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Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush logo.svg
Genre Pop music
Comedy
Slapstick
Created by Scott Fellows
Starring
  • Kendall Schmidt
  • James Maslow
  • Carlos Pena Jr.
  • Logan Henderson
  • Ciara Bravo
  • Stephen Kramer Glickman
  • Tanya Chisholm
Opening theme "Big Time Rush" performed by Big Time Rush
Composer(s) Dusty Moon,
Guy Moon & Big Time Rush
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 74 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Scott Fellows
Producer(s) Jed Spingarn
(co-producer and supervising producer)
Joanne Toll
Lazar Saric
Debra Spidell
Production location(s) Los Angeles, California
Hollywood, California
Rochester, Minnesota
Malibu, 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
Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format HDTV 1080p
Original release November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28) – July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25)

Big Time Rush is an American musical comedy television series that originally aired on Nickelodeon from November 28, 2009, until July 25, 2013. It was created by Scott Fellows. It focuses on the Hollywood misadventures of four hockey players from Duluth, Minnesota, Kendall Knight, James Diamond, Carlos Garcia, and Logan Mitchell, after they are selected to form a boy band by fictional mega music producer Gustavo Rocque.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight, the leader of the group
  • James Maslow as James Diamond, the handsome one of the group
  • Carlos Pena Jr. as Carlos Garcia, the crazy, wild, and fun loving one of the group
  • Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell, the smart one of the group
  • Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight, Kendall's younger sister
  • Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque, the boys' hot-tempered manager
  • Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright (recurring, season 1; main, seasons 2–4), Gustavo's assistant

Recurring

  • Katelyn Tarver as Jo Taylor, an actress, a singer, and Kendall's girlfriend
  • Challen Cates as Jennifer Knight, Kendall and Katie's mother, who takes care of the boys in LA
  • Erin Sanders as Camille Roberts, Jo and Lucy's best friend and Logan's girlfriend
  • Malese Jow as Lucy Stone, a punk rocker, and James's love interest, whom he ends up dating in the last episode
  • Matt Riedy as Arthur Griffin, Gustavo's boss
  • David Anthony Higgins as Reginald Bitters, the manager of the Palm Woods and Katie's nemesis
  • Denyse Tontz as Jennifer 1, the first Jennifer, and later Carlos' girlfriend
  • Spencer Locke (season 1) and Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2, the second Jennifer
  • Savannah Jayde as Jennifer 3, the third Jennifer
  • Tucker Albrizzi as Tyler Duncan, the star of the Juice Box commercials, and neighbor from Palm Woods
  • Barnett O'Hara as Guitar Dude, a guitarist
  • Daran Norris as Buddha Bob, The Palm Woods groundskeeper
  • David Cade as Jett Stetson, Kendall's nemesis
  • Tara Strong as Miss Collins, a teacher at the Palm Woods school
  • Stephen Keys as Freight Train, Gustavo's bodyguard
  • Lorenzo Lamas as Dr Hollywood, the local doctor
  • Phil LaMarr as Hawk, Gustavo's nemesis
  • Ted Garcia as himself, the news reporter
  • Fabio Lanzoni as himself, Katie's second nemesis
  • Chris Fabregas as various characters

Guest stars

Episodes

Big Time Rush, (also known as BTR), is a television series that airs on the Nickelodeon network. It is about four Minnesota teenagers, played by Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr. and Logan Henderson, who form a boy band and move to Hollywood, California. Ciara Bravo, Tanya Chisholm, and Stephen Kramer Glickman co-star.

As of May 12, 2012, the show has aired fifty episodes over three seasons, from 2009 to 2012.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Volume 1 Volume 2
1 20 November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28) August 20, 2010 (2010-08-20) March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)
2 29 September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25) January 28, 2012 (2012-01-28) N/A N/A
Film March 10, 2012 (2012-03-10) N/A N/A
3 20 May 12, 2012 (2012-05-12) TBA N/A N/A

Film adaptation

In late 2011, Nickelodeon announced that a television film based on the television series was going to premiere. However, a promo did not 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 drew 13.1 million viewers.

Casting

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).

Locations

The series was filmed in Studio 27, Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The series premiere's one-hour special took 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 the 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 take place in the Palm Woods lobby, park or pool as well as in the apartments and even the air ducts. It is 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

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 who worked with Rocque Records include Jordin Sparks. 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.

Apartment 2J

The apartment 2J is the Big Time Rush's apartment in 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 the apartment in the past. Its interior altered once more when James left Big Time Rush in Big Time Concert and moved into 2J, but it came back to normal soon. Other known apartments in the Palm Woods are the ones of Camille (4J), Jo (3I) and Lucy (2B).

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.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
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
Carol Goldwasser
Sharon Chazin Lieblein
Howard Meltzer
Geralyn Flood
Nominated
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
Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite International TV Show Big Time Rush Nominated
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
2014 Kids Choice Awards Colombia Favorite International TV Series Big Time Rush Won
2014 Shorty Awards Best TV Show in Social Media Big Time Rush Nominated
2015 Shorty Awards Best TV Show in Social Media Big Time Rush Nominated
2017 Kids Choice Awards Colombia 20 Years Of Nick In Latin America Big Time Rush Nominated
2017 Kids Choice Awards Mexico 20 Years Of Nick In Latin America Big Time Rush Won
2017 Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil Nick Retro / 20 Years Of Nick Big Time Rush Nominated
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite International Nick Show of The Past 20 years Big Time Rush Won

Broadcast

The series aired worldwide on Nickelodeon.

As of March 2021, the series is available to stream on Netflix and Paramount+. The series was previously available to stream on Hulu until it was removed on March 2021.

Season 1

It was shown as a preview in Australia and New Zealand on April 10, 2010, and premiered on May 15, 2010. It previewed on April 16, 2010, and premiered on May 31, 2010, in Southeast Asia. In the United Kingdom and Ireland it previewed on May 27, 2010, and premiered on June 21, 2010. In Canada it previewed on August 6, 2010, and premiered on September 6, 2010.

Season 2

It premiered in January 2011 in Australia and New Zealand and in February 2011 in the UK and Ireland.

Season 3

The third season premiered November 2012 in Australia and New Zealand and in December 2012 in the UK and Ireland.

Season 4

It premiered in August 2013 in Canada and in late 2013 in the UK and Ireland.

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