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[edit] PremiseEdit

Fifteen-year-old True Jackson was selling sandwiches 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 child, 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.

[edit] CastEdit

[edit] Main castEdit

Main article: List of True Jackson, VP characters[1][2]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.*Keke Palmer as True Jackson, a teen who serves as the Vice President of youth fashion at Mad Style, where she works, and gets into mishaps and has a lot of fun with her friends. She is fairly intelligent and hard working with an odd family. She is usually the most sensible of her friends. In the beginning of the series she has a crush on Jimmy, Mr. Madigan's nephew, they eventually become a couple. In the series finale, True becomes president after Mr. Madigan retires.

  • Ashley Argota as Lulu, the best friend and secretary–assistant of True. She tends to be very crazy, loud, and clueless. She is easily distracted as seen in every episode. Although not many people believe it, she is very intelligent and loves math. She also suffers from Trichophagia which means eating of hair. Plus she's also somewhat afraid of birds (As she mentions to True in one episode, "They give me the creeps but I'm not sure why."). So far in the series, her last name has not been revealed. She has a boyfriend named Mikey J.[5] She and Mikey J. share their first kiss in the series finale.
  • Matt Shively as Ryan Leslie Laserbeam, the other best friend of True. Though he does not have an official job at Mad Style, he always is there to hang out with True and Lulu. He is not very smart and is very clumsy. Ryan's middle name is Leslie, but he dislikes it. Oscar is not sure if Laserbeam is Ryan's real last name, but according to Ryan's big brother, he got the name when one of his ancestors was given the name "Laserbeam" by his crew captain while he was working on a ship. It is hinted that he has a little crush on Amanda, but this no longer acknowledged in the second season due to his affection for Kelsey.
  • Danielle Bisutti as Amanda Cantwell, one of the many workers at Mad Style. She is the Vice President of Women's Fashion. Through the beginning of the series, Amanda is seen as True's rival as they often fought/disagreed with each other, but Amanda is slowly becoming True's friend. Amanda is engaged to Brock and she falls into Fountain of Youth, making her around 7 years old again.
  • Robbie Amell as Jimmy Madigan, the nephew of Max Madigan, a mail deliverer at Mad Style and is the boy of True's affection. He has feelings towards True, but couldn't date her for a while due to a job rule, until True got jealous of a new mail girl and they became a couple. In the episode "True Secret" Jimmy and True are caught kissing by Max and he says that in order for them to stay together, one of them must quit. But by the end of the episode Max changes the rule. In the series finale he gets promoted to drummer of the staff longuge and Kelsey becomes the new mailroom girl.
  • Ron Butler as Oscar is the main secretary and operator for Mad Style, and works behind the reception desk on the floor where Mad Style offices are. He is often shown taking calls on his headset or delivering messages to Amanda. Known to crack jokes, he tends to speak in a campy manner. He wears ascots all the time. Like Lulu, he does not have a last name. It is unknown what became of him after the series finale.
  • Greg Proops as Max Madigan is the boss and CEO of Mad Style and holds all the meetings and other social events, often glorifying True. He is somewhat odd and is Jimmy's uncle. He retires to stay at home with his wife Doris, whom is pregnant with their first child.

[edit] Recurring castEdit

  • Dan Kopelman as Kopelman, a Mad Style employee that hardly speaks and is frequently ridiculed by Max
  • Trevor Brown as Mikey J, Lulu's boyfriend
  • Jordan Monaghan as Kelsey, Ryan's on-and-off girlfriend
  • Joy Osmanski as Ms. Patti Park, True's teacher
  • Melanie Paxson as Doris Madigan (née Aidem), Max Madigan's wife and True's school librarian
  • Taylor Parks as Shelly, one of True's friends
  • Henry Hereford as Ryan's Great Grandfather
  • Stephen Hibbert as Hibbert, a Mad Style employee
  • Vincent Ventresca as Mr. Jeff Jamerson, True's science teacher
  • Jo-Anne Krupa as Ella, the Mad Style accountant

[edit] Guest starsEdit

[edit] EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of True Jackson, VP episodes

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 26 November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08) October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)
2 34 November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14) August 20, 2011 (2011-08-20)

[edit] SyndicationEdit

[edit] Cable syndicationEdit

Besides airing on Nickelodeon, the series also aired on TeenNick in U.S., beginning in 2009. The series was then removed on February 26, 2011 less than a week after the network aired a season 2 marathon on Presidents' Day (February 21, 2011). The series returned to TeenNick for a Memorial Day weekend marathon which aired from May 28 to May 30, 2011. The series returned in June 2011 and was removed again in mid October 2011.

BET also briefly aired episodes of the series in 2009.

[edit] International syndicationEdit

The show also premiered on the Canadian network YTV on March 5, 2009 and after shows every Thursday, 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. New episodes will premiere in Australia & New Zealand every Saturday in November. There will be a premiere week in the UK sometime in December. New episodes will premiere in November in Latin America.

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

[edit] DVD releasesEdit

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]

  • The following releases were only released on Amazon.com's CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand (MOD) service:
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 second season.[9]

[edit] Clothing lineEdit

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.

[edit] Book seriesEdit

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

[edit] Awards and nominationsEdit

2009 - Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming - Krisha Bullock & Harriet Greenspan (Nominated)
2009 - Outstanding Adolescent Program (Won)
2009 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2009 - Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) - Keke Palmer (Won)
2010 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2010 - Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) - Keke Palmer (Won)
2011 - Outstanding Children's Program (Won)
2011 - Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - (Series or Special) - Keke Palmer (Won)
2010 - Favorite TV Actress - Keke Palmer (Nominated)
2010 - Children's Episodic & Specials - Dan Kopelman, For the episode "The Rival" (Nominated)

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Josephine (March 2009). "TV Times". License! Global 12 (2): 32. http://www.licensemag.com/licensemag/License!+TV/TV-Times/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/586017. 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 j Appeared in two episodes in the series.
  7. ^ 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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