SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Nov. 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of last week's series finale of
that topped all basic cable with 6.4 million total viewers,
is announcing the series pick-up of
(20 episodes), a spin-off comedy from award-winning creator and executive producer
Drake & Josh
) 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
, 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."
Best known for her comedic portrayal of
on the mega-hit Nickelodeon series
most recently wrapped production on Nickelodeon's original TV movie
. In addition, she was featured in two other Nick original TV movies,
Fred: The Movie
McCurdy has also guest starred on
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Law & Order: SVU
Prior to garnering attention as the beloved character
on the Nickelodeon series
performed on Broadway in the musical
. This holiday, Ariana will star as Snow White at The Pasadena Playhouse in a presentation of "A Snow White Christmas" alongside
Neil Patrick Harris
. Grande's other acting credits include a feature role in Nickelodeon's original TV movie
and voiceover work on the animated Nick series
. 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.
has established himself as a dominant force in the world of family entertainment by creatively drawing on his affinity for youth culture at Nickelodeon. Under his Schneider's Bakery Productions, he has carved a unique, progressive niche in the world of kid and family entertainment, most recently as creator and executive producer of the mega-hit Nickelodeon series
starring Jamie Lynn Spears—all of which have received Emmy nominations. Schneider also created/executive produced
The Amanda Show
Drake & Josh
. Schneider began with Nickelodeon as executive producer and show runner on the network's groundbreaking sketch comedy series
from 1994 to 1998, and then returned to run the show in its seventh season. He then went on to produce
Kenan & Kel,
. Schneider also created the hit WB series
What I Like About You
. His comedic success has also translated to the big screen for which he wrote and produced the popular films,
Big Fat Liar.
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the United States
and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit
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