CONFIRMED: ‘Doc McStuffins’ to Add Adopted Sibling in March


GRANDMA, DOC, MOM, DONNY, DADConfirming earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom, Disney Junior has announced that a new multi-episode story arc premiering March 4 on Disney Channel will feature an addition to the McStuffins family. In the clip below, Mom explains to Doc that her new sibling won’t arrive in the way she and her brother did, but instead will be adopted into their ‘forever family.’

Experts Adam Pertman, President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of ‘Adoption Nation,’ and David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Director of Research, National Center on Adoption and Permanency, and Professor Emeritus of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University, served as consultants on the episodes.

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TFNY: ‘Elena of Avalor’ Doll First Look

AIMEE CARRERO (Disney Junior/Matt Petit)Just ahead of the New York International Toy Fair which kicks off Saturday, Febuary 13, Disney and Hasbro have shared a first look at the ‘Elena of Avalor’ doll being produced in support of the new animated Disney Junior series. The doll is seen here, held by Aimee Carrero, who voices the title character.

‘Elena of Avalor’ will first appear as part of a crossover episode on ‘Sofia the First’ before launching its own series. It was recently announced that Jenna Ortega will also star as Elena’s younger sister, Princess Isabel; and Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui will voice Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively, magical flying creatures called Jaquins who support Elena as she learns how to rule her kingdom.

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Disney ‘Frozen’ Holiday Special in Development

During the Q1 2016 conference earnings call, Disney Chief Operating Officer, Tom Staggs, announced that prior to the release of the Frozen sequel, a television special is currently under development and scheduled to air on ABC during holiday 2017.

In addition to the movie sequel and the holiday special, a Frozen themed attraction and pavilion is scheduled to open at Epcot at Walt Disney World in 2016 while a new stage show is scheduled to open this spring at Disney California Adventure, with a new themed land in development at Tokyo Disney Sea which will pay homage to the film in its own way.

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‘Doc McStuffins’ to Become Chief Resident of Toy Hospital in Season 4; Celebrity Guests Announced

RESCUE RONDA, STUFFY, LAMBIE, DOCAnthony Anderson, Molly Ringwald, Ellen Pompeo , Gabourey Sidibe and Vanessa Williams will guest star on Disney Junior’s critically acclaimed ‘Doc McStuffins,’ an animated series about a little girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse. They join previously announced guest star Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges in Season Four, slated to debut this summer.

The new season will find Doc and her toy friends magically transported to a make-believe town, made up entirely of toys, where Doc serves as chief resident of the Toy Hospital.

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Idina Menzel to Perform ‘Let It Go’ for ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and Disneyland have announced that Idina Menzel will perform ‘Let It Go’ as part of its upcoming television special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ airing February 21 at 8:00 pm. Menzel will perform with Disney California Adventure’s ‘Wonderful World of Color’ as the backdrop. Menzel joins an already impressive list of celebrities and performers including: Ne-Yo, Little Big Town and Disney legend, Dick Van Dyke. They join an already impressive roster of celebrities and performers including: Alfonso Ribeiro, Ariel Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eric Stonestreet, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dame Helen Mirren, Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris, Nolan Gould, Pink, Priyanka Chopra, Sabrina Carpenter, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Carson, Ty Burrell, Viola Davis, Zendaya, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Josh Gad, Tori Kelly and Kermit the Frog, Jessie J, Kelsea Ballerini, Witney Carson, Maddie Ziegler and The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

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Andy Richter to Host ‘Big Fan’ Comedic Game Show Based on Jimmy Kimmel Segment on ABC

ABC has given a series order to ‘Big Fan,’ a half-hour weekly comedic game show based on a ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ segment titled ‘Who Knows…?’ and hosted by Andy Richter. ‘Who Knows…?’ is a celebrity vs. super-fan game which became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans in this hilarious challenge. Each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her biggest super fans. The super fans will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode’s featured celebrity. The succeeding super fan will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, their prize is a priceless experience with the celebrity they admire most.

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‘Backstage’ Drama Coming to Disney Channel in 2016

DHX Media, producer of popular teen drama ‘Degrassi,’ has announced its new series, ‘Backstage,’ will be coming to Disney Channel in the United States in spring of 2016 as well as Disney Channel UK. The show was originally produced for Canada’s Family Channel and will begin airing in Canada in spring as well.

‘Backstage’ is a scripted series, shot in the docudrama-style, which follows a group of outstandingly talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts — from new friendships and crowning achievements to the angst and disappointments of the high stakes competition. Through diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliffhangers, Backstage lifts the curtain on these rising stars as they chase their dreams and deal with the day-to-day reality of being a student, a sister, a son, a girlfriend — a teen.

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‘Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends’ on DVD in April with Exclusive Activity Kit

'Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends'Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced it will release Disney Junior’s ‘Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends‘ on DVD for the first time on April 19, 2016 (now available for pre-order).

Everyone knows ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears,’ but after that story ended, a remarkable friendship began! Team up with newfound best friends Goldie and Bear on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in the wondrous Fairy Tale Forest.

Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red’s famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf, and much more. Join Goldie and Bear – and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters – for magical, song-filled fun you’ll treasure today and ever after!

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Al Yankovic to Lead A-List Cast in Disney XD’s ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’

MILO MURPHYLegendary satirist and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Al Yankovic will voice the title role in Disney XD’s ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’ (formerly known as ‘Mikey Murphy’s Law’), an animated comedy series from creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh of the globally acclaimed animated series ‘Phineas and Ferb.’

Premiering this fall, ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’ introduces Milo, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Yankovic will also sing the opening theme song and throughout the series, will perform original songs as his character Milo Murphy.

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ABC’s ‘Disneyland’ Anniversary Special Adds Celebrity Roster to Appearances

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC announced today that a star-studded line-up of music, film and television personalities will participate in the festivities on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.’ Stars include Alfonso Ribeiro, Ariel Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eric Stonestreet, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dame Helen Mirren, Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris, Nolan Gould, Pink, Priyanka Chopra, Sabrina Carpenter, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Carson, Ty Burrell, Viola Davis, and Zendaya. ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airs Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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