Even though we are not a consistent viewer of Nickelodeon programming and nor have we been for many years, there is one thing we remember well from our childhood: If you are on the network, you almost always attend the Kids’ Choice Awards. It’s the biggest event of the year for celebrities to appear on the network, and be handed some of the famous orange blimps.
So thanks to that, it was surprising to see Jeannette McCurdy not in attendance? Her show “Sam & Cat” is one of the most high-profile shows on the network, and both she and co-star Ariana Grande have their own enormous fan followings. So with the Deadline report surfacing that there are a number of things slowing down a possible season 2 renewal for the show, including cast exhaustion, Ariana’s music career, and reported tension on the set, you have to wonder what the future for the series could hold.
There is also now the fact that McCurdy is reportedly unhappy with Nickelodeon, as evidenced by her series of Twitter messages regarding why she did not attend the awards show she was originally confirmed to be at:
“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,” she wrote. “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. No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first.”
McCurdy has been through a pretty hard time in the past year and a half, in between losing her mother last fall, a high-profile relationship with Detroit Pistons player Andrew Drummond that turned south quickly, and also some racy photos that hit the internet. McCurdy has not elaborated on if any of these factors influenced her decision to not attend the show (where her program was a big winner), or if they are playing a role in “Sam & Cat’s” future.
We will say this, though: This may be the most dramatic storyline Nickelodeon has had in years. The network said the following in a statement:
“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of Sam & Cat, and everyone is understandably tired … We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.”
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