Victorious (styled as VICTORiOUS) is an Nickelodeon sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series premiered on March 27, 2010 after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. Three soundtracks were spawned from the show which included the songs "I Want You Back", "Give it Up", and "L.A. Boys". The series become very successful worldwide and won the Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards.
On August 10, 2012, although it was originally thought that the show was getting picked up for a 4th season, Victoria Justice stated that the current third season of the show would be the final season. Dan Schneider added in a blog post that Nickelodeon often ends shows after about 60 episodes. Even though he and the cast would have been willing to shoot more episodes, the network had decided to end the series. He also denied rumors that Victorious is ending because of its new spin-off show, Sam & Cat. Nickelodeon would not disclose the official reason for the show's cancellation.
Ariana Grande began the audition process in New York while she was still doing 13: The Musical on Broadway and then had her callback in Los Angeles. Then she had a few screen tests and finally got a call from Dan Schneider personally telling her that she was going to play Cat. Ariana said that she "almost died." Roughly a week before filming, Dan called Ariana and asked if they had permission to do whatever they want with her hair. Dan said that he had too many brunettes on the show and wanted Cat to stand out because of her personality. Ariana agreed and let the Victorious crew dye her hair bright red.
The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega (portrayed by Victoria Justice), a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's (Daniella Monet) place in a showcase. The plot follows Tori as she finds her place within Hollywood Arts while getting into crazy situations and adventures and meeting friends to help her along the way. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris (Leon Thomas III), a musical prodigy who becomes Tori's best friend at Hollywood Arts after encouraging her to stay at the school and helping her realize her talent; Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett), a socially-awkward ventriloquist who carries around his puppet Rex Powers, who is seen by Robbie (and generally everyone else) as a living person; Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies), Jade West, a sarcastic and Gothic "mean girl" who has a complicated frenemy relationship with Tori and often threatens her; Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande), a sweet and innocent but naive and somewhat dim-witted girl; and Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia), a down-to-earth and handsome guy who is Jade's boyfriend. Other characters include Erwin Sikowitz, the performing-arts teacher for Hollywood Arts; Lane Alexander, the school's guidance counselor; and Sinjin Van Cleef, an odd classmate who is mostly in charge of A/V.
“Love how my face fits so good in your neck”
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