New Nickelodeon comedy chronicling the making of a supergroup

Four fun-loving best friends from Minnesota are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they get a chance to be part of the supposedly glamorous L.A. pop music scene in Big Time Rush, Nickelodeon’s new live-action comedy series premiering exclusively on Nickelodeon NZ (SKY channel 041) on Saturday 1 May @ 7pm (with encore screenings Sundays @ 6.30pm).  

Big Time Rush is a series about friendship and brotherhood that follows the finding, making and breaking – of a potential chart-topping music group.  Everyone in the band brings something different to the group as they figure out their place in the crazy business of music and entertainment. 

Life is about to change big time when 16-year-old Kendall (Kendall Schmidt, AI, Gilmore Girls), is inadvertently discovered by eccentric record executive Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Glickman) during a nationwide casting call.  Kendall must choose between staying home in Minneapolis with his friends and pursuing a singing career in Hollywood.  Not seeing himself as a solo act, Kendall strikes a deal with the Hollywood image-maker and agrees to undergo ‘pop group 101’ training in exchange for giving his best friends – James (James Maslow, iCarly), Logan (Logan Henderson) and Carlos (Carlos Pena,  Ned’s DeClassified School Survival Guide) – the opportunity to be in a music group with him. 

But the boys soon learn that life in Hollywood is not all about hanging at the pool and attending late-night parties: they quickly realise they have a very short window to prove to themselves and their record label that they are serious about their new career choice. 

The music business is not easy and their antics often get them in trouble with the record label.  From falling for the same girl, to redecorating their apartment, to misbehaving with a new school teacher at the recording studio –  the group learns that success comes with hard work and dedication – and the support of one another.

Big Time Rush features original songs performed by the group with music by some of today’s most successful songwriters and producers, including Desmond Child (Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith), Matthew Gerrard (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne), Charlie Midnight (Hilary Duff, Britney Spears), Kevin Rudolph (Let It Rock) and Eman (David Archuleta).  The Big Time Rush theme song had a strong debut on iTunes in the U.S. in November, and more original music will be made available to download throughout the season. 

“Music is a key element of the show, and our four stars really know how to deliver on that front,” says Jay Landers, Senior Vice President A&R, Columbia Records.  “They each have the vocal ability and personal charisma to make it as bona fide pop stars.  Big Time Rush will be a terrific platform to showcase their considerable talents.”

Big Time Rush also features an eclectic line-up of special guest stars.  Keep an eye out for Erik Estrada (CHiPs), Lorenzo Lamas (Falconcrest, The Bold & the Beautiful), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Chris Masters (The Masterpiece WWE) and Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls). 

Is it worth trading hockey sticks for hair and makeup?  Find out in the hilarious new series Big Time Rush premiering exclusively on Nickelodeon NZ (SKY channel 041) on Saturday 1 May @ 7pm (with encore screenings Sundays @ 6.30pm).

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Nickelodeon, now in its 29th year globally and second year locally in New Zealand, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. Nick NZ airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is seen in over 700,000 households on SKY channel 41. On-air, Nick NZ features a wide array of original and acquired programming from animation to comedy, adventure and live action programs for kids aged 3 to 14 years. Nick NZ also owns and operates one of the few dedicated interactive kids websites in New Zealand – www.nicknz.co.nz.
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