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Friday, November 30, 2012

Disney Casting Directors Seek Out Both Established and New Talent

There are two types of casting directors that audition actors for Disney. The first type are called "in-house" casting executives. The VP of Casting and Talent Relations for Disney Channel is an example of an in-house casting director who usually auditions established actors for series regular roles or starring roles for Disney Channel Original Movies. On the other hand there are many freelance casting directors who have cast countless Disney Channel shows, as well as other shows on different networks. These freelance casting directors also audition established talent for series regulars and starring roles, however they do bring in newcomers to read for roles if they fit the look that is being sought for a specific role.

Newcomers are much more likely to be cast in supporting or recurring roles as opposed to starring or series regulars, but from time to time an actor with minimal credits does land that coveted top level role. And it is happening more and more frequently as studios vie to discover that fresh new face. However, any type of casting director will tell you that finding talented actors with little experience can be a daunting task. Disney Channel conducts open casting calls around the United States a couple of times each year for non-specific roles, and out of the thousands who show up, only one or two actually make it onto the air. Another example is when Walt Disney Studios held open calls at many cities during the talent search for the role of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film "True Grit". In the end, they hired an actress who had professional credits, training, and a talent agent who submitted her for the role in Los Angeles.

The most important thing that casting directors look for on an actors resume is live theatre. Doing plays in youth theatre groups, community theatre, and summer acting camps is not only extremely fun, but is also an incredible learning experience. You do not get the opportunity to do multiple takes for each scene, rather you must nail your lines dead on in real-time. And the more experience that talent has doing that, means less takes for each scene when working on a movie or television show.

Training is also important, especially with reputable acting teachers and coaches. In the big markets such as Los Angeles and New York, there is an abundance of great acting teachers, many of which are well connected in the entertainmenbt industry. Often these mentors will bring in casting directors or talent agents to watch their students perform scenes. Specialized training such as singing and dancing is also a great thing to have on your resume.

A few of The Walt Disney Company holdings consist of Marvel Studios, Touchstone Pictures, The Muppets Studio, Disney Theatrical Group, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Pictures. Their television divisions include Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jr., and ABC Family among others. So there you have it. The opportunities are out there, you just have to make the right moves, stay focused, and follow your heart.

Alan Baltes invites you to take advantage of a wealth of information about how to submit yourself to Disney casting directors for acting auditions, as well as register for extra work. Auditions and casting information for Walt Disney Company films - Touchstone Pictures, Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Walt Disney Pictures. Learn more by heading over to Disney Casting

Source: Alan Baltes

“Austin & Ally” Cast Announce A Live Chat For December 3, 2012


The cast of Austin & Ally, will be hosting a live stream with fans on Monday December 3, 11am pacific time.

Raini Rodriguez tweeted on her official twitter page (@Raini_Rodriguez):

So, the Austin and Ally cast and I have a couple of surprises for you guys in the next couple of weeks...any guesses? (:

And:

All of you guessed great answers, but only one of you guessed right. The A&A cast will be doing a live stream Monday, Dec 3rd!! :)

Also: 

The live stream will be around 11am pacific time. I know most of you will be in school, but this is the time that works best for us 4!                     

Maia Mitchell Working On Disney Channel's "JESSIE"

Maia Mitchell, who will appear in Disney Channel's DCOM, "Teen Beach Movie" in 2013, is currently  working and set to appear on an episode of JESSIE.

Maia Mitchell tweeted on her official twitter page (@MaiaMitchell):

Memorisin' for my first taping tomorrow. Wish me luck!✌

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Disney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays 2012 Promo

Disney Channel have released the official promo for the programming block, Fa-La-La-Lidays 2012 which includes new holiday themed episodes of Good Luck Charlie, Dog With A Blog, Shake It Up, the special event: Austin & Jessie & Ally: All Star New Year and movies set to premiere all December long!

SUNDAY, December 2

7:30 p.m. – “Good Luck Charlie”
“A Duncan Christmas” – Teddy takes Charlie to see Santa Claus at Super Adventure Land, but when Santa decides to take a break right when it’s Charlie’s turn, Teddy takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Amy and Grandma Linda learn they are performing the same song at the family talent show. Shirley Jones reprises her role as Grandma Linda. Teddy and Spencer (played by actors and recording artists Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper) perform the duet “My Song For You” in the episode.

8:00 p.m. – “Dog With A Blog”
“Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” – It’s the family’s first Christmas together and Avery is prepping Tyler, Chloe and Stan for what will likely be their worst Christmas gifts ever – from their new stepmother Ellen who gives terrible gifts. Meanwhile, Bennett and Ellen try to decide whose Christmas traditions to follow.

8:30 p.m. – “Shake It Up”
“Merry Merry It Up” – CeCe picks a fight with Jeremy, leading Georgia to break up with him. To fix the situation, Rocky takes a turn as the ghost of Christmas dance and escorts CeCe on a dream journey to the past, present and future.  Zendaya performs the new song “Shake Santa Shake” in the episode.

Friday, December 7

8:00 p.m. – “Austin & Ally”/”Jessie”   
“Austin & JESSIE & Ally All Star New Year” – Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez travel to Times Square where Austin is booked to perform on New Year’s Eve. When they can’t get through New York City’s crowded streets, Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage and to ultimately have Austin record one of her songs. Three songs are performed in the hour-long episode: ”Face to Face,” a duet by Austin (Ross Lynch) and Jessie (Debby Ryan), and “Christmas Soul” and “Can You Feel It” by Austin.

"Can You Feel It" Featured on "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year"

Disney Channel have released the official lyric video for 'Can You Feel It' which is performed by Ross Lynch, which set to premiere on the new Austin & Ally and Jessie crossover special, 'Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year.'

In the episode episode, Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debby Ryan and Ross Lynch.

"All Star New Year" will premiere on Friday, December 7, part of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming block.

Gregg Sulkin talks Wizards Reunion: Alex vs. Alex

In an interview with Fanlala, Gregg Sulkin talks about the Wizards of Waverly Place special reunion episode, including details of the plot, his excitement about returning and details on his character.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How To Land Disney Channel Auditions For Free

For many kids, the dream of working on a Disney Channel show or movie may seem like a fantasy too good to ever come true. But the reality is that if someone is determined enough and willing to work hard, anything is possible - even acting on a Disney show! Every person who ever worked one of the networks shows had to start somewhere, from the big famous stars right down to the bit role players and background extras.



The network still conducts talent searches in various cities each year, and most are open calls where anyone within a specified age range can attend. And it does not matter if they are signed with a talent agent, or if they have had previous acting experience - although taking acting classes and doing plays can help tremendously.

In addition to the annual general talent searches, DC shoots various shows and movies in cities outside of Los Angeles, and the casting directors sometimes hold open casting calls for specific roles in those cities. Examples are the High School Musical movies which were all filmed in the Salt Lake City area, and the Camp Rock movies which were all filmed in the Toronto area.

As far as any fees or costs associated with DC talent searches, open casting calls, and auditions - there are none! Auditions are always completely free of charge to attend. The only exception is for extras. Disney Channel always contracts out to extras casting companies to hire the extras for their productions. The individual extras casting companies often charge a small fee that may cover photo imaging, administrative costs, etc. This fee is commonly about $15 - $30.

Be aware that there are several unscrupulous websites operating that "scrape" or steal free Disney auditions and casting information from legit websites and use that information to lure people into signing up for a pay-subscription website. They NEVER uses pay-subscription websites for their casting needs, speaking roles or otherwise. Disney Channel auditions, talent searches, and casting calls are always available completely free of charge.

Some of the shows and movies for 2012 include the pilot episodes of "The Little Leftover Witch," "Shmagreggie Saves The World," "Zombies & Cheerleaders," and "Crash And Bernstein"; the series "Austin & Ally," "A.N.T. Farm," "Jessie," "Good Luck Charlie," and "Shake It Up!; the Disney Channel Original Movies "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Sequel," and the upcoming "Adventure Quest".

Alan Baltes invites you to take advantage of a wealth of information about how to submit yourself to Disney Channel casting directors for acting auditions, as well as register for extra work. Details about proper submission etiquette and guidelines are outlined. Start being considered now for acting jobs on Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Jr. by heading over to Disney Channel Auditions

Source: Alan J Baltes

Acting Workshop With Stefanie Scott From Disney's A.N.T Farm

Stefanie Scott from Disney's A.N.T Farm will be holding a kids & teens hands on workshop at The Maile School (located in Central Florida) on Saturday, December 22nd during the timeslots available: 1pm to 4pm or 4.30pm to 7.30pm. 
Former Maile School student Stefanie Scott is offering a 1 day hands on training workshop exclusively at The Maile School. Stefanie is best known for her role as Lexi Reed on Disney's hit A.N.T. Farm. Other credits include the newly released Wreck-It-Ralph as Moppet Girl. No Strings Attached, Universal's Beethoven's Big Break, and Disney's Frenemies
The 1 Day Hands on Workshop will cover:
  • Scene Study
  • Character Development
  • Making Your Scenes Believable
  • Life Performance
  • Question & Answer Session

Call to register: 407-628-5989

The Austin & Ally Cast Describe Their Cast Members

In an interview with Popstar Magazine, on set of Austin & Ally, cast members Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy, each answer the question "Can you describe each of your cast members?"

New Animated Series 'Sofia the First' to Premiere Friday, January 11 on Disney Channel & Disney Junior


[Via Disney Channel Press Release...]

"SOFIA THE FIRST," AN ANIMATED SERIES ABOUT A LITTLE GIRL PRINCESS ADJUSTING TO ROYAL LIFE, DEBUTS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 ON DISNEY CHANNEL AND DISNEY JUNIOR


Classic Disney Princesses Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Jasmine
Make Special Appearances

Eric Stonestreet, Viola Davis, Bonnie Hunt, Ellie Kemper, Megan Mullally, Kiernan Shipka and Jeffrey Tambor Among All-Star Guest Voice Cast

The highly anticipated debut of Disney Junior's "Sofia the First," a new animated series about Princess Sofia, an adventurous little girl who is learning how to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king and she becomes a princess overnight, debuts FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 on Disney Channel (9:30-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30-6:00 p.m., ET/PT). Created for kids 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, "Sofia the First" tells the story of an ordinary girl who becomes a princess and, throughout her journey, learns that possessing the characteristics of a true princess – honesty, loyalty, compassion and grace – is what makes one truly royal.

Classic Disney Princesses Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Jasmine make special appearances in event episodes throughout the year, offering Sofia words of wisdom when she needs them most. Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty") are featured as the headmistresses of Sofia's new school, Royal Prep Academy.
 

The series stars the voices of Ariel Winter as Sofia, the young princess in training; Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda, Sofia's loyal and caring mother; Wayne Brady as Clover, Sofia's wise-talking rabbit sidekick, and Tim Gunn as Baileywick, the castle's royal steward. Winter's "Modern Family" co-star, Eric Stonestreet, guest stars in the premiere episode as The Voice of Sofia's flying horse, Minimus. Other notable guest stars include Viola Davis ("The Help"), Bonnie Hunt ("Cars"), Ellie Kemper ("Bridesmaids"), Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development").

The November 18 premiere of Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" introduced a record number of viewers to Disney's first little girl princess, Sofia the First, delivering a crowning glory of 5.2 million Total Viewers on Disney Channel, handily becoming the #1 cable TV telecast of 2012 among Kids 2-5 (1.5 million/9.1 rating) and Girls 2-5 (954,000/12.2 rating). The movie also delivered with older kids and adults, attracting more than 3.0 million Kids 2-11 and more than 1.4 million Adults 18-49. Impressively, the movie ranked as the #1 cable TV telecast in 5 years in Kids 2-5 (since 11/12/2007, "SpongeBob Atlantis Pantis") and in over 10 years in Girls 2-5 (since 5/6/2002, "Oswald"). Furthermore, it now stands as Disney Channel's #1 telecast in the network's history among Girls 2-5, its #2 telecast among Kids 2-5 (behind "High School Musical 2") and its #1 preschool telecast ever in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49.

In the premiere episode, "Just One of the Princes," Sofia strives to become the first princess to earn a spot on her school's flying derby team. Although paired with the overly-anxious horse Minimus (voiced by Stonestreet), Sofia learns to believe in herself and proves that a princess can do anything she sets her mind to. While she lives in an enchanting fairytale world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia remains a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home, including fitting in at school, building sibling relationships, making new friends, discovering how and when to be brave, learning the importance of telling the truth, and mastering new skills and good sportsmanship. The stories are designed to provide young children with fundamental lessons about developing social and emotional skills to help prepare them for life.

Events across multiple platforms will mark the series debut, with a preview of the premiere episode available via Disney Channel SVOD, WATCH Disney Junior and on iTunes beginning Friday, Jan. 4. The Jan. 11 linear premiere on Disney Channel will be simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel and mobile providers AT&T and Sprint TV. Following the premiere, throughout January, new episodes will be available one week prior to their linear premiere via Disney Channel SVOD and WATCH Disney Junior.

In early January, DisneyJunior.com/Sofia will launch the new game, "Minimus the Great," where players can help Sofia take care of her horse Minimus and train for the big Royal Prep Flying Derby race.

Craig Gerber ("Pixie Hollow Games") developed the series and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell ("Special Agent Oso") is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh ("Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo") serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch ("Tangled Ever After") is the composer. "Sofia the First" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins in preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the number of channels worldwide to 33.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ben Savage Joins 'Girl Meets World' Alongside Danielle Fishel


[Via huffingtonpost.com...]

Ben Savage will be playing Cory Matthews once again! The actor has joined the cast of "Girl Meets World," the sequel series to the '90s ABC comedy "Boy Meets World," according to the Disney Channel. Danielle Fishel will also reprise her "Boy Meets World" role as Topanga Lawrence for the pilot.

Disney Channel confirms the pilot is still in "very early stages of development" and that a nationwide casting search is still underway for 13-year-old Riley Matthews. "Girl Meets World" will follow Cory (Savage) and Topanga's (Fishel) teen daughter Riley. "Boy Meets World" creator Michael Jacobs is behind the project.

The cast for "Girl Meets World" will also include Maya, Riley's edgy best friend. Sounds a bit like Shawn Hunter to us!

In the new series Cory will be a history teacher, just like his "Boy Meets World" mentor Mr. Feeny.

"I'm very excited for Disney and [creator] Michael Jacobs," William Russ, who played Cory's dad Alan Matthews on the series, said in a statement to HuffPost TV. "They are a great team and will produce an exceptional show, I have no doubt."

Anthony Tyler Quinn, who played Mr. Turner on "Boy Meets World," told HuffPost TV he'd be interested in appearing on the new series.

"'Boy Meets World' was and continues to be these beautiful brushstrokes in my life," he said. "It was a wonderful experience, and I think Michael's going to create something fresh. I'd love to be a part of it."

Monday, November 26, 2012

Disney Channel plans a sequel to Tyra Banks/Lindsay Lohan flick 'Life-Size'

[Via family-room.ew.com...]


Show me your 100 watt smile, Millennial nostalgia hounds!

The Disney Channel has confirmed to EW that it’s currently developing a sequel to Life-Size, the 2000 TV movie that starred a young, fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan as a lonely girl who accidentally brings a Barbie-like doll (played by Tyra Banks) to life. Banks is on board to reprise her role as Eve, the toy-turned-mother-figure; she’ll executive produce the sequel as well. And yes, Life-Size 2 will also feature a new version of “Be a Star,” the inspirational song Banks’s character sang in the first film.

Banks and the Mouse have been thick as thieves lately. Earlier this year, the supermodel guest starred on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up; she’s also developing a primetime series about her teenage years for ABC. The program is called Fivehead, a reference to Tyra’s famously robust forehead.

There’s no word yet on whether Lohan will show up for the sequel as well — but considering those scathing Liz & Dick reviews, the actress might welcome an opportunity to take shelter in Mickey’s arms.

Update: Tyra Banks To Star Again, Will Exec Produce

[Via variety.com...]

Disney Channel is breathing life back into "Life-Size," developing a sequel to the 2000 telepic that starred Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan.

Banks will reprise her role as Eve, a doll that magically comes to life, and will also exec produce the TV movie. Cabler's execs are in talks with potential scribes for the "Life-Size" sequel, which would join the Disney Channel Original movie franchise.

Preem of the original "Life-Size" on ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney" in 2000 delivered 13.6 million total viewers, and rebroadcasts drew strong ratings over the next decade.

Banks is repped by Nancy Josephson at WME.

Dog With A Blog “Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” Promo

Disney Channel have released a promo of the upcoming Dog With A Blog holiday themed episode which is titled “Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” - set to premiere on Sunday, December 2, part of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming block.

“Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” – It’s the family’s first Christmas together and Avery is prepping Tyler, Chloe and Stan for what will likely be their worst Christmas gifts ever – from their new stepmother Ellen who gives terrible gifts. Meanwhile, Bennett and Ellen try to decide whose Christmas traditions to follow.

"Good Luck Charlie" Wins British Academy Children's Television Award (BAFTA) Kids' Vote 2012


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of tonight’s British Academy Children’s Awards, celebrating the very best in children’s film, television, games and online media of the past year, and the talent behind their successes.

The ceremony was hosted by Barney Harwood at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and presenters included Eddie Izzard, Alesha Dixon, Sir David Jason, Tom and Dougie from McFly, Olympic gold medallists Heather Stanning and Alex Gregory, Tyger Drew Honey, Caitlin Moran, X Factor’s Kye Sones and Jade Ellis, Jedward and American film director John Landis.

A record-breaking number of votes were received in this year’s BAFTA Kids’ Vote. 7-14 year-olds cast over half a million votes – 593,674 – and had their say across a whole range of entertainment media in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite film, television programme, website and video game. The winners in the four categories were: The Smurfs (Feature Film); Good Luck Charlie (Television); Temple Run (Video Game); Bin Weevils (Website). The Kids’ Vote website - www.baftakidsvote.org - remains a year-round destination for the under 14s, with quizzes, games, interviews, and reports from the Awards.

Exclusive red carpet highlights, backstage interviews with the winners, ceremony highlights and photography will be published after the ceremony on www.bafta.org/awards/childrens and www.baftakidsvote.org .

The British Academy Children’s Awards represent all aspects of children’s entertainment: Animation, Channel of the Year, Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Feature Film, Independent Production Company, Interactive, International, Learning–Primary, Learning–Secondary, Performer, Pre-school Animation, Pre-school Live Action, Presenter, Short Form, Video Game and Writer.

About BAFTA
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org .

About BAFTA Kids Vote 
The shortlist was derived from the top children’s feature films (12A and under) at the box office, the highest-rated children’s programmes on both terrestrial and multichannel, the most visited websites created for children and the top-selling video games PEGI-rated 12+ and under. Voting ran from 23 October – 25 November on www.baftakidsvote.org .

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Disney Channel Wishes Fans A Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays & Fa-la-la-lidays

To celebrate the holiday season, Disney Channel cast members from hit shows including A.N.T. Farm and JESSIE are featured in a series of short bumpers/idents to wish fans seasonal greetings in the form of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays.

A.N.T. Farm



JESSIE

Shake It Up: "Merry Merry It Up" Promo

Disney Channel have released a full length promo of the upcoming Shake It Up holiday themed episode which is titled 'Merry Merry It Up' - set to premiere on Sunday, December 2, part of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming block.

In the episode titled “Merry Merry It Up”  CeCe picks a fight with Jeremy, leading Georgia to break up with him. To fix the situation, Rocky takes a turn as the ghost of Christmas dance and escorts CeCe on a dream journey to the past, present and future.  Zendaya performs the new song “Shake Santa Shake” in the episode.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Austin & Jessie & Ally - "All Star New Year" Full Preview

Disney Channel have released a full length preview of the upcoming JESSIE and Austin & Ally holiday themed cross over episode which is titled 'Big Dreams & Big Apples' - set to premiere on Friday, December 7, part of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming block.

In this crossover episode, Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debby Ryan and Ross Lynch.

In this crossover episode, Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debbie Ryan and Ross Lynch.

Read More at: http://tvline.com/2012/11/12/phineas-and-ferb-season-3-holiday-episodes/#utm_source=copypaste&utm_campaign=referral
In this crossover episode, Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debbie Ryan and Ross Lynch.

Read More at: http://tvline.com/2012/11/12/phineas-and-ferb-season-3-holiday-episodes/#utm_source=copypaste&utm_campaign=referr
Below is the official full length preview for the special episode:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bella Thorne "Shake It Up" Interview With Geek Nation

In an interview with Geek Nation, Bella Thorne, star of Disney Channel's Shake It Up talks about how she got cast for the TV series seeing she had never danced before, her modelling career as a baby, the kind of projects she's personally like to work on, as well as the best part of being on Shake It Up.

David Henrie Talks About Leaving Wizards Behind

In this months issue of Glamaholic Magazine (November 2012), David Henrie, cast member of Disney Channels previous series Wizards of Waverly Place, spills all the details in an exclusive interview about deciding not to return for the Wizards of Waverly Place reunion TV special.

Questions David Henrie answers in the interview include:

How does it feel to end five years of "Wizards of Waverly Place" and prepare for a totally new chapter in your career?

What did you learn from this experience, and what memories will you keep from it?

Will you miss playing Justin Russo?

The Wizards will return soon for a TV movie, why did you not participate in that?




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Disney Channel UK Launch "So Undercover" Competition Starring Miley Cyrus

To celebrate the launch of Miley Cyrus's (star of Disney Channel's previous hit series, Hannah Montana) new movie "So Undercover" which is releasing December 7, 2012, Disney Channel UK have launched an exclusive competition for UK fans to win an amazing prize which includes:
2 nights hotel accommodation in London, (Including breakfast), return standard class train transfers from London to Spy HQ, Private Spy Academy experience for you and friends, a shopping voucher, makeover for the winner and friends (including manicure and make up) and afternoon tea at the Ritz!

To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the following question on the Disney Channel website: 

Complete the name of this famous actress:
Choices available are: Cyrus, Cyprus, Cyclops 

The competition closes on January 11th, 2013 at 16.00pm. Contestants must be aged eight (8) to fifteen (15) and must have your parent or guardians permission to enter. Your parent/guardian will be contacted to confirm acceptance of the prize before the winner is confirmed. Or you must be 18 or over and be a parent/guardian entering on behalf of your child aged eight (8) to fifteen (15). Open to residents of UK only. 

So Undercover Storyline:

When the FBI hires her to go undercover at a college sorority, Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus) must transform herself from a tough, streetwise private investigator to a refined, fun loving university girl to help protect the daughter of a one-time mobster.
With several suspects on her list, Molly unexpectedly discovers that not everyone is who they appear to be, including herself.

Laura Marano To Appear On UK Kids Show "Blue Peter" Thursday 22nd November 2012

Laura Marano, star of Disney Channel's original series Austin & Ally is set to appear on the UK's kids magazine/entertainment series 'Blue Peter' which airs on the CBBC channel.

Laura Marano tweeted on her official twitter page (@yaylauramarano):

Whoa, a Blue Peter Badge! That must mean...this chick is gonna be on :) this Thursday! I feel British!


The episode airs at 5:45 PM on Thursday 22nd November 2012. The episode also includes presenters Helen and Barney looking back over the Go Pyjamas Appeal, discovering why Thanksgiving Day is so special to Americans and an exclusive performance from McFly.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Disney Junior's 'Sofia the First' Crowns Glory with 5.2 Million Total Viewers on Disney Channel


[Via Disney Channel Press Release...]

PREMIERE OF "SOFIA THE FIRST: ONCE UPON A PRINCESS" IS A CROWNING GLORY WITH 5.2 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS; MOVIE INTRODUCING DISNEY'S FIRST LITTLE GIRL PRINCESS REIGNS AS TV'S #1 CABLE TELECAST IN FIVE YEARS AMONG KIDS 2-5 AND IN OVER 10 YEARS AMONG GIRLS 2-5

Disney Channel's #1 Telecast of Ever in Girls 2-5, #2 in Kids 2-5 and #1 Preschool Telecast in Total Viewers, Kids 2-11 and Adults 18-49

Disney Channel and Disney Junior to Present Encore Telecasts All Week

The Sunday (November 18) premiere of Disney Junior's "Sofia the First," an animated fairytale about a little girl who becomes a princess, delivered a crowning glory of 5.2 million Total Viewers on Disney Channel, handily becoming the #1 cable TV telecast of 2012 among Kids 2-5 (1.5 million/9.1 rating) and Girls 2-5 (954,000/12.2 rating). The movie also delivered with older kids and adults, attracting more than 3.0 million Kids 2-11 and more than 1.4 million Adults 18-49.

In a most impressive feat, "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" ranked as the #1 cable TV telecast in 5 years in Kids 2-5 (since 11/12/2007, "Spongebob Atlantis Pantis") and in over 10 years in Girls 2-5 (since 5/6/2002, "Oswald"). Furthermore, it now stands as Disney Channel's #1 telecast in the network's history among Girls 2-5, its #2 telecast among Kids 2-5 (behind "High School Musical 2") and its #1 preschool telecast ever in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49.

Disney Channel will present encore telecasts all week (Tuesday, November 20 at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, November 22 at 7:00 a.m., Friday, November 23 at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, November 24 at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday, November 25 at 7:00 a.m.).

The movie also becomes available today on WATCH Disney Junior, Disney Junior On Demand and DisneyJunior.com.

"Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" will also be presented THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, the new 24-hour channel.

A January premiere date for the series "Sofia the First" will be announced shortly. The movie and series will roll out internationally through mid-2013 on both Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels. The series continues Sofia's journey of becoming the best she can be, with relatable situational stories, set in a magical world of castles, wizards and flying horses, designed to provide kids 2-7 fundamental lessons about developing social skills.

Created for kids ages 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king of Enchancia and she becomes a princess. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn't all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal. It stars the voices of Ariel Winter (ABC's "Modern Family"), Sara Ramirez (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal"), and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"), Darcy Rose Byrnes, Zach Callison, Travis Willingham, Jess Harnell, Ashley Eckstein, Meghan Strange, Disney Legend Russi Taylor, Barbara Dirickson, Tress MacNeille and Jennifer Hale.

Craig Gerber developed the movie and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh is the songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch is the composer. "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 33 worldwide.

Disney Channel Thanksgiving Week Marathons and Special Programming


Monday, November 19

Disney Channel bumps their preschool block all week from 9am-2pm for more Disney Channel programming, plus end today right with The Princess and the Frog at 8pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD starts their big Pranksgiving week off with a marathon of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody from 9am-1pm, two episodes of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and a marathon of Crash & Bernstein from 2-5pm, then continue with Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 at 5pm, the series premiere of Just Kidding at 7pm, the Disney XD premiere of Code: 9 at 7:30 and a one-hour Kickin’ It special at 8pm (ET/PT).

Tuesday, November 20

Disney Channel has more of their original series all day and don’t miss Disney/Pixar’s Up at 8pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD gives more “pranks” with a huge Lab Rats marathon from 9am-5pm, The Suite Life Movie and another new Just Kidding at 7pm (ET/PT).

Wednesday, November 21

Disney Channel presents the Disney CG animated movie Bolt at 8pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD is Kickin’ It all day with a marathon from 8:30am-5pm, followed by G-Force and yet another new Just Kidding at 7pm (ET/PT).

Thursday, November 22 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Disney Channel gives thanks with Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension at 9am followed by an encore of Bolt and a day-long marathon of Disney Channel series, including last year’s Good Luck Charlie Thanksgiving special at 3pm and 8:30pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD has a Pair of Kings marathon from 9am-5pm, Meet the Robinsons at 5 and then anther new Just Kidding at 7pm (ET/PT).

Friday, November 23

Disney Channel has back-to-back blocks of Dog With A Blog, Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, Good Luck Charlie and Jessie from noon-8pm leading up to the one-hour A.N.T. Farm special premiere at 8pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD is taken over by the toys with all three Toy Story movies from 10am-4pm, which includes the Disney XD premiere of Toy Story 3, plus some Randy Cunningham, Crash & Bernstein and more new Just Kidding at 7pm (ET/PT).

Saturday, November 24

Disney Channel has the live-action Alice in Wonderland movie at 7:30pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD repeats the Toy Story trilogy from 8am-2pm and don’t miss the final new Just Kidding at 7pm (ET/PT).


Sunday, November 25

Disney Channel goes to the dogs – or at least one talking dog – with a new Dog With A Blog at 8pm (ET/PT).

Disney XD has four-episode blocks of
Kickin’ It, Crash & Bernstein, Lab Rats, Pair of Kings and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja from noon-10pm (ET/PT).


Blake Michael Goes Bald for "Dog With A Blog"

Blake Michael, star of Disney Channel's newest original series Dog With A Blog, tweeted on his official twitter page (@BlakeMichael14) a behind the scenes video showing the process of making him bald for an upcoming episode of Dog With A Blog.

Blake Michael tweeted:

Wonder how they made me bald for this episode of ? watch this behind the scenes vid!

Austin & Ally Stars Calum Worthy and Laura Marano Interview At "Star For A Night Celebration"

Disney's Austin & Ally stars Calum Worthy and Laura Marano Interview with Actresses Mikayla and Shayna Chapman at Taylor Hay's "Star For A Night Celebration" charity event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the interview Laura Marano talks about the upcoming JESSIE and Austin & Ally cross over episode and what it was like working with Debby Ryan.

In the crossover episode, which airs December 7,  Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debby Ryan and Ross Lynch.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Good Luck Charlie - A Duncan Christmas Behind the Scenes

Disney Channel have released a behind the scenes clip from the upcoming Christmas episode of Good Luck Charlie "A Duncan Christmas"- which airs Sunday, December 2, part of Disney Channel's second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming block.

In “A Duncan Christmas” – Teddy takes Charlie to see Santa Claus at Super Adventure Land, but when Santa decides to take a break right when it’s Charlie’s turn, Teddy takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Amy and Grandma Linda learn they are performing the same song at the family talent show. Shirley Jones reprises her role as Grandma Linda. Teddy and Spencer (played by actors and recording artists Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper) perform the duet “My Song For You” in the episode.

Check out a new 'Lemonade Mouth' music video in honor of the new book

[Via family-room.ew.com...]

Interested in the story behind the music? Olivia, Wen, Stella, Mo, and Charlie of the teen band Lemonade Mouth return in Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up (out today), the follow-up to Mark Peter Hughes’ first book, which inspired the hugely popular Disney Channel Original movie. To celebrate the band’s new bio, the cast of the movie have come together and recorded a new song, “Don’t Stop the Revolution,” which will also be available on iTunes. Check out the music video below!

The official music video can be viewed online here

Friday, November 16, 2012

Austin & Ally Season 2 Promo Shots

Disney Channel have officially uploaded more promo shots from the season 2 photoshoot of Austin & Ally:








Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Disney Channel Announces “Fa-la-la-lidays” 2012 Schedule, Including “Austin & Ally” and “Jessie” Crossover


[Via Disney Channel Press Release...]

DISNEY CHANNEL’s FA-LA-LA-LIDAYS SET TO RETURN

– Popular Winter Programming Event includes New Episodes of
“Phineas and Ferb” and Music-Filled One-Hour Crossover of
Hit Comedies “Austin & Ally” and “Jessie” –

Disney Channel, the #1 cable channel in Total Viewers, Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Tweens, will present its second annual Fa-la-la-lidays programming event beginning Friday, November 23 with new holiday themed-episodes premiering SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2. This year’s event is highlighted by the season four premiere of “Phineas and Ferb” guest starring NHL superstar Luc Robitaille and a special New Years Eve-themed episode of the animated hit series, plus a music-filled crossover episode of “Jessie” and “Austin & Ally,” featuring a duet by Jessie (Debby Ryan) and Austin (Ross Lynch), and a Santa-themed episode of the popular comedy “Good Luck Charlie” that includes a duet by Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and Spencer (Shane Harper) and guest stars Shirley Jones. New holiday-themed episodes of “Dog With A Blog” and “Shake It Up,” featuring Zendaya performing a new holiday song, will also be presented along with festive movies including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” and the Disney Channel premiere of “Secret of the Wings.”

Walt Disney Records’ Disney Channel Holiday Playlist, an album of holiday classics and original songs performed by stars from hit Disney Channel series and original movies, is now available wherever music is sold. Radio Disney will celebrate Fa-la-la-lidays with holiday-themed music featuring songs from Disney Channel Holiday Playlist beginning November 23 and Radio Disney stations in 31 markets will host events throughout November and December with holiday-themed interactive entertainment, music and prizes.

DisneyChannel.com will debut two new holiday games based on “Phineas and Ferb” and “Austin & Ally”/”Jessie” and a special holiday edition of the “Gravity Falls” fan-favorite “Mabel’s Sweater Creator,” plus a daily holiday “gift” including exclusive downloads and printable crafts. Full length holiday episodes of hit Disney Channel series will also be available.

Highlights from Disney Channel’s Fa-la-la-lidays (all times ET/PT) are:

SUNDAY, December 2

7:30 p.m. – “Good Luck Charlie”
“A Duncan Christmas” – Teddy takes Charlie to see Santa Claus at Super Adventure Land, but when Santa decides to take a break right when it’s Charlie’s turn, Teddy takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Amy and Grandma Linda learn they are performing the same song at the family talent show. Shirley Jones reprises her role as Grandma Linda. Teddy and Spencer (played by actors and recording artists Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper) perform the duet “My Song For You” in the episode.

8:00 p.m. – “Dog With A Blog”
“Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” – It’s the family’s first Christmas together and Avery is prepping Tyler, Chloe and Stan for what will likely be their worst Christmas gifts ever – from their new stepmother Ellen who gives terrible gifts. Meanwhile, Bennett and Ellen try to decide whose Christmas traditions to follow.


8:30 p.m. – “Shake It Up”
“Merry Merry It Up” – CeCe picks a fight with Jeremy, leading Georgia to break up with him. To fix the situation, Rocky takes a turn as the ghost of Christmas dance and escorts CeCe on a dream journey to the past, present and future.  Zendaya performs the new song “Shake Santa Shake” in the episode.


Friday, December 7

8:00 p.m. – “Austin & Ally”/”Jessie”      
“Austin & JESSIE & Ally All Star New Year” – Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez travel to Times Square where Austin is booked to perform on New Year’s Eve. When they can’t get through New York City’s crowded streets, Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage and to ultimately have Austin record one of her songs. Three songs are performed in the hour-long episode: ”Face to Face,” a duet by Austin (Ross Lynch) and Jessie (Debby Ryan), and “Christmas Soul” and “Can You Feel It” by Austin.



(Source:  NTI, U.S. ratings, most current, 2012 to date: 11/26/11-11/11/12).

Exclusive: New Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie Episodes Lead Disney's Holiday Fare

[Via tvline.com...]



You must’ve been good, because Santa Mickey’s about to dole out some nice new presents.

A new Phineas and Ferb, as well as fresh episodes of other Disney Channel favorites, will fill the premium cabler’s holiday schedule, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Phineas and Ferb ’s Season 4 premiere (debuting Dec. 7 at 9/8c) will find National Hockey League star Luc Robataille offering his assistance when the brothers take an ice hockey game to the extreme. Later, Phineas and Ferb plan their own New Year’s Eve ball drop, and Candace tries to keep an incredibly tough resolution: not to bust the boys before midnight.

Other highlights from the network’s “Fa-la-la-lidays” event include:

GOOD LUCK CHARLIE | (Dec. 2, 7:30 pm) Teddy takes charge when Santa goes on a break just before Charlie’s about to sit in his lap, and Shirley Jones reprises her role as Grandma Linda – who’s planning to sing the same song as Amy at the family talent show.



(Image via family-room.ew.com)

DOG WITH A BLOG | (Dec. 2, 8 pm) Bennett and Ellen try to decide whose Christmas traditions to follow during the blended family’s first holiday season together.

SHAKE IT UP | (Dec. 2, 8:30 pm) CeCe picks a fight with Jeremy, which causes Georgia to break up with him. So Rocky acts as the ghost of Christmas dance and escorts CeCe on a dream journey to the past, present and future.

AUSTIN & ALLY/JESSIE | (Dec. 7, 8 pm) In this crossover episode, Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez have trouble getting through New York’s crowded Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but Jessie comes up with a plan to get them to the stage in time to see Austin perform — and ultimately have him record one of her songs, natch. Bonus: The episode includes a duet by Debby Ryan and Ross Lynch.

Meanwhile, sister channel Disney XD also will premiere new holiday episodes on Dec. 3:

RANDY CUNNINGHAM: 9TH GRADE NINJA | (7 pm) Randy poses as a ninja Santa to retrieve sap from a sacred tree and winds up defending himself against a robot snowman and his team of elves.

PAIR OF KINGS | (7:30 pm) Boomer attempts to teach some Yetis how to be civilized. 

KICKIN’ IT | (8 pm) After getting labeled as “the kids who stole Christmas,” Jack, Jerry and Milton get banned from working at Santa’s Village and work to prove their innocence.