First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on "iCarly"

LOS ANGELES Thu Jun 9, 2011 2:17am EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama (C), holding her daughter Sasha, arrives with her husband President Barack Obama (L) and daughter Malia (R) to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill in Washington in this January 17, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

First Lady Michelle Obama (C), holding her daughter Sasha, arrives with her husband President Barack Obama (L) and daughter Malia (R) to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill in Washington in this January 17, 2011 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on children's TV show "iCarly," -- a favorite program of her daughters -- to promote her initiative to support military families, the network behind the show said on Wednesday.

Michelle Obama chose "iCarly" because the lead character, Carly Shay who is played by Miranda Cosgrove, is the daughter of an Air Force colonel, according to the cable network Nickelodeon.

In the episode that will feature the first lady, Carly's father is not able to make it home for his birthday as planned. Michelle Obama will talk to Carly about how she is serving her country by being in a military family, the network said.

The episode will be shot on Monday and is scheduled to air in early 2012.

In the show "iCarly," which was created in 2007, Carly and her friends are constantly busy making a webcast for and about kids their age. The episode with Obama also revolves around a webcast.

Michelle Obama has said that she watches "iCarly" with her daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9. The first lady, and vice-president Joe Biden's wife Jill, recently launched an initiative called Joining Forces to encourage all Americans to help soldiers and their families.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)