Nickelodeon has officially cancelled the hit teen drama series Sam & Cat, after putting the show on an indefinite production hiatus earlier this year. Due to behind-the-scenes conflicts, the Viacom-owned network will not be bringing the series back for a second season, despite its success. Last July, Sam & Cat received a lengthy 40-episode first season order after only four episodes, so this news is definitely surprising.
Although the network released a promo video for the series recently which promised a conclusion to the show that would “go out with a bang,” fans will have to settle for what they’ve already seen. THR reports that Sam & Cat will continue to air in reruns, but according to a statement released earlier by a network spokesperson, there won’t be any new episodes available.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
Sam & Cat star Ariana Grande took to her Facebook and Twitter accounts to personally address her fans following news of the show’s cancellation.
“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.”
Grande starred opposite Jennette McCurdy in the Victorious and iCarly spinoff series, which made headlines earlier this year with reported salary disputes. Eventually, her behind-the-scenes drama, which included racy photos and failing to show up to the Kids’ Choice Awards, where the show took home several of the top awards, played a role in the network’s decision not to move forward with a sophomore season.
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