So long, Sam & Cat!
Despite drawing high ratings for Nickelodeon, the Ariana Grande/Jennette McCurdy sitcom about two friends with a babysitting business has been axed after just one season.
“I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true,” Grande wrote in a Facebook post commemorating the series. The singer also wrote about her affection for the character of Cat.
“When I was younger, people loved Cat so much I used to pretend to be more like her. It took me a long time to be brave enough to separate myself and show people how different we actually are…. I think that’s honestly because I admire her so much. Her appreciation for life and everybody she encounters. Her passion and genuine excitement for the little things that most people dread like school projects and work. She always saw negative obstacles as opportunities to make things good.”
The show was put on “permanent hiatus” in April, before news about the cancellation broke on Sunday.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” a network spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
Now that Sam & Cat has moved on to that big television set in the sky, let’s look back at five other Nickelodeon shows that were axed too soon.
1. The Amanda Show
Before What I Like About You or She’s the Man, Amanda Bynes starred in her very own sketch comedy/variety series titled The Amanda Show. The series lasted about three seasons and reportedly ended with a “too be continued…” cliffhanger episode. Talk about leaving fans hanging!
2. Wendell & Vinnie
A Nickelodeon version of the Adam Sandler film Big Daddy, this contemporary take on the immature adult meets precocious child trope unfortunately only lasted one season.
Sometimes there really is no justice in the world. Victoria Justice starred in this musical sitcom that first introduced us to Cat Valentine. The series was canceled after three seasons.
4. How To Rock
Despite an interesting premise (think Mean Girls meets Glee), the members of Gravity 5 could not, well, defy gravity by returning for a second season.
5. All That
Though it wasn’t technically canceled “too soon,” (the series had an impressive 10 year run), this sketch comedy Snick staple — which boasted guest-stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears — certainly left us wanting more. For fans still experiencing withdrawal, you can still catch All That star Kenan Thompson live from New York on most Saturday nights.
What do you think? Will you miss Sam & Cat?
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