Ariana Grande to Star in iCARLY Spin-Off on Nickelodeon

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 (iCarlyVictorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101). Starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly's Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (Victorious' Cat Valentine) 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."

Prior to garnering attention as the beloved character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series VictoriousAriana 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.

Best known for her comedic portrayal of Sam Puckett on the mega-hit Nickelodeon series iCarlyJennette 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 InvestigationStrong Medicine, Law & Order: SVUMedium and Judging Amy.

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