Game over. Nickelodeon has cancelled its Game Shakers TV show, so the current third season will be its last. Reportedly, Nickelodeon and Dan Schneider, of Schneider’s Bakery productions, have decided to part ways. It seems the network will move ahead with its plans for a fifth season of Henry Danger, but the situation with the animated spinoff The Adventures of Kid Danger is undecided (or at least unannounced).
A Nickelodeon live-action sitcom, Game Shakers stars Cree Cicchino as Babe, Madisyn Shipman as Kenzie, Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores Jr. as Triple G, Thomas Kuc as Hudson, and Kel Mitchell as Double G. The comedy centers on Babe and Kenzie. After the popular “Sky Whale” app, the girls use to proceeds to start a Brooklyn gaming company called Game Shakers. Since they accidentally, illegally sampled a song by rapper Double G, they make him their business partner and hire his son, Triple G, as a consultant. Together, with their friend Hudson, the whole crew works hard to establish the company as a gaming world success.
Nickelodeon has ended its long relationship with one of its most prolific series creators, Dan Schneider.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon and Schneider said in a joint statement to Deadline. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.
“Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious, Kenan & Kel and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger, the statement continued. “We thank Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. And Dan and Schneider’s Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network.”
The decision comes as Nickelodeon has opted to cancel Schneider’s latest series, Game Shakers after three seasons. I hear the network intends to move forward with a fifth season of Schneider’s remaining live-action Nick series, Henry Danger. (He also has the animated The Adventures of Kid Danger, whose future is unclear.)
“After three seasons and 63 episodes, Nickelodeon has wrapped production on its live-action series Game Shakers,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline. “We are proud of the show’s success, and our dedicated and talented cast and crew. Premieres will continue to air throughout 2018.”
According to the report, staff have fired complaints against Schneider for inappropriate behavior. Here’s more:
…along with all his success, for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows. Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider’s shows.
Schneider has had well documented temper issues for years. I hear there was a flareup last week during a meeting he had with Nickelodeon executives where they indicated to him that Game Shakers was not getting renewed for a fourth season. Sources say that Schneider’s reaction was, at least in part, due to the fact that Game Shakers was about to wrap production on its third season the following day with a cliffhanger season finale, which would leave fans without closure.
I hear at the meeting Schneider also was told that, with his other Nick comedy, Henry Danger, on hiatus, another show (I hear it’s Austin & Ally creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert’s new Nick series, Cousins for Life),would move into the production space in the Nickelodeon-owned Burbank studios which has housed Schneider’s series exclusively for the past few years. Sources say that Schneider objected to the prospect of having to share the office and production space with the non-Bakery show.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Game Shakers TV series? Is it ending at the right time? If it were up to you, would Nickelodeon cancel or renew Game Shakers for a fourth season?