“iCarly” fans, dab those tears. A week after the hit Nickelodeon show wrapped its run, the network has announced the series pickup of “iCarly"/"Victorious” offshoot “Sam & Cat.”
The spinoff comedy, which was given a 20-episode order, features Jennette McCurdy (“iCarly’s” Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (“Victorious’” Cat Valentine). The two will reprise their roles from their respective shows -- only in this universe, they’ll pair up as roommates and start their own babysitting business.
The series, which had been given a pilot order in August, is yet another Nickelodeon yarn from Dan Schneider, the man behind “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Drake & Josh,” etc.
“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, in a statement. “This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favorite characters -- laugh-out-loud humor and nonstop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo.”
The news comes after Nov. 23’s “iCarly” series finale, which drew 6.4 million total viewers. “Victorious” is set to end its three-season run next year.
Production on “Sam & Cat” will begin in January in Los Angeles, with a roll-out expected sometime in 2013.