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Victorious
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Genre

Teen sitcom

Created by

Dan Schneider

Main cast

Victoria Justice (main protagonist)
Leon Thomas III
Matt Bennett
Elizabeth Gillies
Avan Jogia
Ariana Grande
Daniella Monet

Opening theme

Make It Shine, performed by Victoria Justice

Country of origin

United States

Executive producer

Dan Schneider

Producers

Robin Wiener (supervising producer)
Joe Catania
Bruce Rand Berman

Setting

Hollywood, California

Original run

March 27, 2010 – February 2, 2013

Official website(s)

American Website: http://www.theslap.com/ International Website: http://origin.www.theslap.com/

Victorious (stylized as VICTORiOUS) is an American television series 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 while getting into wacky screwball situations on a daily basis. The series' Pilot episode premiered on March 27th, 2010, and viewership was estimated at 5.7 million. The show ended on February 2, 2013.

Plot

The series follows Tori Vega, a teenager who is accepted into Hollywood Arts High School (a school for talented teens in various performing-arts fields) after taking her older, much less-talented sister Trina Vega's place in a showcase after Trina has an allergic reaction to a Chinese herb product designed to help make people sing better. The plot follows Tori as she finds her place within Hollywood Arts while getting into crazy situations and adventures, and meeting friends to help her along the way. Other students at Hollywood Arts who make up Tori's group of friends include André Harris, a musical prodigy who becomes Tori's best friend at Hollywood Arts after encouraging her to stay at the school and helping her realize her talent; Robbie Shapiro, a socially awkward ventriloquist who carries around his puppet Rex Powers, who is seen by Robbie (and generally everyone else) as a living person; Jade West, a sarcastic and gothic "mean girl" who has a complicated frenemy relationship with Tori and often threatens her; Cat Valentine, a sweet and innocent but naive and somewhat dim-witted girl who is also Tori’s best friend; and Beck Oliver, a down-to-earth and handsome guy who is Jade's boyfriend. Other characters include Erwin Sikowitz, the performing-arts teacher for Hollywood Arts; Lane Alexander, the school's guidance counselor; and Sinjin Van Cleef, an odd classmate who is mostly in charge of A/V.

Cast

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L-R, Matt Bennett, Elizabeth Gillies, Daniella Monet, Victoria Justice, Avan Jogia, Leon Thomas, and Ariana Grande.

  • Victoria Justice as Victoria "Tori" Vega, a 16-year-old aspiring singer who enrolls at Hollywood Arts, a prestigious performing arts school, after unexpectedly filling in for her older sister, Trina Vega. Though initially self-conscious and uncertain among Hollywood Arts' talented student body, she soon embraces her own talents and new life. She is generally respectful to others, except Robbie sometimes.
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  • Leon Thomas III as André Harris, one of Tori's best friends and biggest supporters at Hollywood Arts. He is a gifted musician and is also a talented song writer. He can play any instrument, but he prefers the keyboard. He has written almost every song Tori has performed so far in the series. He first met Tori when he was assigned to work with Trina on a performance for the school's annual talent showcase. They became best friends right away. His grandmother is afraid of everything and everyone. He is the guy everybody likes and is always the shoulder to lean on.
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  • Matt Bennett as Robert "Robbie" Shapiro a shy and awkward student who is more comfortable speaking through his ventriloquist's dummy, Rex. His grandmother, Mamaw, implies that Robbie has had Rex for a long time; she tells her husband that Robbie "still" takes the puppet to school. He tends to take the slightest romantic advance from a girl, even while acting, very seriously. He is lactose intolerant. He can play the guitar and the harmonica.
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  • Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West, who used to consider herself a "not good friend" of Tori's. Although she has a caustic personality, Jade is hard working, talented, and popular. She often wears black clothing and can be somewhat of a masochist, implying in several episodes that she likes pain. She was Beck's girlfriend for at least three years. Jade is seen to get jealous easily. Although she and Tori were adversaries at the beginning of the series and Jade is quick to point out that she doesn't consider Tori a friend, Jade occasionally asked Tori for help and they seem like friends later in the series.
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  • Ariana Grande as Catarina "Cat" Valentine, a sensitive drama queen. She tends to overreact and is extremely emotional, but she is pretty good friends with the gang. She is also Tori’s other best friend. She is a brunette but dyes her hair to a red velvet cupcake color. She is seen as eccentric and random. A running gag for Cat is that she often gets offended by people even when they are not trying to be nasty, and she reacts by saying, "What's that supposed to mean?!" Her favorite foods are cupcakes, candy, noodles, and potatoes. In the episode The Birthweek Song, Cat admits that she has psychological problems. She often talks about her weird brother and the strange situations he gets into.
  • Avan Jogia as Beck Oliver, a handsome and respected actor. He is kind and supportive to everyone at Hollywood Arts. He lives in an RV parked in his parent's driveway in order to avoid listening to his parent's rules. He wants to get a Rottweiler as a pet. His girlfriend is Jade.
  • Daniella Monet as Katrina "Trina" Vega, Tori's 17-year-old sister. Though she has good intentions and truly cares for Tori, Trina is materialistic, egotistical, and truly believes stardom is her destiny. Unfortunately, while she behaves like a diva, her performance level is of a significantly lower grade. Not a lot of people really like her because of her diva ways. Nonetheless, she has managed to somehow get into Hollywood Arts. Trina can sometimes be spoiled and will stop at nothing until she gets what she wants. She is physically strong, contrary to her image. She claims nothing scares her due to the fact that she's seen her grandmother naked. It is unknown exactly what Trina's talent is, but it may be acting or martial arts. 
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Students at Hollywood Arts.

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Recurring characters

  • Eric Lange as Erwin Sikowitz, the school's barefoot 34-year-old acting teacher. He has strange methods of teaching, such as throwing balls at students during their performances to see if they are dedicated enough to remain in the scene. Tori (and possibly everyone else) believes he is crazy. He likes to drink coconut milk, saying that the milk "gives him visions". Despite being eccentric, he is caring, smart, has a lot of wisdom, and is well-liked by his students. Tori once mistook him as a homeless man and gave him money.
  • Jim Pirri as David Vega and Jennifer Carta as Holly Vega, Tori and Trina's parents.
  • Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin Van Cleef, a dorky and somewhat creepy boy at Hollywood Arts. He has a crush on Jade, Tori, and Trina. Tori and Trina seem to like him but Jade does not. Sinjin was intended to be a one-time appearance, but Schneider enjoyed Reid's performance so much that he casted him in nearly every episode of the series so far.
  • Lane Napper as Lane Alexander is the school's guidance counselor for Hollywood Arts. He often helps students with their problems and resolves their arguments, but sometimes can be reluctant at times, asking students "Why me?". He is usually the one making the big announcements at school. He appears to either hate dry skin or is obsessed with lotion, as he can be seen frequently applying lotion to his hands. He has a nephew named Devin, shown in The Diddly-Bops. Lane showed assertiveness as the one who made the reality TV show The Wood leave as it became a problem for the students.

Trivia

All female cast members were brunettes before the television series.

Production

Development

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Victorious is the fifth series created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon, following The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and iCarly. 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 and look, Schneider hired her and, after working with her on three episodes, called Nickelodeon to say, "I’ve got your next star." 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. Near the end of Zoey 101's run, Justice was summoned to meet with Schneider about a potential series starring her.

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. "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. 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.

On August 13, 2008, Nickelodeon announced that Justice had signed "an overall talent and music deal" with
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the company, agreeing to star in a then-untitled musical-comedy series about a girl who attends a performing arts high school. 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." 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.

Casting

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Several of actors on Victorious had appeared in Nickelodeon programs prior to the premiere of Victorious'. In addition to Zoey 101, Justice appeared on TV series iCarly, The Naked Brothers Band and True Jackson, VP. She also co-starred with Avan Jogia, who plays Beck, on the Nickelodeon television movie Spectacular!. Daniella Monet guest starred in three episodes of Zoey 101 while Leon Thomas was cast in episodes of iCarly and The Naked Brothers Band. Justice earned $12,000 per episode for Victorious.

Sets

The series is filmed in Hollywood, California. 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."

The series is set primarily at Hollywood Arts. Outdoor shots of Hollywood Arts depict Burbank High School, which is located approximately fifteen minutes from the set. 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-furniture items."

  • So far, Victorious and Sam & Cat are the only Dan Schneider shows to be filmed completely at Nick on Sunset. iCarly was filmed there seasons 1-5 and consisted of 7 seasons, Drake and Josh was only filmed there seasons 1, 2, and 4, All That was only filmed there seasons 3-10 and Zoey 101 wasn't filmed there at all.
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Reception

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. This audience made Victorious Nickelodeon's highest rated live-action series debut. Victorious's second episode was advertised as the series' official premiere and drew 3.48 million viewers. By comparison, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush received 3.5 million viewers for its "sneak preview" debut in November 2009, and 6.8 million viewers for its "premiere" in January 2010.

Music

Make It Shine
Victoria Justice - Make It Shine
Single by Victoria Justice
from the album
Victorious Soundtrack'

Released

April 13, 2010

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2010

Genre

Dance Rock Electropop Powerpop

Length

3:08

Label

Nick Records, Columbia Records

Writer(s)

Victoria Justice, Dr. Luke, Michael Corcoran

Producer

Dr. Luke

Make It Shine is the theme song for Victorious, and is performed by Justice. It was written by Dr. Luke and Michael Corcoran and released as Justice's debut single on April 13, 2010. The song is an up-tempo electro-pop song with elements of dance and rock. The song has peaked at #16 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Victorious features approximately one song every three episodes. For a list of these songs, see: List of Songs heard in Victorious.

International Release

Country / Region Channel Series Premiere
United States Nickelodeon March 27, 2010
United Kingdom Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) September 2010
Germany Nickelodeon Germany August 2010
Portugal Nickelodeon Portugal November 2010
Brazil Nickelodeon Brazil October 2010
Canada Nickelodeon Canada September 2010
Netherlands and Belgium Nickelodeon Netherlands October 2010
Malaysia and Singapore Nickelodeon Southeast Asia

(With Malay Subtitles)

July 2010
Philippines Nickelodeon South East Asia August 2010
Malaysia TV3 (In 720p); Astro Channel 103 April 2012

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