TGIS! ‘Girl Meets World with Selena Gomez’ Premieres on Disney Channel September 10

Teen superstar Selena Gomez lights up the screen in “Girl Meets World with Selena Gomez,” a new short-form series that provides viewers insights into Selena’s point of view about her life and career and the inspiration she receives from her family and fans.  Filmed on location throughout Europe, the special shows Selena performing in concert and recording her second album.  It will be presented in three parts on Friday, September 10 (between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

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Disney Channel Previews Fall with First Looks at New Series, Events, Movies and More

Disney Channel has released this promo which offers clips from upcoming events this fall which includes new series ‘Fish Hooks’ and ‘Shake It Up,’ special events such as Shaquille O’Neal’s guest appearance on ‘Sonny With A Chance,’ a health issue with horse Blue Jeans on ‘Hannah Montana Forever,’ and the Wizard of Oz-inspired episode of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ (which we also gave you a first look of here). There are also clips from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Avalon High based on the popular book by Meg Cabot, a cross-over episode of ‘I’m in the Band’ and ‘Suite Life on Deck’ and the season finale of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place.’

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Disney/ABC Television Group and Time Warner Cable Announce Agreement, Expanded Services

Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN and Time Warner Cable today entered into a long-term, wide-ranging agreement that will provide Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable customers the programming of ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and SOAPnet, as well as WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, WTVG in Toledo, and associated HD cable networks. Subscribers will also have unprecedented digital access to online content and expanded Video On Demand services.

This extensive and expanded rights package, Disney Media Network’s most expansive content agreement to date, provides for:

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First Look: Phineas and Ferb Spoof Classic in ‘Wizard of Odd’

Isabella and Candace in Phineas and Ferb's 'Wizard of Odd' © Disney XD

In the new episode titled ‘Wizard of Odd,’ Phineas and Ferb build a contraption that spins their house around in an effort to paint it quickly, causing Candace to become so dizzy, she collapses. She soon finds herself in the magical land of Odd where their friends Isabella, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Jeremy, Buford and Baljeet are remarkably like the characters in L. Frank Baum’s book ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ When Candace follows the yellow brick sidewalk to Bustopolis (to find the Wizard who can help her finally bust her brothers), things aren’t what they seem.

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Video Sneak Peek: Disney Channel’s ‘Fish Hooks’

'Fish Hooks' © Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.Disney Channel has just provided us with these two sneak peeks at the upcoming preview of its new animated series Fish Hooks, the tales of three tween fish navigating the perils of high school. The series will premiere on Disney Channel beginning September 24, but viewers will get a chance to preview the series tomorrow night following the premiere of Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam.

In the preview episode, titled “Bea Stays in the Picture,” Bea (Chelsea Staub) asks Milo (Kyle Massey) and Oscar (Justin Roiland) to help her get back a bad school photo from yearbook editor Clamantha before it’s published.  Oscar distracts Clamantha by taking her on a date while Bea and Milo sneak into the yearbook office to retrieve the photo.

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Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family Offer High-Definition TV Per-Episode Rentals via iTunes (Details)

iTunes 10As expected, Apple today announced that television programs in HD format will now be available for rent through iTunes 10, which is now available for download. Apple promises thousands of episodes, many of which will be available the day after broadcast. The Disney/ABC Television Group is well represented in the initial offering, with shows from ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel joining shows from Fox and BBC America.

Each episode rental costs $.99 and can be viewed on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV. You’ll have thirty days from rental to begin watching the episode and 48 hours from that point to complete watching it before the rental period expires.

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Handy Manny Meets New Tools During City Trip in Special Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Dandy Dan, Rusty, Spinner, Squeeze, Jack, Felipe, Stretch, Turner, Flicker, Pat and Manny in 'Handy Manny Big Construction Job' © Disney Channel“Handy Manny,” the Emmy-nominated Playhouse Disney series that celebrates Hispanic culture and language through its loveable handyman, moves into primetime with an all new special, “Handy Manny Big Construction Job,” premiering during Hispanic Heritage Month, MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 (7:00-7:55 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the fun-filled event for preschoolers and their families, Manny (played by Wilmer Valderrama) and the tools leave Sheet Rock Hills to work on a big out-of-town construction job where they meet new tool friends, Jack the jackhammer and Spinner the power drill.

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‘Camp Rock 2′ Featurette Compares Dance Styles Between Camp Rock and Camp Star

In this new featurette courtesy of Disney Channel, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Ella), Alyson Stoner (Caitlyn) and Meaghan Martin (Tess) of the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam join film choreographer Rosero McCoy as they explore and compare the different dance styles between Camp Rock and Camp Star.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dances Its Way to Disney Channel in Fall 2010

Disney Channel has ordered “Shake It Up,” a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show, created by Chris Thompson (“Laverne and Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies,” “The Naked Truth,” “Action”) and executive-produced by Thompson and Rob Lotterstein (“The War at Home,” “Ellen”). It stars 12-year-old Bella Thorne (“Big Love”) and 13-year-old Zendaya. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood, California, in July for a scheduled Fall 2010 premiere on Disney Channel. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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Disney Channel Gets Busted in Marblehead, MA While Filming New Series ‘My Family Tree’

Twelve year old Noah Gerry prepares to film Disney Channel's 'My Family Tree' (Leigh Blander/Marblehead Patch)A couple of related stories this morning caught my eye this morning courtesy of the Marblehead Patch in Massachusetts which reports on a recent visit from Disney Channel. According to this feature article, Disney Channel was in town to film an episode for a new series (possibly short-form) titled ‘My Family Tree’ expected to begin airing in November.  The highlighted subject of the episode is 12 year old Noah Gerry, a descendant of Elbridge Gerry, the Vice-President under James Madison. Noah doesn’t live in Marblehead, in fact this was his first visit to the town, but it was Marblehead where Vice-President Gerry was born and raised. Noah and his family toured the town, visiting and reporting on various locations important to the life of his famous ancestor including the home Elbridge Gerry was born in.

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