Variety: Disney Channel to Introduce ‘Disney Junior’ to Viewers on Monday

Variety is reporting that Disney Channel will begin touting its Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior transition Monday, October 11 during the ‘Handy Manny: Big Construction Job’ prime-time special. The ad will feature one of several different variations of the previously introduced Disney Junior logo, this one being the individual letters in ‘Junior’ stylized after the ‘sensational six’ characters featured in ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.’

Disney Junior 'Sensational Six' logoAccording to Disney Channels Worldwide senior marketing and creative VP Richard Loomis, “Each one has sort of a fun, play-along factor. Some of the letters of ‘Junior’ are very obvious in terms of which characters they express, and some are a little bit more subtle. It’s simple, but it does have another layer.”

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DisneyXD.com Invites Viewers to Vote on ‘Top 10 on 10/10/10′ Marathon

Disney XD's Top 10 on 10/10/10 EventOn October 10, 2010, Disney XD will air the ‘Top 10 on 10/10/10′ marathon beginning at 8:00 am ET/PT and ending at 11:00 PM ET/PT. The marathon will feature viewers’ favorite episodes of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ ‘Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil’ and ‘Zeke and Luther.’

Viewers can now go online at DisneyXD.com/tententen to cast their vote for Agent P’s Top 10 Saves for ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Top 10 Stunts for ‘Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil’ and Top 10 Funniest Schemes for ‘Zeke and Luther.’

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Sneak Peek: Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ Premiering Oct 8 on Disney Channel

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A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

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Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ to Premiere on Disney Channel October 8

A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

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20/20 Investigates ‘Reality Thriller’ ‘Catfish’; Exclusive Interviews Include Angela and ‘Megan’

It’s a story so unbelievable, it has everyone wondering what really happened. The documentary film “Catfish” bills itself as “a reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times… a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” But the media and moviegoers alike have questioned the validity and truthfulness of this Sundance Film Festival favorite. The film follows Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old New York City photographer who becomes entangled in an internet relationship with a Michigan family that includes an eight-year-old art prodigy, her beautiful older sister, Megan, and her mother, Angela. Nev’s filmmaker brother, Ariel, and friend Henry Joost document the budding virtual love affair between Nev and Megan and embark on a road trip to discover the shocking truth about the family.

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Sneak Peek: Disney XD’s and Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!’

Disney XD has shared with us these clips from an upcoming episode of their new cartoon action series, Marvel’ s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! which premieres October 20 at 8:30 PM ET/PT.

From the episode titled ‘Some Assembly Required,’ our first clip checks in on Thor, Hulk, Wasp, Ant-Man and Iron Man as they enter and explore the Avengers’ Mansion, gifted by Tony Stark himself.

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DisneyChannel.com Offers Halloween Costume Augmented Reality Experience

This month, DisneyChannel.com lets users celebrate Halloween early with its “October Takeover” initiative, an augmented reality experience that gives kids the chance to be a virtual character from eight popular Disney Channel series.

A multiplatform digital and programming event, Disney Channel’s October Takeover starts online at www.DisneyChannel.com/Halloween where kids, with their parents’ permission, can digitally recreate themselves in virtual Halloween costumes representing some of their favorite Disney Channel characters such as “Hannah Montana,” Agent P from “Phineas and Ferb” and Sicky Vicky from “Sonny With A Chance,” among others. Trying on a costume is as easy as sitting in front of a webcam or uploading a photo. The Halloween-themed site instantly adds a costume over the image and allows webcam users to create a 15-second video. Participants have the opportunity to have their videos and photos featured on Disney Channel’s site or on-air throughout the month of October.

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ABC Family and Starz Media to Premiere ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ on November 28

ABC Family and Starz Media will once again celebrate the holidays together this season, with the network buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the new live-action holiday movie, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” as part of its November “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. A Starz Media presentation, the two-hour original movie, a sequel to last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” makes its worldwide premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz are executive producers on the film, which was written by Michael Ciminera, Richard Gnolfo and Peter Sullivan, from a story by Schenck, Sullivan, Ciminera and Gnolfo. Michael Feifer directed the movie.

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Sneak Peek: Shaquille O’Neal on Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Halloween Special

Shaquille O'Neal in 'Sonny With A Chance' (DISNEY CHANNEL/RANDY HOLMES)

In an upcoming episode of Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance,’ Shaquille O’Neal guest stars as himself, in a fully-produced, ghoulish “So Random!” Halloween special, along with special musical guests Allstar Weekend and a brand new song performed by Sonny Munroe.

You may have already seen the promotional clips of the episode which feature Shaq as ‘Shaqula,’ but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve met ‘Shakenzie’ who’s introduced to us in the following clip from the show shared with us by Disney Channel. Also featured in the clip are regular cast members Demi Lovato, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Doug Brochu and Brandon Mychal Smith.

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