True Jackson, VP
GenreTeen sitcom
Created byAndy Gordon
Starring
Theme music composerToby Gad
Keke Palmer
Opening theme"Change It Up" performed by Keke Palmer
ComposerEban Schletter
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Production locations
CinematographyGregg Heschong
EditorBrent Carpenter
Camera setupVideotape (filmized); multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
DistributorMTV Networks International[1]
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseNovember 8, 2008 (2008-11-08) –
August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)

True Jackson, VP is an American teen sitcom created by Andy Gordon for Nickelodeon. It aired 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 before a live audience, although a laugh track was used for sweetening. The pilot episode garnered 4.8 million viewers on its first airing and set network records among kids 6–11, tweens 9–14 and several other demographics.[2] On May 5, 2009, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a second season.[3] The season consisted of 34 episodes, which premiered on November 14, 2009. This season was later split, making a third season.

In August 2011, Palmer posted a video on her YouTube account[4] and posted on her blog,[5] confirming that "Mystery in Peru" is the series' finale. After the show ended, Palmer renewed her contract with the network; she did voiceover work for Nickelodeon's Winx Club[6] and starred in the Nick TV movie Rags.[7]

Premise

15-year-old True Jackson is selling sandwiches and lemonade with her friend Ryan in the fashion district of 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 world by a child. True must juggle teenage antics with her new role as VP, aided by her friends and coworkers.

Episodes

Main article: List of True Jackson, VP episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)
220November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14)August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)
314September 11, 2010 (2010-09-11)August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)

Cast

Main

Main article: List of True Jackson, VP characters

The show's main cast, from left to right: Danielle Bisutti, Matt Shively, Ashley Argota, Greg Proops, Keke Palmer, Ron Butler, and Robbie Amell
The show's main cast, from left to right: Danielle Bisutti, Matt Shively, Ashley Argota, Greg Proops, Keke Palmer, Ron Butler, and Robbie Amell

Recurring

Guest stars

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Production

The series was shot on stage 25 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. This is the same stage where series The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Cheers, and Frasier[9] were shot.

Filming locations

Gallery

Broadcast

The series has aired on-and-off on TeenNick in the United States since 2008, with the most recent airing in 2020. BET also briefly aired episodes of the series in 2009.

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 17 December 2011. The last two remaining episodes premiered in the UK on Wednesday 4 January 2012 and Thursday 5 January 2012 and with "Mystery in Peru" premiering on Friday 6 January 2012.

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

On May 1, 2019, the series began airing on Nick Pluto.

Home media

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.[10] Even though there is Season 1 Volume 1, for unknown reasons, a Volume 2 was never released.

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 DVD release has 20 episodes from the second season.[11]
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.[11]

On March 24, 2021, the series was added to Paramount+.[12]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Children's Program True Jackson, VP Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) Keke Palmer Won
2009 Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming Krisha Bullock & Harriet Greenspan Nominated
2009 Gracie Allen Award Outstanding Adolescent Program True Jackson, VP Won
2010 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Children's Program True Jackson, VP Nominated
2010 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) Keke Palmer Won
2010 Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming Harriet Greenspan Won
2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Keke Palmer Nominated
2010 Writers Guild of America Children's Episodic & Specials, For the episode The Rival Dan Kopelman Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Children's Program True Jackson, VP Won
2011 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) Keke Palmer Won
2011 Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming Harriet Greenspan Nominated
2011 UK 2011 Kids' Choice Awards Nick UK's Funniest Person Matt Shively Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Keke Palmer Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Ten and Under Ava Allan Nominated
2011 Writers Guild of America Children's Episodic & Specials, For the episode True Magic Andy Gordon Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) Keke Palmer Won
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Ava Allan Nominated

Merchandise and in other media

Clothing line

In August 2009, a line of clothing inspired by the show called "Mad Style by True Jackson" was released. The line was available exclusively at Walmart 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

A set of novels based on the show were released, via Amazon.[13]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appeared in two episodes in the series.
  2. ^ a b Appeared in three episodes in the series.

References

  1. ^ Collins, Josephine (March 2009). "TV Times". License! Global. Vol. 12 no. 2. p. 32. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Starr, Michael. (November 12, 2008) 'iCarly' Breaks Records. NYPOST.com. Retrieved November 25, 2011
  3. ^ TV by the Numbers
  4. ^ TJVP Movie " Mystery In Peru" airs August 20th on YouTube - KekePalmerVideos, YouTube
  5. ^ It's Not Over.....It's Just The Beginning, August 6, 2011, Keke Palmer's blog post from official website
  6. ^ "Hour-Long Specials Feature Voice Talents of Nickelodeon's Keke Palmer, Matt Shively, Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande". Screener. June 9, 2011. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016.
  7. ^ @Nickelodeon (January 23, 2012). "Yup, she voices a character on Winx Club and will be starring in our upcoming TV movie Rags" (Tweet). Retrieved July 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Twitter / @Ashley Argota: Makes me laugh when people ...
  9. ^ http://www.paramountstudios.com/assets/tsap_stage_25_spec_sheet_031718.pdf
  10. ^ True Jackson VP: Season One, Vol. One (2009), Amazon.com
  11. ^ a b True Jackson, VP - 2 New DVD Releases of the Nickelodeon Series Are Now Available on MOD Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "True Jackson, VP". Paramount+. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  13. ^ True Jackson, VP book series at Amazon.com