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Like most early-‘80s babies, I often revel in the ironic enjoyment of shows that I unironically paid way too much attention to in my youth, with the brain-melting adventures and drama of Saved by the Bell and Full House filling up parts of my memory banks where math should be.
Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after announcing that the casting process has begun in the new live-action Disney Channel movie, Descendants, comes word that Liv and Maddie star Dove Cameron has nabbed one of the coveted roles. She’ll play Mal, the daughter of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in the Kenny Ortega-directed TV followup to various well-known Disney movies
Based on the description of Disney Channel’s planned original movie, Descendants, it seems the cable channel has sent the bucket deep into the Disney well and has come up with a pretty ambitious but intriguing all-star(ish) sequel concept. That may be cause for concern to die-hard Disney fanatics, especially if we consider some of those straight-to-video non-classics Disney has distributed in the past, which have tampered with the canon of the stories in less than satisfying ways.
Did you miss ABC's broadcast of the excellent and sure-to-be-a-classic Disney Pixar Halloween special Toy Story of TERROR!? Well, rest assured, it's going to air again, though you probably won't find it on ABC. Additional airings of the special are scheduled for Disney's cable channels, with the first re-airing scheduled for this Saturday, as ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween event kicks off.
Last November, we learned that a spin-off/sequel project for Boy Meets World was in development for Disney Channel. As "in development" doesn't mean an automatic greenlight to series, we've hung on every major bit of news for the project in the hopes that the pilot would eventually go to series. Signs pointed toward good news, but we had to wait for it. It's finally here. Girl Meets World has officially been ordered to series at Disney Channel.
The mouse is back in the house! Or he will be soon enough. For decades, Mickey Mouse has served as the face of all things Disney. But in terms of his presence as a cartoon character, he's a bit overshadowed by so many other film and television animated humans, animals and the like. It looks like Disney Channel's looking to remedy that with a series of 19 cartoon shorts that showcase the iconic mouse, beginning this summer.
We haven't seen a lot of Ben Savage on the small screen in recent years, but the 32-year-old actor is still remembered well for his role as Cory Matthews, the lead character in ABC's 90s sitcom Boy Meets World. And there's a chance he could reprise that role, should things work out for the sequel Disney Channel is reportedly trying to develop.
Fans awaiting their first full look at the new animated adventure in the TRON universe don't have to wait any longer. The upcoming series called TRON: Uprising still doesn't hit television screens for another month but the prelude, TRON: Uprising, Beck's Beginning, is already online and almost a full week before its premiere. Disney has uploaded the entire episode to introduce the ensuing series that is set between 1982's TRON and 2010's TRON: Legacy.
Say what you will about Disney, but it is one well-run company. To elaborate, it is one extremely productive, well-run company that now has a brand new foothold in another part of the world. Disney announced today the company is set to join up with UTH Russia, a media holding company in the aforementioned country. Disney will take a 49 percent share of the ad-supported channel and UTH will nab the remaining 51 percent.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Disney Channel. On one hand, they have allowed me to doze on the couch many a pre-dawn morning while my kids watched Imagination Movers enraptured. On the other hand, well, Hannah Montana. And I can only be thankful that my kids now sleep until sunrise and then head to school since Disney Channel has just given the green light to a talking dog project
Phineas and Ferb is anything but boring, but it is a rarity on the cable network. So, it’s no surprise Disney Television Animation has locked down creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, for a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. As part of the deal the two creators will be involved with the Phineas and Ferb feature film currently in developed. The two are planning a spinoff series, as well as a brand new pilot. They’ll be making a bit of money, but it looks like there will be a lot of work involved.
Apparently, all it takes is doing your hair up like Carla Gugino to land your own show on the Disney Channel. The tactic is certainly working for network worker bee Debby Ryan who, after years of playing fourth fiddle on Suite Life on Deck, has finally landed her own pilot
American Idol goes Disney this week with guest mentor Miley Cyrus signing on to help the Top 11 Finalists prepare for Billboard No. 1 Hits Week. Then, on the results show, she'll be joined by fellow Disney Channel stars Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, performing their single, "Make a Wave." Cyrus will perform "When I Look At You."
This Sunday, Hannah Montana is set to feature a guest appearance from Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer. We have some details about the episode, including a clip featuring Cryer.
Pop singer Jordin Sparks is headed for the S.S. Tipton later this month. Disney announced today that the American Idol champ is set to perform on The Suite Life on Deck. We’ve got a couple of video clips from the episode along with some details about Sparks’ appearance on the show.