Friday is judgment day for Nickelodeon when "Zoey 101" and its knocked-up teen star, Jamie Lynn Spears, return to the air.
But even with Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister pregnant with her on-again, off-again boyfriend's baby — the network has no plans to yank "Zoey" from its schedule, nor are officials there expecting trouble.
"If there hasn't been an outcry from advertisers and viewers yet, there probably won't be," an industry source said Tuesday.
It is a strategy that might actually be sound, says Dr. Robert Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.
He says that canceling "Zoey 101" would actually draw more attention to Spears' situation, especially with young children who are fans of the show and aren't aware of its star's personal life.