In April, Nickelodeon put their original series Sam and Cat on a permanent hiatus, which makes it no big surprise that they have decided to officially cancel the show.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
The show was an instant hit among pre-teens and gathered high ratings. The two main characters, Jenette McCurdy from Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Ariana Grande from the network’s Victorious, made for an all-star cast. However, over recent months it seems as though drama on, and off, set have lead to the cancellation of the show.
“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of Sam & Cat, and everyone is understandably tired,” a Nickelodeon rep told E! News, regarding the show’s future, earlier this year. “We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.”
The first season was only supposed to air 20 episodes, however after producers saw the ratings, they ordered another 20 episodes. Filming 40 episodes was taxing on the entire cast, and it didn’t help matters any that McCurdy had some very racy selfies leaked on social media.
There was also speculation that drama between the two co-stars was adding to the show’s demise. Apparently McCurdy was upset that Grande was making more money than she was, and it was adding tension on set. McCurdy then failed to attend the 2014 Kid’s Choice awards, adding to the speculation.
“A lot of you guys are asking why I didn’t attend the KCAs,” McCurdy wrote in a tweet to her fans. “I wish I could explain everything as thoroughly as I would like to, but unfortunately a simpler explanation is all I can write. I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me.”
“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 added. “I want to thank those of you who have reached out with kind words of support, McCurdians and Arianators alike. No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first. If you have done that, thank you.”
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