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Friday, March 26, 2010

VICTORIOUS HITS TELEVISION!!! What A Day/Night It Was!

As I'm sure most of you know, Victorious premiered on Saturday night, March 27th, on Nickelodeon.

This first Victorious was watched by 5.7 million viewers, which makes it the most-watched debut ever for a Nickelodeon live-action show.  Nice! :)

The Victorious pilot has re-aired on Nickelodeon since the Saturday night premier, so it's now been seen my many more millions of people.

The pilot also made the Top 10 on iTunes, which is really amazing.  As I write this, it's currently at #6 (of all TV shows).  Thanks to all the fans who made that happen.  It's unusual for a brand new TV show to crack the Top 10 on iTunes.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 will forever hold a special place in my heart.  Because... 

I watched the beautiful, classy Miranda Cosgrove perform a song live for the first time ever.  She did an amazing job.

I watched the incredible cast of iCarly receive their second Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV show.  That's a huge honor for them, and for me.

I listened to Miranda say "I want to say thank you so much to Dan Schneider" as soon as she got up on stage.  I thought it was so incredibly sweet of her to mention me, especially first.  Thank you, Miranda.  I felt like a proud dad watching you up there.  I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being a little teary-eyed watching you, Jennette, Nathan, Jerry, and Noah up there, basking in that moment.

Then I watched the premier of my newest show Victorious, which also gave me that "proud dad" feeling in a huge way.  That show has been nearly two years in the making, with hundreds of people's work poured into it.  So, to see it all come together and just be on television like that... what an amazing feeling.

I got to read endless kind, supportive comments about Victorious from fans.  The outpouring of positive reactions to the show was unbelievable.

I watched 6 relatively new actors (the Victorious cast) have their lives change, literally overnight.  Feeling their excitement and joy is something I can't even explain.  But it's wonderful to be a part of.

I got to witness the launch of a true superstar.  Victoria Justice is going to take over the world some day soon.  And I'm the lucky guy who gets to supply the first few gallons of rocket fuel and light the fuse.  

And if all that doesn't add up to a crazy enough March 27th...

After the Kids' Choice Awards and the premier of Victorious, my wife Lisa (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) and I then went to Perez Hilton's birthday party which was soooo cool!  Perez really knows how to have a good time!  We got to see Leona Lewis sing... and Liza Minelli!  I chatted with Justin Bieber and thanked him for promoting Victorious for us.  I watched Lindsay Lohan shove my wife aside (by accident, but still).  And the party was capped off by Katy Perry riding in on a live elephant and singing.  Not your average party!

So, March 27th, 2010 goes down as a pretty friggin' AMAZING day in my life.

Once again, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the fans of iCarly, Victorious, and all the other shows I make.  It's your enthusiasm and support that drives me and makes me want to keep on doing what I do.

Finally, a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to Robin Weiner and Joe Catania.  You may or may not know those names, but let me assure you... without them, my TV shows would simply not exist.  Robin and Joe, I love you both. :)

I'll be checking back in here for your feedback and questions about Victorious and anything else you'd like to chat about.  Also, here are some fun links to check out.

Victorious link #1 - Promo
Victorious link #2 - Theme Song
Victorious link #3 - Video
Victorious link #4 - What The Buck Interview
Victorious link #5 - Victoria's Big Night

Information about Victorious

And now, I'm going to go sit in a hot tub, then get some rest... until the craziness starts all over again, tomorrow.

Much Luv,
Dan

Saturday, March 20, 2010

iCarly / Victorious - Very Fun Video

I feel almost positive this video will make you laugh, or at least smile.



After you watch the video, CLICK HERE for more info.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Make It Shine" (Victorious) - THEME SONG!!!

Hey guys.  The theme song to my new show Victorious is now available for your listening pleasure!

Here's some info…
The song is called "Make It Shine" (Victorious) and I think it's awesome.  The song was written and produced by Dr. Luke and Michael Corcoran.  If you think don't know those names, you SURE know one of them.

Dr. Luke is a great friend of mine, and you know his work very well.  He's the hottest producer/song-writer in pop music today.  Here's a list of just A FEW of Luke's songs:
  • Tik Tok - by Ke$ha
  • I Kissed A Girl - by Katy Perry
  • Party In The USA - by Miley Cyrus
  • Circus - by Britney Spears
  • Right Round - by Flo Rida
  • My Life Would Suck Without You - by Kelly Clarson
  • Since U Been Gone - by Kelly Clarkson
  • Girlfriend - by Avril Lavigne
And now...

Make It Shine (Victorious) - by Victoria Justice

You'll be hearing it a lot, especially at the beginning of every episode of Victorious.

I think you'll agree that Victoria Justice is an amazing singer.  Notice when you listen to the song, her voice hasn't been all "computerized" – it's really her, singing, for real.  That's one of the things about this song that makes me so proud.

To hear "Make It Shine" (Victorious) just CLICK HERE!!!

Love U Guys,
--Dan

P.S.  Please leave your comments about the song below.  I'd love to hear what you think. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

VICTORIOUS Coming Soon!!! iCARLY Goin' Strong!!!

Hey Hobos!

I want to give you updates on a few of things... 

I have a new TV show called Victorious.  It premieres tomorrow (Saturday) night on Nickelodeon, right after the Kids' Choice Awards – Saturday at 9:30 PM.

The show stars VICTORIA JUSTICE.  Here she is...















I first started working with Victoria on Zoey 101, where she played "Lola".

Vic (as we, her friends, call her) is headed for superstardom and Victorious is the next step.  Vic has it all: She's a great actress, dancer, singer, insanely beautiful… and most importantly for Victorious, the girl is flat-out funny.

As most of you who read DanWarp.com know, I love making comedy television.  When people ask me what Victorious will be like (as compared to my other shows), I guess it's closest in "feel" to Drake & Josh and iCarly, because Victorious is a situation-comedy.

Victorious is a show about a girl named Tori who find herself attending a high school for the performing arts.  The school (Hollywood Arts) is an amazing place.  It even looks amazing, mostly because the series was designed by Harry Mattheu, the same super-talented production designer that designed Zoey 101 and iCarly (Harry also worked with us on Drake & Josh). 

Actually, almost the whole staff and crew of Victorious are the same that worked on Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, and still work on iCarly.  Some of them even go back with me as far as All That, Kenan & Kel, and The Amanda Show.  When I find great, talented people I stick with 'em. :)

The cast of Victorious is made up of 6 other teenagers who I spent a year searching for.  One is Leon Thomas, who played "Harper" on the iCarly episode "iCarly Saves TV".  I think the whole Victorious cast will blow you away.  Below, I'll list their names and Twitter names, in case you want to follow them.

And now, about iCarly

Surprisingly, I still get questions from fans asking, "Has iCarly been canceled?"  The answer…

NOOOO!!!  iCarly has NOT been canceled!!! :)

iCarly is going stronger than ever.  If you look a graph of iCarly's ratings from the day the show premiered through today, it's a straight climb upwardsiCarly hasn't even peaked yet.  The show keeps getting more popular, not only in America, but in many other countries, too.

Here are some other questions I've been getting about iCarly:
 
Is anyone from the cast leaving the show?

Nope.  They're all staying:  Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor.  And you'll still be getting plenty of Noah Munck ("Gibby") too.  And all the other recurring iCarly characters.

How many more seasons of iCarly will there be?

The word "season" can get confusing.  It used to be clearer, back in the day.  Now, the term has become a bit vague.  So, let's look at it this way...

I've made 70 episodes of iCarly.  I'm pretty sure that 63 have already aired.  There are 7 new episodes (one of them a one-hour special) that you haven't seen yet. 

Currently, I've been asked by the network to make at least 26 more episodes.  And there could be more after that!

As far as I'm concerned, as long as the fans want more episodes of iCarly, and as long as the cast wants to keep making them, I'll keep writing and producing them. 

Since you're doing Victorious now, does that mean you're going to leave iCarly?


Nope. 100% absolutely not.  iCarly is like my child.  I created the show from scratch, and I love it.  I've been running the show since the very first episode, and I've never missed one.  I've been on stage with the actors and directors for every scene of every episode.  I have no intention of changing that.

There are producers who create shows, run them for a season or two, and then "hand off" the series to someone else so they can go do other projects.  That's not me.  When I create a new series I don't abandon it.  Because, to me, that's like letting someone else raise your kid.  I can't do it.

But how can you be in charge of iCarly and Victorious at the same time?

Easy.  The shows are not in production at the same time.  We alternate the production cycles.  That way, I'm able to give both shows 100% of my attention.

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I think that answers the questions I've been getting asked most often, recently.  If you have another question, just ask it in the comments below.  If you ask a good one, I'll add it to this blog with an answer.

I'm extremely excited about the premier of Victorious.  It will be the SEVENTH show I've made for Nickelodeon – no kidding!  All That… Kenan & Kel… The Amanda Show… Drake & Josh… Zoey 101… iCarlyVictorious.  Sometimes it boggles my mind when I think of the sheer number of script pages I've written since I wrote my very first sketch for All That. 

If you like iCarly and some of the other shows I've made, I feel pretty confident that you'll like Victorious.  I hope you'll watch it and I hope you'll love it. 

And look forward to many new great episodes of iCarly!

Love,
-Dan

Here are the Twitter names of the Victorious stars:

The Show: @Victorious

"Tori" - Victoria Justice: @VictoriaJustice 
"André" - Leon Thomas: @LeonThomas3
"Trina" - Daniella Monet: @DaniellaMonet
"Jade" - Liz Gillies: @LizGillies
"Beck" - Avan Jogia: @ATJogia
"Cat" - Ariana Grande: @ArianaGrande
"Robbie" - Matt Bennett: @MattBennettMB
"Rex" (as himself)

And in case you don't yet follow the iCarly team:

The Show: @iCarly

"Carly" - Miranda Cosgrove: @MirandaBuzz
"Sam" - JennetteMccurdy: @JennetteMccurdy
"Freddie" - Nathan Kress: @BruinDude92
"Spencer" - Jerry Trainor: @JerryTrainor (but he rarely tweets these days)

And me?  I'm @DanWarp :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

iCarly meets VICTORIA JUSTICE :) :) :)

Check out this new video with the iCarly cast and Victoria Justice!!!


After you watch the video, you might want to read this blog I wrote.

CLICK THIS

Thanks, and have fun!   

–Dan