The drought of the Dan Schneider era is over.  We finally have “Sam & Cat”, but was it worth the wait?  This show airs Saturday nights on Nickelodeon.

 

This show is double-edged spinoff of “iCarly” and “Victorious”.  Both shows ended last year with “iCarly” getting a real series finale and “Victorious” getting kicked to the curb leaving viewers hanging.

 

This story sort of takes place a couple of months after “iCarly” had ended because we see Sam (Jennette McCurdy) traveling on her motorcycle in the Los Angeles area.  Apparently she rode from Seattle to L.A. for a new life.  Of course, she really hasn’t even graduated high school yet given where the story should be at.  While in L.A. and getting a snack at food truck, she sees Cat (Ariana Grande) rescue an animal from a garbage can.  A garbage truck comes along while Cat is in the can and dumps her and its load into the truck.  Sam chases after the truck, jumps in to rescue Cat and thereby begins their new life together.

 

Further along in this pilot episode, the girls decide that they will roommate together and start a babysitting service.  They decide to do this after their daylong adventure with e kids they had taken care of.  Along the way in this episode, we meet Cat’s grandmother who Sam promptly puts into a senior living center leaving the girls to live in the grandmother’s house alone.

 

This pretty much sums up the story without giving away the whole thing.  However, honestly, after waiting for this show I was expecting more, a lot more.

 

I can’t really blame producer Dan Schneider for this show.  After all, most of his shows he produced in the past such as “Zoey 101”, “Drake and Josh” along with the ones previously mentioned started out slowly, very slowly.  In fact, most of his pilot episodes could be considered bad if not downright terrible.  Usually after the first couple of episodes the shows do improve significantly, but we have to get over the freshman slump of the series.

 

However the show could use some real tweaking now.  Here is what I would do to make it better:

 

  • Get rid of the babysitting idea.  Sadly, Dan Schneider is outside his comfort zone with this one as babysitting is already dominant on other horrible shows like “Baby Daddy”.
  • Have the characters go to school.  Both Sam and Cat are high-school age anyway so show them in that environment.  It has been the center of virtually all other of Dan Schneider’s shows so why change now?  Certainly it would be nice to see Hollywood Arts from “Victorious” in this show.
  • Bring in old cast members to fill in a much needed cast for this show.  There are several actors from the old shows that are probably unemployed right now looking for a new gig.  What a perfect idea for them to show up here?
  • Add an intelligent adult.  Missing and needed is someone mature who can lead the two girls into something meaningful in life.

 

With the above mentioned suggestions, this show could be a hit.  However right now, this show is barely passable, but I will give it a chance.

 

One the other hand, I cannot say the same for the show “Twisted” airing on ABC Family.

 

Avan Jogia , also of the show “Victorious”, stars as the troubled teen who returns to his old neighborhood after years from being away for committing a murder when he was 11.  Apparently, he murdered his aunt with a jump rope or something to that extent.  His mother is played by the seemingly misplaced Denise Richards.

 

Unfortunately this entire cast seems much displaced as this seems like a tired old storyline idea with nothing new going for it.  What’s worse is that Avan keeps looking over to the side as if he is reading off a cue card just out of camera view.  He also did this on “Victorious” as well, but it wasn’t so noticeable then.  Sadly, he reads his lines with no emotion and seemingly like it is his first time even reading them.  This became annoying to the point that it was almost funny.

 

If this was a comedy, I would say great idea.  Unfortunately, this is another wishy-washy forgettable drama like “Huge” and “Jane by Design” was.  Since it is airing during the summer, we can only hope that this show never returns after its run.  It is that bad.

 

Summary and scores:

 

“Sam & Cat”:

 

Worth a try and may become another Dan Schneider hit.

My Score:  7

 

“Twisted”:

 

Maybe good to see how acting should not be done, but otherwise this show is a disaster.

My Score:  1

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