Jessie (TV series)
|Created by||Pamela Eells O'Connell|
|Theme music composer||Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins|
|Opening theme||"Hey Jessie", performed by Debby Ryan|
|Composer(s)||John Adair and Steve Hampton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||42 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Pamela Eells O'Connell
|Location(s)||Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Camera setup||Videotape (filmized);
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||It's a Laugh Productions
Bon Mot Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
|Original channel||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||September 30, 2011– present|
Jessie (stylized as JESSIE) is an American sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on the Disney Channel. The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell and stars Debby Ryan as Jessie Prescott, a small town Texas girl who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny to a high profile couple's four children played by Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson. On March 11, 2012, Disney announced that Jessie had been renewed for a second season and that a telefilm based on the series was in development. Filming for the second season began on July 9, 2012. Season 2 premiered on October 5, 2012.
On March 28, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season, with production scheduled to resume in July 2013.
The series follows Jessie Prescott, an 18-year-old small town girl with big dreams who, rebelling against her strict Marine Sergeant father, decides to leave the military base in Texas where she grew up and moves to New York City. She accepts a job as a nanny and moves into a multi-million dollar penthouse on the Upper West Side with the wealthy Ross family which includes: jet-setting parents, Morgan and Christina; and their four rambunctious children: Emma, Luke, Ravi and Zuri; along with the family pet (and Ravi's companion) Mr. Kipling, a seven-foot monitor lizard, that was later revealed to be a female. With a whole new world of experiences open to her, Jessie embarks on new adventures in the big city as she grows to rely on the love and support of the children in her care. Assisting her are Bertram, the family’s sarcastic butler, and Tony, the building's 20-year-old doorman.
The series was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell who'd had previous experience with the "nanny" sitcom formula, starting her career as a writer on the series, Charles in Charge and serving as co-executive producer on The Nanny, before working with Debby Ryan on The Suite Life on Deck. O'Connell is said to have developed Jessie specifically to showcase Ryan's talent. In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Ryan explained how the concept originated – "(O'Connell) and I were throwing ideas back and forth when The Suite Life was coming to an end, and she came up with this. I was absolutely captivated. Then Disney looked at the script and the show runner (O'Connell) and myself and they were like: 'Awesome. We like it. You're on in the fall'". In interviews with Variety, Disney CEO, Gary Marsh spoke of working with Ryan again, – "It's been thrilling to watch Debby grow from an unknown actress to one of our top stars. Debby is a talented young actress who connects to a wide fanbase because she's genuine, relatable and aspirational all at once. Our viewers have followed her from The Suite Life on Deck to 16 Wishes, and we're pleased to be working with her again."
With Ryan signed on, Disney Channel began the search to cast the Ross family in May 2011. Before casting was finalized, there were numerous differences in the original concept for several of the characters. The role of mother to the Ross children was originally a photographer named "Pandora", the role of eldest daughter, Emma was originally named "Anabel", the role of Luke was originally a boy adopted from Korea named "Hiro" and the role of Ravi was originally a boy adopted from South America named "Javier" who had a pet capybara instead of a monitor lizard. Some have speculated that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as a prominent celebrity couple with a multi-cultural adoptive family, may have been one possible inspiration for the series. In an interview with the Boston Herald, O'Connell described her inspiration, saying – "I thought the celebrity parents and gorgeous penthouse would be glamorous, and a nice contrast to Jessie’s more modest Texas roots. That fish out of water element makes for good stories, and I was inspired by many families who have adopted children of different ethnicities."
After casting was finalized and changes were made to several of the characters to suit the actors chosen, the series skipped the pilot phase and was put directly into production. Filming began in June 2011 on Stage 3/8 at Hollywood Center Studios which, prior to start of production, served as the soundstage where the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place was taped. Thirteen episodes were originally ordered for the first season, but while the show's first season was in production, Disney Channel ordered an additional seven episodes bringing the total number of episodes for the first season to twenty. When asked about the atmosphere on set during an interview with MSN TV, Ryan described her relationship with the young cast – "I definitely feel like a nanny! They are smart kids, but they're real kids. They like to have fun. My policy is: We can play hard, as long as we work hard, and because we work hard, we need to play hard."
Cast and characters 
Main characters 
- Jessie Prescott (Debby Ryan), an idealistic and resourceful girl from a military base in rural Texas. Rebelling against her strict Marine Sergeant father, Jessie moved to New York City to realize her dreams of stardom, but with an unexpected turn of events ends up becoming a nanny to the four Ross children. In the episode "Cattle Calls and Scary Walls" and "Teacher's Pest" her last name is revealed to be Prescott. She mentions her father in various of episodes. In the episode Make New Friends But Hide The Old, she revealed that she is an only child.
- Emma Ross (Peyton List), a bubbly,diva, somewhat ditzy, cynical girl, eager to reorder the world to the way she sees it. Emma is the oldest and the sole biological child of the Ross kids. It appears in Season 1 that she spends most of her time with Zuri, and doesn't appreciate Luke as much as her other siblings. In Season 2, she acts as Kitty Couture, a so-called educator of style. She is into fashion and starts to get along with Luke more.
- Luke Ross (Cameron Boyce), a clever boy who was born in Detroit and has a passion for video games, break-dancing, and causing a bit of mischief around the penthouse. He considers himself a "ladies' man", having taken a liking to Jessie in particular. Luke is the second-oldest child of the Ross children. In the episode The Kid Whisperer his full name is revealed to be Lucas. It seems that in Season 1, he spends a lot of time with his brother, Ravi, and has a close frenemy bond with Bertram. Even though he fights mostly with Emma, he tries to cope with her in many ways. Also, he's hardly seen with his sister, Zuri, unless they're planning "schemes" together, but she usually leaves him to fend for himself. In "Gotcha Day", Luke claimed that he was from Krypton (which his father once told him as a joke), but he knew where he is really from. 
- Ravi Ross (Karan Brar), an intelligent and gentle boy from India and the newest adoptee of the Ross family. He is imbued with the culture of his beloved homeland, but is thrilled with his new life in America. He is the second-youngest of the Ross children. In Season 1, he seems to spend most of his time with Luke, but appreciates his sisters the same. In "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", he starts dating Creepy Connie. It is revealed in that on Zuri's recent Gotcha Day they thought he was going to be a baby, due to an error on his adoption papers. He also spends time with his lizard Mrs. Kipling which he br ought from India.
- Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson), a sassy girl adopted at birth from Uganda, Africa. She is highly creative(with a penchant for rainbows, unicorns, mermaids, and country music, especially Rascal Flatts, Reba, and Carrie Underwood) and has many stuffed animals and imaginary friends. She is currently the youngest child of the Ross children. In Season 1, she has close bonds with Jessie and Emma, although she does appreciate her brothers as well. She seems to spend the least amount of time with Luke, due to her purposes. In "Cattle Calls and Scary Walls", it is revealed that Johnny Depp is her godfather. In "The Secret Life of Mr. Kipling", Zuri shows signs of beginning to grow up by mourning the death of her imaginary friend Millie The Mermaid, complete with a funeral in the park. In "The Secret Life of Mr. Kipling", Bertram reveals Zuri's middle name, Zenobia. In "All the Knight Moves" Jessie learns that Zuri is a chess prodigy.
- Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin), the grouchy and often lazy butler of the Ross family, who begrudgingly helps Jessie navigate her job as nanny to the four Ross children. In "The Kid Whisperer", his hoarding obsession is revealed. In "Tempest in a Teacup", it is revealed that Bertram is claustrophobic. He also has a passion for opera music. Even though the Ross kids will get on his nerves sometimes, he deeply cares about them. In the episode "One Day Wonders", it is revealed that his last name is Winkle. It is shown on his social page. Sometimes, he is seen to be hanging out with Emma. A running joke that shows his laziness is when another character would mention something Bertram should or should have done or get, which is usually fairly close to him. Bertram would then reach out his arm, move it up and down lazily, and say, "It's too far."
Recurring characters 
- Mr. Kipling, later Mrs. Kipling,[note 1] (Frank) is the Ross family's house pet, a seven-foot Asian water monitor lizard, that Ravi brought from India when he came to America. In "The Secret Life of Mr. Kipling", it is revealed that he is actually a female monitor lizard and has laid twelve eggs. The names of Mrs. Kipling's twelve babies are Mowgli, Sanjay, Gupta, Slumdog, Kumar, Ravi Junior, Scooter, Rikki, Tikki, Tavi, Mohandas, and Padma.
- Tony Chiccolini (Chris Galya) is the good looking doorman in the building where the Ross family lives who has strong feelings for Jessie but helps her navigate her adventures in the big city. He also starts to date Jessie in episode 13, of season 1. As mentioned in The Trouble With Tessie, his last name is Chiccolini. His parents own a restaurant in Little Italy. A recurring joke on the show has Jessie asking the kids where they found something strange (but needed), and the response is invariably "Tony knows a guy." 
- Morgan Ross (Charles Esten) is the father to the four Ross children and a famous movie director. He most of the time acts childish. The pilot episode reveals he is friends with George Lucas. In "Gotcha Day", he thought that a chili slip 'n slide was a great idea.
- Christina Ross (Christina Moore), mother to the four Ross children and a former supermodel turned business magnate. She also wants Morgan Ross, her husband, to act like an adult.
- Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield (Carolyn Hennesy) is the cold-hearted head of the condo board in the building where the Ross family lives. Her first spat with Jessie and the Ross clan involved Mrs. Kipling tearing her clothes up in the elevator. She dislikes anyone who is not rich, who is under 18, or who is less self-absorbed than herself. This sadly doesn't stop her from repeatedly hitting on Bertram, lavishing too much affection on her chihuahua Zeus, or constantly calling Jessie by the wrong name (Bessie, Tessie, Nessie, etc.). In "101 Lizards", it is revealed that she has a daughter Cassandra(whom she mistreats and refers to as her assistant), and owns a lizard sanctuary. It is also revealed that she has been married more than once. She had no romantic feelings toward her first husband and married him for his money.
- Officer Petey (Joey Richter) is a police officer who is strangely obsessed with the performing arts. In fact, he wanted to be an actor. The episode "Pain In The Rear Window" reveals that he has very little physical strength and cannot tolerate the sight of bruised skin, let alone blood.
- Nanny Agatha (Jennifer Veal) is an unattractive, arrogant British nanny who frequently locks horns with Jessie and the Ross children. During their first meeting, she attempts to ban Zuri and Jessie from Central Park. Zuri and Jessie ignore Agatha and keep coming back, so Agatha starts posting mean things saying that Jessie is a bad nanny on her website "Toddler Tattler". Zuri, Jessie, and Christina stand up to Agatha and Agatha shuts down her website. Agatha has a twin sister, Angela (Jennifer Veal), who is even more dishonest (but much prettier) and tries to steal Jessie's job, but the kids and Jessie stand up to her and she goes back to England. So far, this is the only time Agatha, who despises the long-favored Angela, was on the same side as Jessie. Officer Petey met Agatha (dressed as a clown) at a fair in the park, and thought she was cute until he learned her mole and snaggle-tooth were not part of her costume.
- Connie Thompson (Sierra McCormick), also known as "Creepy Connie", is an insane girl with an obsessive crush on Luke. He describes her as "Creepy with a capital K". She appeared in the episode "Creepy Connie Comes a Callin", when she tutors Luke, but also tries to flirt with him. Then, she appeared in the episode "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", when she auditions for the school play written by Jessie. She causes "accidents" to the female lead and understudies, so she can get the lead role and kiss Luke. In the episode "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", she starts dating Ravi. She also seems to be a fan of Harry Potter.
- Rosie (Kelly Gould) is Emma's best friend who's actually a nice girl. She bullied Emma in "Make News Friends But Hide the Old" but they become friends at the end of the episode. She returns again in "Trashin Fashion" as Emma's camera girl for their blog.
- Stuart Wooten (J.J. Totah), is a smart 9-year-old boy. He has a huge crush on Zuri and is a friend to Ravi. He appears in "Trouble with Tessie" and "Quitting Cold Koala".
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||September 30, 2011||September 7, 2012|
|2||28||October 5, 2012||N/A|
Austin & Ally crossover 
In November 2012, Disney Channel announced that the show would crossover with Austin & Ally as a one-hour special episode titled "Austin & JESSIE & Ally All Star New Year". The special episode aired December 7, 2012.
The pilot episode of Jessie was released as a free download via the iTunes Store one week prior to its Disney Channel premiere. Making its official debut on the Disney Channel on September 30, 2011, the series became the network's most-watched premiere on a Friday since September 2008, when The Suite Life on Deck debuted. The premiere of Jessie ranked as the No. 1 telecast at 9 p.m. with a total of 4.6 million total viewers in the target demographics, scoring 2.3 million viewers among kids 6–11 and 1.8 million viewers among tweens 9–14, with an average of 887,000 viewers among adults age 18–49. The most watched episode of Jessie is "Star Wars" with 7.32 million viewers and the least watched episode is "The Kid Whisperer" with 2.29 million viewers.
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor||Karan Brar||Won|||
|Popstar Awards||TV Actress||Debby Ryan||Won|||
|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor||Karan Brar||Nominated|||
International release 
|Country / region||Channel||Series premiere||Title in country||Source(s)|
|Disney Channel Latin America||November 26, 2011 (Preview)
December 5, 2011 (Premiere)
|Disney Channel (Australia)||March 10, 2012||Jessie|||
|Brazil||Disney Channel Brazil||November 26, 2011 (Preview)
December 5, 2011 (Premiere)
|Bulgaria||Disney Channel Bulgaria||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Canada||Family||September 30, 2011||Jessie|||
|Chile||Disney Channel Latin America
|December 5, 2011 (Disney Channel)
December 2, 2012 (Canal 13)
|Czech Republic||Disney Channel Czech Republic||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|France||Disney Channel France||January 3, 2012||Jessie|||
|Germany||Disney Channel Germany||January 28, 2012 (Preview)
February 25, 2012 (Premiere)
|Hungary||Disney Channel Hungary||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Disney Channel UK & Ireland||January 29, 2012(Preview)
February 17, 2012 (Premiere)
|Israel||Disney Channel Israel||June 19, 2012||ג'סי|||
|Italy||Disney Channel Italy||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Poland||Disney Channel Poland||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Portugal||Disney Channel Portugal||February 10, 2012||Jessie|||
|Romania||Disney Channel Romania||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Russia||Disney Channel Russia||September 7, 2012||Джесси|||
|Singapore||Disney Channel Asia||December 17, 2011||Jessie|||
|South Africa||Disney Channel South Africa||April 1, 2012||Jessie|||
|Spain||Disney Channel Spain||February 3, 2012 (Preview)
February 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|Taiwan||Disney Channel Taiwan||March 2, 2012||小潔的保姆日記|||
|Turkey||Disney Channel Turkey||December 23, 2011 (Preview)
March 10, 2012 (Premiere)
|United States||Disney Channel||September 30, 2011||Jessie||N/A|
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