1. After spending three years as the mischievous younger sister of Megan at Drake & Josh, Nickelodeon wanted to give Miranda Cosgrove her own show. And the initial imagination may sound surprising to loyal viewers.

“My original idea was for her to play a ‘normal’ girl who would star in a twist of fate on her favorite television show,” creator Dan Schneider announced on his 2009 blog. “I even wrote the script. I called it Starstruck. The pilot I wrote (and contacted Nickelodeon) was about Carly, an ordinary girl who stars on her favorite television show.”

2. While the network loved the idea for Starstruck, Schneider’s plot for the show shifted after speaking to his wife and good friend, the executive producer of The Big Bang Theory Steven Molaro.

“I decided it would be MUCH COOLER for Carly to create HER OWN show,” he explained, “a show that she could run and do what she wanted – A WEB SHOW.”

3. Carly wasn’t the first name Schneider had in mind for the main character. It was actually Sam, while the original name for Sam’s character was Kira.