting. “Zoey 102” will follow the characters after they leave PCA, when they reunite for a wedding in the film.
The film is currently in production in Northern California with Spears serving as executive producer. It should be presented later this year.
The “Zoey 101” reboot comes at a time when many nostalgic TV shows are being recreated. Paramount+ also rebooted “iCarly,” a popular live show that aired on Nickelodeon from 2007 to 2012.
Spears made headlines when she became pregnant at age 16 while starring in “Zoey 101.” At the time, Nickelodeon released a statement saying, “We respect Jamie Lynn’s decision to take responsibility for this sensitive and personal situation. We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our main concern right now is for Jamie Lynn’s well-being.”
Spears took a break after giving birth to her daughter, Maddie, in 2008. She has since married Jamie Watson and had another daughter, Ivey, in 2018.
She recently starred in the Netflix series “Sweet Magnolias.”
Spears’ sister, Britney Spears, has made headlines in recent years for fighting in court to end her conservatorship. Spears’ older conservatorship, during which many aspects of her life and finances were controlled by her father, ended in 2021, and Spears has made several derogatory public comments about her family,
In an interview with “Good Morning America” last year, Jamie Lynn said she “took no steps” to be a part of
“When it was set up, I was 17,” she said. “I was about to have a baby, so I didn’t understand what was going on. I wasn’t focused on that either. I was focused on the fact that I was 17 about to have a baby. ‘having a baby. I just understand as little about it as I do now.”