Big Time Rush
|Big Time Rush|
|Created by||Scott Fellows|
|Opening theme||"Big Time Rush" performed by Big Time Rush|
Guy Moon & Big Time Rush
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||74 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Scott Fellows|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California
|Camera setup||Film; Single-camera|
|Running time||23 minutes (normal episodes)
46 minutes (special episodes)
|Production company(s)||Jack Mackie Pictures
Sony Music Entertainment
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||November 28, 2009– July 25, 2013|
|Related shows||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide|
Big Time Rush (BTR) is an American television series that originally aired on Nickelodeon from November 28, 2009 until July 25, 2013. It was created by Scott Fellows and focused on the Hollywood misadventures of four hockey players from Minnesota. Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan, after they are selected to form a boy band. The series premiered with an hour-long pilot episode, "Big Time Audition", on Nickelodeon, on November 28, 2009. Its official debut episode premiered on January 18, 2010, earning 6.8 million viewers, making it Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut ever. The show's second season premiered on September 25, 2010. On May 24, 2011, Big Time Rush was renewed for a third season with production scheduled to begin January 2012. Season three premiered May 12, 2012. On March 10, 2012, a film adaptation named "Big Time Movie" based on the series premiered. On August 6, 2012, Nickelodeon renewed Big Time Rush for a 13-episode fourth season. Production began on January 7, 2013. The fourth season premiered May 2, 2013.
- 1 Cast and characters
- 2 Episodes
- 3 TV movies
- 4 Television film
- 5 Specials
- 6 Production
- 7 Reception
- 8 Awards and Nominations
- 9 DVD releases
- 10 Broadcast history and release
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Cast and characters
- Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight
- James Maslow as James Diamond
- Carlos Pena as Carlos Garcia
- Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell
- Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight
- Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque
- Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright
- Challen Cates as Jennifer Knight
- Erin Sanders as Camille Roberts
- Katelyn Tarver as Jo Taylor
- Malese Jow as Lucy Stone
- Matt Riedy as Arthur Griffin
- David Anthony Higgins as Reginald Bitters
- Denyse Tontz as Jennifer 1
- Spencer Locke/Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2
- Savannah Jayde as Jennifer 3
- Tucker Albrizzi as Tyler
- Barnett O'Hara as Guitar Dude
- Daran Norris as Buddha Bob
- David Cade as Jett Stetson
- Tara Strong as Miss Collins
- Stephen Keys as Freight Train
- Lorenzo Lamas as Dr. Hollywood
- Phil LaMarr as Hawk
- Ted Garcia as himself
- Fabio Lanzoni as himself
- Morgan as Lightning the TV Wonder Dog
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Volume 1||Volume 2|
|1||20||November 28, 2009||August 20, 2010||March 29, 2011||June 21, 2011|
|2||29||September 25, 2010||January 28, 2012||October 31, 2012||July 3, 2013|
|Film||March 10, 2012||August 28, 2012(together with 'Rags')|
|3||12||May 12, 2012||November 10, 2012||TBA||N/A|
|4||13||May 2, 2013||July 25, 2013||N/A||N/A|
- Big Time Audition
- Big Time Concert
- Big Time Christmas
- Big Time Beach Party
- Big Time Movie
- Big Time Dreams
Before it was 2012, there were news that a television film based on the television series was going to premiere. However, a promo didn't air until February 2012. The movie premiered on Nickelodeon on March 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/PT). Throughout the whole weekend, the movie managed to get 13.1 million viewers.
Note: The movie is made apart from the actual seasons of the series.
- "Seven Secrets with Big Time Rush"
- "Big Time Rush: Live from Times Square"
- "Big Time Rush: Hello London" (Only on Nick UK & Ireland)
- "MTV Live With Big Time Rush" (Only on MTV (UK & Ireland) and Nick UK & Ireland)
- "Big Time Rush: Music Sounds Better With U"
- "Big Time Tour"
- "Big Time Rush Concert Special: Party All Night"
- "Big Time Dreams"
The series was conceived and created by Scott Fellows, formerly the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Fellows says his inspiration for the show was the musical comedy show, The Monkees—a popular and culturally significant American television series from the 1960s about a group of four young male adults who form a rock band, and perform songs while having comedic adventures. Although the show had a concept as early as 2007, the series had no actual title as late as August 2009.
Big Time Rush is a Nickelodeon Viacom Music Productions Band consisting of four members: Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos Pena Jr. Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which is why music and instrumentals are incorporated throughout the series. Big Time Rush's debut album, B.T.R., was released on October 11, 2010 via Sony/Columbia. Their second full-length album, entitled Elevate, was released on November 21, 2011. Big Time Rush released their new song "If I Ruled the World" ft. Iyaz on iTunes July 22. They have also released a number of new songs such as "Music Sounds Better With U" (feat. Mann), "Love Me Love Me", "You're Not Alone" and "Superstar". They will also release three singles, "Paralyzed", "Blow Your Speakers" and "Epic" in 2012. Note: These songs were bonus tracks on their album "Elevate". "Blow Your Speakers" was the bonus track for iTunes, "Paralyzed" was the bonus track on Big Time Rush's Official Website. Then, "Epic" was the bonus track on the U.K album version.
Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which incorporates original music into the series. Big Time Rush is one of the three Nickelodeon shows (the others are iCarly and Victorious) on which the cable network is partnering with the music group to promote music as well as shows. The Los Angeles Times has been critical of the show's focus on music, noting:
|“||There is a marketing angle, to be sure, the same crossing of the revenue streams that powers . "Big Time Rush," was developed with Sony Music specifically to move units.||”|
The closing credits of Nickelodeon airings of the show contain short clips of music videos for singles featured the series. Occasionally, full versions of the videos are featured.
The show incorporates laugh-like noises, music, and editing cuts designed to make it more humorous to the intended demographic of viewers age 10 to 18; this was also typical of creator Scott Fellows' previous work on Nickelodeon. Big Time Rush made an appearance at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, the 2010 Teen Choice Award and performed at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards. they also appeared in an episode of BrainSurge during the week of April 18–22, 2011. On November 24, 2011, the group performed the National Anthem at Cowboys Stadium for the Thanksgiving NFL game which was broadcast on CBS. Big Time Rush has released 2 albums, B.T.R and Elevate. More singles will be released in 2012. It is confirmed that Big Time Rush covered The Beatles songs in their new movie "Big Time Movie" which was released March 10, 2012. They are going on tour with Victoria Justice this summer on the Summer Break Tour.
A nationwide casting effort began in 2007. More than 1,500 teens and young adults auditioned for the four roles. James Maslow and Logan Henderson were the easiest and first actors cast. Kendall Schmidt was the last actor cast, and the most difficult role to cast. The role of Kendall Knight was originally to go to Curt Hansen, who now plays Dak Zevon on the show, but when he appeared a lot older than the others and sounded too much like James in the pick up pilot, the producers auditioned and cast Schmidt after a recommendation by Logan Henderson, who was also friends with the actor before casting. Filming of the series began in August 2009. Actor Carlos Pena, Jr. previously worked with Scott Fellows on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. As he had just entered the Boston Conservatory to study musical theatre, Pena was reluctant to audition but sent in a tape at the encouragement of his manager. Executive producer Scott Fellows was inspired to write each character by the personality of the actor playing him.
In addition to Pena, five are alumni of Scott Fellows make appearances in this show: Spencer Locke, Carlie Casey, Daran Norris, Adam Conway (as recurring cast members), and James Arnold Taylor (as a guest star).
The series is filmed in Studio 27, Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The series premiere's one-hour special takes place in the suburbs of Los Angeles and a small town in Minnesota.
The Palm Woods
The Palm Woods Hotel is the fictional hotel where Big Time Rush boys, Mrs. Knight and Katie Knight live in Hollywood. It is the main setting for the series and plenty of the scenes are taking place in the Palm Woods lobby, park or pool as well as in the apartments and even the air ducts. It's commonly described as the home for the future famous since its residents are mostly aspiring actors/actresses, singers, models or performers such as Camille, Jo, The Jennifers, Lucy, Guitar Dude, Tyler and many others. It is run by the strict manager Mr. Bitters while Buddha Bob works as the janitor.
Rocque Records is the fictional record label owned by RCMCBT Global Net Sanyoid Corporation, Big Time Rush's label and the workplace of Gustavo Rocque and his assistant Kelly. It is supplied with songwriting and recording equipment and either Gustavo or the boys are seen producing there. It is the second most used setting of Big Time Rush stories. Names that worked with Rocque Records include Jordin Sparks while its rival company is named Hawk Records. Rocque Records places include Gustavo's office, the bathroom and the recording studios (A and B). It is hinted that the record label is a parody of Interscope Records and Jive Records.
The apartment 2J is the Big Time Rush's apartment of the Palm Woods Hotel. It got its current form in Big Time Crib as it used to be simplistic, dirty and messy before. It features a swirly slide and latest home electronics and arcade games. It is claimed that Lindsay Lohan, Shia LeBeouf and Kanye West, all stayed in that room in the past. Its interior altered once more when James left Big Time Rush in Big Time Concert and re-moved into 2J, but it came back to normal soon. Other known apartments of the Palm Woods are the ones of Camille (4J), Jo (3I) and Lucy (2I).
Each episode begins with a pre-opening sequence, leading into the theme song. The opening theme is "Big Time Rush," and is presented as shots of characters mixed in with animated booklet pictures, scenes from various episodes, and graphic effects. As of season 2, Tanya Chisholm appears in the opening sequence as she has been added to the main cast.
A one-hour special preview (which serves as the series pilot and first episode) debuted on Nickelodeon on November 28, 2009, drawing an audience of 3.6 million viewers. The series' official premiere on January 18, 2010 (which followed the premiere of the iCarly special "iSaved Your Life"), was watched by a total of 6.8 million total viewers, Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut.
The show has received mixed reviews. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stated the show was "Nick's attempt at building a Jonas Brothers-style pop band. It's Nick's answer to Disney Channel's 'JONAS,' albeit slightly less organic since 'Rush' doesn't feature siblings." The Hartford Courant stated the series a "not so good" show "with their thin pop and unfunny comedies". The Boston Globe stated the show as "one example in a growing list of kid shows selling showbiz fantasies to children. The genre is stronger than ever now and more fixated on the perks of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle ... wish fulfillment at a time when tabloid dreams are ubiquitous." DVD Talk had the following review of the Big Time Rush: Season 1, Volume 1 DVD. "It would be hard to craft a description engineered to be less interesting to me, and yet, as I plowed through this collection from the series' beginnings, I frequently found myself amended and entertained. Say what you will about Nickelodeon's teen programming, but they've got the art of making a solid sitcom down to a science."
Awards and Nominations
|2010||2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave TV Star||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America||Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming||Tara-Anne Johnson
Sharon Chazin Lieblein
|2011||2011 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Nick UK's Favourite Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave TV Star||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance In A TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 18-21||Thomas Kasp||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actor Ten and Under||Tucker Albrizzi||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actress 17-21||Erin Sanders||Won|
|Youth Rocks Awards||Rockin' Ensemble Cast (TV/ Comedy)||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Show||Big Time Rush||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2011||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil||Favorite TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance In A TV Series - Supporting Young Actress||Ciara Bravo||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Ten and Under||Tucker Albrizzi||Nominated|
|Best Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actress 17-21||Erin Sanders||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||TV Grama Awards||International Pop Series||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Hollywood Teen TV Awards||Favorite Television Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2013||2013 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Carlos Pena||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards México 2013||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International Program||Big Time Rush||Won|
|This section requires expansion with: details on episodes and special features included in the DVD release. (July 2010)|
|Name||Region 1||Region 2||Contains|
|Big Time Rush: Season One, Volumes One/Volume Two||March 29, 2011||October 10, 2011(part 1)/ February 13, 2012(Part 2)||Volume One Episodes 1-12/Volume Two Episodes 13-20|
|Big Time Rush: Season Two, Volume One||January 17, 2014||November 8, 2012||Volume One episodes 21-31,34-36 episodes from season Two|
|Big Time Rush: Season Two, Volume Two||January 25, 2013||June 6, 2013||Volume Two episodes 32-33,37-49 episodes from season Two|
|Big Time Rush: The Complete Season 1||February 25,2014||March 26, 2012||Contains all the episodes from season 1.|
|Big Time Movie/Rags: 2-In-One Movie Pack||August 28, 2012||TBA, 2012||Features Big Time Movie and Rags on a disc pack.|
Broadcast history and release
Big Time Rush was first broadcast in the U.S. in November 2009. It was shown as a sneak preview in Australia on April 10, 2010, and then again on May 15, 2010.
In Canada a sneak preview was shown August 6, 2010, and then the series started September 6, 2010. In Ireland and the U.K. a sneak preview was shown May 27, 2010 and then began broadcasting June 21, 2010.
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