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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sam & Cat on Nickelodeon cancelled after just one season after backstage drama with Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.


Sitcom Sam & Cat on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) has been cancelled after just one season following ongoing backstage drama and tension between stars Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, and Ariana Grande's fame and behaviour that started to overshadow the show.

The highly successful sitcom which was a viewership hit around the world on Nickelodeon is done and production has been shut down four episodes before the end of the first season's 40 episodes.

So successful was Sam & Cat that the first episode order was increased from 20 episodes to 40, but now only 36 were produced. Jennette McCurdy from iCarly and Ariana Grande from Victorious continued playing their first shows' characters, Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine.

Backstage problems at Sam & Cat reportedly started earlier, centred around the two starts not getting along and both arriving later and later to set, but in March this year Jennette McCurdy publicly accused Nickelodeon of unfair treatment and being a no-show at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

Nickelodeon doesn't want to talk about the Sam & Cat cancellation, nor the on-set drama, saying in a short statement only that "Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & CatWe are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best".