'Zoey 101' Cast Reunites Amid Reboot Rumors ... Jamie Lynn Couldn't Make it

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The potential "Zoey 101" reboot is getting the old gang back together -- and they really, REALLY want to see Jamie Lynn Spears ... in person, and hopefully on set.

A bunch of cast members from the hit Nickelodeon fave reunited Monday night in L.A. for a flashback dinner with the show's creator Dan Schneider in attendance as well. Some of the stars who showed up ... Chris Massey, Sean Flynn, Victoria Justice, Matt Underwood, Abby Wilde, Paul Butcher, Jack Salvatore and Erin Sanders.

We're told they met at The Front Yard in North Hollywood around 8 PM. Looks like it was a wine and dine affair.

Schneider wrote on Instagram, "Some Zoey 101 buzz got me talking with my good friend Sean Flynn (“Chase”)… and within about 72 hours, this happened! I’m not sure how I feel about my new glasses, but that was one of the most fun nights ever."

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He added, "A wonderful cast of kids then, and even better all grown up! Much love/respect for all of you! Jamie Lynn is busy shooting her new show in Atlanta. We missed you, congrats!"

As he notes, Jamie Lynne couldn't make the meetup -- Austin Butler didn't show either, he's busy these days too -- but it's clear JLS wanted to be there.

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Jamie posted a video she received from her old crew, in which they told her they loved her and missed her ... and hoped to see her soon. The implication is clear -- "Zoey 101" is itching to run it back for a new show, which might very well happen.

TMZ broke the story ... Jamie Lynn has been in talks with Nickelodeon execs over reviving the teen dramedy that she starred in back in the 2000s. It would focus on her life 10 years later, and she'd have a couple kids in the show ... just like real life.

The push is on, as far as Jamie's costars are concerned! #BringBackZoey

Chris Massey 'Zoey 101' Reboot ... Gotta Bring Back Austin Butler!!!

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Chris Massey says he's super down to join Jamie Lynn Spears on a potential "Zoey 101" reboot, but there's another star he really wants to come back for seconds ... Austin Butler!!!

We got the "Zoey 101" star at Urth Caffe in West Hollywood ... and Chris is holding out hope Austin can find time for Nickelodeon's proposed 'Zoey' reboot.

Could be wishful thinking on Chris' part ... Austin's got a lot on his plate, preparing to slide into Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes in the King's upcoming biopic. His movie career's taking off, which could make it tough for producers to get him onboard.

TMZ broke the story ... Jamie Lynn is already in talks with Nickelodeon to bring back the hit show and reprise her iconic role, 11 years after 'Zoey' wrapped.

Chris says the cast has been buzzing since we broke the news ... and he thinks it would be really cool to work with everyone again, especially Austin.

Jamie Lynn Spears In Talks w/ Nickelodeon For a 'Zoey 101' Reboot

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"Zoey 101" could be coming back to Nickelodeon ... TMZ has learned Britney Spears' little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is already in talks to reprise the iconic role!

It's been 11 years since 'Zoey' wrapped up ... but with so many Nick classics like "All That" and "Blues Clues" getting a 2nd life, we're told execs are now honing in on a 'Zoey' reboot.

Our Nick sources tell us Jamie Lynn has been talking with execs about the show but it's not a done deal. We're told Jamie would reprise the iconic lead role ... but with some major changes.

First, we're told the premise of the show would follow Zoey's life in SoCal ten years later at the age of 28 -- only this time, she'd have a couple of kids in the mix. Unclear if she'd have a partner or not, or if she's still involved with her character's longtime love interest, Chase.

However, our sources tell us this would be "Zoey with an edge" ... whatever that means. It's interesting too -- Jamie Lynn, herself, has had a couple kids since the series ended in '08 following four seasons of Zoey's PCA adventures ... life imitating art, no doubt.

As for Austin Butler, who played James on the show ... producers might have a tougher time bringing him back since his movie career is exploding. He's playing Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann biopic.

This is huge news, especially considering the fact that Jamie Lynn just signed on for the upcoming Netflix series "Sweet Magnolias." As excited as folks might be about that, this would blow that return to TV out of the water ... 'cause 'Zoey' is a fan favorite.

... especially here. #BringBackZoey

Drake Bell Austin Butler LOOKS Like Elvis, But ... Can He Sing?!?

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Drake Bell thinks Austin Butler has all the right features to play Elvis Presley on the big screen ... but his biggest challenge will be singing like the king of rock 'n roll.

We got the "Drake & Josh" star in New York City after news broke Austin got the nod to play EP in Baz Luhrmann's movie about the icon. Drake, a self-proclaimed Elvis fanatic, says it's going to be a tough call whether his fellow Nickelodeon alum should attempt to really sing Elvis classics, or just lip-sync. 

He's a bit of an expert on the topic, because Drake rattled off several other actors who were in Austin's shoes -- Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Taron Egerton as Elton John.

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Vocal abilities aside ... Drake says he's glad Austin got the part -- beating out Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Harry Styles, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a last minute push from G-Eazy -- because he's got the right look.

Drake's a little bummed he never got a casting call though ... and ya gotta see his Elvis impersonation!

Amanda Bynes Graduates from L.A. Fashion School ... After Mental Health Stint

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Amanda Bynes has graduated from a prominent fashion school in Los Angeles -- and she appears to be doing great after recently re-entering a mental health facility.

The former Nickelodeon star shared a photo of herself Monday in a cap and gown next to a fellow graduating pal, captioning the post ... "FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation." Amanda's got her hair pretty long right now, and it's dyed blonde and pink.

The ceremony was attended by 12,000 people and went down Monday night at Staples Center in L.A., where Amanda walked across the stage with an Associate's degree in fashion design. Eyewitnesses tell us Amanda seemed ecstatic -- she was getting tons of love from her teachers and peers.

We're also told Amanda came off a bit awkward at times during the graduation, but clearly had it together enough to pose for some selfies with her classmates.

The happy news comes months after Amanda rechecked herself into a facility in January. As we first told you ... her going back for treatment was a result of a backslide from being back in the spotlight after her Paper magazine cover story.

Amanda opened up a lot in the feature, revealing that starring role in 2006's "She's the Man" sent her into a spiral of depression. She also blamed a lot of her issues on drug use. At the time of the article -- November 2018 -- Amanda said she was 4 years sober.

Amanda was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and has been under a conservatorship for the past 5 years, but the problems began several years earlier.

As far as FIDM goes ... Amanda's been enrolled since 2014, and has been attending on-and-off. She took a break last year to get back into acting, but it appears Amanda's been pounding the pavement fashion-wise since getting right again.

Congrats!!!

'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Star TV Reboot is Great, But ... Throw Us OG Stars a Bone!!!

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One of the original stars of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" is a little disappointed in the upcoming reboot of the spooky series -- not because he thinks it won't be good ... but because he's not in it.

Ross Hull -- who played Gary, the leader of the Midnight Society kids who told ghost stories in the woods -- tells TMZ he hasn't been contacted to get involved in the modern iteration of the show, which is returning to Nickelodeon this Fall ... just in time for Halloween.

Ross says he gets it -- out with the old and in with the new -- but he believes die-hard fans of the '90s show will likely want to know what's up with the original cast of characters, and they're bound to be let down ... just like he is.

He isn't asking for much, but if the reboot's producers are listening ... he's open to a cameo or any other homage to Gary and the gang. He says it would be a win-win.

As for what Ross is up to in real life -- he's a meteorologist at Global News in Toronto. Forecasting lake effect snows in Canada? That's real deal scary.

Chief Keef Check Out My New Art Collection ... $40,000 Worth o' Cartoons

Chief Keef has a serious case of '90s nostalgia, and a high-priced way of dealing with it ... because the rapper just threw down a ton of cash to turn his home into a real-life comic strip.

We're told Chief reached out to Idiot Box Art owners Emily Bright and Tamara Martin over the weekend to purchase a bunch of art inspired by '90s TV shows -- specifically cartoons. The collection is an homage to "The Simpsons," "The Smurfs" and "Rugrats" ... and it's valued at $40k.

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As you can see, Keef is hanging up some of the new art in his son's room ... and we're told his daughter's room is getting decked out too.

All the works are made of hand-cut wood, covered with acrylic paint and finished with a coat of resin. The pieces range in size from 2 to 15 feet high.

We're told Chief also commissioned a few cartoon versions of himself because ... why not?

He dropped a bundle, but check out our gallery ... won't cost you a dime.

Kel Mitchell Craving 'Good Burger' Reunion ... It Would Be 'All That'!!!

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Kel Mitchell has a serious case of '90s nostalgia because he tells us he wants to shoot his "Good Burger" sequel with stars from the original cast of "All That."

We got Kel out Tuesday night at A Simple Bar in Los Angeles and he sounded really excited about a potential 'GB' reunion ... with a twist.

We gotta admit, the prospect of a "Good Burger" sequel featuring Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes sounds pretty juicy ... can we get fries with that?

As for the roots of the reunion ... Kel says the idea for a second helping started when he reunited with Kenan Thompson for a sketch on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

While Kenan and Kel are both down for a reboot of the 1997 comedy, Nickelodeon execs haven't given it the green light because there's been so much turnover at the top of the network.

Kel tells us he's had tons of convos with Kenan about it, but it's in the network's hands now. Start firing off your emails, fans!

Kenan and Kel Welcome To 'Good Burger' Can We Get A Sequel?!?

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Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are hungry for a second helping of "Good Burger" ... but we've learned their craving is more fantasy than reality.

Our Nickelodeon sources say there has been NO movement on a "Good Burger" sequel because there has been so much turnover at the top of the network's leadership.

Kenan sparked this new wave of hope for a sequel when he recently revealed on 'Watch What Happens Live' that he and Kel would be open to a "Good Burger" reunion movie ... but the kitchen remains closed because it hasn't happened.

Our Kenan and Kel sources say longtime Nick producer Dan Schneider pitched the reunion idea, but he's no longer working for the network. We're told no one at Nick has seriously approached the idea, much less had a realistic conversation.

However, it's not all bad for those with a case of '90s nostalgia, because new Nick president Brian Robbins directed 'GB.' Brian is obviously a fan of the movie, so who knows what could happen?

The good news ... it sounds like "All That" is making a comeback, so Nick fans might get their Kenan and Kel fix no matter what.

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Creator Death Cert Reveals Ashes Spread Under the Sea

Stephen Hillenburg -- the creator of the hit Nickelodeon show "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- officially died of heart failure as a result of his ALS, but the more interesting tidbit ... his remains were scattered at sea -- and you gotta hope he'll rest in Bikini Bottom.

According to Hillenburg's death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- the animator's immediate cause of death was cardiopulmonary failure due to ALS -- the diagnosis which he publicly revealed in 2017. The document also reveals that Hillenburg was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea -- at least 500 yards off the coast of California, to be more specific.

As we reported ... Hillenburg died late last month after battling the fatal disease for more than a year. Nickelodeon called him "a beloved friend and long-time creative partner" and praised his seminal work on 'SBSP' as "a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination."

Hillenburg is survived by his wife and son. He was 57.

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead at 57

There's no joy at the Krusty Krab -- Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants," died Monday after battling ALS.

Stephen first revealed his ALS diagnosis in 2017. He's survived by his wife, Karen, and his son, Clay.

Nickelodeon called him "a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family."

Steve created 'SpongeBob' in the late '90s, but he took a circuitous route to his TV and movie success. Hillenburg started out teaching marine biology in Orange County ... but eventually combined that knowledge of ocean creatures with his artistic talent.

He broke into TV as a director and writer on the Nickelodeon show, "Rocko's Modern Life" -- and then eventually started creating his 'SpongeBob' ... which debuted in 1999.

In addition to the TV series, Steve wrote both hit 'SpongeBob' feature films. The first one grossed more than $140 million.

Variety first reported Hillenburg's death. He was 57.

Enjoy a Krabby Patty today in his name.

RIP

'All That' Reboot Yes, Bring It Back & Keep it There!!! ... Says Ex-Stage Manager

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A Nickelodeon exec recently expressed interest in rebooting "All That" ... and a former (adult) cast member thinks the idea is brilliant for more reasons than just nostalgia.

Kevin Kopelow -- who used to play the stage manager on Nickelodeon's 'SNL' for kids -- tells us he was thrilled when he heard Brian Robbins tell THR he wanted to bring it back. Brian said it should never have gone off the air ... and Kevin agrees.

Aside from the fact there'd never been anything like it on TV -- and there hasn't been since 2005 when it got canceled -- Kevin says the show was a perfect farm system for breeding stars like Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes and others.

As far as what might change if Nickelodeon actually pulls the trigger on the reboot ... Kevin tells us he thinks keeping the format simple would probably be best, just like 'SNL' has for all these years.

Kevin says he hasn't gotten word from anyone at Nickelodeon to reprise his role, but based on what he's telling us here ... it doesn't sound like he's saying no.

Nickelodeon Sued Over Child's Death ... At Resort Swimming Pool

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Nickelodeon is being sued over the death of a child at a resort it promoted on the network.

The boy was swimming underwater back in May in the pool at the Nickelodeon Hotel in the Dominican Republic. The boy was swimming in the pool when his head became lodged between the legs of a Dora the Explorer statue.

The lifeguard on duty was standing near the area but did not see the boy in distress. The boy's stepdad noticed the child was missing and frantically asked the lifeguard for help. The stepdad and the lifeguard dislodged him and pulled him out of the water. They attempted to resuscitate him but couldn't.

The boy died ... the result of drowning.

The resort was promoted on the network and the parents saw the ad and decided to go there for vacation.

'Dora the Explorer' Young Dora Making Barely $9k ... For Live-Action Flick

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A young actress playing a young version of "Dora the Explorer" could make less than $10,000 for her role in the upcoming live-action movie -- the question now ... is the studio swiping her of due dough?

According to Madelyn Miranda's minors contract -- obtained by TMZ -- the 9-year-old will receive $8,420 for a guaranteed week's worth of filming. She'll get around $3,500 a week if she films anything beyond that. Production starts Wednesday.

Considering her parts will probably only come up in flashbacks in the film -- Isabela Moner is playing a fully grown Dora as the main character -- we imagine she'll be collecting the bare minimum here.

There are a couple more perks though -- Madelyn will also get put up in a swanky hotel while on the job, and be given a daily allowance of $65. PLUS, she gets to fly business class during production. SCORE!!! ... maybe? The kid's only 9, so maybe she'll appreciate the relatively modest haul compared to some of her child star contemporaries ... who usually go on to make boatloads more for a sequel. Baby steps, we suppose.

Now, ya gotta wonder if Boots, Backpack and The Map are getting as good of a deal here.

Kids' Choice Sports Awards Rousey, Wilson and Phelps ... Bring Out the Family!!

Russell Wilson and Ciara are pocketing their babysitter dough tonight -- no need for one when you have to attend a Hollywood event that's actually for the kids.

Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne, Michael Phelps and Nicole Phelps also showed up -- families in tow -- for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards Thursday night in Santa Monica. Kinda the perfect award show follow-up to the ESPYs.

In fact, ESPYs host Danica Patrick is also at the Nick event with her bf, Aaron Rodgers. They don't have any kids, but they look damn good on camera, so ... good enough.

'Rugrats' Actor Cheryl Chase Angelica Pickles is Coming Back!!! Looks Like I Will Be Too

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Nickelodeon is rebooting "Rugrats" for a new generation of kids, and it sounds like the woman who played Angelica Pickles for years is coming back as well.

We spoke with voice actor Cheryl Chase -- who voiced Angelica for over 9 seasons -- not long after Nick announced the baby gang was being brought back for a new 26-episode season as well as a CGI movie.

Cheryl says she's obviously down to reprise her role and, appropriately ... Nickelodeon has already reached out to her to say they'll be in touch very soon. The show is reportedly still in the early stages of development, and a cast has yet to be confirmed.

She doesn't say for sure she's got the job locked -- but, c'mon ... she's got it locked. No pressure, but we better hear EG Daily's voice too when the reboot drops.