10:57pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Nickelodeon Greenlights Spinoff of 'iCarly,' 'Victorious'
Nickelodeon has picked up Sam & Cat, a spinoff of its popular series iCarly and Victorious.
The news comes on the heels of Sunday's iCarly series finale, which drew 6.4 million total viewers.
Sam & Cat, from creator/executive producer Dan Schneider, stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly’s Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (Victorious’ Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from the two shows. The new series see their characters as unlikely roommates who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own afterschool babysitting business.
Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes, with production set to begin in January in Los Angeles for a 2013 premiere. The network announced the pilot order in August.
“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 of content development and production at Nickelodeon. “This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favorite characters: laugh-out-loud humor and nonstop adventure.”
McCurdy also just wrapped production on Nickelodeon’s original TV movie Swindle, while Grande is starring as Snow White at the Pasadena Playhouse in a presentation of A Snow White Christmas alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Charlene Tilton.
In addition to iCarly and Victorious, Schneider also created and executive produced Zoey 101, The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh.
ICarly ran for six seasons, while Victorious finishes out its three-season run next year.