Ariana Grande rumoured to guest star in Nickelodeon’s ‘Game Shakers’

Are Josh Peck and Ariana Grande returning to Nickelodeon? We thought we were dreaming, but this actually happened.

On September 15th, Nickelodeon show creator Dan Schneider, who brought you such amaze creations as Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Victorious, and iCarly just teased some pretty cool buzz.

He took to Twitter to show off a pic of Josh from Drake & Josh fame and Ariana as her character Cat Valentine and asked what either of the pics “have to do with this Saturday’s BRAND-NEW episode of #GameShakers.”

This comes on the heels that former Victorious star Matt Bennett is making an appearance on Dan’s new show, Game Shakers, as well as Nathan Kress (from iCarly), who recently teased he was “Freddie-ing” and showed off a very Freddie Benson haircut. Sounds to us like some major old school cameos will be coming our way on Game Shakers…what better reason to tune in on Saturday? We can’t wait to find out what it has to do with this weekend’s episode, but we already know we’ll be excited if Ariana or Mr. Purple (who have both starred on Victorious and Sam & Cat) makes an appearance! The episode of Game Shakers will air on September 19th on NICK. tumblr_mgxptyd3qh1qd8z57o1_500 For more information, please follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Nickelodeon to possibly revive ‘Victorious’ show

Today, Nickelodeon has announced that there will be revivals of some classic shows, and the famous sitcom VICTORIOUS, by Dan Warp might take the slot! Check out the article below!


 

Before SpongeBob SquarePants, before Dora the Explorer, before “iCarly,” there was still Nickelodeon.

The Viacom-owned kiddie outlet rose to notice on the backs of programs like “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” “Double Dare” and “Hey Dude!” And now, its top programming executive suggested, the network is considering ways to bring a small handful of its oldest programs back to its schedule.

“We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon, told Variety.

Under the plan, the network might seek to experiment with retooled versions of classics that could include “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold!” “You Can’t Do That on Television” or “Victorious.” The shows might not come back as series, but could appear in other formats, like a movie or special. And they likely would not constitute the bulk of the network’s development efforts.

Hicks declined to talk about specific programs under consideration, but noted the generation that watched Nickelodeon in its earliest days — it was formed out of an entity known as Pinwheel backed by a predecessor of Time Warner Cable — now has children of its own. “We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they’ve told us multiple times they want to have brought back,” said Hicks. – (OMG! Did they see our heavy demand to see a Victorious reunion?!)

Some might say the effort has quietly begun. Kel Mitchell, co-star of the popular Nickelodeon series “Kenan & Kel,” will have an ancillary role in “Game Shakers,” a new series set to debut Sept. 12.

Source: Variety.com


 

Daniella Monet (Trina on Victorious) also tweeted this after the “rumours” of Victorious’ reunion, and even Ariana Grande herself favorited! What do you think is true?

Even Matt Bennett (Robbie) and Liz Gillies (Jade) have agreed on this idea! I think it’s happening, folks.

 

Ariana Grande talks Big Sean & Miley Cyrus with Telegraph

Ariana Grande sat with Telegraph and gave a great interview.

It’s hard to keep up – or, catch up – with Ariana Grande. Our interview was scheduled for one date in New York. Then it was rescheduled for a new date in Los Angeles. It was re-rescheduled back to New York on a third date. Then, once I was in New York, the interview was cancelled a couple of hours before the appointed hour. Sincere apologies followed – I even received a call from Grande’s manager, Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun (who piloted Justin Bieber’s ascent to stardom) – and we finally met three days later, in LA.

What goes on? One of the fastest-rising careers in music, that’s what. The 21-year-old singer from Florida is the brightest new international star of 2014. Grande was an adolescent musical-theatre stalwart who moved into children’s television before turning, in her late teens, to the business of applying her multi-octave ‘Baby Mariah’ vocal range to commercially sure-fire pop. The Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin – responsible for every other song you have heard on Radio 1 in the past 20 years – has entrusted Grande with a few can’t-miss hits, while she has maintained an edge of credibility courtesy of interesting collaborators such as the cult Canadian R&B producer The Weeknd, the US hip-hop artist Big Sean, and the German electronica DJ Zedd (she has also worked with Harry Styles of One Direction).

One Martin co-contribution, Problem, topped the UK charts in July this year. By August, Grande’s work made up 30 per cent of the US Billboard top 10: Problem, its follow-up, Break Free, and Bang Bang, another UK number one by Jessie J on which Grande is a featured vocalist alongside Nicki Minaj. The only other female artist who has matched that triple feat is Adele.

Grande, then, is in considerable demand. Our final New York appointment was nixed after she had been up much of the previous night, first performing on the opening episode of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, then singing at the gay nightclub BPM until after 3am. She subsequently lost her voice and developed a heavy cold. But it seems even her management don’t see her that often – and they are a short drive from her Beverly Hills home.

Before we start talking, Grande puts in a round of warm hellos to her team, and collects an award she has been given in absentia. It’s the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 2014 honour from peta2, the youth wing of People for the Ethical Treat­ment of Animals. She may have won MTV’s Best Pop Video ‘Moonman’ for Problem in the summer, but it’s a fair bet this golden pig-shaped statue will gain more prominent real estate on her mantelpiece: Grande is vegan. ‘I vacillate between being raw and not-raw vegan,’ she says. ‘Do I feel healthier? It’s the way to go, I have to say.’

So how come she has a cold?

‘Well, because I’ve been going non-stop for seven months,’ comes her playful (but with a hint of reproach) reply. ‘I haven’t slept in about seven months. So that’ll probably do it as well.’

Grande came off her prescribed bed rest to shoot a video for her next single, the gothic-R&B ballad Love Me Harder, and didn’t finish until six this morning. None the less her big brown eyes are alert (and heavily made up) and she is dressed in swishy casualwear: clumpy snow-white trainers; skin-tight, stone-washed jeans; vest with cardigan tied around her waist; bountiful hair extensions tied into her signature high ponytail.

Still, perhaps that fatigue is gnawing at her. When we start talking, Grande seems a little cool, her answers concise, her body language bolt upright. But soon, a charming, easygoing nature emerges, albeit hand-in-hand with naked ambition. You certainly wouldn’t trifle with Ariana Grande.

She speaks with the smooth, adjective-heavy confidence of many young stars. Indeed, she graduated from a similar tween finishing school to the Disney alumna Miley Cyrus – two Nickelodeon TV programmes, Victorious and Sam & Cat, ensured the inevitable pop career had a ready-made fan base. Unlike Miley, Grande courts no such wanton controversy. But they do have much in common, not least their age and their hypoglycaemia. Grande didn’t know that Cyrus also has the condition and says that her low blood-sugar levels have improved since she went vegan. Having interviewed Cyrus, I tell her that, in conversation, they share a similarly speedy speaking style and sparky manner.

‘I love her so much,’ Grande beams. ‘She’s a beautiful soul.’

Does she think Cyrus is transitioning well from her teen career to the adult world?

‘Absolutely. She’s so authentic, and so unapologetic,’ she says of Cyrus, who has been open about her love of marijuana and who recently stepped out during New York Fashion Week in little more than nipple pasties. ‘It’s great. She’s so happy. That’s something to be celebrated. People get mad at her for being herself. But she’s happy. And they,’ she adds pointedly, ‘are probably not.’

Grande’s own transition has not been without its bumps. Her Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy landed a few barely veiled petty shots at the ambitious Grande after the show’s cancellation this summer. Musically, the recording of her debut album, 2013’s Yours Truly, was a drawn-out process as she searched for her sound. She found her groove with this year’s My Everything, which gave her a second number-one album within 12 months (something not achieved in the US since Susan Boyle in 2010), but with this grown-up sound came issues about her new, matching style.

An example? ‘Well, I posed in a cute outfit with some kitty ears on and with my middle finger flipped up and posted it on my fan page,’ she says. (Unlike a lot of pop stars, Grande takes personal responsibility for her social media accounts.) ‘And my fans were like, “YES GIRL! OK!” A lot of my fans have grown up with me. But at the same time, a lot of people were like, “She’s changing! What’s happened to you?” I’m like, “It’s just a pic, y’all. I’m still the same old me. I’m just posing in a cute way!” A lot of people go ape over one photo.’ She shrugs. ‘But it’s just a photo. I’m still the same person I’ve been since I was four years old. Literally. Obviously, I’m a mature adult. But I’m still the same girl. I’m still Ariana from Boca who loves musical theatre, who loves her family, who loves the beach, who loves animals.’

Ariana Grande grew up in the upwardly mobile Floridian coastal town Boca Raton. ‘I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,’ she says. Her half-brother is a seasoned Broadway performer who recently appeared on the US version of Big Brother. ‘He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, “OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.” My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.’

Grande joined the local Little Palm Family Theatre. Aged eight, she landed the title role in a production of Annie. ‘I was so young, and my mom didn’t want to leave me at the rehearsals alone,’ she says. ‘But you weren’t allowed to have your parents there unless they were in the show. So my mom auditioned, which was the funniest thing that’s ever happened in the history of the world! Because my mom is a CEO, she has her own companies, her own full schedule.’ Joan Grande runs Hose-McCann Communications, a company established by Grande’s maternal grandfather. ‘They design and manufacture the Marines’ communication equipment – like, [for] the Army and the Navy,’ Grande says proudly.

Joan duly won a part in the show. ‘She was Daddy Warbucks’ maid,’ Grande says, laughing. ‘She had to wear a French maid’s outfit and use a broom. She was like, “I have no idea what I’m doing right now… but anything for my daughter.” ’

In retrospect, Grande can see that her enthusiasm for the stage was a response to family upheaval: her mother and father, Edward Butera, a successful graphic designer, broke up at about that time. Today, her mother lives close by in Beverly Hills but is committed to running her businesses. The management of her daughter’s career is left in the hands of Braun. ‘He’s like a stepdad,’ Grande says approvingly. Her father, meanwhile, is still in Florida. ‘I barely see him, but when I do it’s very pleasant. I love my dad.’

‘That was very hard as a young girl when my parents got divorced,’ she says, her natural volubility dipping only slightly. ‘Being in the middle of it was so stressful. And of course being made up of both of them – I was like, “Hey, if they both dislike each other’s attributes so much, what am I to like about me? I’m made from these two people and I’m caught in the middle of all this fighting.” It was traumatic. Between the ages of eight and 11, that was the roughest for me.’

Was musical theatre her refuge?

‘Oh absolutely! Like, “Take me away from home.” I remember saying, “Mommy, I never want this to end.” I loved playing a character as it was sort of just taking a vacation from myself.’

At the age of 14, she was living in New York with her mother and her brother, having scored a role in a Broadway children’s musical called 13. When she was 15, they moved to LA, where Grande won a role in the chirpy sitcom Victorious. But she concedes that she found ‘straight’ acting, and the celebrity that went with it, far from wholly fulfilling. ‘I was adjusting to these new things – red carpets, and people wanting pictures with me, and people taking pictures of me when I didn’t know they were being taken,’ she says. ‘There was a lot of weird superficial nonsense that sprouted from it that I definitely wasn’t used to. It was very weird. I just really liked performing.’ When she was 17, her wish came true: she signed a record deal.

The day of our meeting is October 1. Earlier, Grande tweeted to her 19.3 million followers (to put that number in context, Cyrus has only 18.6 million), ‘Happy first day of the best month of the year.’ Hallowe’en is around the corner, she explains. ‘I love all things dark and macabre and scary. That’s why I love this time of year so much.’

Her earliest passion was Jaws. When she was ‘two or three’ she had a birthday party themed on the film. Had she actually seen it? ‘Of course!’ she says, beaming. ‘Oh my God, that and Jurassic Park were my favourites. I loved it.’

Did she expect her pre-school friends to arrive at the party with, say, shark fins on their back?

‘No, I expected them to just come ready to watch the movie,

I guess. It was so funny – I ended up alone by the end of the party. All the parents were like [forced jollity], “We’re gonna go, but thank you so much…”  ’

She insists that her mother wasn’t concerned by her infant daughter’s enthusiasms. ‘She was like, “Yeah, my kid is rad!” ’ In fact, Grande credits Joan with inspiring her dark tastes.

‘I’ve never seen her wear anything but black,’ she says. ‘She says it’s a part of who she is. A psychic she saw when she was younger told her that black was her colour. So she really decided to run with that one, I guess!’

Grande was raised a Catholic, but in adolescence began questioning her faith out of love and support for her brother, who is gay. ‘When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, “OK, that’s not cool.” They were building a Kabbalah centre in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.’

The Kabbalah movement – Madonna is its most high-profile adherent – ‘sort of stuck with me. And since then my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way, and I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learnt through Kabbalah, I really do.’

Asked to explain those tools she is hesitant, not to say bashful. But eventually she says that ‘you have to watch your intentions, make sure you’re not giving in to your ego. You have to numb your reactive state. You have the power to change your reality,’ she says, clapping her hands together. ‘You have to take a second and breathe and reassess how you want to approach or react to a situation or approach an obstacle, or deal with a negative person in your space. That takes a lot of self-control and practice and, I guess, willpower,’ she concludes with an embarrassed laugh.

Does her love of horror – and reported belief in demons – co­exist with her spirituality?

‘Um, it does in my world,’ she says, smiling. ‘Do I believe in demons? I believe in unexplained energies.’

Those ‘tools’ have been tested recently. Grande is keen to fend off manipulation by an industry that does all it can to hypersexualise its young female talents. She is also aware of the responsibility that comes with her profile. ‘To me the idea of being a role model is just being yourself,’ she says. ‘And being unapologetically yourself, whatever that means. Whether that’s just me simply dressing sexier on some days and more conservatively on other days because that’s how I wake up feeling, I believe in authenticity.’

And should any record label executive or video director try to force her into a particular role?

‘I will never succumb to that,’ she shoots back. ‘And I think that’s because of my mother, and because of my family. I come from a strong, loud Italian family. We don’t take shit from anybody. But as somebody who’s also very sensitive and likes to please people, it’s conflicting for me,’ she admits. ‘Because a lot of the time I like to say, “OK! If you say so!” ’

This people-pleasing side goes against the recent tabloid narrative that enjoys painting Grande as a precocious ‘diva’. I certainly see no sign of it. Despite the (actually rather cool) love of ‘all things sci-fi and scary’, she appears too straight to wobble.

‘Spiritual enlightenment and self-protection are more effective than drugs and alcohol, I feel,’ Grande states, almost as if by rote. She also concedes that her ‘minuscule’ frame means ‘I can’t have much alcohol without becoming very, very silly’.

And she certainly seems determined to value her fans. After that wee-hours New York gay-bar gig, she returned home to her apartment to find ‘30 kids outside’. Rather than be freaked out, ‘I took them all down into my garage and we took pics and had fun. They’re really great.’

But she is aware of the reports of demanding behaviour. ‘It’s funny how a certain amount of success comes with a certain amount of weird, inaccurate depictions of you,’ she says. ‘But I feel like it will die down because it’s not something that I pay into. And also things can only last so long when there’s little truth to them. So that’s why I don’t trip over it.’

‘It’s weird to me,’ she continues, ‘because I do see myself as a fairly positive, very friendly person. So it’s kind of odd. I also think a lot of people don’t know what the word “diva” means. If you want to call me a diva I’ll say, “Um, well, cool.” Barbra Streisand is a diva; that’s amazing. Celine Dion is a diva; thank you. But if you want to call me a bitch, that’s not accurate. Because it’s just not in my nature.’

So Ariana Grande, buoyed by success, family, faith and fans, is focusing on the positives. Those include her first run of international concerts, the Honeymoon Tour, which starts in February. And they include her personal life. Is it true that she is dating Sean Anderson, aka Big Sean, the uncredited whisperer on Problem and duet partner on the current album track Best Mistake?

There is the briefest pause – neither party has publicly confirmed their relationship – before she replies, ‘Yes. He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.’ Then her face flushes and she flings herself down on the couch, burying her face in a cushion. It’s a lovely, and real, reaction. The pop cultural phenomenon Ariana Grande is, still, just a girl.

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VIDEO: Ariana Grande on Japanese TV show ZIP!

Ariana Grande’s interview with Japanese TV show ‘ZIP!’ last year has recently aired in Japan.

The singer met the singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and she talked about her music, “a person came up to me and said ‘you know, I really love your music and I think what you do is amazing,’ and I was like,’ Thank God, I’m finally here,’ but it was like a dream come true. “

“I do not like acting … I was 14 at the time [Victorious] and my manager said ‘I think this will work for you, I think you should build your own fan base, stabilize yourself,’ and I joined Victorious and it changed my life.”

The show’s host also wondered what Ariana’s dream was, ‘That’s it, that’s all I want to do, there is nothing more to ask “

“I walk around in my pajamas and I see my photos and I’m shameful on the internet that I even knew it had been taken and people say ‘that’s it, girl’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Diva’, and it makes me feel so well accepted. “

Sam & Cat: #TheKillerTunaJump

#TheKillerTunaJump is a special-one-hour episode of Sam & Cat.

When Sam meets Cat’s friend Jade from Hollywood Arts, Sam and Jade become friends, leaving Cat feeling a little left out. Taking some questionable advice from Nona, Cat decides to retaliate by “stealing” a friend of Sam’s — and it’s Freddie Benson! As Cat tries to get cozy with Freddie, Sam finds out and goes after a friend of Cat’s — Robbie Shapiro! The jealousy comes to a crashing climax at Fisherman’s Wharf, where Dice has hired Sam to jump her motorcycle over a tank full of vicious man-biting tuna.

Special Guest Stars: Elizabeth Gilles as Jade West, Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro and Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson.

WATCH: The full episode is down below!

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  • Dan tweeted about this episode on the October 3rd, 2013.
  • This episode features characters from iCarly and Victorious besidesSam and Cat.
  • The title is a reference to “jumping the shark,” related to the Happy Days episode where Fonzie jumps over a shark on water skis.
  • Jennette posted a tweet on the 24th of October 2013 that said “Guess who’s guest starring in this Sam and Cat Special” which was followed by a Vine post, which shows Nathan Kress, Elizabeth Gillies, and Matt Bennett will be guest starring in their respective characters of Freddie Benson from iCarly, Robbie Shapiro and Jade West of Victorious.
  • In a tweet, Ariana also confirmed that Liz Gillies, Matt Bennett and Nathan Kress will be guest starring.
  • Dan Schneider also posted a video about the special, confirming it will be a one hour special.
  • This is the first one hour episode of Sam & Cat.
  • Sam kisses Robbie in this episode.
  • Although this episode marks the first appearance of Matt Bennettand Liz Gillies, their characters already appeared in the episode #MommaGoomer.
  • Mrs. Benson will appear in this episode.
  • Mary Scheer hasn’t done any noted television or movie acting since iCarly so this is her first notable role since 2012.
  • This is the second crossover between the Victorious and iCarly casts.

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Victoria Justice Clears Drama with Ariana Grande

Victoria Justice waited but finally decided to speak out about the confusion surrounding her and Ariana Grande’s drama regarding Victorious.

In an interview with Seventeen Magazine released in August this year, the magazine hinted that Ariana Grande suffered bullying on set of Victorious by an unknown member of the cast, who told her she was not “good enough”, which made sure she tried to change herself to please those who attacked her. However, it seems that it was all a misunderstanding.

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On her twitter, Victoria Justice revealed that statement made ​​by Ariana Grande had nothing to do with any of the cast of Victorious , but with the cast who worked on Broadway with her. Victoria Justice decided to clarify the facts after a girl said she was the person who committed bullying against Ariana Grande. See the tweets below:

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The two had fought for other reasons at the beginning of the year (another statement made by Ariana Grande) and since the ending of Victorious, the two have not been seen together and they haven’t talk over one another. However, by that Victoria Justice has hinted, they have talked and decided the situation.