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 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.
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.
Disney’s hugely popular duck-billed, beaver-tailed, teal-colored character Perry the Platypus, as seen on “Phineas and Ferb,” the #1 animated series for kids and tweens, will be the main attraction on Platypus Day, Saturday, March 3. The celebration includes the introduction of “The Platypus Walk,” a catchy spy-surf-rock song and dance designed to encourage fun physical activity as part of Disney’s commitment to inspire kids and families to lead active lifestyles. The day also includes 11 hours of “Phineas and Ferb” programming including two new Perry-focused episodes on Disney Channel and Disney XD, an interactive website dedicated to Perry the Platypus, a fun giveaway and special Platypus Takeover at all Disney Stores in the U.S. & Canada and events via local Radio Disney stations across the nation.
Disney Channel celebrates Black History Month beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 with young viewers expressing what Black History means to them, in a new installment of the original interstitial series “This Is Me.” Filmed at the Challengers Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, the interstitials feature kids sharing their thoughts about what inspires them, their hopes and dreams and how they want to change the world.
“We are proud to commemorate Black History Month with programming content that empowers kids to express themselves and share how they are already making a difference in the world,” said Ron Pomerantz, Vice President, Marketing and Creative, Disney Channels.
Yo ho ho! Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announced today that the upcoming prime-time special of ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ ‘Peter Pan Returns’ (airing February 13 at 7 pm ET on Disney Channel) will be available to own on Disney DVD and Disney Digital Copy on April 3, 2012.
In the special, which features six all-new original songs, Peter Pan returns to Never Land and travels to Pirate Island to enlist the aid of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully in finding his lost shadow.
Disney’s beloved Peter Pan makes his way back to Never Land and makes his debut in the popular Disney Junior series ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ in an all-new primetime special, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns.’
Premiering on Disney Channel on February 13 at 7:00 pm ET/PT, Peter Pan (voiced by Adam Wylie) arrives on Pirate Island to enlist the aid of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully in finding his lost shadow. The special will also include six original songs.
Disney Channel has shared with us these first look publicity image and stills from its upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Let It Shine, starring Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones and Trevor Jackson. Let It Shine is a modern day teenaged take on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story set against the worlds of gospel and hip-hop music.
‘Octonauts,’ the BAFTA-nominated animated show for preschoolers, based on the popular children’s book series of the same name, will make its U.S. debut Monday, January 9 at 11:30 am ET/PT on Disney Junior on Disney Channel. Created by award-winning design team Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy of Meomi Design, the series follows the lively underwater adventures of Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin, as they explore the ocean and work to protect all of its unique sea creatures. Produced by Silvergate Media with animation by Academy Award-nominated Brown Bag Films, the animated series made its initial debut in the UK in October 2010.