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Will the popular Nickelodeon show Sam and Cat be renewed for a season 2?
Jennette McCurdy, who stars alongside Ariana Grande in the series, has been in tense negotiations with the network for a raise, it’s been reported, halting production on the show.
She also skipped the Kids’ Choice Awards, an abscense that’s been connected with the money dispute.
I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing. I want to thank those of you who have reached out with kind words of support, McCurdians and Arianators alike,” she told fans via Twitter.
“No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first.”
She clarified that the tweets weren’t about the racy photos that were leaked recently.
A representative of the network emphasized to Fox News that despite a production break that show will return for a season 2.
“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of ‘Sam & Cat,’ and everyone is understandably tired,” the network said in a statement. “We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.”
The network declined to comment on any of the other rumors about the show.
Deadline was among the outlets to report that the show was put on “permanent hiatus” a few episodes early, with everyone on the crew let go except for those working in post-production.
“As Sam & Cat is wrapping production on its 40-episode first season, there is no word on Season 2—a very unusual development for such a successful series,” it reported. “There has been talk about discord on the set, with emotions running high and McCurdy and Grande sometimes showing up late. The grueling, 40-episode shoot has been taxing on everyone.”
“Additionally, McCurdy had been going through a difficult time in her personal life for the past six months and recently had to deal with the leak of racy photos, while Grande’s music career has taken off a big time. Both have been at Nickelodeon for a long time, McCurdy for more than seven years and Grande for more than four. Both are entering adulthood, and word is both feel constrained at kids-focused Nickelodeon and are ready to move on.”
Sources close to the situation did note that McCurdy and Grande are still getting along fine amid all the trouble.