Leveraging the success of the hit dance-driven series “Shake It Up,” Disney Channel will launch its first-ever talent competition exclusively for kids and tweens, “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition,” where kids will help decide the winner. Beginning Friday, July 1, with the consent of a parent, kids will have the opportunity to show off their “mad dance skills” by uploading their own short dance video, up to 45 seconds long, for a chance to compete in the ultimate dance off to air on Disney Channel this October. The Grand Prize includes a performance in an episode of “Shake It Up.”
Disney Channel has ordered “Austin & Ally,” an original, live-action comedy series chronicling the friendship of an unlikely duo whose lives unexpectedly enliven when one becomes an overnight Internet musical sensation. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood this summer for a scheduled late 2011 premiere on Disney Channel.
Starring are newcomer Ross Lynch as Austin, Laura Marano (“Without a Trace,” “Back to You”) as Ally, Raini Rodriguez (Disney’s Prom, “I’m in the Band”) as Trish and Calum Worthy (“Psych,” “Good Luck Charlie”) as Dez.
“My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” a comedic spin on pop culture vampires and scary movies in general, tells the story of three teens who believe their new babysitter is a real bloodsucking creature of the night — and it’s now up to them to rid their sleepy little town of the menace. Produced by Fresh TV and distributed by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), it will usher in a summer series premiering Monday, June 27 at 7 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
“A.N.T. Farm,” a comedy series about a middle school musical prodigy who is newly enrolled in a prestigious A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talents) program at a local high school, will premiere FRIDAY, JUNE 17 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Starring 12-year-old China Anne McClain, the series depicts the new fish-out-of-water situation Chyna Parks and her fellow A.N.T.s. encounter in the sometimes daunting world of high school – three years earlier than expected.
Kids’, tweens’ and families’ favorite High School Musical drama-queen Sharpay Evans returns to the spotlight in Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, premiering Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV. Led by Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical and “Hellcats”), who reprises her unforgettable role as Sharpay Evans, the movie also stars Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected”), Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) and Cameron Goodman (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”).
This spring a modern day fairytale unfolds as Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange wedding vows after nearly a decade of courtship. ABC News will take viewers inside the Royal nuptials with nearly 20 hours of original programming on the ABC Television Network, as well as comprehensive coverage across all platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. Throughout its coverage the News division will work closely with its longstanding international partner, the BBC, the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In addition, ABC News will create a unique experience for its youngest viewers through partnerships with the Disney Channel and DisneyFamily.com.
The spotlight shines on ‘American Idol’ judge, Grammy® Award winner and music industry phenom Randy Jackson on the next edition of ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb,’ premiering at around 9:30 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel on March 25, 2011. Jackson talks dogs, dining habits in Louisiana, gives advice to those wishing to break into the business and jams with Ferb.
The following is a clip from the upcoming episode. We’ll be providing the full episode as it becomes available to us.
After delivering a year of best-ever ratings across each of its kid-driven, family inclusive platforms, and deepening its strong connection with kids and parents, especially moms, Disney showcased an unprecedented amount of new programming that’s to come — an expanded slate of 13 new original series (part of 435 total original episodes in 2011, a 30% increase from last year, not including acquisitions) and additional new titles in the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise at its annual presentation to advertisers today at New York’s Gotham Hall.
At the event, themed “Time to Shine,” Carolina Lightcap, President, Disney Channels Worldwide, highlighted the expanded programming slates, ratings momentum and unique emotional connection to kids and families that’s delivered by each brand in Disney’s portfolio – which includes Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney.
Disney’s new and returning programming was showcased by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide; and Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Rita Ferro, Executive Vice President, Disney Media Sales and Marketing, presented Disney’s powerful media sales enterprise, through which marketers can reach kids, tweens and moms across every engagement point where they are spending their time: TV, online, mobile and radio. Ferro also highlighted the strength of the flagship Disney Channel in bringing kids and families together — 2011 to date, it reaches more kids, tweens and Moms in primetime than any other cable network.
Hosted by Radio Disney’s Ernie D., the event included a performance by teen superstar Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), the performance debut of actress and newly signed Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain (“ANT Farm”), a martial arts performance by actor Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It”), a boisterous song by Bones and Sharky of The Never Land Pirate Band (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”), an appearance by actress Debby Ryan (“Jessie,” “The Suite Life on Deck”) and a high energy dance number by the cast of “Shake It Up” — TV’s #1 series among Kids 6-14: Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Adam Irigoyen, Davis Cleveland, Kenton Duty, Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine.
Highlights of new and returning programming are:
Star of the hit sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on CBS, Neil Patrick Harris, shows off a few tricks on an upcoming episode of ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb.’ The episode is set to premiere around 9:30 pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel on March 18, 2011 with re-airings on Disney XD to follow.
Disney XD has provided us with these first look photos of Neil entertaining the boys on their show. We will add video as it becomes available closer to the air date.
Photos courtesy and © Disney XD
In the episode of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ titled ‘Back to Max,’ America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jackie Evancho sings at Tribeca Prep’s ‘Spirit of America Play,’ giving Harper a run for her money as she takes the stage for the first time. Meanwhile, Alex and Justin have to find a way to change Max back to himself before Professor Crumbs discovers they accidently turned him into a little girl.
Disney Channel has provided us with these first look photos of Jackie Evancho who guest stars on the show along with Bailee Madison returns as Maxine Russo in the all new episode, ‘Back to Max,’ premiering on Disney Channel on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.