If you’re loving the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, you’d better start saying your goodbyes. The network has delivered the devastating announcement that the show has been cancelled.
"Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat," the network said in a statement. "We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best."
The announcement shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to fans since the show was put on a "permanent hiatus" back in April due to growing tensions between the beloved cast. The network has been forced to promote the last produced episode, No. 36, #Getting Wiggy, as the series finale.
The popular spin-off featuring iCarly’s Sam Puckett and Victorious’ Cat Valentine played by real life best friends Jeanette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, was a network hit, becoming Nickelodeon’s highest rated series. In fact, last July after just a month on air, Nick doubled its freshman order from 20 to 40 episodes due to the shows whirlwind success including episode 18 drawing a whopping 4.8 million viewers.
Despite their success, production for Sam & Cat’s 40-episode first season did not run as smoothly as planned due to conflicts on set, in particular regarding the two lead actresses showing up late for shooting.
In the midst of this, Jeanette had been dealing with personal issues including the leak of racy photos and Ariana’s music was soaring to great lengths which would have affected her level of involvement on the show.
The young starlets are esteemed Nickelodeon veterans, Jeanette having been with the network for seven years and Ariana for over four years, and as they enter adulthood they are reportedly feeling repressed by the kid-centric network and wish to break free.
These rumours were unearthed in late March when Jeanette openly accused Nickelodeon of unfair treatment towards her and revealed that she and her best friend and co-star Ariana had drifted apart as she unfollowed the ‘Problem’ singer and did not join her at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.
While Nickelodeon may have disappointingly thrown the series in the backburner before the season end, they are now moving forward with a new comedy series, Henry Danger.