Well thank God Ariana Grande has a successful music career to fall back on.
Nickelodeon has canceled Sam & Cat. Months after the Viacom-owned cable network put the Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande live-action comedy on a lengthy production hiatus following behind-the-scenes conflicts, it will not be moving forward with another season.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
A recent promo hinted at a wrap-up of some sort, promising that the show would be “going out with a bang.” Sam & Cat reruns will remain on Nickelodeon’s schedule and creator Dan Schneider is already in production on his next series Henry Danger, slated for a fall launch.
Nickelodeon’s decision not to move forward with a sophomore season comes after the 21-year-old McCurdy made headlines earlier this year following reported salary issues and racy photos leaked of the actress on the web in March. She failed to appear at the network’s Kids’ Choice Awards, where Sam & Cat took home the TV comedy prize, while Grande won TV comedy actress and Schneider was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
McCurdy and Grande co-star in Sam & Cat, which was given a giant 40-episode season-one order last July after only four episodes. A spinoff of Victorious and iCarly, the series follows Sam (McCurdy) and Cat (Grande) as they become best friends and unlikely roommates who start a babysitting service.
Grande’s star power has been significantly boosted since the show began, mainly in part due to her successful singing career. Her 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, debuted atop the Billboard 200 charts and her follow-up, My Everything, hits stores Aug. 25, one day after her MTV Video Music Awards debut.