Nickelodeon green lights iCarly, Victorious spinoff
Michelle Clancy | 03-12-2012
Nickelodeon is continuing its efforts to bolster sagging ratings by sunsetting some shows and launching a new line-up.
The latest move is a new show, Sam & Cat, which takes two well-loved characters from older shows to launch something new.
On the heels of last week's series finale of iCarly, which took the top spot for basic cable with 6.4 million total viewers in its primetime time slot, Nickelodeon said that it will produce 20 episodes of the Sam & Cat spinoff, from creator and executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101).
Starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly's Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (Victorious' Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows, Sam & Cat features the pair as unlikely roommates who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. Sam & Cat will premiere in 2013, with production beginning this January in Los Angeles.
"Jennette and Ariana are adored by our audience, and it's great to unite these talented actresses in this hilarious new comedy from Dan Schneider," said Russell Hicks, president, content development and production, Nickelodeon. "This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favourite characters - laugh-out-loud humour and non-stop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo."