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“Exposing the Shadows: Allegations of ‘Abusive’ Work Conditions on ‘iCarly,’ ‘Zoey 101,’ and ‘Victorious’ Revealed in ‘Quiet on Set’ Trailer”

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Investigation Discovery has released the trailer for “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV,” a four-part documentary series uncovering the troubling work environment behind children’s shows during the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly those created by Dan Schneider, known for hit Nickelodeon series like “iCarly” and “Zoey 101.” Scheduled to air over two nights on ID from March 17-18 at 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, the series aims to expose a reportedly toxic atmosphere filled with allegations of abuse, sexism, racism, and inappropriate behavior involving underage stars and crew members. The documentary features insights from cast members, writers, and crew who worked on Schneider’s Nickelodeon shows, including former “All That” cast members Giovonnie Samuels, Kyle Sullivan, Bryan Hearne, and Katrina Johnson, director Virgil Fabian, as well as “The Amanda Show” writers Jenny Kilgen and Christy Stratton. Alexa Nikolas will also share her experiences from “Zoey 101.”

The docuseries will also feature additional cast and crew members from “iCarly,” “Sam & Cat,” and “Victorious,” along with Marc Summers from the popular game show “Double Dare.” Emotional testimonies from parents of cast members who attempted to advocate for their children on set will also be included in “Quiet on Set.”

Dan Schneider, referred to as “Nickelodeon’s golden boy” in the trailer, played a pivotal role in launching the careers of stars like Josh Peck, Drake Bell, Miranda Cosgrove, Ariana Grande, Jamie Lynn Spears, and more. Interviewees in the trailer describe their experiences, likening working for Schneider to being in an abusive relationship, and highlighting various complaints and concerns raised about the showrunner over the years.

According to the release, the series presents allegations that “highlight emotional testimonies, documenting a pattern of severe, abusive, and manipulative conduct that persisted over decades, along with exclusive accounts of child predators present on set.” Through a blend of interviews, archival footage, excerpts from shows, and social media discourse, “Quiet on Set” aims to provide a fresh perspective on moments from Schneider’s series.

Directed by Mary Robertson and Emma Schwartz, the series is produced by Maxine Productions and Sony Pictures Television – Nonfiction in collaboration with Business Insider.

Hours after the publication of this post, a spokesperson representing Schneider contacted Variety with the following statement: “Dan genuinely cared for the children involved in his shows, often when their own families were not as supportive. He empathized with their experiences and served as their strongest advocate. It’s important to recognize that many of these young actors faced immense pressure as the primary earners for their families, along with the challenges of navigating adolescence in the public eye while managing demanding work responsibilities. Despite the presence of numerous layers of oversight, including executives, legal professionals, educators, and parents on set, every day, these circumstances still posed significant challenges for the children. Dan was acutely aware of these difficulties and worked to support them to the best of his ability.”

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to include a comment from Dan Schneider.

You can watch the full trailer below.

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