News Nuggets: Nickelodeon shuts down ‘Sam and Cat’ series due to ‘sniping’ between teen stars

Production for Nickelodeon’s hottest teen show “Sam and Cat” is now suspended due to behind-the-scenes tensions. With a long 40-episode order for the first season, insiders say the grueling work schedule has led to “sniping” between the teen stars Ariana Grande and Jenette McCurdy. At the Kids’ Choice Awards last week, it won as the top TV show with Grande also winning as best TV actress. McCurdy did not attend the ceremony. Grande’s sudden exploding musical career has also led to some of the tensions. Producers are hoping a “much-needed rest” will allow for production to resume in the near future. Variety.

Pete Hammond wonders if “Noah” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” can overcome a March curse with Oscar voters. Both films will be officially screened for Academy voters this weekend and could actually be contenders in several categories despite their first quarter release dates. He says voters “just don’t seem to have long memories anymore,” so Best Picture might be a longshot. “Erin Brockovich” (2000) was the last one released before May nominated for the top category. Deadline.

Lucy Hood, Television Academy president and COO, dies at age 56. Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum confirmed the news Wednesday evening. She replaced the retiring Alan Perris last June after resigning her position at the University of Southern California. She was also the founder of Fox Mobile Entertainment and former vice president at News Corp. She had been battling cancer in recent months. Hollywood Reporter.

The annual “Save Our Shows” poll is now open with your chance to vote which of 15 programs should not be cancelled this spring. From NBC, the list includes “Community,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Parenthood,” and “Revolution.” ABC programs are “Last Man Standing,” “Mixology,” “Nashville,” “Revenge,” “Suburgatory,” and “Trophy Wife.” CBS has “The Crazy Ones.” Fox shows are “Almost Human” and “Dads.” From CW, shows are “The 100,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Hart of Dixie.” Unfortunately, the following series are already considered “toast” and are not even included: “Enlisted,” “Hannibal,” “The Mentalist,” “Revolution, and “The Tomorrow People.” USA Today.

Channing Tatum will receive the Trailblazer Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Mila Kunis will present the trophy to her “Jupiter Ascending” co-star on the April 13 ceremony. Previous recipients of this award have been Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Fans can continue voting for all the other categories at The Wrap.

Even more performers and presenters are added to Sunday’s ACM Awards. Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker will all take the stage. Presenters include Thea Andrews, Guy Fieri, LL Cool J, Jewel, Olivia Munn, Nancy O’Dell, Chris O’Donnell, Clay Walker, and Trisha Yearwood. Garth Brooks will present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award. Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton co-host the CBS ceremony. CBS News.

Oscar kingpin Harvey Weinstein is jumping into the Broadway world. He is wooing singer-songwriter Taylor Swift to pen a new musical. She attended a workshop of the upcoming “Finding Neverland” with Michelle Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Weinstein on Tuesday. He said, “There’s a specific show I want her to write.” Playbill.

With the world of geeks and nerds now rampant on television, actor Wil Wheaton is set to host a new SyFy show. “The Wil Wheaton Project” will be a weekly program about things he loves on TV and the internet with commentary, jokes, and celebrity guests. He calls it a “Talk Soup” for geeks. Wheaton was a teen star on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and has recently been a recurring guest star as himself on “The Big Bang Theory.” IMDB.

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