E News– More than 10 years after her last acting gig, Jamie Lynn Spears is ready for her close-up once again. The Zoey 101 star—and kid sister to Britney Spears—has joined the cast of the Netflix series Sweet Magnolias. The streamer confirmed the news in a tweet.
In the show based on Sherryl Woods‘ book series, Spears will play Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who sets out to build a new life for herself following a series of not so great choices. This is Spears’ first acting job since the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 ended in 2008. Her other TV credits include Miss Guided, Just Jordan and All That.
In 2013, Spears released her first single, “How Could I Want More.” She made her return to Nickelodeon in 2018 in an episode of the Double Dare revival alongside her daughter Maddie. She competed against All That veteran Josh Server for charity.
Sweet Magnolias also stars Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley. According to Deadline, Chris Klein and Justin Bruening also star. Potter, Elliott and Headley play three women from South Carolina who were best friends since high school and are still supporting each other to this day.
.@jamielynnspears has joined the cast of #SweetMagnolias, a new series based on the book series by Sherryl Woods. Spears will play Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who is determined to build a new life for herself after a series of bad choices pic.twitter.com/bNnXgYqLET
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Hey listen, I’m just as surprised as you are. I’m 20, so Zoey 101 was a HUGE tv show during my childhood. Jamie Lynn Spears at the time was the childhood actress everybody knew and everybody loved! I was 10 when the show got cancelled. My sister and I watched it religiously. We loved it, because as weird as it sounds, us kids all dreamed of going to PCA Academy which was the name of the boarding school where the show took place. At that age, PCA was the life, and watching these kids at the school partying on roofs and being able to ride those badass scooters called Jet X’s made us want to go there even more.
But man talk about the “know where you were when something happened?” moments…I’m sure you remember what you were doing when the news broke that Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant. All I remember was when I woke up I went into my parents room, and Good Morning America was on, and you know what the breaking news story was that morning. I remember my mom was so shocked and told me I was to never watch that show again. I didn’t even really know why it was such a big deal at the time, but I did know it shocked a lot of people and I didn’t know If I would ever see Jamie Lynn Spears acting ever again, until today.
Congrats to Jamie Lynn I guess? Yes, throwing your very promising acting career away in that way at that age is not a good look, but everyone deserves a second chance. Especially, in her case, since we are literally making reality tv shows based on teen pregnancies. We’ll see how she does, the show has no release date yet. She has had a few small acting gigs in the past on some Nick game shows and other tv shows no one has seen. Hell, apparently she even tried to start a music career.
We’ll see how she does!
Oh and sorry to burst your bubble if you are one of those people hoping and praying for a Zoey 101 revival, but please don’t waste your time. Most of that cast has either been arrested or has been out of the game for so long nobody has heard from them since 2008. It’s in the past, it had its time, it was monumental, but it must not be touched for the rest of humanity.