Via its official YouTube channel, Disney XD has released the following promo which highlights new and returning series in 2012. The new series being teased amongst the clips include ‘TRON Uprising,’ ‘Motorcity,’ ‘Lab Rats’ and ‘Ultimate Spider-Man.’
In ‘TRON Uprising’ — which takes place between both of the films, one young man named Beck (Elijah Wood) must join forces with the legendary hero Tron to free his home city when the computer world of The Grid is taken over by an evil tyrant. Under Tron’s tutelage, Beck will take on a secret identity to fight back, bringing a superhero sensibility to the world of Tron. Also starring in ‘TRON Uprising’ are the vocal talents of Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron. According to the junior novelization description on Amazon.com, the animated film will premiere in spring, followed by the series in summer.
In ‘Motorcity,’ teenager Mike Chilton leads a group of rebels called The Burners in a futuristic Detroit in which personal freedoms including cars have been banned by billionaire and city-owner Abraham Kane. The Burners have retreated to an underground city where they maintain and customize their fleet of hotrods and pursue their quest to stop Kane from taking over the world. The series features the voice talent of Reid Scott as Mike Chilton, Nate Torrence as Chuck, Katie Micucci as Julie, Kel Mitchell as Luv, Jess Harnell as Texas, Brian Doyle Murray as Jacob, Jim Breuer as Tooley and Mark Hamill as Abraham Kane.
‘Lab Rats’ will be the first of the new series to premiere, on February 27, while ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ will make its Disney XD debut on April 1, 2012.
Powered by its biggest yearly ratings ever, Disney XD will premiere more original content with “Lab Rats,” a comedy series about a teenager and his newfound “siblings,” a trio of super-human teens, who together must navigate typical high school and — not so typical — bionic glitches. The series will join Disney XD’s popular “Monday Mayhem” comedy block — led by the channel’s #1 series “Kickin’ It” — with a special one-hour episode on Monday, February 27 at 8:30 pm ET/PT hosted by the cast.
Created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (“That ’70s Show”) who, with Mark Brazill (“That ’70s Show,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) serve as executive producers, “Lab Rats” introduces Leo just as he settles into the high-tech home he shares with his inventor stepdad, Donald Davenport, his mom, Tasha, and Eddy, the “smart house” computer. There he discovers a secret underground lab with three experiments, super-human teens: Adam the strong one, Bree the fast one and Chase the smart one. The trio, eager to leave their confines, convinces Leo and his parents to let them join him at school where they try to fit in while trying to manage their unpredictable bionic strengths. Along the way, they help Leo build self confidence while he figures out a way to keep their bionic abilities a secret from the world.
Starring are Billy Unger (“You Again”) as Chase, Spencer Boldman (“I’m in the Band”) as Adam, Kelli Berglund (“Hip Hop Harry”) as Bree, with Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Failure to Launch,” “Pair of Kings”) as Leo and Hal Sparks (E!’s “Talk Soup”) as Davenport. Recurring are Angel Parker (“Hannah Montana”) as Tasha and Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”) as the voice of Eddy.
The multiplatform roll-out is:
Friday, January 20
DisneyXD.com launches a “Lab Rats” page featuring a new game “Bionic Heroics.”
Friday, February 17
Preview episode of “Lab Rats” available on Disney XD on Demand available via AT&T, Charter, Cox, Time Warner and Verizon; Disney XD Mobile VOD available via AT&T U-Verse, MobiTV, Sprint and Verizon; along with free download on iTunes and Sony Playstation.
Friday, February 24–Sunday, February 26
Tyrel Jackson Williams, Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman and Kelli Berglund host the nightly programming lineup on Disney Channel and give viewers a “Lab Rats VIP Preview” featuring sneak peeks and highlights of the new series.
Monday, February 27
Another game will launch on DisneyXD.com.
“Lab Rats” Series Premiere
In “Crush, Chop, and Burn,” Leo discovers three teen super-humans — Adam, Bree and Chase — living in a secret underground lab in his new home. Leo takes them to school, but when their bionic abilities suddenly discharge on campus, Leo’s stepdad, Davenport, sends them away to a remote secret lab, and now Leo must find a way to save his new friends.
Directly following the premiere on air, the series premiere episode will be available on DisneyXD.com.
Tuesday, February 28
“Lab Rats” series premiere available on Disney XD Mobile VOD available via AT&T U-Verse, MobiTV, Sprint and Verizon; along with iTunes, Xbox Live and Sony Playstation.
“Lab Rats” is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
We have learned that the widely anticipated animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, based on the Marvel comic title of the same name, will debut on Disney XD on April 1, 2012. The show will be the centerpiece of a programming block dedicated to Marvel properties.
The series follows Peter Parker (Drake Bell) one year after he became Spider-Man. Still learning how to make the most of his powers, he is approached by Nick Fury (Chi McBride) of S.H.I.E.L.D. who promises to help Peter, but first Peter must learn to work as a team with his fellow teenaged superheroes. Expected to appear in the series are Tony Stark/Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar), Norman Osborn (Steven Weber), J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), Agent/Principal Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Wasp, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.
The series is being produced by Marvel Animation and Film Roman.
The hit Disney XD comedy series “Pair of Kings” will resume production for a third season and popular actor Adam Hicks (Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther,” Disney Channel’s “Lemonade Mouth”) will join the cast as a new character, a long lost brother, added to the story of the unusual island of Kinkow, it was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Pair of Kings” will continue without the character Brady played by Mitchel Musso. The actor, singer/songwriter will continue his role as the voice of Jeremy Johnson in Disney’s Emmy Award-winning series “Phineas and Ferb.”
In making the announcement, Bonnett said, “Adam’s comedic talent will add a new dimension to an already successful series and we’re eager to introduce the new character to our viewers.” He continued, “Mitchel is a part of our family and for him, it will always be about versatility and doing different things on an artistic level. We have tremendous respect for his talent and we thank him for his contribution to the series.”
Mitchel Musso said, “Since I was 12, Disney Channel has been an extended family to me and I want all of my friends there to know that I appreciate the opportunities that have come my way and I look forward to focusing on acting and music projects that are in development and sharing the news with my fans around the world soon. I wish the cast, producers, and crew nothing but success on the next season of ‘Pair of Kings.’”
Production will resume in February with Hicks joining the “Pair of Kings” cast: Doc Shaw, Kelsey Chow, Ryan Ochoa and Geno Segers. This year, “Pair of Kings” was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series and for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
For three seasons, Hicks starred in the Disney XD comedy series “Zeke and Luther” and also starred and has songwriting credits in the hit Disney Channel Original movie “Lemonade Mouth.” He has performed and collaborated on three Disney XD music videos, “Happy Universal Holidays,” the hip hop spin on the classic song, “In the Summertime,” and the remake of the MC Hammer hit, “U Can’t Touch This.” Among his other acting credits are “JONAS L.A.,” “That Was Then,” “The Funkenhousers” and “Titus.”
“Pair of Kings” was created by and is executive-produced by Dan Cross and Dave Hoge. Matt Wickline is the executive producer. Leo Clarke is the producer and Don Beck is the consulting producer. “Pair of Kings” is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.
Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior unwrap a joyful slate of new holiday specials for kids and families beginning Friday, December 2. The festive fare includes the premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!,” worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performing his new holiday hit “Mistletoe” on “So Random!,” Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson guest starring in a seasonal special of “Phineas and Ferb” and more.
To get in the spirit, viewers are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com, DisneyXD.com and DisneyJunior.com for holiday activities and games. Among them are a new “Pair of Kings” game, “Super Sled Scramble,” launching Friday, November 18, and “Snoco Launcho,” a winter version of the popular “Loco Launcho” game, debuting Thursday, December 1 at DisneyXD.com/Holidays. Beginning Friday, December 2 at DisneyChannel.com/Holiday, users are invited to build a personalized snowman greeting for family and friends, and at DisneyJunior.com/Holiday, a new “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” interactive game will debut – “Hook’s Merry Winter Treasure Hunt,” where kids and parents can help Captain Hook and Mr. Smee search for Jake and the crew’s missing presents. On Saturday, December 17, the site will debut the “Imagination Movers” holiday episode “A Little Elf Esteem” prior to its premiere on Disney Junior.
Following are the highlights for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD’s Holiday Line-up (all times ET/PT):
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
7:30 p.m. – “Fish Hooks,” “Merry Fishmas, Milo”
Milo and Oscar throw a Christmas party, but when they need help with the party prep, they send a special holiday request to their favorite magical dude, Fish Santa. Meanwhile, Bea tries out for the role of Fish Mall Santa.
7:45 p.m. – “Phineas and Ferb,” “Phineas and Ferb’s Family Christmas Special”
The boys decide to put on a traditional family Christmas special featuring their family, friends and a few very special guests, including Kelly Clarkson (playing herself). The episode features three new holiday songs – Isabella’s “Let it Snow,” a Buford and Baljeet rendition of “Good King Wenscelas,” and the whole gang singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
8:00 p.m. – “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!”
In the Disney Channel Original Movie, the Duncan’s scramble to reunite in time for Christmas… and along the way they get more than one unexpected gift.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4:
7:30 p.m. – “So Random!”
Worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performs “Mistletoe” from his holiday album. Also in the episode, MC Grammar raps about Christmas and introduces Dr. Dreidel; Coolest Kid enjoys holiday treats and advises kids to stay in school; Becky Beaver learns she has a wonderful life; Platowski Bros. sing about one another to the tune of holiday jingles; and Harry Potter shops at Voldemarts for the holidays.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9:
8:30 p.m. – “A.N.T. Farm,” “sANTa’s Little Helpers”
Everyone is in the Christmas spirit at Webster High School, including principal Skidmore, who asks Chyna, Olive and Fletcher to build toys for needy kids. But when they discover that Skidmore is actually selling the toys for profit, they devise a scheme to booby trap the gifts.
9:00 p.m. – “Jessie,” “Christmas Story”
When Christina and Morgan Ross get caught in a snowstorm, the family fears they won’t make it home in time for Christmas and Jessie is left with shopping for the kid’s Christmas presents and getting the house decorated for the holiday. When Jessie takes the kids to the mall to see Santa, they have a run-in with his mischievous elves.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11:
8:30 p.m. – “Shake It Up,” “Jingle It Up”
CeCe does some last minute Christmas shopping for her mom, but buys herself a purse instead. With no money left for her mom’s scarf, CeCe gets herself a couple of jobs at the mall to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, Rocky tries to make a young boys Christmas wish come true and Deuce reluctantly invites Dina to join his family for some Christmas caroling.
DISNEY JUNIOR PROGRAMMING BLOCK ON DISNEY CHANNEL:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2:
8:30 a.m. – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “It’s a Winter Never Land!/Hook On Ice”
Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day/Captain Hook invites Jake and the crew on a winter treasure hunt.
8:55 a.m. – “Minnie’s Bow-Toons,” “Dance Lessons”
Minnie and Daisy help Clarabelle get ready for the Snowball Dance by teaching her the Snowflake Shuffle and altering her droopy dress into a dazzling new Winter Wonder.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
7:00 a.m. – “Handy Manny,” “Snow Problem”
In the new half-hour special, Manny and the tools get separated from each other on the way to fix a broken ski lift, so Manny must set out to rescue the tools and save their winter ski vacation.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23
7:30 a.m. – “Imagination Movers,” “A Little Elf Esteem”
The Movers help Carol, a young elf-in-training, learn everything she needs to know to earn her elf bells in time to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
7:00 a.m. – “Handy Manny,” “Snow Day”
Manny and the tools help Kelly get to her store during a big snow storm and build sleds to play in the snow.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
8:00 p.m. – “Pair of Kings,” “Pair of Santas”
In an effort to bring their holiday traditions to Kinkow, the kings promise the islanders a Super Christmas and enlist the island elves to make presents for the kingdom.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
8:00 p.m. “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil,” “Cousin Kyle Christmas/Snow Problem”
Kick battles an ice storm and bizarre obstacles in order to find a last minute Christmas gift for Cousin Kyle. When Kick’s family gets snowed in from an avalanche, Kick goes to the extreme to rescue them before cabin fever sets in.
Geno Segers (Disney XD’s “Pair of Kings”) and popular British television presenter Laura Hamilton (“Dancing On Ice”) host an exciting competition requiring brainpower, courage and teamwork, “Fort Boyard â€“ Ultimate Challenge,” a 10-part series premiering Monday, October 17 at 8:30 pm ET/PT, with a thrilling finale on Monday, November 7 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD. Based on the international game show phenomenon “Fort Boyard,” the series is set in a 19th century sea fort off the coast of France. It introduces six teams — 24 teens from the United States and the United Kingdom — who team up for a tournament where only one team will ultimately get the key to unlock the historic fort’s hidden treasures and win the honor of calling themselves “the conquerors of Fort Boyard.”
“Fort Boyard” is the most successful adventure game show in the world, having sold to over 30 territories, while dominating France 2′s primetime summer schedule every year since 1990. The action takes place in an imposing fortress built in the middle of the ocean. This provides the perfect backdrop for strenuous, against-the-clock physical challenges and mind-boggling riddles, featuring strange characters and fearsome animals. All this and more awaits those attempting to reach the Treasure Room! Only the fittest and most intelligent contestants can hope to conquer Fort Boyard. The reality adventure series marks the first kids’ version of the popular game show which premiered more than 20 years ago and has since been produced in over 38 countries worldwide.
In the premiere episode, team members from the Red Vipers and Yellow Scorpions compete in the first round of challenges to find out which team has what it takes to move on to become the conquerors of the fort.
“Fort Boyard — Ultimate Challenge” is produced by Zodiak Media Group’s production companies The Foundation and Adventure Line Productions, who created the concept for the original “Fort Boyard” and have been producing the series for 22 years.
The executive producers are Nigel Pickard and Ged Allen for The Foundation, Pierre Godde for Adventure Line Productions and Jamila Metran for CiTV. The producer is Steve Pinhay.
The series will be televised on Disney XD cable and satellite channels around the world (excluding France and the Nordics) and CiTV in the UK.
Halloween is rapidly approaching and it’s high time Phineas and Ferb meet their match and this time, the supernatural foes are out for blood — true blood. It’s all treats and no trick as the Disney Channel favorite stuffs its bag full of celebrity guest stars on the extra spooky episode which debuts Friday, October 7 at 7:00 pm ET on Disney Channel.
In ‘That’s the Spirit!,’ it’s Halloween night and the kids encounter a strange boy and his father who are convinced their house is haunted. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s disdain for grass causes him to invent a ‘mind-transfer-inator’ enabling him to merge minds with a cow and destroy all the grass in the Tri-State Area. Unfortunately, his plan backfires and he transforms into a scary ‘were-cow’ that wreaks havoc any time there is a full moon. It’s now up to Agent P to stop him and save Danville. Guest starring are Michael Douglas and real-life son Dylan Douglas, as father and son residents of the haunted house.
And in ‘The Curse of Candace,’ Candace is bitten by a bat after watching a popular vampire movie and worries that she is becoming a vampire. Phineas and Ferb’s latest gadgets lead Candace to believe that she has indeed made the change from teenager to teen vampire. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz plans to change the Tri-State Area into a carbon copy of Gimmelshtump so that it will be easier to take over. Guest starring are Michael J. Fox, and ‘True Blood’s’ Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer as the cast of the teen vampire movie.
Disney XD has provided us with the following images from the two ‘toons which feature Michael J. Fox as a teenaged werewolf and Stephen Moyer as a vampire.
All images © and courtesy Disney XD. All Rights Reserved.
Disney XD has released the video montage previewed for attendees at its San Diego Comic-Con panel. The video features quite a bit of concept art, models, test animation and what appears to be actual animation from the upcoming midquel, which takes place between TRON and TRON: Legacy.
Set to debut in summer 2012, the series centers around Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.
According to multiple reports, it was mentioned that the series itself with be preceded by a series of 10 shorts, each 3 minutes in length. No mention of the Disney Channel Original Movie that we are anticipating was mentioned, but it could be that there either is no movie to speak of, or there is even more information on TRON: Uprising waiting to be officially released, which one could reasonably expect to occur during Disney’s own D23 Expo, taking place August 19-21 in Anaheim, CA.
Voice talents attached to the series include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON. The series is anticipated to air on Disney XD beginning summer 2012.
The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 45 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com, Disney Channel and Disney XD programming.
The ABC Television Network collected 42 nominations, including 17 nominations for “Modern Family,” topping all comedies. Nods for the sophomore series include categories of Outstanding Comedy Series, Supporting Actor/Actress, Guest Actor (Nathan Lane), Writing, Art Direction, Casting, Directing, Picture Editing and Sound Mixing.
“Dancing with the Stars” received 7 nominations in the categories of Reality-Competition (for the sixth consecutive time), Host Tom Bergeron (fourth consecutive), Choreography, Hairstyling, Lighting, Makeup, and Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control.
The “83rd Annual Academy Awards scored 9 nominations, including the category of Special Class, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was recognized with 2 nominations in Short-Form Picture Editing and Lighting Design/Lighting Direction.
Disney Channel collected two nominations for “Wizards of Waverly Place” in the categories of Children’s Program and Cinematography, while Disney XD received a nomination for “Pair of Kings,” also in Cinematography.
Other nominations included Loretta Devine’s first Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy” and the holiday special “Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa” for Short-format Animated Program. Additionally, ABC.com is recognized with two nominations for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.
The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy ceremony will be telecast on Fox on Sunday, September 18.
The Disney/ABC Television Group is composed of The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) global entertainment and news television properties, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family and SOAPnet, as well as Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Disney Media Distribution. The Radio Disney Network, Hyperion publishing, and the Company’s equity interest in A&E Television Networks round out the Group’s portfolio of media businesses.
Disney XD has ordered “Lab Rats,” a live-action comedy about a teenager, Leo, who discovers three teen super-humans with bionic powers in the basement of his home, which he shares with his mom, Tasha, and inventor stepdad, Donald Davenport. The bionic trio soon convince Leo to take them along to high school so they too can experience normal life. The multi-camera series, a companion to Disney XD’s hit series “Kickin’ It,” will begin production in Hollywood in September for a 2012 premiere on Disney XD.
Starring are Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Leo, Billy Unger (“You Again”) as Chase, Spencer Boldman (“I’m in the Band”) as Adam, Kelli Berglund (“Hip Hop Harry”) as Bree and Hal Sparks (E!’s “Talk Soup”) as Davenport.
After inadvertently accessing a high tech wall panel that sends him plummeting into a secret underground lab, Leo discovers three teen super-humans – Adam the strong one, Bree the fast one and Chase the smart one. The three, eager to leave their confines, convince Leo to take them along to school, where they try to be normal teens while managing their bionic strengths. Along the way, they help Leo build confidence in himself, and figure out a way to keep their bionic abilities and dangerous missions a secret from the world.
The series was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (“That ’70s Show”) who, with Mark Brazill (“That ’70s Show,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”), will serve as executive producers. “Lab Rats” is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.