After being marred with controversies from its stars and well as behind the scenes, Nickelodeon has finally revealed that its highly rated show, Sam and Cat, has officially been cancelled after only one season. Rumors have long stated that the series, starring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, would soon cease production, but the truth was not actually revealed until Sunday, July 13, when both Nickelodeon and Grande released statements confirming the news.
Sam and Cat was a spin-off of two previous Nickelodeon shows, iCarly and Victorious (both created by television producer, Dan Schneider). Both shows ended in 2012 and 2013, respectively. McCurdy, now 22, portrayed the head strong Sam Puckett on iCarly, while Grande, now 21, played the ditzy, yet loveable Cat Valentine on Victorious. On Sam and Cat, the two come together to form a babysitting business in Los Angeles.
The statement from Nickelodeon, released to Deadline, was direct and to the point, which possibly signifies that many of the rumors regarding the discord on the set of Sam and Cat was more than likely true.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam and Cat,” the network expressed. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
According to insiders, there was no finite nail in the coffin, but there were many. As the network scrambled to deal with semi-nude photos of McCurdy leaking earlier in the year, the rising popularity of Grande’s music career (her second album, My Everything, will be released in August) and tempers flaring and patience lowering following many years of both actresses being involved in roles for children (McCurdy has been connected to Nickelodeon for over seven years; Grande was tied to them for four), it became evident that the show may meet an end sooner than intended.
Grande released some words of her own via a Facebook post, expressing sorrow to the fans of the show and sharing her own disappointment with the conclusion of the matter.
“I felt it wasn’t my place to make any sort of announcement so I kept quiet until now,” she stated. “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.”
She added a note of gratitude to the fans who have followed her thus far, sharing that they have been the “most loyal, dedicated and continuously loving supporters I could ever imagine.”
McCurdy has remained silent for now, but her thoughts may already be well known. In March, she was scheduled to appear at the Kids Choice Awards to accept an award for her work on Sam and Cat. However, at the last minute, she chose not to appear. She instead called Nickelodeon out on Twitter, saying that they were being inconsiderate of her feelings regarding certain matters, although she never stated directly what they were.
“I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is always the most important thing,” she said. “No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first.”
When fans asked if the true reason for her absence had to do with the photo scandal, she replied that it had to “with how Nickelodeon treated me. That’s all.”
Until recently, the channel felt that, even though the drama had built up so strongly, a second season of Sam and Cat was definitely on its way. In April, the network claimed that in spite of the craziness, things were still going according to plan.
“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of Sam and Cat, and everyone is understandably tired,” they shared. “We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.” The final new episode of the show will air on Thursday, July 17.
By Jonathan Brown