Jamie Lynn Spears, who played Zoey Brooks in the hit Nickelodeon series Zoey 101, took to social media to showcase a Zoey 101 reboot teaser as a promo for a cast reunion! Fans anxiously await an actual reboot of Zoey 101, but until then the original cast, plus a few famous additions, will be virtually reuniting for an evening!
THE LEGACY CONTINUES: the Follow Me (Zoey 101) See It First Experience- 10/25 link in bio for tickets! @itsjojosiwa @dixiedamelio @lorengray & more!
This morning, Spears took to Twitter to announce the reunion. The original cast will be back together at a global live stream event, “See It First: The Follow Me (Zoey 101).”
THE LEGACY CONTINUES: the Follow Me (Zoey 101) See It First Experience!10/25 @Flynning @ErinZariah @MattUnderpants @ChrisMasseyTMB @ChantelJeffries @itsjojosiwa @dixiedamelio @noahbeck @iamlorengray @HarryJowsey @TheGigiGorgeous @sofiareyes @lifeaseva https://t.co/c64KJwtwHT pic.twitter.com/Kha5uo13jZ
— Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears) October 19, 2020
The original Zoey cast will be there, along with some other famous faces such as JoJo Siwa, Dixie D’Amelio, Loren Gray, Gigi Gorgeous and more. No one is entirely sure what they will be doing at the event, but hopefully longtime fans won’t be disappointed.
Spears also plans on releasing a new single, “Follow Me (Zoey 101),” that she wrote in collaboration with her sister Britney in 2004. The new single recreates the original theme song to the television show, but is updated for the Zoey of 2020.
Where Has Jamie Lynn Spears Been?
Speaking of the title character, Jamie Lynn Spears has been a little MIA since the finale of Zoey 101. She has purposely kept a low profile since having her first born in June 2008 at 16 years old, just a month after the last episode of Zoey 101 aired. In a vulnerable interview with Nylon, Spears details the struggle having to grow up quickly in the public’s eye. She moved away, intentionally, so as to give her child some sense of normalcy. Living in Tennessee, she found a new path in country singing. Now married and living happily in Louisiana with a second child, Spears is slowly finding her way back to her passion for acting. She returned to the screen in Netflix original series Sweet Magnolias, playing Noreen Fitzgibbons, who similarly has an unexpected pregnancy.
For those unfamiliar with Zoey 101, aka those born after 1999, the show was about a girl, Zoey, settling into her new boarding school in Malibu, California. The show addressed teenage topics in a fun and lighthearted manner. It was a beloved Nickelodeon show, and fans who grew up with it would definitely be thrilled if a reboot was announced.
The Zoey 101 cast was reunited this past summer for an All That sketch, which Spears remarked was, “…kind of just to test the waters, and then it was like, OK. It has to happen. This just has to happen, that’s when the conversations got serious.”
okay but why is nobody talking about jamie lynn spears teasing a zoey 101 reboot on all of her social media???!?? pic.twitter.com/ECD9hVch0x
— christ★pher (@chrstphrjsph) October 18, 2020
So while a Zoey 101 reboot isn’t happening right this second, it seems that a reboot could possibly be in the works! On the subject of a reboot, Spears says, “finding that balance will be really important because we want to connect with where people are today. The conversations that we’re having right now are creative. ‘What is that story? What is the best way to meet Zoey today?’ We don’t want to just do it to do it. We want it to be good.”
But that doesn’t stop fans from getting excited about the possibility of a Zoey 101 reboot.
THERE’S GOING TO BE A ZOEY 101 REBOOT pic.twitter.com/q01BIrUljh
— milenka💎 (@GRIFFMENTELL) October 19, 2020
Okay but…the TikTokers?
And while no real details have been released about what the “See It First” event entails, the promo for the event has caused some noise on Twitter. Many fans jumped the gun and assumed Spears’ tease for the live stream reunion event was a tease for an actual reboot! And can you blame them? That video DEFINITELY looked like a teaser trailer! Was this another tactical “test the water” move? Regardless, seeing the amount of TikTokers involved gave diehard Zoey fans quite the scare.
Really disappointed in Jamie Lynn spears for casting tik tok stars for the zoey101 reboot.
— jas ➐ BLM (@jasminelynchh) October 19, 2020
NOAH BECK IS GONNA BE IN THE ZOEY 101 REBOOT NOOOOOO WHY GOD NO
— hayley (@juiceharry) October 19, 2020
tiktok stars in the Zoey 101 reboot pic.twitter.com/5AUMmQsZMz
— your good joo dee (@cfmalone) October 19, 2020
Original fans are commenting that the outlook for a Zoey 101 reboot is not looking promising if they are already inviting TikTokers to this reunion event.
— Revival (@seIensgomez) October 19, 2020
What fans may not have recognized is that Spears is trying to bring in a new younger audience, and TikTokers are definitely a way to engage Gen Z. Sorry Rebecca, Noah Beck and crew are here to stay. At least for the reunion event.
ok after reading her interview with nylon its honestly good marketing and a smart way to get new fans lol pic.twitter.com/KkUiAy3IoA
— spooky case🎃🕸 (@fetusdlyers) October 19, 2020
But the temper tantrums keep on coming.
We asked for a REBOOT not whatever this is… the people that watched Zoe101 as a kid are now almost 20 years old… we don’t want talentless tiktok stars and burnt out random youtubers… we WANT ZOE 101! Shame on whoever came up with this….
— Charlie Groleau (@cgroleau598) October 19, 2020
“Burnt out random YouTubers?” Okay now this is just getting mean.
oof girl this ain’t it. cut the tiktokers and do an actual reboot thx -all zoey 101 fans 💀💀
— ❀ 𝒥𝑜𝓈𝒾𝑒 ❀ (@stayghostinasa) October 19, 2020
Nobody is a fan of having TikTok stars take over their beloved Zoey 101.
I feel VIOLATED and UNSAFE by the resurgence of the zoey101 cast on tiktok
— brooke (@ladyefron) October 17, 2020
It would truly be two worlds colliding, and not in a good way. Can you even imagine JoJo Siwa or Noah Beck running around PCA? Truly wild.
The live stream reunion event will take place Sunday October 25th. Will you be tuning in? Or do the TikTokers ruin it for you?