The Russo family of the award winning Disney Channel favorite, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ return to television in an all-new epic special event and Disney Channel has provided us with a sneak peek!
In the special reunion episode, the Russo family and friends to Tuscany, Italy to meet their long lost relatives but when Alex (Selena Gomez) tries to prove she’s more than a seemingly carefree young Wizard, she inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. When Evil Alex gets roped into a charming young wizard’s foreboding plan to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family and humankind, which leads to a monumental battle between the two versions of herself — all atop the Tower of Pisa.
Below are several stills featuring the cast of ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.’ Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version of the image:
Written by Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio and Dan Berendsen, ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex’ also stars Jake T. Austin as Max Russo, Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle, Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa, David DeLuise as Jerry, Gregg Sulkin as Mason and Beau Mirchoff as Dominic.
‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex’ will premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
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The competition grows tougher as a second couple is sent home, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On Tuesday night, Disney Channel star Selena Gomez & The Scene will perform their newest single, “Who Says,” accompanied on the floor by series pros Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower. Also this week, rock sensations OneRepublic will play their smash hit “All the Right Moves” with the “Dancing with the Stars” Dance Troupe in the ballroom. The band will also play their newest release, “Good Life,” with series pro dancers Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer on the floor.
Platinum-selling Disney Channel star Selena Gomez and her band “The Scene” recently launched their new single, “Who Says,” from the upcoming Hollywood Records album, to be released this summer. The video for “Who Says,” which was helmed by award-winning director Chris Applebaum (Rihanna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey), premiered on Disney Channel last month. “Who Says,” produced by Eman (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion) and co-written by Priscilla Renea (Cheryl Cole, Rihanna), is an up-tempo paean of self-empowerment. The song will be featured on Selena Gomez & The Scene’s third CD, on the heels of their winning this year’s People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist. Selena and her band already have a platinum single, two No. 1 Billboard Dance Singles, and two gold-selling, top-ten debuting albums under their belt. Selena’s talent extends beyond music; she is the star of the hit Disney Channel original series “Wizards of Waverly Place” and has starred in a spate of big-screen movies, including “Ramona & Beezus” and upcoming Fox feature film “Monte Carlo” (July 1).
The smash hit rock band OneRepublic began touring in March, and their single “Secrets” remains in the Top 5 at Hot AC Radio. “Secrets” is the second single from OneRepublic’s 2009 album, “Waking Up.” A No. 1 hit on the iTunes chart in Germany, the track claimed the top spot on the iTunes Rock Chart in the U.S. in July. It is OneRepublic’s fourth Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After seven years together as a band, OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release, “Dreaming Out Loud.” The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide, and, along with second single “Stop and Stare,” propelled the album to platinum-plus sales. Their 2009 sophomore set, “Waking Up,” has spawned two singles – “All the Right Moves” and “Secrets” – that have topped the radio charts and sold more than 3.4 million units to date. “Good Life” is their newest release from “Waking Up.”
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the ten remaining teams will leave the ballroom floor?
* KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
* CHRIS JERICHO, WWE star, with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE
* CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, and two-time champ MARK BALLAS
* SUGAR RAY LEONARD, boxing legend, and ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
* RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, and KARINA SMIRNOFF
* PETRA NEMCOVA, supermodel, with DMITRY CHAPLIN
* ROMEO, rapper and actor, teamed up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
* HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, and Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON
* KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
* WENDY WILLIAMS, talk show host, and TONY DOVOLANI
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
A new segment of Disney Channel’s “Express Yourself” short form series, one coinciding with kids, families and educators’ discussions surrounding the Haiti earthquake, will premiere TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 on Disney Channel and Disney XD channels around the world, on Disney.com (including Disney Channel.com and DisneyXD.com) and on You Tube.
The 60-second interstitial, featuring the message, “Join the world as we shine a light on Haiti,” has themes of connection, empowerment, compassion, outreach and being a part of a global community. It features popular Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Emily Osment, Jason Earles (both of “Hannah Montana”), Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song and Doc Shaw (all of “The Suite Life on Deck”) encouraging kids to explore and communicate their feelings and to get inspired to make a difference.
Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said the new interstitial is all about empowering kids. “Our hope is that we can encourage kids all over the world to share their feelings in positive ways — and simultaneously be heartened by the world’s response to those who need help.”
Established in January 2001, “Express Yourself” is designed to effectively reach Disney Channel’s audience of kids age 6-14 with a wide array of messages relevant to their demographic. The series does not reference details about specific tragedies, but includes messages that address feelings of fear and anxiety caused by world events and is instructive on how kids can deal with those feelings.
A climactic, adventure-filled one-hour episode of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series “Wizards of Waverly Place” will premiere FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Guest stars Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”) and Gregg Sulkin (Disney Channel UK’s “As The Bell Rings”) reprise their roles as Justin’s vampire girlfriend Juliet Van Heusen (who’s recently disappeared after being turned into a mummy’s minion) and Alex’s new boyfriend, Mason, in a top-secret storyline entitled “Wizards vs. Werewolves” that’s bound to be the talk among the kid and tween set.
DisneyChannel.com will present a “creature creator” application that invites users to upload and morph their own photo into the assorted otherworldly characters seen in the episode — a wizard, vampire, werewolf or mummy — and share this Creature Creator activity with friends. The application is currently available on DisneyChannel.com/Wizards.
“Wizards vs. Werewolves” will be available for a special preview beginning January 15 on Disney Channel on Demand through a variety of affiliates, including Cablevision, RCN, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. The episode will also be available on DisneyChannel.com immediately following its network premiere on January 22, and beginning January 23 will be available on Disney Channel Mobile on Demand, iTunes and Xbox Live.
“Wizards of Waverly Place” stars Selena Gomez (“Princess Protection Program”) as Alex Russo; David Henrie (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Justin Russo; Jake T. Austin (“Hotel for Dogs”) as Max Russo; Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie”) as Harper Finkle; Maria Canals-Barrera (“Camp Rock”) as Theresa; and David DeLuise (“Stargate SG-1″) as Jerry.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 4 — ‘Tis the season to be merry at Disney Parks, when the 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” featuring award-winning musical talent and iconic stars performing in this year’s television special, airs December 25 on ABC-TV.
This year’s show promises to dazzle viewers with must-see performances by Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Pop sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato spread joy to all as enchanting sounds from world-renowned musical artist Yanni and his Yanni Voices echo through the park. “American Idol” Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, will perform and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez will make a special appearance in the annual telecast.
From the newest Disney Princess – Tiana – to Mickey Mouse and all his ‘toon pals,’ beloved Disney characters will embrace the holiday spirit aboard awe-inspiring floats that “deck the halls” as they glide through the Disney theme parks.
Two of television’s most popular celebrities will appear as the hosts of this year’s program. From the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, popular morning show personality Kelly Ripa returns as host, doubling her duties while partner Regis Philbin recovers from recent surgery. At Disneyland Park in California, worldwide television and radio host Ryan Seacrest takes center stage for the West Coast festivities. Nick Cannon, from “America’s Got Talent” makes his “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television debut as co-host/man-on-the-street for the telecast.
The two-hour televised special will air nationally in High-definition December 25 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times.
While parents and children prepare to offer their day of volunteer service in 2010, two families will share their encouraging stories during the parade telecast of how they’ve made a difference by volunteering in their hometown communities, the inspiring motives that moved them to give back and the lessons their children have taken with them along the way.
Throughout the telecast, chart-topping talent and award-winning artists from around the world come together to share in the Christmas merriment at Disney Parks. (Please note: all talent and floats subject to change)
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BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7 — Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records has reason to celebrate this week, as they hold 3 titles in the top 15 of Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart with debuts by multi-platinum selling Breaking Benjamin (Dear Agony) at # 4, Selena Gomez & The Scene (Kiss & Tell) at # 9 and the multi-platinum selling Miley Cyrus (The Time of Our Lives) at # 11. This is the third time in 2 years for Hollywood Records to hold 3 titles in the top 15.
Breaking Benjamin’s Dear Agony is the follow up to their back to back platinum albums Phobia and We Are Not Alone. Selling 134,489 copies in its first week Dear Agony also held the # 1 selling album slot on iTunes where it debuted upon release September 29, 2009. In addition, Breaking Benjamin’s smash hit single, “I Will Not Bow” is a top 5 hit at Rock Radio, top 10 at Alternative, and has sold over 150,000 singles to date.
Selena Gomez is the star of Disney Channel’s hugely popular show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Kiss & Tell marks her musical debut with her band The Scene with a top ten album, selling over 65,800 units. Selena Gomez & The Scene made their national television debut on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” results show on September 29. Selena caused a “scene” of her own with her first in-store signing this weekend at the Disney Store in South Coast Plaza with almost 5,000 fans in attendance.
Miley Cyrus continues to dominate the radio, singles and album charts with her Wal-Mart exclusive EP The Time of Our Lives. Miley recently launched her sold out headline tour September 14, and performed her smash hit single, “Party In The USA” on VH-1′s Divas.
Hollywood Records accomplished another milestone this week with multiple # 1 chart positions on iTunes. Miley Cyrus held the # 1 spots on iTunes’ Single and Video charts with “Party In The USA” while Breaking Benjamin held the # 1 album spot with Dear Agony.
Radio Disney marks the highly anticipated Hollywood Records release of “Kiss and Tell,” the debut album from Selena Gomez & the Scene, with three weeks of special programming and promotions designed to connect listeners directly to one of their favorite artists. On the album release date, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Radio Disney will announce the name of one lucky listener who will win the “Ultimate Rock Star Flyaway” sweepstakes prize — a chance to travel via private jet to Los Angeles where the winner and seven guests will go via limousine to an exclusive concert by Selena Gomez & the Scene.
Beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, Radio Disney, the authority on the music kids love and parents trust, will play one song from “Kiss & Tell” per day, leading up to the entire album’s Planet Premiere on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT). The album will be replayed on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT) and can be streamed and listened to online at RadioDisney.com from SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (following the on-air broadcast) through SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3. The week kicks off with the title track “Kiss and Tell,” followed by “Naturally,” “Crush,” “I Promise You,” and “More.” The album’s first single, “Falling Down,” premiered in August and has been in the top five most requested songs since its Radio Disney Planet Premiere.
The week of September 28, Radio Disney listeners can call in for a chance to win autographed CD’s of “Kiss and Tell,” and one of five iPod Touches autographed by Selena Gomez & the Scene. Finally, on Friday, October 2 (6:00 p.m., ET/3:00 p.m., PT), Selena Gomez & the Scene sit down with Ernie D for a Radio Disney Take Over, where they talk about the new album and take calls from fans. The Hollywood Records artist and her band also co-host the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown with Jake on Sat., Oct. 3 & Sun., Oct. 4.
Still flying from winning their Creative Arts Emmy the day before, the cast of Disney Channel’s Wizard of Waverly Place held a panel on Sunday in which thousands of fans were treated also to a brief runway fashion show showing off a clothing line inspired by the show, the premiere of the third season (which airs October 9) and a performance by Disney recording artist Honor Society. Hosted by Radio Disney’s Ernie D, the only cast member unable to appear was David DeLuise who had broken his clavicle at the awards ceremony.
Disney Channel Announces D23 Expo Wizards of Waverly Place Panel: Cast Q&A, Season Premiere and More
Disney Channel will present a fun-filled, must-see event for kids, tweens and families, “A Magical Afternoon with the cast of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’” — Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise, and executive producer Peter Murietta — at the largest Disney fan gathering ever, D23 EXPO on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (2:00-5:00 p.m.) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Summer to date, “Wizards of Waverly Place” is TV’s #1 program among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. This D23 EXPO exclusive Q&A session provides a chance for fans to ask their favorite stars about the Emmy-nominated series and the Disney Channel Original Movie it has inspired.
The afternoon will include an exclusive preview screening of the “Wizards of Waverly Place” season premiere episode and a surprise musical performance.
Popular radio personality Ernie D from Radio Disney, the 24-hour contemporary hits radio network and the only radio broadcaster for kids and families, will join in the fun at “A Magical Afternoon with ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’” event. Ernie D will also make appearances with the Radio Disney on-air team – Jake, Candice and Blake – Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13 (schedule to be announced) on the D23 EXPO floor. In addition, the Radio Disney Road Crew will be on hand with the “JONAS” Fan Van, playing music and inviting young fans to win prizes.
Disney Channel will premiere the music video for Selena Gomez’s cover of the 1975 classic, “Magic,” on FRIDAY, JULY 24 (8:59 p.m. ET/PT). Radio Disney will premiere the song, which is featured on the soon to be released “Wizards of Waverly Place” soundtrack, earlier that day (3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00p.m. ET).
The music video was directed by Roman Perez (Jonas Brothers’ “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and Emily Osment’s “Hero in Me” music videos) and features scenes from the upcoming “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” which premieres Friday, August 28 on Disney Channel.
The forthcoming soundtrack, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” releases worldwide Tuesday, August 4 on Walt Disney Records and includes musical selections inspired by “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” and the Emmy-nominated series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” including four songs performed by Gomez.
The “Magic” music video will premiere after the first episode in the “Wizards vs. Vampires” four-episode programming event which follows the Russo family and their encounters with the Van Heusens, a family of vampires who own a competing sandwich shop. Beginning FRIDAY, JULY 24 (8:00- 8:45 p.m. ET/PT), new episodes will air for three consecutive Friday’s thereafter.