Disney Channel Announces ‘High School Musical 4’ Open Casting Call


More than 10 years after High School Musical became a global phenomenon, Disney Channel is getting ready to return to East High one more time.

A nationwide casting search begins today for a planned Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical 4, that will continue the story of the global sensation High School Musical — and introduce new East High Wildcats and their cross-town school rivals, the West High Knights.

DGA Award nominee Jeffrey Hornaday is attached to direct and choreograph the movie. The casting directors are Jason La Padura, C.S.A., Natalie Hart, C.S.A., and Kendra Patterson, C.S.A., of LaPadura/Hart/Patterson.

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‘Elena of Avalor’ to Premiere August 1; First Look at Full Line of Dolls, Toys and Costumes

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As highlighted earlier today on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ Disney’s newest princess is Elena of Avalor, a 16 year old latina princess who is destined to rule the land of Avalor. At this year’s New York International Toy Fair, we previewed new lines of dolls, toys and role play outfits and accessories from companies such as Hasbro, JAKKS Pacific and Just Play, which you can explore today in both photos as well as videos.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Doc McStuffins’ to Add Adopted Sibling in March

GRANDMA, DOC, MOM, DONNY, DADConfirming earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom, Disney Junior has announced that a new multi-episode story arc premiering March 4 on Disney Channel will feature an addition to the McStuffins family. In the clip below, Mom explains to Doc that her new sibling won’t arrive in the way she and her brother did, but instead will be adopted into their ‘forever family.’

Experts Adam Pertman, President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of ‘Adoption Nation,’ and David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Director of Research, National Center on Adoption and Permanency, and Professor Emeritus of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University, served as consultants on the episodes.

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TFNY: ‘Elena of Avalor’ Doll First Look

AIMEE CARRERO (Disney Junior/Matt Petit)Just ahead of the New York International Toy Fair which kicks off Saturday, Febuary 13, Disney and Hasbro have shared a first look at the ‘Elena of Avalor’ doll being produced in support of the new animated Disney Junior series. The doll is seen here, held by Aimee Carrero, who voices the title character.

‘Elena of Avalor’ will first appear as part of a crossover episode on ‘Sofia the First’ before launching its own series. It was recently announced that Jenna Ortega will also star as Elena’s younger sister, Princess Isabel; and Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui will voice Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively, magical flying creatures called Jaquins who support Elena as she learns how to rule her kingdom.

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‘Doc McStuffins’ to Become Chief Resident of Toy Hospital in Season 4; Celebrity Guests Announced

RESCUE RONDA, STUFFY, LAMBIE, DOCAnthony Anderson, Molly Ringwald, Ellen Pompeo , Gabourey Sidibe and Vanessa Williams will guest star on Disney Junior’s critically acclaimed ‘Doc McStuffins,’ an animated series about a little girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse. They join previously announced guest star Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges in Season Four, slated to debut this summer.

The new season will find Doc and her toy friends magically transported to a make-believe town, made up entirely of toys, where Doc serves as chief resident of the Toy Hospital.

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‘Backstage’ Drama Coming to Disney Channel in 2016

DHX Media, producer of popular teen drama ‘Degrassi,’ has announced its new series, ‘Backstage,’ will be coming to Disney Channel in the United States in spring of 2016 as well as Disney Channel UK. The show was originally produced for Canada’s Family Channel and will begin airing in Canada in spring as well.

‘Backstage’ is a scripted series, shot in the docudrama-style, which follows a group of outstandingly talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts — from new friendships and crowning achievements to the angst and disappointments of the high stakes competition. Through diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliffhangers, Backstage lifts the curtain on these rising stars as they chase their dreams and deal with the day-to-day reality of being a student, a sister, a son, a girlfriend — a teen.

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Disney ‘Descendants’ Pop! Vinyl Figures Available for Pre-Order

Descendants Pop! from FunkoThe Disney Channel Original Movie powerhouse Disney’s Descendants, which has already spawned a prequel book, another upcoming book (Return to the Isle of the Lost), multiple web series and an upcoming sequel, now has its own line of Pop! vinyl collectibles from Funko.

Available with Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the initial wave is expected to arrive in May/June 2016 and is currently available for pre-order.

Fore more information or to pre-order, visit Entertainment Earth.

Also be sure to follow Stitch Kingdom for potentially more Descendants news during the upcoming New York International Toy Fair later this month.

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‘Becoming Star Darlings’ Special to Air on Disney Channel on January 29

Disney today announced the television premiere of the first on-air special of its original new tween property ‘Star Darlings’ to premiere on Disney Channel at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Friday, January 29. The television special will extend the stories from the popular Star Darlings book series from Disney Publishing Worldwide that feature 12 unique girls who encourage tweens to celebrate their individuality, make positive choices, and show that they can make any wish a reality.

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FIRST LOOK: ‘Stuck in the Middle’ Premieres on Disney Channel in February

JOE NIEVES, ISAAK PRESLEY, ARIANA GREENBLATT, JENNA ORTEGA, CERINA VINCENT, KAYLA MAISONET, NICOLAS BECHTEL, MALACHI BARTON, RONNI HAWKDisney Channel has announced that its new sitcom, ‘Stuck in the Middle’ will premiere with a preview episode on February 14 2016 on Disney Channel at 8:45 pm ET/PT, following the network debut of Frozen as well as the WATCH Disney Channel app and WATCHDisneyChannel.com. It will begin airing in its regular time slot on Friday, March 11 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

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CONFIRMED: Olaf to Appear on ‘Sofia the First’ on February 15

PRINCESS SOFIA, OLAFConfirming various earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom, Disney Channel today announced that Olaf from Disney’s Frozen will appear on an episode of ‘Sofia the First,’ debuting on Disney Channel at 11:30 am ET/PT and Disney Junior at 7:00 pm ET/PT on Monday, February 15. The episode will be available on the WATCH Disney Junior app beginning Monday, February 8.

Josh Gad is the voice of Olaf in the story titled ‘The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle,’ the second episode of a four-part story arc. Megan Mullally returns as the voice of Miss Nettle, a role for which she received an Emmy Award nomination earlier this year. Eric Stonestreet and Hugh Bonneville recur as Sofia’s flying horse Minimus and the Narrator, respectively.

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