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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande to Star in 'Sam & Cat'



The new Nickelodeon comedy series features the "iCarly" and "Victorious" stars embarking on crazy adventures as unlikely best friends and part-time babysitters.



"Sam & Cat" (TV show) cast members Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande
Sam & Cat (TV show) cast members Jennette McCurdy and Ariana GrandeNovember 30, 2012

Jennette McCurdy in "iCarly"
Jennette McCurdy in "iCarly"
Jennette McCurdy in "iCarly" - © Nickelodeon
Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande - © Nickelodeon
SANTA MONICA, CA — On the heels of last week's series finale of "iCarly" that topped all basic cable with 6.4 million total viewers, Nickelodeon is announcing the series pick-up of "Sam & Cat" (20 episodes), a spin-off comedy from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider ("iCarly", "Victorious", "Drake & Josh," "Zoey 101"). Starring Jennette McCurdy, who played Sam Puckett in "iCarly," and Ariana Grande, who played Cat Valentine in "Victorious," 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 favorite characters — laugh-out-loud humor and non-stop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo."

Best known for her comedic portrayal of Sam Puckett on the mega-hit Nickelodeon series "iCarly," Jennette McCurdy most recently wrapped production on Nickelodeon's original TV movie "Swindle." In addition, she was featured in two other Nick original TV movies, "Fred: The Movie" and "Best Player." McCurdy has also guest starred on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Strong Medicine," "Law & Order: SVU," "Medium" and "Judging Amy."

Prior to garnering attention as the beloved character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series "Victorious," Ariana Grande performed on Broadway in the musical "13." This holiday, Ariana will star as Snow White at The Pasadena Playhouse in a presentation of "A Snow White Christmas" alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Charlene Tilton. Grande's other acting credits include a feature role in Nickelodeon's original TV movie "Swindle" and voiceover work on the animated Nick series "Winx Club." Grande is also signed to Universal Republic Records and her first single, "Put Your Hearts Up," debuted at #24 on the pop charts. Grande is leading the way with her social media efforts on Twitter, Instagram and Keek, and her YouTube account has garnered over 115 million views.

Writer-producer Dan Schneider has established himself as a dominant force in the world of family entertainment by creatively drawing on his affinity for youth culture at Nickelodeon. Under his Schneider's Bakery Productions, he has carved a unique, progressive niche in the world of kid and family entertainment, most recently as creator and executive producer of the mega-hit Nickelodeon series "iCarly" starring Miranda Cosgrove, "Victorious" starring Victoria Justice and "Zoey 101" starring Jamie Lynn Spears — all of which have received Emmy nominations. Schneider also created/executive produced "The Amanda Show" starring Amanda Bynes and "Drake & Josh" starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck. Schneider began with Nickelodeon as executive producer and show runner on the network's groundbreaking sketch comedy series "All That" from 1994 to 1998, and then returned to run the show in its seventh season. He then went on to produce "Kenan & Kel," starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Schneider also created the hit WB series "What I Like About You," starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth. His comedic success has also translated to the big screen for which he wrote and produced the popular films, "Good Burger" and "Big Fat Liar."
 
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