Disney Channel Orders Additional Episodes of ‘Suite Life on Deck,’ Introduces New Character

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Disney Channel has ordered additional second-season episodes of the hit comedy series “The Suite Life on Deck” and will bring aboard a new character played by actor Larramie “Doc” Shaw (“House of Payne”). The series is in production in Hollywood and is a spin-off of the Emmy-nominated “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” It stars Dylan Sprouse (winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actor), Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan and Phill Lewis.

In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “With this second-season extension, the cast of ‘The Suite Life’ makes Disney Channel history by becoming the longest running continuous characters on our air – 138 half-hour episodes. We are thrilled for them, and for the brilliant, inspired production team that made this extraordinary run possible.”

In addition to its Friday (8:00 p.m.) telecasts on Disney Channel, beginning June 15 encore episodes of “The Suite Life on Deck” will join the lineup on Disney XD, where “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” also airs daily (7:00 a.m.).

Episodes debuting in Fall 2009 will introduce a new character, Marcus Little, a former singing sensation whose career ended when his voice changed, so he’s now making a fresh start by studying world music at Seven Seas High on the SS Tipton.

Larramie “Doc” Shaw starred as Malik Payne on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” for which he received a 2009 NAACP Image Award nomination, the 2009 Young Artist Award and a 2009 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance in a Comedy. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.

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