Dan Schneider may just be the most prolific TV creator that most people reading this website probably haven't heard of. Beginning in the mid-90s, Schneider has long been Nickelodeon's go to guy when it comes to series development. Schneider wrote and produced for Kenan and Kel and All That, before moving on to creating hit series The Amanda Show, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, and (most recently) Victorious. And with today's announcement by Nickelodeon, Dan Schneider will now find himself without a hit show on the air for the first time since 1999.
It was previously revealed that iCarly would not be returning after its upcoming fall season, and now Nickelodeon has officially dropped the axe on Victorious. The Victoria Justice fronted teen comedy recently wrapped production on a fifteen episode third season that will air this fall, which will now of course serve as the final season by default. This announcement comes shortly after the network picked up two iCarly spin-offs from Schneider, but only time will tell whether those series catch on to the extent of their progenitor.
Dan Schneider released the following statement to fans, making it clear that ending the show was not his call -
"Hey guys! If I misspell anything in this post, please forgive me – I’m in the back seat of a car, typing on my phone! Okay, first things first… There is a whole NEW season of Victorious coming your way. We just finished shooting 15 new episodes, and they’re amazing. If you love Victorious, I feel sure you will love the NEW episodes coming! By now, a lot of you have heard that Victorious will not be returning for a 4th season. That is true. This was the network’s decision – not mine. Please understand: Almost all Nickelodeon shows have a life of about 60 episodes. We made around 60 episodes of Drake & Josh… of Zoey 101… and we made 41 episodes of The Amanda Show… and all those shows were big hits. So, it’s not unusual for a Nick show to do a run of just 60 episodes. I would love to have made more than 60 of Victorious, but that’s how it usually goes. We’re extremely proud of the show, and all we’ve accomplished.
Also – and it’s really important that you know this – the network’s decision about Victorious had nothing to do with “Gibby” or “Sam & Cat”. I promise. Even if there was no “Gibby” and no “Sam & Cat” – the network still would have ended Victorious after its 60-episode run. I know that some of you are upset and angry – and while I feel terrible about that, I’m also flattered by it. I really appreciate that you care so much. It means you love the show, which makes me feel very proud. But I ask that you please not be angry with Victoria, or Leon, Liz, Ariana, Avan… or ANY of the Victorious cast members or staff. They all wanted Victorious to continue – so did I. But remember! Stay psyched about the 15 new episodes of Victorious coming your way! And I hope you’ll continue to support Victoria Justice, and me, and all the stars of Victorious. I can almost guarantee you – they will make a big impact on the future of entertainment. And finally… of course… I will keep making the best, funniest TV shows I know how to make, for as long as people have fun watching them. I’ll see you online later, and I’ll try to answer some of your questions. Thanks for listening. As always, please be nice to each other. Love, –Dan"
Did you watch Victorious? Should the show have been canceled?