By Gregory Robinson
Nickelodeon announced today (July 14) that multi-camera comedy series Sam & Cat would not be returning for a second season.
The news comes after production on the series' 40 season one episodes was mysteriously halted in March, rumoured to be down to a conflict between the two leads - Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
McCurdy has been a prominent figure on Nickelodeon's schedule since starring in the popular series 'iCarly', in which she played Sam Puckett for five seasons. McCurdy also played the same character on the spin-off series 'Sam & Cat', which also featured Grande playing Cat, another popular character from the now cancelled Nickelodeon series 'Victorious'.
In March, during Nickelodeon's Upfront meeting, no decision about the future of the series had been made - however - raunchy lingerie photos of McCurdy which leaked online and the rather sudden explosion of Grande's pop career may have led to questions about the sustainability of the show in the long-terms.
The network said in a statement "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".
The series was created by Dan Schneider, a crossover spin-off which followed McCurdy and Grande's characters as roommates who start a babysitting business.
#GettinWiggy,” which will air on July 17, will now serve as the series finale.