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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney XD, a cable channel targeting young boys, is going royal with a series order for the live-action comedy pilot “Pair of Kings.”

The series, which will start production in March for a fall premiere, stars “Hannah Montana” veteran Mitchel Musso and “House of Payne” regular Doc Shaw as 16-year-old fraternal twins (one white and one black). They are typical teenagers in Chicago raised by their aunt and uncle until they find out that they are heirs to the throne of the island of Kinkou; they relocate there to become kings.

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Disney and Xbox 360 Offer Opportunity for One Fan to go Head-to-Head with Jonas Brothers

Disney Media Sales and Marketing and Xbox 360 have teamed with pop culture powerhouse the Jonas Brothers to star in a national campaign for Xbox 360 called “It’s More Fun Time.” The campaign is seen across multiple Disney platforms including Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC Kids, Disney Online and Family.com’s “Get Plugged In” video portal, which provides families with information on internet safety for kids.

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Disney Channel Launches New Year’s Eve Event Today; DC Stars to Compete in NYE Game Show

Disney Channel invites viewers to create their own New Year’s Eve programming event by voting for their favorite episodes, moments, music videos and more in online polls at DisneyChannel.com. Beginning FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, three new polls will roll out each Friday inviting viewers to vote in a total of 18 categories, including Favorite Episodes and Favorite Guest Star. Fans can also vote for their Top 10 favorite music videos of 2009, and the songs will air on Radio Disney. Voting will determine the New Year’s Eve programming lineup, entitled “New Year’s Star Showdown,” airing THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 (6:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Throughout the night, Disney Channel will air sneak peeks of upcoming Disney Channel and Disney XD series and original movies including the much-anticipated “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam.”

Last year nearly 33.7 million online votes were cast during the “Totally New Year” programming event. This year, every time one of the online polls is completed, users will unlock that week’s digital prize and reveal a piece of the mystery puzzle. Prizes include a 2010 printable calendar, New Year’s Eve party decorations and games. Fans can also test their Disney Channel knowledge in new online trivia games every week.

During the “New Year’s Eve Star Showdown” programming lineup, favorite Disney Channel stars will compete in five Game Show challenges: “So Random,” “Last Star Standing,” “Sound Off,” “Quick Draw” and the “New Years Eve Countdown Game.”

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Capra’s ‘Low Day’ Video from Disney XD Original Movie ‘Skyrunners’ to Premiere November 13

Disney XD and Radio Disney will premiere “Low Day,” the first music video from the original movie “Skyrunners,” on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (7:28 p.m., ET/PT). The video offers sneak peeks from the science fiction adventure movie and is set against a backdrop that matches the dynamic action sequences of the movie. “Low Day” is performed by the pop alternative rock band Capra, which is fronted by the movie’s star, Kelly Blatz.

The song will Planet Premiere on Radio Disney at 3:00 p.m., ET/PT. The band will also make an exclusive appearance at Radio Disney joining on-air personality Ernie D in studio for a Take Over to talk about their new song and the upcoming movie.

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Phineas and Ferb’s Holiday Media Blitz: New TV Special, Meet and Greets Debut in Parks Parade

A cleverly comedic, music-filled holiday special, “Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation,” will premiere across multiple Disney-ABC TV, radio and digital platforms plus iTunes and Xbox Live, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 through FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18. The special is from creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the team behind “Phineas and Ferb,” the #1 animated series for kids and tweens.

Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, said: “This special has all the makings of a holiday classic – a strong theme of gratitude, plus the comedy, great music and smart writing fans have come to expect from ‘Phineas and Ferb.'”

In addition to the series talented cast, the special guest stars include: Clancy Brown (“Shawshank Redemption”), Jane Carr (“Dear John,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”), Mathew Horne (“Gavin & Stacey”) and Bruce MacKinnon (“The Catherine Tate Show”).

Povenmire and Marsh said: “We’re thrilled about the multi-platform premiere of ‘Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation’ because it gives us the opportunity to share our own Christmas story with so many and we’d like to think that in the future, the platypus will be associated with Christmas as much as a reindeer!” They continued, “The episode has some of our best musical numbers, lots of holiday themes, and like those Christmas classics we grew up with, Phineas and Ferb have to overcome some pretty big obstacles to save Christmas. That’s really the underlying theme of the special – as well as the series – that if you set your mind to something, especially with the help of your friends and family, you can accomplish anything.”

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‘Hannah Montana’s’ Moises Arias Stars in New Short-Form Sports Series on Disney XD

“Moises Rules!” a new short-form sports series that invites kids to challenge Moises Arias (Rico in “Hannah Montana”) in fun sports competitions, including foam tetherball and finger football, premieres MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. If he wins, Moises gets the bragging rights, “Moises Rules.”

New features and exclusive show content will debut Tuesday, November 10 at www.DisneyXD.com, where viewers can send a shout out to Moises, play sports-themed games and download all-new wallpapers.

Moises Arias has mad sports skills and an unstoppable attitude when challenged by kids in a variety of sports competitions. The challengers include 13-year-old Ross “The Boss,” 11-year-old James, 12-year-old Larry and 14-year-old Kenton.

The programming lineup is:

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Disney XD to Premiere Original Movie ‘Skyrunners’, Preview of ‘I’m in the Band’ November 27

A thrilling original movie ushers in an exciting original series with the premiere of the science-fiction adventure “Skyrunners” and the special full episode preview of the live action sitcom “I’m in the Band,” FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 on Disney XD. The premiere of “Skyrunners” will be sponsored by Ubisoft’s Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage game and formatted exclusively for the client, with limited programming breaks. The preview of “I’m in the Band” will be sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish crackers. “I’m in the Band” will have its regular timeslot premiere in January, 2010.

The schedule for Friday, November 27 is:

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All New Disney/Pixar ‘Cars Toons’ Rev Up on Disney Channel, Disney XD and ABC Family

All-new episodes of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars Toons,” an animated short series directed by Academy Award©-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and starring Lightning McQueen’s rusty friend Mater, will debut beginning FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 on Disney Channel, Disney XD and ABC Family. They are titled “Unidentified Flying Mater,” “Monster Truck Mater,” “Heavy Metal Mater” and “Tokyo Mater.”

Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”) composed the music for three episodes and BT (“The Fast and the Furious”), a prominent composer of dance and electronic music, scored “Tokyo Mater.”

The four new stories follow the popular shorts that began debuting in October 2008 and which have reached 22.9 million Kids 2-11, or 56% of all kids in that age group in the U.S., and 67.5 million total unique viewers.

“Cars Toons” are directed by John Lasseter, (“Cars,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story”) and co-directed by Rob Gibbs (“Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc” and “Toy Story 2″). Kori Rae (“The Incredibles” and “Monsters Inc.”) is the producer. Victor Navone (“Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.”) co-directed the episode “Tokyo Mater.”

In “Unidentified Flying Mater,” premiering Friday, November 20 on Disney Channel, Mater meets a cute little bucktoothed UFO named Mator, takes him out for a night of fun and they quickly become best friends. But when Mator is captured by the military, Mater and Lightning McQueen come to the rescue.

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Future Candace Busts Phineas and Ferb as They Time Travel in 2-Part Episode on September 21

In “Phineas and Ferb’s Quantum Boogaloo,” Phineas and Ferb travel to the future to find a tool that hasn’t been invented yet, and run into future Candace.  Seeing an opportunity to finally bust her brothers, she follows them back through time to catch them building their rollercoaster, and exposes their antics to her mom.  In the process, she accidentally foils Agent P’s defeat of Dr. Doofenshmirtz, starting a chain reaction that turns the future into a dystopian society.

Guest starring is Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as Amanda, Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana”) as Fred and Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) as the Librarian.This episode of “Phineas and Ferb” airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

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Disney XD’s ‘Zeke and Luther’ Introduces New Web Series; New TV Episode and ‘Next X’ Special Monday Night

On MONDAY, AUGUST 10 (7:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD presents a high-flying evening on boards and bikes, including a new “Zeke and Luther” episode in which the skateboarding buddies finally go “pro,” and a half-hour “Next X” reality series special, hosted by professional BMX athletes Scotty Cranmer and Van Homan, that follows five amateur action sports athletes age 9-12 to the big-time at X Games 15. It will be available on DisneyXD.com immediately following the TV premiere. Also on Monday, August 10, the “Zeke and Luther” inspired “Zeke and Luther Dude Feud” debuts as a 15-webisode series at DisneyXD.com.

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