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Disney Channel Greenlights Scripted and Improvised Comedy, ‘Just Roll With It’

Disney Channel has ordered “Just Roll With It,” an innovative multi-camera sitcom from co-showrunners Adam Small and Trevor Moore (Disney XD’s “Walk the Prank”). The first-of-its-kind format is a hybrid of a scripted family comedy and an improvisational comedy, in which the studio audience members select the outcome of certain scenes while the cast just rolls with it.

“The multi-camera sitcom format has worked as a staple of TV for decades. So naturally, we aimed to totally upend it,” said Jonas Agin, vice president, Original Series, Disney Channels. “By introducing an element of audience interactivity that subverts the expectations of not only the viewers but also the cast, ‘Just Roll With It’ is a true step in the evolution of comedic storytelling.”

Filmed before a studio audience, the unique series is centered around the blended Bennett-Blatt family and features step-siblings Blair and Owen, who could not be more different. Blair, played by Kaylin Hayman (“One Day at a Time”), often a rebel without a cause, is the polar opposite of her strict, regimented, ex-military mom Rachel, played by Suzi Barrett (“Kirby Buckets”). Ramon Reed (Broadway musical “The Lion King”) plays Owen, a born athlete with a taste for scheduling and organization, who is always trying to clean up his creative and charismatic father and morning radio show host Byron, played by Tobie Windham (“Walk the Prank”). Despite their differences, the Bennett-Blatt clan, and the actors who play them, know how to take whatever life – and the studio audience – throws at them … and “Just Roll With It.”

At the sound of a horn, the actors break from the scene and go backstage while the audience decides which of three outrageous stunts will take place next. Once votes are cast electronically, the actors return to the stage to continue the scene, waiting for the next surprise, which could be anything from being asked to eat a disgusting sardine, grasshopper and ice cream burrito to a man falling through the roof of the Bennett-Blatt home.

“Just Roll With It” is a production of Kenwood TV Productions, Inc. Adam Small and Trevor Moore serve as Executive Producers.

Jay Francis And Angi Dyste Promoted To Vice Presidents At Disney Television Animation

Disney Television Animation (TVA) has promoted two of its key executives into vice president roles. Jay Francis has been promoted to vice president, Current Series and Diversity, and Angi Dyste has been promoted to vice president, Production and Artist Management. The announcement was made today by Meredith Roberts, senior vice president, Animation Strategy, Disney Channels.

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Roberts said, “Jay and Angi have a wealth of experience across virtually every area of the animation business. Their strong relationships with top talent in the kids’ TV space and their ability to foster innovative ideas make them well-poised to usher in the next generation of artists at TVA.”

Francis will continue to work as a creative executive on multiple Disney Channel series; including “Big City Greens,” “Milo Murphy’s Law” and the upcoming “Amphibia”; while expanding his role to work closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure and mentor diverse creative talent. He reports to Khaki Jones, vice president, Current Series, Disney Television Animation. Francis joined Disney TVA in 2007, most recently serving as executive director, Current Series, managing Disney’s global hit “Phineas and Ferb,” “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” “Future-Worm!” and “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” among other series.

Prior to joining Disney, Francis was vice president and general manager, Recruiting and Acquisitions for Level 13, Film Roman’s online animation distribution network. Earlier, he served as director of talent recruiting for Film Roman, working on series including “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “King of the Hill.” Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Francis holds a Bachelor of Science in television and film production from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Dyste will continue to manage production on TVA’s rapidly increasing programming slate for Disney Channel’s audience of kids 6-11; including “DuckTales,” “Big Hero 6 the Series,” “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures,” “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” “Big City Greens” and “Mickey Mouse” shorts, among many others; while adding oversight of TVA’s Artist Management department, which includes artist recruitment, management, enrichment and training. She reports to Lisa Salamone, senior vice president, Production, Disney Television Animation.

A 20-year Disney veteran, Dyste most recently served as executive director, Production Management, Disney Television Animation. Prior to production management, she served as line producer on “My Friends Tigger & Pooh,” for which she earned an Emmy® Award nomination. She began her career at Disney as an associate producer at Disneytoon Studios. A native of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Dyste graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in art history.

Season Five of Disney Junior’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ Premieres October 26 on Disney Channel

Season five of Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning “Doc McStuffins” will premiere FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (11:00-11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app. The series, which tells the story of a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and communicates with and heals toys, has been lauded by parents, educators and health-care professionals around the world for having a lasting impact on how children see themselves and their future.

The new season will bring the series to a total of more than 150 episodes, shorts and specials. Included in season five will be “The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special,” premiering this December on Disney Junior. The special, which is part of Disney|ABC Television’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, will also air on Disney Channel, ABC and Freeform throughout the holiday season.

“Doc McStuffins” premiered in March 2012 and since then has become one of the most beloved preschool television properties of all time. Described by Emmy® Award-winning producer, socio-political comedian and dad to three girls, W. Kamau Bell, as “one of the most important shows in the history of television,” the series has been credited by many health-care professionals for helping to allay children’s fears of going to the doctor. “Doc McStuffins” has also been cited in recent reports, including a study done by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in partnership with IF/THEN, an initiative of the Lyda Hill Foundation, for having a positive impact on young kids’ aspirations, particularly girls, to pursue STEM careers.

Shortly after the series launched, a group of female African-American physicians began a “movement” they coined “We Are Doc McStuffins.” Seeing a reflection of themselves in the Doc character and the opportunity to inspire young girls, the group grew to form the Artemis Medical Society, an organization which now boasts a membership of over 4700 women physicians of color from around the world, and has a mission of providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce.

In addition to critical acclaim, “Doc McStuffins” has inspired an immersive traveling museum exhibit designed for kids age 2-7, spreading the show’s messages of care and compassion directly into local communities. The series is currently featured in the “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” live concert experience, which began its second leg of the U.S. tour last month, and the popular “Disney Junior Dance Party!” attraction at Disney California Adventure park, which will also be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort later this year. Additional brand extensions for the series include books, comics, activity books and a magazine from Disney Publishing Worldwide; multiple DVD releases from Walt Disney Studios and various soundtracks from Walt Disney Records. The multiple award-winning toy line is available at retailers nationwide, with new products debuting this fall.

In 2Q18, the series reached over 133 million viewers worldwide and aired in 157 countries in 28 languages. In its fourth season, “Doc McStuffins” generated over 37 million views on YouTube, more than 79 million views on the Disney apps and 25 million views on VOD.*

The series was created and is executive produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winner Chris Nee. Emmy-winning Norton Virgien serves as supervising director and co-executive producer. The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as the series’ health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families. “Doc McStuffins” is a production of Academy Award®-nominated Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel.


New Comedy ‘Coop & Cami Ask The World’ Premiers Tonight on Disney Channel

Multi-talented young actors Dakota Lotus and Ruby Rose Turner lead the ensemble cast of “Coop & Cami Ask the World,” Disney Channel’s new live-action comedy. The series follows the antics of middle-school siblings Coop and Cami Wrather, who co-host a popular online show while balancing life, family and friendship, premiering FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, on Disney Channel (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), in the DisneyNOW app and on Disney Channel VOD (12:01 a.m. local). The second episode will be available immediately following the series’ premiere (9:00 p.m. EDT) in the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel YouTube.

Made for kids and families, the live-action comedy follows Cooper (Lotus) and Cameron (Turner) Wrather, two middle-school siblings who co-host Coop’s online show “Would You Wrather.” With the help of their little brother Ollie and Coop’s best friend Fred, the duo present out-of-the-box questions and results to the show’s millions of followers (aka Wratherheads) who help them solve life problems – both mundane and madcap. Every day is an adventure in the Wrather’s hectic household, which also includes their older sister Charlotte and mom, Jenna. Whatever the question or result, Coop and Cami tackle adolescence and everyday family situations with humor and heart.

Also starring are Olivia Sanabia (“Just Add Magic”) as their older sister Charlotte; Albert Tsai (“Dr. Ken”) as Coop’s best friend Fred; Paxton Booth (“The Toy Box”) as their little brother Ollie and Rebecca Metz (“Better Things”) as their mom Jenna.

In the premiere episode, Cooper and Cami are preparing for their school dance when they learn their mom is ready to start dating again, now that it’s been two years since their father passed away. Much to their chagrin, her first date happens to be with their principal. Not sure what to do, they turn to the Wratherheads for advice, asking “Would you Wrather have your mom date the principal or take your mom to the school dance?”

Series creators Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin (“The Haunted Hathaways”) serve as executive producers and showrunners. The multi-camera series is also executive produced by Dan Cross & Dave Hoge (“The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex,” “The Thundermans”). Greg Schaffer (“Lab Rats: Elite Force”) is co-executive producer.

Season one of the series will include a new music video, a series of live-action shorts and interactive challenges.

The second episode will be available in the DisneyNOW app and on Disney Channel YouTube immediately following the premiere episode (9:00 p.m. EDT). In the second episode, Cami’s chances to win the class election for social chair are at stake when Cooper accidentally reveals that she still sleeps with her childhood stuffed Hippo named Ho-ho during one of their live segments.

The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.


Raven’s Home Remix Musical Premieres Tonight on Disney Channel

Actress, singer and series executive producer Raven-Symoné leads the multitalented “Raven’s Home” cast in a dynamic musical episode, “Raven’s Home: Remix,” about self-empowerment and self-expression. Directed by Paul Hoen (“ZOMBIES,” “Camp Rock 2,” “Let it Shine”) and choreographed by Will “WilldaBeast” Adams (“America’s Best Dance Crew,” “Glee”), the episode premieres FRIDAY, OCT. 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, in the DisneyNOW app and DisneyVOD. It features eight original songs and dance numbers performed by the cast: Raven-Symoné, Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Robinson, Jason Maybaum, Sky Katz and Anneliese van der Pol.

The “Raven’s Home” musical episode will usher in the series premiere of “Coop & Cami Ask the World” (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel.

In “Raven’s Home: Remix,” Booker sets out to land the starring role in the school’s musical about a boy who loves playing basketball and performing hip-hop. When Raven has a vision of Booker receiving a standing ovation, she’s convinced he’s perfect for the role and encourages him to go for it. However, when Nia discovers the part requires someone who is great at basketball and can rap – two things Tess excels at – she tries to convince Coach Spitz to let Tess audition for the role. When he refuses because Tess is a girl, a determined Nia takes a stand to prove girls can do anything boys can do.

The original songs featured in “Raven’s Home: Remix” were written and produced by The Heavyweights; the GRAMMY® nominated production team composed of  Jamie Jones, Jack Kugell and Matt Wong; along with songwriter Hanna Jones. The multi-platinum team has delivered hit songs that have collectively amassed over 35 million units sold, including music featured in “Descendants 2” and Disney’s “ZOMBIES.”
The”Raven’s Home: Remix, The Musical Episode”digital soundtrack features original songs from the episode and will be available for download and at streaming services Oct. 7 (9:00 p.m. PDT) on Walt Disney Records.

“Raven’s Home” stars Raven-Symoné, who reprises her role as Raven Baxter from the iconic comedy “That’s So Raven” (2003-07); Issac Ryan Brown as Booker Baxter-Carter; Navia Robinson as Nia Baxter-Carter; Jason Maybaum as Levi Grayson; Sky Katz as Tess; and, reprising her “That’s So Raven” role, Anneliese van der Pol as Chelsea Daniels.

Since premiering in July 2017, “Raven’s Home” is Disney Channel’s #2 series in Total Viewers, Kids 6-11, Kids 6-14 and Tweens 9-14, behind only “Andi Mack.” Since its debut, “Raven’s Home” has generated nearly 75 million views across all social and digital viewing platforms, including 49.3 million total video views on social media and 25.3 million views on VOD.

The second season of “Raven’s Home” is executive produced by Raven-Symoné, Dava Savel and Michael Feldman (writer/producers on “That’s So Raven”). The series was created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman, and developed by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. “Raven’s Home” is a production of It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc. and carries a TV-G parental guideline.