Peck and Bell starred as the title characters in Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh for four seasons until the series was cancelled in 2007.
Speaking to TVLine, Bell said the chemistry he had with his former co-star is still there:
Josh was like, “It’s been so long since we’ve worked together. We hang out, but we haven’t been on screen together. I wonder if we still have that chemistry.” Honestly, the second we sat down to do the first scene, it was like we’d done it yesterday. We fell right into our natural rhythm of ad-libbing and bouncing off each other.”
Bell added that the Grandfathered episode will feature some Drake & Josh homages for fans:
At the end of each scene, they would go, ‘Hey, are there any Drake & Josh inside jokes to put in here?’ I don’t know what they’ll choose to air, but we definitely shot tons of inside jokes. … I hope there’s somewhere online where you can see all of the clips we shot, even if they didn’t make it into the episode.”
Bell also mentioned that he would be interested in a “full-blown” Drake & Josh reunion if an “opportunity arose”:
I would love to, and I know Josh would. We’re like a family. I’m writing a show with Jonathan Goldstein, who played our dad on the show. Yvette [Nicole Brown], Jonathan, Miranda [Cosgrove] — we all keep in touch, so I think if the opportunity arose, we’d all be like, “Heck yeah.” It’d be so much fun to get back together and see where Drake Parker and Josh Nichols are at 28 years old, you know?”
Drake Bell appears on Grandfathered tonight on FOX at 8:30 p.m.
Watch a clip from the big Drake & Josh reunion below:
What do you think? Were you a fan of Drake & Josh? Will you watch the reunion on Grandfathered tonight?