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Jessie
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Information
Created by Pamela Eells O'Connell
Starring Debby Ryan

Peyton List

Cameron Boyce

Karan Brar

Skai Jackson

Kevin Chamberlin

Theme music composer Toby Gad & Kinship Robbins
Opening theme "Hey Jessie", performed by Debby Ryan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 72
Production
Executive producer(s) Pamela Eells O'Connell
Running time 22-24 mins
Production company(s) It's a Laugh Productions

Bon Mot Productions

Disney Channel Original Productions

Broadcast
JESSIE is an American sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on Disney Channel. The series was created and executive produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell and stars Debby Ryan as Jessie Prescott, a small town Texas girl who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny to a high profile couple's four children played by Peyton ListCameron BoyceKaran Brar, and Skai Jackson. On March 11, 2012, Disney announced that Jessie had been renewed for a second season and that a telefilm based on the series was in development.[6] Filming for the second season began on July 9, 2012.Season 2 premiered on October 5, 2012.


On March 28, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season, with production resuming in July 2013.[8] Season 3 premiered on October 5, 2013. On April 16, 2014, according to ABC News, Jessie will get engaged in a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, marking the first time a Disney Channel lead character has gotten engaged.

The show was renewed for a fourth season on May 20, 2014.

PlotEdit

The series follows Jessie Prescott, a young woman from a small town with big dreams who, rebelling against her strict father, decides to leave the military base in Texas where she grew up and moves to New York City. She accepts a job as a nanny and moves into a multi-million dollar penthouse on the Upper West Side with the wealthy Ross family which includes: jet-setting parents, Morgan and Christina; and their four rambunctious children: Emma, Luke, Ravi and Zuri; along with the family pet (and Ravi's companion) Mr. (later Mrs.) Kipling, a 7 ft (2 m) Asian water monitor, that was later revealed to be a female. With a whole new world of experiences open to her, Jessie embarks on new adventures in the big city as she grows to rely on the love and support of the children in her care. Assisting her are Bertram, the family's lazy and sarcastic butler, and Tony, the building's 20-year-old doorman.

Production[edit]Edit

Development[edit]Edit

The series was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell who'd had previous experience with the "nanny" sitcom formula, starting her career as a writer on the series Charles in Charge and serving as co-executive producer on The Nanny, before working with Debby Ryan on The Suite Life on Deck.[15][16][17] O'Connell is said to have developed Jessie specifically to showcase Ryan's talent.[18] In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Ryan explained how the concept originated – "(O'Connell) and I were throwing ideas back and forth when The Suite Life was coming to an end, and she came up with this. I was absolutely captivated. Then Disney looked at the script and the show runner (O'Connell) and myself and they were like: 'Awesome. We like it. You're on in the fall'".[18] In interviews with Variety, Disney CEO, Gary Marsh spoke of working with Ryan again, – "It's been thrilling to watch Debby grow from an unknown actress to one of our top stars. Debby is a talented young actress who connects to a wide fanbase because she's genuine, relatable and aspirational all at once. Our viewers have followed her from The Suite Life on Deck to 16 Wishes, and we're pleased to be working with her again."[19][20] Jessie is set to be the first main character to be engaged and married in Disney Channel. There will be a four-part episode of the engagement.[21]

Casting[edit]Edit

[1]The cast in December 2011

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With Ryan signed on, Disney Channel began the search to cast the Ross family in May 2011.[22]Before casting was finalized, there were numerous differences in the original concept for several of the characters.[22] The role of mother to the Ross children was originally a photographer named "Pandora", the role of eldest daughter, Emma was originally named "Anabel", the role of Luke was originally a boy adopted from Korea named "Hiro" and the role of Ravi was originally a boy adopted from South America named "Javier" who had a pet capybara instead of a monitor lizard.[3][22][23]Some have speculated that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as a prominent celebrity couple with a multi-cultural adoptive family, may have been one possible inspiration for the series.[24] In an interview with the Boston Herald, O'Connell described her inspiration, saying – "I thought the celebrity parents and gorgeous penthouse would be glamorous, and a nice contrast to Jessie's more modest Texas roots. That fish out of water element makes for good stories, and I was inspired by many families who have adopted children of different ethnicities."[24]

Filming[edit]Edit

After casting was finalized and changes were made to several of the characters to suit the actors chosen, the series skipped the pilot phase and was put directly into production.[23][25] Filming began in June 2011 on Stage 3/8 at Hollywood Center Studios which, prior to start of production, served as the soundstage where the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place was taped.[4][11] Thirteen episodes were originally ordered for the first season, but while the show's first season was in production, Disney Channel ordered an additional seven episodes bringing the total number of episodes for the first season to twenty.[20] When asked about the atmosphere on set during an interview with MSN TV, Ryan described her relationship with the young cast – "I definitely feel like a nanny! They are smart kids, but they're real kids. They like to have fun. My policy is: We can play hard, as long as we work hard, and because we work hard, we need to play hard."[26]

Indian adaptation[edit]Edit

An Indian adaptation of the show, titled Oye Jassie, premiered on Disney Channel India on October 11, 2013. Like most Indian adaptions, the episodes and characters are similar to the original.[52]

Broadcast[edit]Edit

The series airs worldwide on Disney Channel. The series premiered on September 30, 2011 in Canada,[53] on November 25, 2011 in Australiaand New Zealand,[54] and on December 17, 2011 in Singapore.[55] It later previewed on January 29, 2012 and premiered on February 17, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[56] and in South Africa on April 1, 2012.[57]

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