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Disney plans to revitalize the “Lion King” franchise with a new animated series and TV movie called “The Lion Guard.” The new series will bow on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

The series will continue the storyline of the “Lion King” feature from 1994 with a TV movie in the fall and a regular series in 2016.

“We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes,” said Nancy Kanter, exec VP of original programming and g.m. of Disney Junior Worldwide.

The series incorporates strong environmental and conservation messages as it revolves around lion cub Kion’s role as a member of the Lion Guard group tasked with preserving his family’s natural habitat. Series will revive “Lion King” characters including Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa. Ford Riley developed “Lion Guard” and is exec producer.

Disney Channel LogoDisney Channel is staying in the family for the leads of its newest pilot, Growing Up And Down, which has been given green light. Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally) and Adam Irigoyen (Shake It Up) will topline the family comedy as adult parents who suddenly and inexplicabDisney Channel logo 2014ly are transformed into teenagers again. Cecilia Balagot and Noah Centineo co-star as their teenage kids, who now must navigate high school with their parents — a couple with the daunting task of re-living their adolescence under the critical eyes of their children. Barry Wernick and Steve Leff wrote the pilot, production on which will begin in August.

Jessie Michelle Obama Disney ChannelThe live-action family fave, whose third season is currently airing, will begin production on season four in August, to premiere in January on the network.

For 2014 to date, “Jessie” is TV’s No. 1 telecast in its time period, and overall, it’s TV’s No. 2-rated live-action series, in kids 2-11 (1.6 million/4.0 rating) and kids 6-11 (1.3 million/5.4 rating), and the No. 4 TV series in tweens 9-14 (1.2 million/4.8 rating). Its most recent episode, last Friday, averaged 2.38 million same-night viewers and was the night’s No. 1 program (broadcast and cable) in teens and other younger demos, according to Nielsen.

“Jessie,” which bowed in September 2011, stars Debby Ryan as a young Texas woman who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny for a family with children adopted from India, Africa and America.

One episode in the current season will be directed by the 21-year-old Ryan, who also serves as a producer on the show. And an upcoming storyline is the engagement of Jessie and her beau Brooks.

Kevin Chamberlin, Peyton List, Karan Brar, Cameron Boyce and Skai Jackson co-star. The series, a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc., was created by Pamela Eells O’Connell, who serves as executive producer.

Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: ” ‘Jessie’ is a fan favorite for kids and families all around the world. Pam Eells and the entire team behind ‘Jessie’ have made this television family a huge global hit. Our audience gets to continue the journey with these characters, watching the Ross kids grow up with Jessie guiding the way for them.”

Source: Variety


TV Guide Exclusive: Actress/singer Zendaya (Shake It Up) is returning to Disney Channel to lead the cast of the new family comedy K.C. Undercover. In the series, set to premiere in early 2015, she stars as K.C. Cooper, a high school student training to follow in her parents’ footsteps as an undercover spy.

Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and Tammy Townsend (The Client List) play her parents, Craig and Kira Cooper. The show also features Kamil McFadden (House of Payne) and Veronica Dunne (Our Wild Hearts). Production begins this summer; Zendaya will also receive a co-producer title on the show.

K.C. Undercover reunites Zendaya with creator/executive producer Rob Lotterstein, who was also behind Shake It Up. “I’ve worked with her since she was 12 years old, and have witnessed her blossom into such a beautiful, talented and funny actress,” Lotterstein says.

Corrine Marshall created the comedy. Each episode of K.C. Undercover will center on the Cooper family as they contend with everyday familial issues — while also performing missions to save the country. “This show has all of the Disney Channel attributes,” says Adam Bonnett, the channel’s executive vice president of original programming. “Family, friendship, humor and heart from the point of view of an incredibly talented and relatable teenage girl.”

The highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off will finally hit the air this summer: Girl Meets World will premiere Friday, June 27 at 9:45/8:45c on Disney Channel following the premiere of the network’s original movie Zapped, starring Zendaya.
The show will then move to its regular timeslot, Fridays at 8:30/7:30c, on July 11.

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga, who are raising their family in New York City. Throughout the first season, other Boy Meets World alums, including Rider Strong, will make cameos, though the show will primarily focus on the couple’s daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard).

Kristin ChenowethThe Tony and Emmy winner,Kristen Chenoweth will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain in Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendants. In the villainous tale, Maleficent butts horns with her daughter Mal (Dove Cameron).

Directed by Kenny Ortega, the tale is set in a present-day idyllic kingdom where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s Beauty And The Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. The cast also includes Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Mitchell Hope. Written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, the pic is set to begin production next month for a 2015 premiere.

Disney Channel StorytellersDisney Channel is looking for the next generation of kids programming talent. A new program introduced today will give writers an opportunity to inspire and develop original shows for Disney Channel and Disney XD-branded platforms. Disney Channel Storytellers, which is open to professionally represented writers, is a 20-week salaried program in which three participants will have a live-action script commissioned as a series pilot, with mentoring from concept and writing to network pitching and pilot production. Other work experience in the program includes pitching ideas to programming execs, writing original scripts and polishing other scripts, and the creative development of digital content for multiple platforms. It’s A Laugh Productions, the production company owned by Disney Channels Worldwide that’s behind such live-action shows ranging from The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana to Austin & Ally and Dog With A Blog, will engage the writers and launch the Disney Channel Storytellers program. The inaugural program will run from August to January in Burbank.

“The unique Storytellers program will create new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration for the series creators of tomorrow,” said Jennilee Cummings, VP Original Series at Disney Channels Worldwide. “There is nothing more inspirational than watching people with natural, creative gifts grow, and we expect to continue the success of this program on an annual basis.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Austin and Ally LogoThe show goes on for the series about a singer, a songwriter and their two best friends working to achieve their dreams. Disney Channel has picked up a fourth season of Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy. The Sunday series from creators/EPs Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert and It’s A Laugh Productions tops its time slot among kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14. No premiere date for Season 4 was announced.


In a surprise move, the Disney Channel is set to produce a sequel to the wildly popular TV movie, Teen Beach Movie. Succumbing to the pressure to continue the story of whatever happened in the first movie, Disney execs are creating more space in the Disney coffers for the money it will make.

“Teen Beach Movie 2″ will reunite the key cast members and creatives from the original. Disney confirmed the news on Saturday at the taping of the Radio Disney Music Awards kudocast.

Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their roles. Director-choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday is back to helm the sequel, from a script by Robert Horn, Dan Berendsen, Matt and Billy Eddy. Michelle Manning and David Buelow will produce.

“The audience response to the first ‘Teen Beach Movie’ was overwhelming. We are thrilled to have the cast back for a new music-driven saga that continues this fantastical story,” said Gary Marsh, prexy and chief creative officers of Disney Channels Worldwide.

The Disney Channel this week released the first poster for the new series, Girl Meets World, set to debut this summer. The show is a spin-off of the popular ‘Boy Meets World’ show of the 90’s, where Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) is more than ready to take over for her father as she literally has the world in her hand in the cute pic, which features Savage, Fishel, August Maturo, who plays Cory and Topanga’s son, Auggie, and Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Riley’s BFF, Maya.

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