True Jackson, VP

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True Jackson, VP
Th truejackson logo.png
FormatTeen sitcom
Created byAndy Gordon
StarringKeke Palmer
Ashley Argota
Matt Shively
Danielle Bisutti
Robbie Amell
Greg Proops
Ron Butler
Theme music composerToby Gad
Keke Palmer
Opening themeTheme song performed by Keke Palmer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Gordon (all episodes)
Steve Joe (season 2)
Dan Kopelman
(season 2)
Producer(s)Gary Halvorson
Chris R. Robinson
Location(s)Nickelodeon On Sunset
Hollywood, California (2008–2009)
Paramount Studios
Hollywood, California (2009–2011)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized); Multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Gordon 3000 Industries
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture formatHD: 1080i/720p
SD: 480i/576i
Original runNovember 8, 2008 (2008-11-08) – August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)
External links
Website
 
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True Jackson, VP
Th truejackson logo.png
FormatTeen sitcom
Created byAndy Gordon
StarringKeke Palmer
Ashley Argota
Matt Shively
Danielle Bisutti
Robbie Amell
Greg Proops
Ron Butler
Theme music composerToby Gad
Keke Palmer
Opening themeTheme song performed by Keke Palmer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Gordon (all episodes)
Steve Joe (season 2)
Dan Kopelman
(season 2)
Producer(s)Gary Halvorson
Chris R. Robinson
Location(s)Nickelodeon On Sunset
Hollywood, California (2008–2009)
Paramount Studios
Hollywood, California (2009–2011)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized); Multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Gordon 3000 Industries
Nickelodeon Productions
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture formatHD: 1080i/720p
SD: 480i/576i
Original runNovember 8, 2008 (2008-11-08) – August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)
External links
Website

True Jackson, VP is an American television sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from November 8, 2008 to August 20, 2011. The series starred Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively, Danielle Bisutti, Greg Proops, Robbie Amell, and Ron Butler. The theme song was written by Toby Gad and Keke Palmer and is performed by Palmer. The series was shot in front of a live studio audience, which is mentioned at the start of each episode (with the exception of the episode "Mission Gone Bad"). In 2009, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a second season. Season two premiered on November 14, 2009. The pilot episode garnered 4.8 million viewers on its first airing and set network records among kids 6-11, adolescents 9-14 and several other demos, airing after the iCarly three-part episode "iGo to Japan"[2] The show premiered on Nickelodeon UK on May 25, 2009 and on Nickelodeon Latin America on August 3, 2009. The series was cancelled after two seasons. Nickelodeon decided to split season two. The one-hour (two-part) episode entitled "Mystery in Peru" completed the 34 ordered episodes for season two (production wise), after it aired on August 20, 2011. Keke Palmer posted a video on her YouTube account[3] and posted on her blog[4] confirming that "Mystery in Peru" is the series' finale.

Premise[edit]

Fifteen-year-old True Jackson was selling sandwiches and lemonade with her friend Ryan in the fashion district in New York City. When she is complimented by fashion designer Max Madigan, founder and CEO of Mad Style, Max realizes the clothes True is wearing are his designs, but True had altered them to suit her own purposes. Max likes the altered design, and hires True to be the VP (Vice President) of his fashion company's youth apparel division. True hires her best friend Lulu to be her assistant after firing Cricket, her former assistant who was upset and bitter about being surpassed in the business by a kid. With Lulu's and Ryan's help, True works to be the best she can be despite various obstacles such as her self-centered co-worker Amanda, who is less than enthusiastic to be working with a teenager, but the truth is that she is jealous of True because of how Max pays more attention to True than he does to her. True sees Amanda as an amazing icon in fashion and eventually Amanda recognizes True as a fashion equal, though she still taunts True playfully on a regular basis.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

The cast of True Jackson, VP (from left to right), Danielle Busutti as Amanda Cantwell, Matt Shively as Ryan Laserbeam, Ashley Argota as Lulu, Greg Proops as Max Madigan, Keke Palmer as True Jackson, Ron Butler as Oscar and Robbie Amell as Jimmy Madigan.

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesSeason premiereSeason finaleProd. line
126November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)1xx
220November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14)August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)2xx
314September 11, 2010 (2010-09-11)August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)

Syndication[edit]

The series has aired on-and-off on TeenNick in U.S. since 2009. BET also briefly aired episodes of the series in 2009.

International syndication[edit]

The show also premiered on the Canadian network YTV on March 5, 2009 and every Thursday since, but was changed to Friday to accommodate with iCarly & Big Fun Fridays. Then, the show moved again to Mondays at 6:30pm. As of 2010, the series no longer airs on YTV.

The series continues to air regularly on Nickelodeon networks around the world. The show ended in Australia and New Zealand on December 17, 2011. The last two remaining episodes premiered in the UK on Wednesday January 4, 2012 and Thursday January 5, 2012 and with "Mystery in Peru" premiering on Friday January 6, 2012.

The series is currently shown in Jamaica on one of the national stations TVJ (Television Jamaica) at 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On Local TV[edit]

CountryChannel
 CanadaYTV
Quebec QuebecVRAK.TV
 ItalyItalia 1
 MexicoCanal 5
 JamaicaTelevision Jamaica
 BrazilRede Bandeirantes

DVD releases[edit]

True Jackson, VP: Season 1, Vol. 1 was released in a 2 disc set on September 8, 2009. Running time is 321 minutes, presented in full screen video, and English stereo audio. The set also includes behind-the-scenes, cast member's screen tests, bloopers and the first 13 episodes of season 1.[8]

True Jackson, VP: Season 2 was released on September 9, 2011. Running time is 468 minutes, presented in full screen video, and English Stereo audio. This release has 20 episodes from the second season.[9]
True Jackson, VP: Season 3 was released on September 9, 2011. Running time is 327 minutes, presented in full screen video, and English Stereo audio. This DVD release has 14 episodes from the third season.[9]

Clothing line[edit]

In August 2009, a line of clothing inspired by the show called "Mad Style by True Jackson" was released. The line is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and is aimed at children and teens. This was the first line of clothing for the show and was a first for Nickelodeon releasing a line of clothing from one of their television shows. Commercials advertising the clothing line can be seen on Nickelodeon and TeenNick. Featured in the show and commercials is an instrumental version of the show's theme song.

Book series[edit]

A set of novels based on the show were released, via Amazon.com.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2009NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Children's ProgramTrue Jackson, VPNominated
2009NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special)Keke PalmerWon
2009Casting Society of AmericaOutstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series ProgrammingKrisha Bullock & Harriet GreenspanNominated
2009Gracie Allen AwardOutstanding Adolescent ProgramTrue Jackson, VPWon
2010NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Children's ProgramTrue Jackson, VPNominated
2010NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special)Keke PalmerWon
2010Casting Society of AmericaOutstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series ProgrammingHarriet GreenspanWon
20102010 Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV ActressKeke PalmerNominated
2010Writers Guild of AmericaChildren's Episodic & Specials, For the episode The RivalDan KopelmanNominated
2011NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Children's ProgramTrue Jackson, VPWon
2011NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special)Keke PalmerWon
2011Casting Society of AmericaOutstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series ProgrammingHarriet GreenspanNominated
2011UK 2011 Kids' Choice AwardsNick UK's Funniest PersonMatt ShivelyNominated
2011Young Artist AwardsBest Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActressKeke PalmerNominated
2011Young Artist AwardsBest Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Ten and UnderAva AllanNominated
2011Writers Guild of AmericaChildren's Episodic & Specials, For the episode True MagicAndy GordonNominated
2012NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special)Keke PalmerWon
2012Young Artist AwardsBest Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young ActressAva AllanNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Josephine (March 2009). "TV Times". License! Global 12 (2): 32. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  2. ^ 'ICARLY' BREAKS RECORDS
  3. ^ TJVP Movie " Mystery In Peru" airs August 20th - KekePalmerVideos, YouTube
  4. ^ It’s Not Over…..It’s Just The Beginning, August 6, 2011, Keke Palmer's blog post from official website
  5. ^ Twitter / @Ashley Argota: Makes me laugh when people ...
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appeared in two episodes in the series.
  7. ^ a b Appeared in three episodes in the series.
  8. ^ True Jackson VP: Season One, Vol. One (2009), Amazon.com
  9. ^ a b True Jackson, VP - 2 New DVD Releases of the Nickelodeon Series Are Now Available on MOD
  10. ^ True Jackson, VP book series at Amazon.com

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