Disney Channel, the leading TV network for kids and families, has ordered “Dog With A Blog,” a live action comedy series from Emmy-winning producer Michael B. Kaplan. A family sitcom from the pet’s point-of-view, it centers on step-siblings whose parents buy them a dog to encourage them to get along. That happens – to some extent – as brother and sister discover a big secret about their family’s latest addition… that the dog can talk AND blog. The series will introduce a talented cast, among them, Disney Channel’s next big star: a four year-old, mixed breed named Kuma in the role of Stan, the talking dog with a blog. The announcement was made today by Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channel.
Disney XD and Marvel have teamed with the NBA to present the “Ultimate Spider-Man” and NBA mash-up video, premiering SAturday, April 28 at 9:27 a.m., ET/PT on Disney XD and DisneyXD.com. The video, which will also be available at NBAHoopTroop.com and provided to NBA teams to present in arena, features an array of heroes on-and-off the court, with action-filled scenes from Marvel’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series and NBA highlights.
“This creative ‘mash-up’ of NBA stars and the iconic Spider-Man reflects a feeling of strength and confidence, whether it’s ‘thwipping’ to the next level or soaring for a slam dunk, and aligns powerful properties with boys’ interests across multiple platforms and arenas,” said Andrea Ste. Marie, director, marketing, Disney XD.Â
Rock Week returns, with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” accompanied by the Troupe. Bringing lots of leather and lots of fire, the remaining ten couples will perform to some of the greatest Rock songs of all time Monday, April 9 at 8 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
ABC Studios is proud to announce the May/June DVD debut of four new TV series on DVD, just weeks after their season one finales on ABC-TV. Exciting spring releases begin May 22 with the DVDdebut of the paranormal thriller ‘The River.’ The network’s hilarious ‘GCB’ struts its stuff to DVD on June 12, and both the explosive thriller ‘Scandal’ and the mystery-suspense sensation ‘Missing’ head home to DVD, also on June 12. These outstanding ‘Season One’ DVD collections will dig deeper into these new series with never-before-seen material such as exclusive bonus features, deleted scenes, blooper reels and featurettes from favoritec haracters. Each allows fans the chance to relive all their favorite moments uninterrupted, catch up on missed episodes and share theirlove for some of the best new series on TV with friends and family.
For a proactive, far–reaching campaign that encourages kids and families to take a stand against cyberbullying, Common Sense Media teamed with Disney’s Friends for Change, the popular initiative that inspires kids to make a difference in their world. Public Service Announcements geared towards kids age 6–14 and their families, each featuring the stars of Disney Channel and Disney XD hit series, will be presented multiple times per day beginning Thursday, April 5 on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney.com. The messages were developed under the guidance of Common Sense Media, an independent non–profit organization which helps parents and teachers manage the media and technology in kids’ lives. For more information, each PSA directs viewers to www.Disney.com/commonsense.
The following is a list of the upcoming summer programming in chronological order (all times ET):
Disney Channel has ordered the comedy pilot “Bits & Pieces,” a unique re-imagining of the traditional multicamera family comedy. The series will showcase the bits and pieces of a family’s funniest moments using quick, dynamic storylines that unfold through a series of short comedic vignettes.
“Bits & Pieces” is executive-produced by Andy Fickman (“The Game Plan,” “Race to Witch Mountain”) and Betsy Sullenger (“You Again”) and written by John D. Beck & Ron Hart (“Shake It Up,” “According to Jim”). Production begins in June in consideration for a Disney Channel series to premiere in 2013.
Next week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” themed “The Most Memorable Year of My Life,” challenges the remaining eleven couples to perform a meaningful dance using any style dance of their choice, Monday, April 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
On Tuesday, acclaimed singer and songwriter Seal returns to the ballroom performing “Lean On Me” from his latest album “Soul 2.” His soulful performance will be accompanied by four members of the Troupe. Also hitting the stage is best-selling country vocal group, Rascal Flatts, with a network TV debut performance of “Changed,” the title of their new album due out April 3rd. Their performance is accompanied by pro dancer Tony Dovolani and Troupe member Sharna Burgess on Tuesday, April 3 at 9 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
On Friday, March 30, Disney Junior will premiere its first ever crossover episode featuring Handy Manny (voice of Wilmer Valderrama) and Special Agent Oso (voice of Sean Astin) in ‘The Manny with the Golden Bear.’ The half hour special episode will premiere on Disney Channel at 12:00 pm ET/PT with replays on the brand new Disney Junior Channel. In the episode, Handy Manny and his tools visit Special Agent Oso to help him fix a broken bicycle.
Disney Junior has provided us with these first look images from the special episode along with two clips from the show.
Production has begun in Vancouver, Canada, on “Girl Vs. Monster” (working title), a Halloween-themed Disney Channel Original Movie starring popular actress Olivia Holt (of Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It”) as a teenager who, after inadvertently unleashing an immortal monster when defying her parents’ wishes to stay home, is shocked to discover the family secret that she is a fifth generation monster hunter. Olivia Holt performs two of the movie’s pop rock songs, “Had Me @Hello,” written by Dan Book, Alexei Misoul and Shelly Peiken, and “Fearless,” written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman.