Disney XD has renewed its flagship series “Aaron Stone” for a second season and has ordered a new original sitcom, “Viper Slap” (working title), about a teenage boy who is living his dream as the new lead guitarist of his favorite rock band and is determined to help his new misfit band mates make an epic comeback.
“Viper Slap,” a multi-camera sitcom, will begin production in July. It introduces a teenager named Ryan Hayes who gets the chance to be the new lead guitarist in his favorite “vintage” rock band, Viper Slap, and now is determined to help the band he idolizes make an epic comeback. He’s certainly got his work cut out for him because the band is a trio of rock star misfits who’ve fallen so far that they’re forced to take up residence in Ryan’s house. Nonetheless, in their own off the wall way, they’ll do their best to help Ryan navigate his teenage years with the goal of turning him into a bona fide rock star. Starring are Logan Miller, Steve Valentine, Greg Baker and Stephen Full. Created by Michael Kaplan (“Frasier,” “Girlfriends”) and Ron Rappaport, the series executive producers are Michael Kaplan (“Frasier,” “Girlfriends”) and Richard Gurman (“Married…with Children,” “Still Standing”).
Since its February debut, Disney XD ratings are up 26% among Kids 6-14 and 20% among Boys 6-14 compared to last year, and, among the older 9-14 set, Disney XD is up 50% among Tweens 9-14 and 54% among Tween Boys year to year.