Looks like it’s wrap for “Sam & Cat.” After one supersized season, Nickelodeon has pulled the plug on the kid-friendly comedy, according to a report on Sunday by The Wrap.
Production of the popular series came to a halt in April, after 36 episodes of a 40-episode order were shot. The final completed episode, titled “#Getting Wiggy,” is scheduled to air this Thursday and will be considered the series finale.
The spinoff of “iCarly” and “Victorious” – which follows unlikely BFFs Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat (Ariana Grande) as they become roommates who start a babysitting service -- has been riddled with drama since it took off last year. Series star Ariana Grande became a major pop superstar since the debut of the sitcom, and 21-year old co-star Jennette McCurdy made headlines with a racy photo controversy. McCurdy subsequently skipped the network’s flagship Kids Choice Awards show, and it became apparent that both stars were ready to move on.
In addition, the extended series (Nick immediately doubled the order to 40 episodes last July after the show became a hit) caused friction when the stars were unable to renegotiate their salaries for the unexpected extra episodes. There were also rumors of a feud between the two co-stars.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the June 8, 2013, debut of the series was Nickelodeon's biggest live-action launch in three years, with a whopping 4.2 million viewers tuning in.
Grande, who’s enjoying major pop music success with her smash single “Problem” (featuring rapper Iggy Azalea) addressed the cancellation news on her social media accounts, posting on Facebook: “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.”
The actress-singer also thanked her loyal fans in the heartfelt message, and went on to reminisce about her character Cat Valentine, who she’s been playing since the character first debuted on “Victorious” in 2010. But interestingly, there was no mention of McCurdy in Grande’s long winded goodbye message.
The final episode of “Sam & Cat” will air on July 17 as a lead-in to Nickelodeon’s first Kids' Sports Awards.