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Lifetime has found its replacement for Zendaya Coleman.
Alexandra Shipp will play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title), EW has confirmed. The planned film is set to premiere this fall and will be executive produced by Debra Martin Chase and talk show host Wendy Williams.
Willams broke the news earlier today when she tweeted:
I'm excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah.— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 18, 2014
Shipp’s previous film credits include Nicklelodeon’s House of Anubis, »
- Chancellor Agard
Wendy Williams made it known on Friday that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic is back on and has found a new actress for the lead role. According to Williams' Twitter, Alexandra Shipp will now play Aaliyah, replacing Zendaya Coleman, who gave up the role in late June. A Lifetime spokesperson told TheWrap that Williams’ announcement is true. Also read: Zendaya on Exiting Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie: It ‘Wasn't All the Way There’ Shipp is best known for her role as KT Rush on the Nickelodeon show “House of Anubis.” She has also appeared on “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Switched at Birth” and “Victorious. »
- Jethro Nededog
“Sam & Cat” may soon be a thing of the past, but the Nickelodeon show lives on in the heart of its star, Ariana Grande. Grande took to her Facebook account on Sunday, following news that the series — which starred Grande and Jennette McCurdy — had been canceled after a single season. In a lengthy post, Grande reflected on her character Cat Valentine, which she also played on Nickelodeon's “Victorious,” saying that the character was so well-loved that she “used to pretend to be more like her.” Also read: Nickelodeon Canceling ‘Sam & Cat’ Amid Production Drama “I want to thank (series »
- Tim Kenneally
The "Problem" singer says goodbye to her Nickelodeon show with a heartfelt post.
Ariana Grande is saying goodbye to the character that made her famous with a heartfelt sendoff.
Nickelodeon has officially canceled Sam & Cat after placing the show on hiatus earlier this year. Multiple reports have surfaced stating that behind-the-scenes drama is to blame for the cancellation, but as far as Grande is concerned, she's got nothing but love for her Nick family.
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The "Problem" singer posted a lengthy statement to Twitter, in which she thanked the Viacom-owned network for "making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago."
Grande's character on the show, Cat Valentine, actually originated »
Ariana Grande has confirmed that Sam & Cat are winding down their onscreen shenanigans together. The Nickelodeon series, which was slated for a 40-episode first season, has been prematurely canceled, with the 36th episode to serve as the series finale on July 17. Grande, 21, confirmed the show's end and wrote an emotion-filled tribute on Twitter Sunday. "I want to thank Nickelodeon for being a family to me. Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good four or five years. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood, »
- Katherine Foreman
Nickelodeon has canceled Sam & Cat, with last Saturday’s episode serving as its series finale. The show lasted one season.
Sam & Cat, a spinoff starring iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy and Victorious’ Ariana Grande, followed two best friends who had an after-school babysitting business. Created by Dan Schneider, the man behind All That and Drake & Josh, the show seemed like a sure thing. But after a successful series premiere, a 40-episode order, a production hiatus in April, rumors of co-star feuds, and more, Nickelodeon has pulled the plug.
Grande addressed the cancellation on social media, saying: “I want to thank Nickelodeon »
- Samantha Highfill
Well, "Sam & Cat," Nickelodeon's wildly successful spin-off of two of its most popular shows ("iCarly" and "Victorious"), has been quietly cancelled before the last four episodes of the series had been shot or aired. This Thursday's episode (number 36 for those playing at home), will serve as the de facto series finale. Program your DVRs accordingly.
The series, which starred Ariana Grande, who is currently dominating the pop radio airwaves with her single "Problem," and Jennette McCurdy, who had a minor backlash when some racy (but non-nude) photos leaked online, had been plagued by production problems, according to a story posted on The Wrap. After the show became a smash, Nickelodeon upped the series order to a whopping 40 episodes, which put the cast and crew on edge and left them "exhausted and taken advantage of," while the two stars wanted to be able to renegotiate their contracts and also take some time off. »
- Drew Taylor
Nickelodeon has officially cancelled the hit teen drama series Sam & Cat, after putting the show on an indefinite production hiatus earlier this year. Due to behind-the-scenes conflicts, the Viacom-owned network will not be bringing the series back for a second season, despite its success. Last July, Sam & Cat received a lengthy 40-episode first season order after only four episodes, so this news is definitely surprising.
Although the network released a promo video for the series recently which promised a conclusion to the show that would “go out with a bang,” fans will have to settle for what they’ve already seen. THR reports that Sam & Cat will continue to air in reruns, but according to a statement released earlier by a network spokesperson, there won’t be any new episodes available.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its »
- Lindsay Sperling
Sam & Cat Canceled
Sam & Cat, which brought together two popular characters from two successful Nickelodeon programs – iCarly’s Sam Puckett (McCurdy) and Victorious‘ Cat Valentine (Grande) – had been a ratings hit. Helping Nickelodeon’s ability to sell the show was McCurby and Grande’s off-screen friendship and Grande’s rising music career.
Despite the show’s success, Nickelodeon has announced that Sam & Cat is being put on a “permanent hiatus," reported Deadline.
"Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the kids network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them the best."
Salary Issues To Blame For Cancelation?
Back in March, McCurdy was noticeably absent for the Kids Choice Awards. The actress addressed her absence on Twitter, saying she was “put in an uncomfortable, »
After being put on permanent hiatus months ago, the show has been officially cancelled.
Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat-- which in April was put on "permanent hiatus"-- has been officially cancelled.
"Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best," the kids network told Et in a statement.
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Sam & Cat was supposed to be a profit machine for the network, and was a massive success in the short time it was on the air, even getting a 40-episode order from Nick.
However, behind-the-scenes drama and conflict put the show in danger early on, according »
Nickelodeon finally cut the cord of its ratings draw Sam & Cat, which went on "permanent hiatus" back in April. Episode #36, "Getting Wiggy," set to air on Thursday, will be the series finale. The show fused the star power of two Nickelodeon stalwarts: iCarly's Sam Puckett played by Jennette McCurdy and Victorious's Cat Valentine played by Ariana Grande. However, there were reports of discord on set between the network and besties Jennette and Ariana. An anonymous source told The Wrap, "They [Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy] are both 21 and are pursuing successful new paths in their careers." This is certainly true for Ariana for whom the tween show was becoming a hindrance to her diva aspirations. She might have 99 problems, but Nickelodeon is no longer one. »
- E. Alex Jung
Nickelodeon has pulled the plug on Sam & Cat, with a handful of episodes from the series’ 40-episode freshman run left unproduced.
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“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
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Well it seems that Nickelodeon has indeed cancelled Sam & Cat. The sitcom is ending after one extended season.
A combined spin-off of Victorious and iCarly, Sam & Cat finds Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) becoming friends and roommates. To make money they start an after-school babysitting business. Maree Cheatham, Cameron Ocasio, and Zoran Korach co-star.
The series was initially picked up for 20 episodes and they started airing in June 2013. It was such a big hit that the cable channel ordered 20 more after just one month of airings.
The series was on track to be renewed for a second season but some backstage issues derailed Sam & Cat towards the end of its first year of production, resulting in only 36 episodes being produced.
The sitcom was later put on »
Denis Leary’s upcoming comedy show, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, has been ordered to series by FX, with 10 episodes now in the pipeline. Written by Leary and directed by Michael Blieden (Children’s Hospital), the show follows Johnny Rock (Leary) – an aging rocker, desperately chasing one last shot at fame and fortune.
The show sets up his character as someone who, back in the early 1990s, led a band called The Heathens to the height of the New York rock scene. He was headed for greatness, along with best friend and lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett), until he precipitated their downfall with his predilection for drugs, alcohol and the wives of his friends. We learn that the band released one record and broke up on the same day. Two decades later, Johnny has reunion on his mind.
- Sarah Myles
Ariana Grande was all hip wiggles, butt thrusts and leg splits in a sexy crop-top dress at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party in Miami Beach. She’s no Miley, but she gives Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato a run for their money on stage. Ariana performed some of her hits and paired up with Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea for their duet on “Problems.” The 21-year-old ingenue is best known as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Victorious.” ...Read More »
The film was developed by New York-based Bcdf Pictures, with Brice and Claude Dal Farra producing; exec producers are Lauren Munsch and Brian Keady from Bcdf Pictures, and Victoria Bousis from Bousis Films.
Red Granite International is handling international sales at Cannes under the title “Cool Girls.”
Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Avan Jogia, Claudia Lee, Katie Chang and William Peltz are also starring. Peter Hutchings (“Rhymes with Banana”) will direct the film from a Blacklist screenplay written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel.
Justice and Sher play best friends who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female and hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school.
- Dave McNary
This kind of came out of nowhere, but Sam & Cat seems to have come to an end. It’s extremely unexpected because this has been Nickelodeon’s highest rated series. I wouldn’t blame you if you thought its end was just a nasty rumor and the producers would soon announce the show would continue for the next three years! Unfortunately, the worst has been confirmed, with Nickelodeon putting Sam & Cat on permanent hiatus. The production crew has been let go, with only the post-production team being kept on to finish up the last few episodes for broadcast. The silly thing is there is still no definitive reason for this sudden end to the series.
Sam & Cat was created by Dan Schneider and brought together iCarly’s Sam Puckett and Victorious’ Cat Valentine. Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, who play Sam and Cat respectively, are real life best friends, so »
- Brody Gibson
“Sam and Cat” is the hottest live-action series entry on Nickelodeon in the past few years, but the pressure of a 40-episode production schedule seems to be wearing on its stars, Jenette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
The series has gone on hiatus early, before finishing its entire first-season production order, because of what sources described as sniping behind the scenes between McCurdy and Grande, both in their early 20s, and other tensions on the set.
Sources close to the production chalk it up to a grueling work schedule for the young actors. The tensions on the set spilled over into social media this past weekend and were apparent when McCurdy did not attend Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards event this past Sunday where “Sam and Cat” creator/exec producer Dan Schneider was honored with a life achievement kudo.
Sources said the hope is that some downtime for McCurdy and Grande »
- Cynthia Littleton
Nickelodeon has put popular live-action comedy Sam & Cat on hiatus as star Jennette McCurdy continues to make headlines and its chances for a second season remain unclear. Sam & Cat, which has a 40-episode first-season order, began its production hiatus March 31, though it is unclear how many episodes remain to be produced for its first cycle. Meanwhile, a decision on a second season has yet to be made -- unusual for a popular show nearing the end of its current order. Video: Nickelodeon's 'Sam & Cat' Special Lures 'iCarly,' 'Victorious' Alums "We are wrapping up
- Philiana Ng
Update, Wednesday Am: The behind-the-scene drama on Sam & Cat is not subsiding. I hear the show has been put on a “permanent hiatus” a few episodes early, with everyone on the crew let go except for those working in post-production. Previous, Tuesday Pm: Nickelodeon‘s comedy Sam & Cat has been a runaway success by any measure. The series, from proven hitmaker Dan Schneider, brought together two popular characters from two popular Nick series – iCarly’s Sam Puckett and Victorious‘ Cat Valentine — played by two of the network’s best-known stars and best friends, Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, respectively. The series has been a ratings hit, quickly becoming Nickelodeon’s highest-rated series. In July, only a month into Sam & Cat’s run, Nick doubled its freshman order from 20 to 40 episodes. Its hourlong January 18 episode drew 4.8 million total viewers and ranked as Nick’s highest-rated telecast with kids 6-11 in two years. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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