Nickelodeon Greenlights Fourth Season of Hit Musical Comedy Series 'Big Time Rush'

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August 6th, 2012

via press release:


Network Orders 13 Episodes with Production Beginning Q1 2013
NEW YORK -- August 6, 2012 – As music sensation Big Time Rush crosses the U.S. this summer performing to sold-out audiences and arenas, and with their hit single “Windows Down” climbing the charts, Nickelodeon has ordered a fourth season of their self-titled hit comedy series Big Time Rush. Created by Scott Fellows and produced in partnership with Sony Music, the series chronicles the adventures of four best friends living the dream in Los Angeles, balancing their newfound fame, fans, music and girlfriends. Starring Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson, Big Time Rush is slated to commence production on 13 episodes early 2013 in Los Angeles.
The band’s summer anthem “Windows Down,” sparked by their strongest first week sales to date, is trending to be their biggest hit yet at radio, digital sales providers and online, with their music video approaching nearly three million views. “Windows Down” will be Big Time Rush’s third consecutive charted single at Pop radio. The “Big Time Summer Tour” has the band entertaining fans in 60 cities, making appearances across the U.S., Canada and South America. Their debut, gold-certified BTR and follow-up album Elevate, both entered the Billboard charts in the top 15 and currently total over 1.25 million albums sold worldwide and 3.5 million singles in the U.S.
“Our viewers continue to love the stories, music and comedic misadventures of Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan. Their authentic friendship and brotherhood connects them to each other and their audience, both on camera and when performing in front of thousands of screaming fans,” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon Group.
Currently in its third season, Big Time Rush ranks as one of the top ten live-action series with kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 across all of TV. The series premiere of Big Time Rush was the highest-rated and most-watched live-action debut among all Nickelodeon series with kids, tweens and total viewers (6.8 million). Also an international breakout hit, Big Time Rush ranks within the top 10 programs on Nickelodeon in key markets with key demos, including Germany, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa and Australia, and is seen in over 100 territories and in 20 languages via Nickelodeon channels and syndication.
Big Time Rush’s original songs are written and produced under the guidance of Sony Music, and are written by some of today’s most successful songwriters and producers, including One Republic’s Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson), Evan Bogart (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Hot Chelle Rae), Toby Gad (One Direction, Alicia Keys, Fergie), Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull), “Tricky” Stewart (Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey) and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz, Adele).
Big Time Rush was created and is executive produced by Scott Fellows. The creative mind behind Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified Survival Guide, Fellows also executive produced the hit live-action series. A prolific writer, producer and creator, Fellows has written for and produced live-action and animated series including Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents, Doug, 101 Dalmatians and KaBlam!. He served as show runner for Nickelodeon’s live-action comedy series 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd and has written many of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards as well as the Teen Choice Awards, the Billboard Awards and the Country Music Awards.
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Music Group and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
  • Nathan (NR2012)

    Why didn’t nickelodeon renew Victorious for a fourth season too? The show is clearly doing better than BTR…

  • disney rocks

    @Nathan, ikr

  • Mike

    I tought the same. Big Time Rush has five episodes left. Victorious has thirteen ones. That’s the different.

  • Dillan

    Nickelodeon’s scheduling is ridiculous. I’m still waiting for them to air a new episode of Victorious. The last new episode aired 2 months ago!

    Also surprised they haven’t renewed Victorious yet.

  • jamie

    I’m suprised they haven’t renewed “How to Rock” yet for a second season. And they haven’t aired an episode for that show in weeks either.

  • Twist Of Fate

    @jamie How To Rock is having a one-hour special featuring Cee Lo Green on August 18th, called How To Rock Cee Lo.

  • aj

    I think this is only non-Dan Schneider Nick show that will aired beyond 3 seasons and 60 episodes. I think the strong bond that makes a successful show.

    There is one more question: Do you think that refusal to do a “developing 1D show” cause the renewal of the 4th season of Big Time Rush?

  • Jon23812

    @aj, there are other live action shows that have had more than three seasons and 60 episodes, like Clarissa, Alex Mack, Hey Dude, Kenan & Kel, Are You Afraid of the Dark.

    There was never going to be a One Direction show. One Direction said so themselves, that those were rumors.

  • jamie

    @Jon23812, yes but that was all during the “golden age of Nickelodeon”. Ever since 2008/2009, any non Dan Schneider/Spongebob show doesn’t go past two seasons on Nickelodeon. BTR is the first non DS/Spongebob show to get a third season and now a fourth.

  • DisnickUK

    what is the difference between greelight and renewed does greenlight means it is being higly considered for a renewal and renewal means 100per cent renewed

  • Hahahahahahahahah do true

    Big Time Rush is doing way better than Victorious. Big Time Rush should have more episodes than Victorious. Although Victorious is doing pretty good. I’m happy for BTR.

  • Hahahahahahahahah so true

    The name is so true btw. But BTR should have more than a 13 episode 4th Season.

  • Maite

    Excuse me? Big TIME Rush is better than Victorius! And I’m very happy with this!!! I always knew it, a show like this needs more seasons!Maybe like ICarly! I mean they had 6 seasons, so why BTR not? I think Nickelodeon made the correct choice

  • Phil

    Thank god its renewed! But I have a feeling the 4th season will be the last.
    Also heard that Victorious was cancelled today, so sad! It had at least 2 more seasons IMO! Other burning questions I have, when will BTR Season 2 be released on DVD?!? Will Sam and Cat fare well? I hope so…I don’t want to see Dan Schneider fail! Meanwhile back to BTR, Nickelodeon is still seeing them profitable so for now, Rushers you can breathe a sigh of relief. More funny episodes to come!

  • Mike

    Big Time Rush is not diong better than Victorious. Series low = 1.4 million viewers last episode. Victorious low was 2.4 million viewers. The fourth season will be the last, because all the shows are ending too soon by Nickelodeon.

  • aj

    I tend to disagree with the last who commented, it is not only TV ratings that the reason why the TV show was renewed, the cost and the other factors like concert sales. Even if you get low number of viewers but you still see their concerts are fully packed and many think that the production cost of BTR is cheaper than Victorious (recently did not renewed). Another reason is their strong bond.

  • aj

    Please read the press release again, aside from the US the TV show was a big hit in other countries. I think Nick needed a long term profit aside from the ad revenues, BTR has it.

  • James

    Bull.. BTr is clearly better than Victorious.. haters

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