Following the success of Wendy Toliver’s Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale, Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced a second novel by Toliver, this time focused on perennial favorite Regina. Currently slated for a release date of April 25, 2017, Once Upon A Time: Regina Rising currently clocks in at a whopping 416 pages and has the following publisher’s description:
During the ‘Once Upon A Time’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was confirmed Aladdin (alongside Jafar) would be making his ‘Once Upon A Time’ debut in season six which returns to ABC on September 25, 2016. In addition to the news, the opening scene from the first episode of the new series was also shown to the audience, which you can find embedded below.
Deniz Akdeniz has been cast as Aladdin while Oded Fehr has been re-cast in the recurring role of Jafar.
Production has begun in Los Angeles on Freeform’s highly anticipated new original series ‘Famous in Love,’ a one-hour soapy drama putting the spotlight on the dark side of fame, from I. Marlene King and Warner Horizon Television.
Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle published by Little, Brown and Company, ‘Famous in Love’ follows ordinary college student Paige as she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads, while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.
Disney Channel has released a teaser for its upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), Disney Decendants 2. The clip shown features Carlos, Evie, Mal and Jay exiting what appears to be a club before pulling back and showing the popular children of Disney’s villains as being viewed inside the crystal ball belonging to Ursula. It had been previously announced that Disney star China Anne McClain will appear in the sea-quel as Ursula’s daughter, Uma. The movie will also expected to include Captain Hook’s daughter, CJ, as well as Gaston’s children, who have appeared in the franchise’s books.
ABC today announced a major evolution of its streaming service, re-launching with seven original digital short-form series, full seasons of 38 ‘throwback’ shows, and a redesigned user interface exclusively for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV that improves discovery and navigation. The new original ABCd shorts and the ‘throwback’ series will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in.
At launch, seven new ABCd comedy and lifestyle digital series developed in-house by ABC Comedy Development, ABC Daytime and ABC Digital Media, are available. More than 40 additional series are in development and will roll out monthly. These series, along with all library shows, are available without signing in with a pay TV service.
DHX Television announces casting details for season two of Backstage, Family Channel and Fresh TV’s popular tween DHX Television’s Family Channel and Fresh TV Inc. announced today that production has begun on season two of the tween drama series Backstage. Following a group of elite teen performers at Keaton School of the Arts, the second season is filming in Toronto and will bring 30 new half-hour episodes of the drama, which airs internationally. The sophomore season will introduce a variety of new characters to each of the arts streams, with seven talented young actors joining the cast.
Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of Programming and Development, announced a new comedy pilot ‘Alone Together’ by The Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
‘Alone Together’ is a half-hour comedy about two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds as they try to make their way into the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles only to find salvation in their male/female strictly platonic friendship. Esther Povitsky and Benji Afalo will star in, write and executive-produce the pilot. Eben Russell will also write and executive-produce.
Starring Disney Channel stars Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand, the movie is based on the popular young adult novel of the same title by Megan Shull.
As first reported by Stitch Kingdom back in March, Disney today confirmed a series of new shorts based on a new franchise titled Frozen Northern Lights. As also reported by Stitch Kingdom, the franchise will kick off this summer with a book release from Random House titled Frozen Northern Lights: Journey to the Lights. The 224 page book positions itself as an adaptation of the new franchise’s storyline, with the publisher’s descriptions as follows:
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation announced earlier today the new animated series, ‘Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series’ has been licensed to Disney Channels Worldwide, including the United States, for a unnamed premiere date in 2017. The order consists of 26 22-minute episodes.
Produced at the Nelvana Studio in Toronto, ‘Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series’ focuses on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her three closest friends Hank N Stein, Pedro and Wendy Blob. With Dracula away on ‘Official Vampire Business,’ Mavis finally sees her chance to show her father what she can do. With the help of her friends, she decides to put her brilliant ideas of how to run the Hotel into motion, but …enter Aunt Lydia, Dracula’s older and much meaner sister. While Mavis and friends are ready to let loose and have fun, Aunt Lydia pushes for even more order and tradition at the Hotel.