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Victorious
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Genre Teen sitcom
Created by Dan Schneider
Starring Victoria Justice
Leon Thomas III
Matt Bennett
Elizabeth Gillies
Ariana Grande
Avan Jogia
Daniella Monet
Theme music composer Dr. Luke
Victoria Justice
Michael Corcoran
Opening by "Make It Shine" performed by Victoria Justice
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25 (List of Episodes)
Broadcast
Executive producer(s) Dan Schneider
Location(s) Hollywood, California
Camera setup Videotape; [[Multi-camera]
Running time 23 minutes
Production company Schneider's Bakery
Production
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run March 27, 2010 – present
Status Currently airing season 2
(renewed for a third season)

Victorious (stylized as VICTORiOUS) is an American television sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, portrayed by Victoria Justice, who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts, while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. Filming of season 1 began on October 5, 2009 and ended on April 14, 2010 with 20 episodes produced.[1] The series premiered on March 27, 2010.

On June 29, 2010 Victorious was renewed for a second season. Filming began on October 25, 2010 and ended on February 23, 2011.

Synopsis

Template:See also The storylines follow Victoria "Tori" Vega (Victoria Justice) who is accepted into the fictional Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her bratty sister Trina's (Daniella Monet) place in a showcase. The storyline follows as she finds her place within Hollywood Arts High, while finding friends to help her along the way. Other students at the school include Andre Harris (Leon Thomas III) a musically talented young man who quickly becomes her best friend, Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett) a ventriloquist who carries around his puppet Rex (who is spoken to as a normal person), Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies) a girl who has a love-hate relationship with Tori, Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) a sweet but naive actress, and Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia) Jade's boyfriend.

Episodes

Main article: List of Victorious episodes

List of Victorious episodes

Season 1:

# Image Title Aired
1
Pilot
Pilot March 27, 2010
Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend Hollywood Arts High School, a school that teaches kids performing arts. . On her way to class, she meets Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett), a shy boy who often talks through his ventriloquist dummy, Rex. When she is in her class, she meets Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies), a mean girl who often dresses in black and gothic clothing, and her boyfriend, Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia), who is calm and caring to his surroundings.
2
Birds
The Bird Scene April 11, 2010
Tori attempts to master a monologue for Mr. Sikowitz's class, because if she can't complete it she won't be allowed to audition in the school play that André is writing the music for. Meanwhile, André and Robbie join a ballet class to meet girls. However, they soon find out that they weren't the only boys to think of this, and that their class contains no girls plus a weird French ballet teacher.
3
Jori
Stage Fighting April 18, 2010

Jade and Tori are picked as partners to act out a fight scene for their stage fighting class, but things go bad when Jade acts as if Tori hit her in the face with a cane, Meanwhile, Trina kisses Robbie during an audition, and Robbie thinks she likes him, following her obsessively until Cat interferes.

4
Birthweek
The Birthweek Song April 25, 2010

Trina's birthday arrives, Tori can't decide what to get her as a gift, and André suggests a song. Tori and André write the song and Tori performs it at Trina's birthday party, but Trina doesn't think its a present since Tori didn't spend money on it. Trina then sells the song to a record company for $500. Meanwhile, Robbie and Cat have to help Robbie's grandmother with her internet problems and Grandma Shapiro shows up in history class via video chat.

Absent: Avan Jogia as Beck Oliver

5
Bade2
Jade Dumps Beck May 2, 2010

Jade breaks up with Beck due to her jealousy of him hanging out with an attractive celebrity Alyssa Vaughn. She then has second thoughts about it and asks Tori to help her get him back. Meanwhile, Robbie reviews Trina's one-woman show, which was so terrible it was funny. But when Trina threatens him with bodily harm if he doesn't write a good review, Robbie is forced to make a decision: be honest or write a false review.

Absent: Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

6 Tori the Zombie May 8, 2010
Cat asks Tori to help her for her make-up class. After Tori reluctantly agrees, Cat makes a her into a zombie, but uses industrial glue (Distracted by the cute grizzly bear on the can). Tori has to play her first main role, a girl various men fight over, with a hideous mask because Cat and Trina fail to get a solvent in time. After the show, the playwright (who happened to be in the audience) congratulates her on her performance, and interprets Tori's ugly mask as a symbol for how inner beauty truly matters.
7 Robarazzi June 4, 2010

Robbie is running into problems with his video news blog because it is stale and not very popular. However, Tori tells him that he can make it more interesting by uploading videos of his classmates' lives. Unfortunately, Robbie gets into trouble with his classmates when he goes too far. Meanwhile, Cat gets addicted to online-shopping (Sky Store).

Absent: Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

8 Survival of the Hottest June 26, 2010
The gang head to Venice beach. Once they arrive, Cat goes to the bathroom, then a large RV parks beside Beck's RV and they can't get out and it's getting hotter by the minute. Meanwhile, Cat hangs out with a group of boys.
9 Wi-Fi in the Sky August 27, 2010

Tori and Trina are stuck on a plane and are going to arrive late back in Los Angeles. She them remembers she must complete her assignment to write a play for a class. She decides to do this over video chat with Beck, André, and Cat. But, they all keep getting distracted with special effects, Jade's jealousy, and Robbie continously sneaking onto chats.

10 Beck's Big Break September 25, 2010

Beck gets a role in a movie with a mean celebrity named Melinda Murray. She gets mad when Tori corrects her correction of Beck's line which gets Beck fired. Feeling guilty, Tori decides to earn Beck his job back. Which requires her sneaking onto set with her alias as Crystal Waters. Meanwhile, Andre has a bee stinging problem.

Absent: Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

11 The Great Ping Pong Scam October 1, 2010

Tori heard about a ping pong team from André so she decides to join. She asks the team captain (Jade) who refuses to let her in. She then asks Sinjin to make her a disguise to sneak in and spy on them - believing there is some major wonk going on. Tori finds out a shocking secret about the team (supervised by Sikowitz). André and Tori preform a song.

Absent: Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

12 Cat's New Boyfriend October 8, 2010

Cat begins dating Daniel, a boy who happens to be an ex-boyfriend of Tori's, sparking feeling of jealousy she struggles to conceal.

13-14 Freak the Freak Out November 26, 2010

Cat and Jade go to a karaoke club (Karaoke Dokie), but they end up getting banned from singing there when they objectify to the winners (Hayley Ferguson and Tara Ganz) Hayley's dad owns the club, and depsite the girls being talentless, he deems them the winners. They then come up with a scheme to get Tori to beat the girls and to let the audience pick the winner. Trina, in the meantime, has just had her wisdom teeth taken out and André, Beck, and Robbie end up baby-sitting her.

15 Rex Dies January 8, 2011
Robbie's puppet gets severely damaged, and his pals see this as a way for Robbie to let go of Rex. However, Tori is unsure if saying good-bye to Rex is really what's best for Robbie. Meanwhile, Cat is stuck in the Hospital's Asylum.
16 The Diddly-Bops January 17, 2011
Sikowitz askes Tori and the gang to perform for his roommate's four-year-old's birthday party, offering to pay them $1000. They all accept and form the kids group "The Diddly Bops." But, when a four-year-old records the perfomance and places it on the internet, it ruins André's chances to be taken seriously as a musician. Andre and Tori preform a duet.
17 Wok Star January 17, 2011
Jade writes a play which the school refused to produce because they said it was too weird and disturbing. Tori decided to help find the money, when they eat at a restaurant called "Wok Star" the owner offers to pay but it comes with a price - she wants to changed Jade's play much to her chagrin. Whats worse is Jade invited her father so she could impress him.
18 The Wood February 5, 2011

A "reality TV" show comes to Hollywood Arts High School. When some of the students audition they chose Beck, André, Tori, and Jade. The gang soon learn that Reality TV is totally fake! They begin to act out fake fight scenes to impress the audience. Meanwhile, Robbie and Trina are working at the Grub truck after being denied to be on The Wood.

Absent: Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

19 A Film by Dale Squires March 5, 2011
The gang seek revenge against a selfish filmmaker who refused to give them credit for their involvement in his latest work. They hire André's cousin, Kendra to beat him up but he gives them credit and try to stop his cousin to no avail. Meanwhile, Beck fixes Robbie's car and Robbie tries to impress girls.
20 Sleepover at Sikowitz's March 26, 2011

Sikowitz invites the gang over to his house in order to teach them a lesson in method acting. Sikowitz tells the gang that whoever breaks character is "banished" from his home. Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. Vega try to spend their anniversary alone in peace, but keep getting interrupted by those who were eliminated in the acting lesson.

Absent: Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Season 2:

# Image Title Aired
1 Beggin' on Your Knees April 2, 2011
A handsome classmate named Ryder Daniels asks Tori to sing a duet with him at the Full Moon Jam but Tori is hesitant to agree to it because of his bad reputation and has trouble trusting him. Also, Robbie tries to change his image so girls will want to go out with him and Cat gets a new phone and phone number and keeps getting calls from an emergency line.
2 Beck Falls for Tori April 16, 2011

Tori auditions for a role in a movie and gets hired as a stunt woman, but she's not sure she can do the job because it involves falling off a building.

Absent: Daniella Monet as Trina.

3 Ice Cream for Ke$ha April 22, 2011
Tori must win a private Ke$ha concert or she will have to be Trina's assistant for one month. The only way Trina will call off the bet is if Tori wins a private Ke$ha concert. Luckily a contest is going on to find all the letters Ke$ha and the gang wins a chance for a private concert featured Ke$ha's new single "Blow."
4 Tori Gets Stuck May 14, 2011

Robbie is rushed to the hospital and Tori offers to donate blood despite the fact that the school play is only a few hours away. Meanwhile Trina goes search for a person with tuberculosis to perfect her character for the play.

Absent: Avan Jogia as Beck.

5 File:Comedyissodarnfunny.jpg Prom Wrecker May 21, 2011

Jade wrecks the Hollywood Arts prom, since they ruined her art project. André's new girlfriend drives everyone crazy with her attitude. Tori performs at the prom with Andre, Cat and Jade. Meanwhile, Rex went to a prom in Northridge, and has a stomach virus.

Absent: Avan Jogia as Beck.

6-7 Locked Up July 2011
The gang goes to a country called Eurba to perform for the present, but the trip doesn't go as well when they get put in jail.
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11 2011
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iCarly & Victorious Crossover

The creator of iCarly and Victorious Dan Schneider announced a crossover of the two sitcom shows and the episode "iParty With Victorious." It aired June 11, 2011. It was counted as an iCarly episode, not a Victorious episode.

Production

Victorious is the fifth series created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon, following The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and iCarly.[2] Schneider first met Justice in 2005, when she was twelve and arrived to audition for the part of Lola Martinez on Zoey 101. Impressed by her energy, look, and amusingly large flairing nostrils, Schneider hired her and, after working with her on three episodes, called Nickelodeon to say, "I’ve got your next star."[3] Justice continued her role on Zoey 101 until the series ended in 2008. In the meantime, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon's main competitor, had experienced immense success with franchises like Hannah Montana and High School Musical, which featured original songs and generated revenue through music as well as television. Seeking to "follow where the kids are", Nickelodeon executives asked Schneider to create a music-based show for the channel.[3] Near the end of Zoey 101Template:'s run, Justice was summoned to meet with Schneider about a potential series starring her.[4]

While discussing possible concepts for the series during the meeting, Justice mentioned that she had attended a performing arts middle school. The idea intrigued Schneider, who recognized the appeal of series concerning fame.[4] "If there is anything I've learned about kids today—and I'm not saying this is good or bad—it's that they all want to be stars," said Schneider.[5] Marjorie Cohn, who was then Nickelodeon's executive vice president of original programming and development, agreed. "Every kid thinks they're five minutes away and one lucky circumstance from being famous," Cohn stated. She noted that Schneider's iCarly, a sitcom about a girl who hosts a popular web show, was spurred by the rise of YouTube celebrities and had become a successful show for Nickelodeon.[5]

On August 13, 2008, Nickelodeon announced that Justice had signed "an overall talent and music deal" with the company, agreeing to star in a then-untitled musical-comedy series about a girl who attends a performing arts high school.[6] While discussing the show's premise, Schneider stated that while it would be nice if more children "wanted to be teachers and social workers" instead of celebrities, "At least in Victorious, you see a world where they're all working on the talent part."[5] Nickelodeon Productions and the Columbia/Epic Label Group of Sony Music Entertainment agreed to co-produce the series as part of a partnership to develop talent and release their music.[7]

Perez Hilton, Kesha, and Josh Peck made special guest appearances on the show.

The second season of Victorious finished filming on February 23, 2011.[8]

Casting

Template:Coat rack Several of the actors on Victorious had either appeared in Nickelodeon programs or Broadway musicals prior to VictoriousTemplate:'s premiere. In addition to Zoey 101, Justice appeared on television series iCarly, as well as True Jackson VP, The Naked Brothers Band and The Troop. She also co-starred with Jogia, who plays Tajid, on the Nickelodeon television movie Spectacular!. Monet guest starred in three episodes of Zoey 101. Thomas not only guest starred in a episode of iCarly but had previously appeared in musicals such as runs of The Color Purple and Caroline, or Change and in the movie August Rush.[9] Gillies and Grande had co-starred in the musical 13.[10][11] Of the seven main castmembers, Grande is the only one with no on-screen experience whatsoever prior to her role in the series.

Sets

The series is filmed at Nickelodeon Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.[12] According to Paula Kaplan, Nickelodeon's executive Vice President for talent, "In our adult world, nobody accommodates us for down time. But in a child's life on a set, we do take that seriously. At our studios on Sunset Boulevard, where we shoot iCarly and Victorious, the greenrooms are filled with games and Rock Band. We create an environment where they can have fun with their colleagues and take it easy."[13]

The series is set primarily at Hollywood Arts. Outdoor shots of Hollywood Arts depict Hollywood High School, which is located in the parking lot of Nickelodeon Studios.[14] According to David Hinkley of the New York Daily News, "Outside of school, Victorious has the same look as iCarly, with most of the action taking place on one main set with a few basic home/crib-furniture items." The show also has a BLIX machine from Zoey 101.[15]

Reception

Critical reception

The series as a whole earned generally mixed reviews. Variety magazine reviewer Brian Lowry wrote, "Victorious has been cobbled together with the wooden-headed market in mind."[16] David Hinkley of the New York Daily News says the series' format is nearly identical to iCarlyTemplate:'s and hopes that the series will develop a "more distinctive personality" over the course of the season.[15] Roger Catlin of the Hartford Courant describes Victorious as "harmless but hardly entertaining".[17] Mark A. Perigard of the Boston Herald titled his review "Victorious is a big loser" and writes, "The bulk of the cast mugs for the cameras, probably to compensate for a script that could have been commissioned from fifth-graders."[18] Linda Stasi of the New York Post was mixed; she agreed that the episode contained over-acting performers, "corny" dialogue and a "terribly, terribly loud laugh track", but believed it was "a 'surefire tween hit".[19]

However, reviewers were positive about Justice's performance and suggested that series' potential hinged on her. Hinkley comments, "At this point, Justice is better at singing than acting, and the show doesn't flow as smoothly as iCarly," but Justice "has the personality and talent" needed for a shot at being "the Next Big Teen Thing".[15] Perigard describes her as "undeniably appealing"[18] and Lowry states, "Justice is winsome and talented enough to provide the latest show a leg up in connecting with tween girls."[16]

Viewership

The series premiere did well among viewers. The pilot episode, advertised as a "sneak preview" of the series, aired after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards on March 27, 2010 to 5.7 million viewers. VictoriousTemplate:'s second episode was advertised as the series' official premiere and drew a low 3.48 million viewers.[20] By comparison, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush received 3.5 million viewers for its "sneak preview" debut in November 2009,[21] and 7.1 million Total viewers for its "premiere" in January 2010.[22]

On April 2, 2011, the season 2 premiere episode "Beggin' On Your Knees" became the most watched episode of the series to date, with 6.1 million total viewers.[23]

Merchandise

In Fall 2011, Hasbro will release dolls and toys based on the show.

Awards

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Victorious Template:Nom
2010 J-14's Teen Icon Awards Iconic TV Actress Victoria Justice Template:Nom
2011 UK Kids Choice Awards 2011 Nick UK's Favourite TV Show Victorious Template:Nom
2011 2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victoria Justice Template:Nom

Music

Template:Infobox single

Make It Shine is the series' theme song. The song also serves as the lead single from the soundtrack to the series. "Make It Shine" is the first song to be released by Victoria Justice. It has become her first charting single by Columbia Records, peaking at number 16 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the US.

Victorious features approximately one song every three episodes.[24] The songs that have been featured in Victorious are listed below. Victoria Justice told "7 Secrets with Victoria Justice" that she is currently working on music for her solo album. Parts of songs have also been sung in a few episodes of Victorious.

Episode Title Performed by Single
"Pilot" "Make It Shine" Tori Vega Template:Yes
"The Birthweek Song" "You're the Reason" Tori Vega Template:Yes
"Jade Dumps Beck" "Chicago" Trina Vega Template:No
"Tori the Zombie" "Finally Falling" Tori Vega and Beck Oliver Template:Yes
"Survival of the Hottest" "Make It Shine" Victorious Cast Template:No
"Wi-Fi in the Sky" "You're the Reason" Trina Vega Template:No
"The Great Ping Pong Scam" "Tell Me That You Love Me" Tori Vega and Andre Harris Template:Yes
"Freak the Freak Out" "Freak the Freak Out" Tori Vega Template:Yes
"Give It Up" Cat Valentine and Jade West Template:Yes
"Hate Me Love Me" Hayley and Tara Template:No
"Number One" Hayley, Tara, and Erwin Sikowitz Template:No
"Forever Baby" Robbie Shapiro and Rex Powers Template:No
"Rex Dies" "Forever Baby" Tori Vega, Robbie Shapiro, and Rex Powers Template:No
"The Diddly-Bops" "Favorite Food" The Diddly-Bops Template:Yes
"Song2You" Andre Harris and Tori Vega Template:Yes
"Nose Song" Andre Harris Template:No
"Broken Glass" Robbie Shapiro Template:No
"You're the Reason" Trina Vega Template:No
"Wok Star" "Fly Out of the Well" Daisy Lee Template:No
"The Wood" "Forever Baby" Tori Vega and Jade West Template:No
"Beggin' On Your Knees" "Beggin' On Your Knees" Tori Vega Template:Yes
"Ice Cream for Ke$ha" "Blow" Ke$ha Template:Yes
"Tori Gets Stuck" "The Captain is She" Tori Vega and Erwin Sikowitz Template:No
"Prom Wrecker" "Best Friend's Brother" Tori Vega, Cat Valentine, and Andre Harris Template:Yes

TeenNick

First ran on TeenNick from April 12, 2010[25]-April 25, 2010[26] Victorious then returned on May 9, 2011 and is now airing on weeknights on TeenNick.

DVD Release

Season 1, Volume 1 will be released on DVD in the U.S. on July 5, 2011. A 2-disc set featuring the first 10 episodes (in full screen) plus bonus features including 2 music videos for "Freak the Freak Out" and "Beggin' on Your Knees", plus behind-the-scenes features with the cast.[27]

International release

Country / Region Channel Series Premiere Season 2 Premiere
Template:USA Nickelodeon March 27, 2010 April 2, 2011
Template:UK Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) September 3, 2010
Template:IRL
Template:CAN Nickelodeon Canada, YTV Canada September 10, 2010 July 2011
Template:AUS Nickelodeon Australia, Network Ten September 14, 2010
Template:GER Nickelodeon Germany August 29, 2010
Template:AUT
Template:ESP Nickelodeon Spain November 11, 2010
Template:PRT Nickelodeon Portugal November 2010
Template:IDN Nickelodeon Indonesia 2010
Template:ISR Nickelodeon Israel October 21, 2010
Template:PHI Nickelodeon South East Asia October 1, 2010
Template:BRU
Template:SIN
Template:MYS
Template:Flag
Template:BRA Nickelodeon Brazil October 13, 2010
Template:NED Nickelodeon Netherlands & Flanders September 25, 2010
Template:BEL
Template:RUS Nickelodeon CIS December 3, 2010
Template:UKR
Template:CHI Nickelodeon Latin America October 13, 2010
Template:COL
Template:MEX
Template:PAN
Template:URU
Template:VEN
Template:GRE Nickelodeon Greece 2011
Template:FRA Nickelodeon France, TF1 November 10, 2010; February 9, 2011
Template:JPN Nickelodeon Japan 2011
Template:Flagicon Croatia Nickelodeon Croatia 2011
Template:POL Nickelodeon Poland December 4, 2010
Template:KOR Nickelodeon South Korea January 7, 2011
Template:HUN Nickelodeon (Europe) December 4, 2010

References

External links

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