Kids and families are invited to celebrate Father’s Day at special events hosted by Disney XD at ESPN Zone® locations in Anaheim, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.). Reservations are required and guests should RSVP at www.disneyxdfathersday.com, between June 1 and June 15. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Disney Channel has ordered additional second-season episodes of the hit comedy series “The Suite Life on Deck” and will bring aboard a new character played by actor Larramie “Doc” Shaw (“House of Payne”). The series is in production in Hollywood and is a spin-off of the Emmy-nominated “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” It stars Dylan Sprouse (winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actor), Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan and Phill Lewis.
“Zeke and Luther,” a quirky buddy comedy from Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhard, the creative team behind the Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” will debut on television and online, MONDAY, JUNE 15 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and DisneyXD.com. Set against a sport that is a mainstay with boys age 6-14, the series delivers sharp yet heartfelt humor as it follows the adventures of two teenage best friends on a quest to become world famous skateboarders. It also introduces a talented young cast – Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee and Ryan Newman.
In “Zeke and Luther,” two fearless sidewalk surfers and best friends gear up and put their right foot forward to master the awesome art form of skateboarding (which is also their principle method of transportation). Along the way, they navigate the literal and figurative luge of teen years with all of its tricks, grinds, obstacles and occasional slams. Quick to challenge the boys’ claim to being the best skateboarders in the neighborhood is friend and foe Kojo, also 15. Kojo’s got a big attitude and a big mouth, and takes great pleasure in taking Zeke and Luther down a peg whenever he can. Another thorn in their side is Ginger, Zeke’s 12-year-old sister who finds her brother’s skateboarding dreams childish, to say the least.
Disney XD has renewed its flagship series “Aaron Stone” for a second season and has ordered a new original sitcom, “Viper Slap” (working title), about a teenage boy who is living his dream as the new lead guitarist of his favorite rock band and is determined to help his new misfit band mates make an epic comeback.
The New York Times offers an article which looks into how the Walt Disney Company has attempted to reach out to a market many feel it has been neglecting over the years while competition has stepped it up. Read it here.
Production has begun on “Next X,” an exciting reality sports series developed by Disney XD in association with ESPN, featuring five of the world’s top professional action sports athletes mentoring promising young amateurs in their chosen sport, showing them how to crank up the action, hone their technical tricks and skills and to go “big time,” imagining, learning and growing to be the next action sports superstar. The eight-part short-form series will debut MONDAY, JUNE 8 (7:05 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, DisneyXD.com and DisneyXD mobile platforms. The story will culminate in August with a 30-minute television and online special highlighting the amateur athletes’ VIP experience at X Games 15.
Production has begun on “Skyrunners,” the first original movie for the newly branded television platform Disney XD. The science fiction adventure features rising star Kelly Blatz, who can also be seen playing the title role of the new network’s flagship series “Aaron Stone.” In addition Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning world leader in special makeup, creature and visual effects (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” films), will design and provide the practical alien creature effects in the movie. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Popular kid and tween stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana,” “Phineas and Ferb”) and Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) host a marathon programming event, a countdown of their Top 5 favorite “Yin Yang Yo!” episodes, culminating with the premiere of their guest starring roles on the animated series, SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (6:00 –9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.
Comedy interstitials featuring the animated characters Yin and Yang with Musso and Earles will also be included.
Disney XD’s signature series, “Aaron Stone,” will be seen in a seven-episode marathon that includes special trivia on-air and online, in “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition,” airing FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.
Disney XD avatars “Sk8r,” “Tekhed,” “INsdr,” “gthgrl,” “Hllywrd” and “gAmr” will present behind-the-scenes footage and trivia about the series’ special effects, the cast’s martial arts training and gamer jargon. The fun facts include that there are six custom-made Aaron Stone suits (three for actor Kelly Blatz and three for his stunt double), and that Kelly Blatz spent several weeks in martial arts training to prepare for his role as Aaron Stone.
This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Disney XD presents a six episode-long block from 7PM-10PM EST/PST featuring your favorite green superheroes and villains. Be on the lookout for the Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk and the super-villain Green Goblin from the wildly popular animated series “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”
The programming schedule is:
7:00 p.m. Spider-Man – “Sins of the Fathers Chapter 4: Enter the Green Goblin”
7:30 p.m. Spider-Man – “Partners in Danger Chapter 8: The Return of the Green Goblin”
8:00 p.m. Spider-Man – “Wedding”
8:30 p.m. The Incredible Hulk – “Innocent Blood”
9:00 p.m. The Incredible Hulk – “Doomed”
9:30 p.m. The Incredible Hulk – “Fantastic Fortitude”