Christina Vidal as Taina.
|Format||Sitcom / Musical|
David Oliver Cohen
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Original run||January 14, 2001 – May 11, 2002|
Taina is an American sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon and was one of the last live-action comedy shows taped at Nickelodeon Studios but later moved to the Nickelodeon On Sunset in Hollywood, for it's second season. The show aired from January 14, 2001 to May 11, 2002.
Taina Morales is a young Puerto Rican who aspires to be a singer and actress. She, along with her best friend, Renee Jones, attend the Manhattan High School Of The Performing Arts. Once there, they reuinte with Lamar, who neither has seen since elementary school. Taina and Renee's arch-nemesis Maritza Hogg (who knew Taina and Renee before high school) attends the same school they do, and is also an aspiring singer/actress. Every episode features Taina daydreaming her super stardom, with occasional performances of a new song. Production on the show began sometime around the summer of 2000. The show premiered on January 14, 2001 on Nickelodeon's TEENick, where ratings grew and lasted for two seasons. The show was even put on Nickelodeon's SNICK lineup on Saturday nights in January-May 2002, where ratings more than doubled in its second season . Despite its popularity, the show was canceled that June. Nickelodeon canceled it because they thought it only appealed to girls.  CBC reran the show for a few months in 2003.
On February 19, 2002 during its second season, Nickelodeon released the Taina soundtrack, featuring songs by Christina Vidal and LaTangela. Other songs on the soundtrack were sung by 3LW and Dream, who both guest starred on the show. The album, released by both Jive records and Nick records, includes songs such as "I Thought That We Were Friends" and the show's theme song, "Gonna Be A Star".
In June 2002, Nickelodeon announced that Taina was canceled after two seasons, despite big ratings. The main reason being was that they thought it appealed more to females than males, which is puzzling considering Nickelodeon's future shows — Zoey 101 and Unfabulous. According to Josh Cruze, the show was also getting more expensive to produce. According to Vidal in a later interview, scripts for a third season of the series were already written before the show was canceled.
There was a DVD release of the show titled after the pilot, Be Careful What You Wish For, in the UK, which features the first four aired episodes. The DVD is region 2 and has yet to be released in the U.S. but is available at Amazon.com, however not playable on American and Canadian DVD players.