1. On July 13, Nickelodeon announced that the sitcom Sam & Cat would not be moving forward with another season.
The show was a spin-off of Nickolodeon’s iCarly and Victorious, starring Jeanette McCurdy and Ariana Grande. It was given 40 episodes in its first season alone and its debut episode drew in 4 million viewers.
2. The cancellation follows rumored behind-the-scenes drama regarding Grande’s co-star Jeanette McCurdy.
In March, racy photos of McCurdy were leaked online. McCurdy, incidentally, did not appear with Grande on the Kid’s Choice Awards, where Sam and Cat won the TV comedy prize. McCurdy was a no-show at April’s Kid’s Choice Awards. Later that month, Nickelodeon announced that the show had been put on hiatus. “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,” a spokesperson said.
3. On her Facebook page on July 13, Grande responded to reports of the cancellation, writing:
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.
4. Since the show’s beginning, Grande’s singing career has surpassed McCurdy’s. Her 2013 debut album Yours Truly topped the Billboard 200 charts.
Grande’s sophomore album My Everything, which includes the summer smash hit “Problem,” is set for release Aug. 25.
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