Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family, today announced that the network will continue to grow its slate of original programming with a new hilariously scary, hidden-camera, funny-prank show, ‘Freak Out.’ The half-hour series, from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, has been picked up for 14 episodes and will premiere this fall during the network’s well-known programming event ’13 Nights of Halloween.’
Each episode of ‘Freak Out’ will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life before their eyes with elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors, and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle. Every frighteningly hilarious prank is deviously tailored with help from the victim’s friends and family to turn an everyday situation into someone’s scary moment, until they realize they’ve been pranked.
An adventure and action-filled television special, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars’ is set to premiere on Disney Channel on Saturday, July 26 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The story is set a couple summers ago in a galaxy far, far away when Phineas, Ferb and the gang are in a parallel universe during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Iconic Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 are featured in this special programming event. A first look will be available to verified WATCH Disney Channel users and Disney XD On Demand a week prior on July 19.
Welcome to Camp Bushwhack — a place where campfire stories blaze to life. Debuting on Disney XD on Monday, June 16 at 6:00 PM et/pt, Bunks is an original zom-edy (zombie comedy) that follows the troublemaking brothers, Dylan and Dane O’Reilly, as they escape the punishment of a military bootcamp to the idyllic S’more-smacked shores of Camp Bushwhack and accidentally trigger a curse that brings a campfire zombie story to life.
Disney Television Animation has begun production on ‘The Lion Guard,’ an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film The Lion King. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, ‘The Lion Guard’ television movie will premiere in Fall 2015, and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
The wildlife education experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on ‘The Lion Guard’ stories, which will incorporate themes of conservation, family and community while also highlighting problem-solving, creative thinking and diversity. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.
ABC Family has begun production in Los Angeles on three drama series pilots: ‘Recovery Road,’ ‘Stitchers’ and ‘Unstrung.’
Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, ‘Recovery Road’ focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Trying to save face, Maddie chooses to spend her nights living with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility and her days pretending everything is perfectly normal among her high school classmates and her closest friends. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Beth Miller and Craig Piligian from Pilgrim Studios and Danielle VonZerneck.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that ‘Scandal: The Complete Third Season‘ will be available to own on DVD on September 23. Among the bonus features are behind-the-scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers and an extended version of the season finale.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the Disney Junior favorite, ‘Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine,’ will be available to own on DVD on September 9, 2014. The compilation DVD includes five episodes that look at the various specialties in which doctors practice medicine. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive Doc McStuffins dress up play set.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that ‘‘Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season’‘ will be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD on August 19, 2014.
Can five heroic characters set aside their personal grudges and private demons to rescue Henry – and themselves – from the ultimate evil? Experience the heart-pounding action and tantalizing suspense of ‘‘Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season’.’ The stakes are higher than ever in a Neverland that’s the stuff of nightmares. At the dark heart of its mystery is Peter Pan, an ageless entity with a diabolical agenda and a chilling secret. For Emma, Henry, Hook, Rumple, Regina, Charming, and Snow, Pan’s actions have far-reaching consequences that will change their lives forever, create new alliances and introduce both Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest to a powerful new villain of legendary wickedness – the Wicked Witch.
Ahead of any official announcement, Amazon has begun listing Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray with a release date of September 9, 2014.
‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ a dynamic, action-packed one-hour drama, showcases Agent Phil Coulson and his team of highly skilled agents as they investigate extra-normal and super human people and events worldwide. Soon after the battle of New York, the existence of super heroes and aliens became public knowledge, and the world was trying to come to grips with this new reality. With new threats on the horizon, Coulson’s small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.