Drake & Josh: Nickelodeon Stars Return — for the Last Time?

Drake and JoshThe stars of Nickelodeon’s hit show, Drake & Josh, are reuniting for a new TV movie. The movie, the third based on the TV series, will be titled Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh and is set to air during the holidays later this year.

The Drake & Josh TV show enjoyed a successful run on Nickelodeon, beginning in January 2004. The show focuses on two teenage boys (played by Drake Bell and Josh Peck) who become step-brothers after their parents decide to marry. Though they have their differences, the boys eventually become good friends, often teaming up against Drake’s quick-witted younger sister, Megan (Miranda Cosgrove). The show ended on September 16, 2007 after four seasons and 60 episodes. It was one of Nickelodeon’s highest rated series for kids 2-11.

A 2006 TV movie, Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, follows the boys on a trip to Los Angeles. It delivered Nick’s highest ratings for a made-for-TV movie with kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14. Last August’s Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp focuses on the lead characters trying to reseal a bungled record deal. Big Shrimp out-paced Hollywood, averaging 5.8 million viewers and set a new ratings record for tweens 9-14 and total viewers.

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh will be the first Drake & Josh production since the end of the regular series. The movie will follow the step-brothers a they work as a mall Santa and his helper. The two end up promising a young girl in foster care that she’ll have the “best Christmas ever” and then must figure out a way to make that happen. Production begins this month.

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Show creator Dan Schneider (Head of the Class) returns and he’s partnered with Cohn and Lauren Levine as executive producers. The movie is being written by Steven Molaro (The Class) and directed by Micahel Grossman (Charmed).

For their part, the Drake & Josh stars have certainly been keeping busy since their series ended. Earlier this year, Bell’s Superhero Movie was released and his second 2008 movie, College, is scheduled to hit theaters August 29th. He also has a music career with a third album expected in August. Later this month, Peck opens in a dark comedy called The Wackness. He plays an ex-con dope dealer opposite Olivia Thirlby and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley. Peck recently wrapped another film called Safety Glass, in which he stars with Thirlby and Hilary Duff. He may be barely recognizable to his fans in that role as he reportedly sports a short haircut, a thin mustache, and a psychotic attitude.

If Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh performs as well as expected, Nickelodeon will undoubtedly want to make other Drake & Josh projects. It remains to be seen however if the two rising stars will be available to do them. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Mel says

    We miss watching Drake and Josh. Hopefully Nick will put the reruns back on. It was a show the family loved! It’s a shame it had to end, but we’d be happy with the reruns!! Maybe a series about Drake and Josh going to college!

  2. Scotty says

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!
    after i saw that drake and josh were making a new movie on wikipedia i freaked out
    i spend my whole life around drake and josh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i also like his music, he is sooooo under rated
    but i dont like how josh’s new haircut is emoish
    i liked the old lovable josk

  3. says

    Deck the halls with Drake & Josh! The brothers are back in this laugh-out-loud, brand new holiday movie. This music filled comic adventure reunites the whole original cast. Tune in Friday, December 5th at 8pm ET, only on Nick!

  4. Big Fan says

    drake and josh is my favorite tv show aside from MASH, and I would like to be able to buy seasons of it. Also there are several shows that I have never seen because nick does not show them in order. I would really like to see all of them. I’m excited about the new tv movie of drake and josh, but I love the series even better then the movies!

  5. Anonymous says

    I was reading something and i saw a posted production for a drake and josh movie in mid 2009
    I wonder how they are going to look then

  6. verity says

    hi i love u josh how do i audion for ur tv show i dont live in the usa but i live in the uk is there eny chance i could audion 4 ur show if i yes pleaze call me on this number XXXXXXXXXX love u josh and not 4 gettin drake love ua xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. says

    drake and josh should show more episodes like a prom episode a graduation episode and a episode were drake is hallmonitor and drakes dad and joshs mom i hope they show those 4 episodes after the movie premiers

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