Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
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Genre Musical
Created by Scott Fellows
Starring Kendall Schmidt
James Maslow
Carlos Pena
Logan Henderson
Ciara Bravo
Tanya Chisholm
Stephen Kramer Glickman
Opening theme "Big Time Rush" performed by Big Time Rush
Composer(s) Dusty Moon,
Guy Moon & Big Time Rush
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 47 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Aldo Macias
Marjorie Cohn
Producer(s) Jed Spingarn
(supervising producer)
Joanne Toll
Lazar Saric
Debra Spidell
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Hollywood, California
Rochester, Minnesota
Malibu, California
Running time 23 minutes (normal episodes)
46 minutes (special episodes)
Production company(s) Jack Mackie Pictures
Sony Music Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions
Columbia Records[1]
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28) – present
External links

Big Time Rush (abbreviated BTR) is a Nickelodeon television series created by Scott Fellows about the Hollywood misadventures of four hockey players from Minnesota—Kendall, Logan, James, and Carlos, 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 7.1 million viewers, making it Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut ever. The show is currently in its second season. On May 24, 2011, Big Time Rush was renewed for a third season, which will begin production in January 2012 and premiere later that year.[2]



The series stars Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight, James Maslow as James Diamond, Carlos Pena, Jr. as Carlos Garcia, and Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell, and co-stars Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight, Kendall's sister; Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque, a hit record producer; and Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright, his assistant.[3]

The band is led by Kendall, who was initially the only person offered an opportunity by Gustavo after being insulted but impressed by his extemporaneous performance of "The Turd Song". Kendall agrees on the condition that all four friends can accompany him to Los Angeles, along with his mother (Challen Cates) and sister. The series navigates through their antics and schemes as residents at the Palm Woods Hotel and students at the Palm Woods School, both establishments intended for aspiring actors, singers, and other performing artists. On the road to becoming famous, the boys routinely come into conflict with their overbearing, shrill, but ultimately caring producer and his well-meaning assistant, as well as Arthur Griffin (Matt Riedy), the CEO of the fictional corporation RCM CBT Global Net Sanyoid, an eccentric billionaire who is forever threatening the integrity of the music division for which Gustavo and Kelly work.

Outside the recording studio, the boys are habitually confronted Mr. Bitters (David Anthony Higgins), the Palm Woods manager, who covets their apartment and continually searches for reasons to evict them. Each episode centers around a problem that the boys attempt to resolve with a convoluted, ridiculous scheme. Instead of fighting with her brother as would a stereotypical younger sibling, Kendall's sister Katie, is by far the sharpest person on the show and often functions as a deus ex machina whose assistance is valuable to the boys' plans. Many episodes end with a music video-like segment in which the boys sing one of their songs.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

  • Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight
  • James Maslow as James Diamond
  • Carlos Pena Jr. as Carlos Garcia
  • Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell
  • Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight
  • Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright (Season 2)
  • Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque

Recurring Cast

Carlos Pena Jr., Spencer Locke, Daran Norris, Carlie Casey, Ted Garcia, Tristin Mays, Linda Cevallos, Fabio Lanzoni and Hamilton Mitchell all worked with Scott Fellows previously on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.



Production notes

The series was conceived and created by Scott Fellows, formerly the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[4] Fellows says his inspiration for the show was the musical comedy show, The Monkees[5]—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.[6] Although the show had a concept as early as 2007, the series had no actual title as late as August 2009.[7]


Big Time Rush is a Nickelodeon Viacom Music Productions Band consisting of four members: Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos Pena. Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which is why music and instrumentals are incorporated throughout the series.[8] Big Time Rush's debut album, B.T.R., was released on October 11, 2010 via Sony/Columbia.[9] As of June 9, 2011, they have begun recording their second full-length album, entitled Elevate. Big Time Rush released their new song If I Ruled the World ft. Iyaz on iTunes July 22.[10]

Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which will incorporate original music into the series.[11] 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.[7] 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.[4]

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 13 to 18;[4] this was also typical of creator Scott Fellows's previous work on Nickelodeon.


A nationwide[7] casting effort began in 2007.[12][13] More than 1,500 teens and young adults auditioned for the four roles.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] Actor Carlos Pena, Jr. previously worked with Scott Fellows on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[12] 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.[15] Executive producer Scott Fellows was inspired to write each character by the personality of the actor playing him.[16]

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 Los Angeles, California in Hollywood.[citation needed] It mainly takes place at the fictional Palmwoods and Rocque Records (where Big Time Rush records). The series premiere's one-hour special takes place in the suburbs of Los Angeles and a small town in Minnesota.[citation needed]

Opening sequence

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.


Audience reception

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 7.1 million total viewers, Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut.

Critical reception

The show has received mixed reviews.[17] 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."[18] The Hartford Courant stated the series a "not so good" show "with their thin pop and unfunny comedies".[19] 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."[12] 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."[20]

Awards and Nominations

DVD releases

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2010 Australian Kids Choice Awards Favorite TV Star Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 Kids Choice Awards Favorite TV Show Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2011 Favorite TV Show Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2011 Nick UK's Favorite TV Show Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 Nickelodeon Mexico Big Nick House 2011 Favorite TV show Big Time Rush Won
2011 Kids Choice Awards Mexico 2011 Favorite TV show Big Time Rush Won
2011 MTV EMAS Belfast Best Push Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 Youth Rocks Awards Rockin Ensemble TV/Comedy Big Time Rush Pending
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details on episodes and special features included in the DVD release.
Name Release date Contains
Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One/Two[21] March 29, 2011 All season one episodes
Big Time Rush: Season Two, Volume one[22] April 21, 2012 Seven episodes from season two, pilot episode of House of Anubis

Broadcast history and release

Countries/regions Network Series premiere
 Australia Nickelodeon Australia April 10, 2010 (Sneak Preview)[23]
May 15, 2010[23]
 Austria Nickelodeon Germany April, 27 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 16, 2010
 Belgium Nickelodeon Benelux May 1, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 29, 2010
 Brazil Nickelodeon Brazil April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
Canada Canada Nickelodeon & YTV August 6, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
September 6, 2010[24]
 Chile Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Colombia Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Costa Rica Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010
Croatia Croatia Nickelodeon May 20, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
Fall 2010
 Spain Nickelodeon Spain August 13, 2010
 France Nickelodeon (France) April 17, 2011
 Germany Nickelodeon Germany April, 27 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 16, 2010
 Greece Nickelodeon (Greece) February 14, 2011
 Hong Kong Nickelodeon Southeast Asia April 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
 Indonesia Nickelodeon Indonesia, Global TV August 17, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
August 31, 2010
 Ireland Nickelodeon UK and Ireland May 27, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 21, 2010
 Israel Nickelodeon Israel May 20, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
July 21, 2010
 Italy Nickelodeon May 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 28, 2010
 South Korea Nickelodeon (South Korea) July 24, 2010
 Malaysia Nickelodeon Southeast Asia April 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
 Mexico Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Netherlands Nickelodeon Benelux May 1, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 29, 2010
 New Zealand Nickelodeon New Zealand 2010 (Sneak Preview)
 Panama Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Pakistan Nickelodeon (Pakistan) Unknown Date
 Philippines Nickelodeon Southeast Asia/

Nickelodeon Philippines (now)

April 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
 Poland Nickelodeon Poland, VIVA Polska May 29, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 12, 2010
 Portugal Nickelodeon Portugal 2010
 Russia Nickelodeon (CIS) May 29, 2010
 Singapore Nickelodeon Southeast Asia April 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
 Switzerland Nickelodeon Germany April, 27 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 16, 2010
 United Kingdom Nickelodeon UK and Ireland May 27, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
June 21, 2010
 Uruguay Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 United States Nickelodeon November 28, 2009 (Sneak Preview)
January 18, 2010
 Venezuela Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Turkey Nickelodeon Turkey ( Web Site ) 11 June 2011
 Romania Nickelodeon (Central & Eastern Europe) March 16, 2011
 Argentina Nickelodeon Latin America April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
 Georgia Music Box Georgia 28 November 2011


Released 15 april 2010


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