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#ICYMI: The Drama Behind The “Sam & Cat” Cancelation

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In case you missed it, Nickelodeon has chosen to pull the plug on Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy’s teen sitcom Sam & Cat. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, which was a spin-off the two stars’ prior hit shows iCarly, and Victorious, produced an atypical 40 episodes in its single season.

“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” a network spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”

Unfortunately, news of this cancelation didn’t come to us as much of a surprise. Despite being stars in their own right, the cast’s main players have collected plenty of behind the scenes drama rumors, Reports indicate that tension came to a head when the show’s creator, Dan Schneider, the brain behind other big Nick hits like, All That, Kenan & Kel, Drake And Josh, and Zoey 101, received his lifetime achievement award at Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards back in March. McCurdy was expected to attend and help honor Schneider, but she was a no show. Her absence was particularly noticeable because Grande also won the award for the best TV comedy actress, and Sam & Cat itself took home the prize for the best TV comedy.

Things were already tense for McCurdy when all of this went down. Shortly before the awards, she made big headlines when “racy” photos of her were leaked to the web, creating what we think is fair to call, a big PR problem for both her and the show. What probably made matters worse were reports from TMZ, stating that she wasn’t happy with her salary at the time.

A network rep went on record with with The Hollywood Reporter when the show first went on hiatus amongst all of these speculative happenings. “We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of Sam & Cat, and everyone is understandably tired. We are going into our production hiatus next week, which will give everyone on the show a much-needed rest.”

That spokesperson continued, intentionally specifying , “We have the utmost respect for Jennette McCurdy,” indicating that her controversies were not a factor in the show’s need for hiatus.

Grande, who has blossomed well beyond Sam & Cat fame with the pop stardom of her music career, said the following in reaction to the show’s cancelation;

“I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago.”

Hopefully McCurdy will be able to move beyond the drama in her personal life and find continued success as well. After all, since we are self-made broadcasters that took to the web so that we could connect with the public we aspired to reach, we loved the iCarly concept, and grew to love her as well. Her and Miranda Cosgrove  were girls after our own hearts. We look forward to watching her career as a Country music singer. For those of you who didn’t know, she released her self-titled debut album in 2012 through Capitol Nashville.

On a side note, Dan Schneider is already hard at work on his next show, Henry Danger. Nick says it will be out in the fall. We have a feeling that he’ll be all right.

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