Former Nickelodeon Stars to Detail Alleged Abuse in Quiet on Set Docuseries

ID's upcoming Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV docuseries will feature former All That and Zoey 101 stars sharing their experiences at the Nickelodeon workplace.

By Elyse Dupre Feb 08, 2024 9:45 PMTags
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Nickelodeon alums are speaking out.

Investigation Discovery (ID) released the trailer for its docuseries Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV Feb. 8, which the true crime networks says "uncovers the toxic and dangerous culture behind some of the most iconic children's shows of the late 1990s and early 2000s."

During these decades, Dan Schneider worked on many popular Nickelodeon shows—with him writing for All That and creating programs like The Amanda ShowZoey 101iCarly and Victorious. And while reporter Kate Taylor described him in the trailer as one time being "Nickelodeon's Golden Boy," allegations present his time working with the brand in a different light. 

"For 20 years, he shaped children's entertainment and culture," reporter Scaachi Koul explained in the clip. "But that marked one of the darkest chapters." 

Quiet on Set, premiering in March, explores "an insidious environment rifle with allegations of abuse, sexism, racism and inappropriate dynamics with underage stars and crew," according to its press release. 

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ID notes the four-part series includes interviews with former All That director Virgil Fabian as well as the sketch comedy show's cast members Giovonnie SamuelsKyle SullivanBryan Hearne and Katrina Johnson in which they share their behind-the-scenes experiences. Zoey 101 actress Alexa NikolasDouble Dare host Marc Summers and The Amanda Show writers Jenny Kilgen and Christy Stratton are also featured.

"These interviews, woven with archival footage (some of which has never been broadcast), scenes from the shows and social media commentary, will recontextualize many moments within these series that may have seemed silly or off when first aired but now carry a much darker undertone," the release states about the series, "offering a powerful reframing of these beloved shows."

In response, a spokesperson for Schneider told E! News that he cared about the children on his shows.

"He understood what they were going through and he was their biggest champion," the statement read. "The fact is many of the kids on these shows are put in the untenable position of becoming the breadwinner for their family and the pressure that comes along with that."

It continued, "Add on top of that the difficulties of growing up and having to do so under the spotlight while working a demanding job, all as a child. That is why there are many levels of standards, executives, lawyers, teachers and parents everywhere, all the time, on every set, every day. However, it is still a hard place to be a kid and nobody knew that better than Dan." 

Nickelodeon and Schneider announced in 2018 that they were no longer working together. 

In a 2021 interview with The New York Times, Schneider said he never acted inappropriately with people he worked with—stating, "I couldn't, and I wouldn't have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I'd mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors."

Schneider also told the newspaper that if people considered him "difficult," this was because of his "high standards." As he put it, "I'm very willing to defend creative things that I believe in."

Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV will premiere over the course of two nights on ID, airing March 17 and then March 18 starting at 9 p.m. EST.

This article was updated on Feb. 9, 2024, at 2:10 p.m. PT to add a statement from Schneider's rep.

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