China Anne McClain's biggest fan is in for a big surprise on an upcoming episode of Disney Channel's PrankStars.
In the episode, McClain competes against 14-year-old Sakoiya for the chance to become a television game-show host. But the pressure is on when the show's producer appears to favor the A.N.T. Farm star. In this first-look photo, McClain and Sakoiya may look like they're jumping for joy, but it's not until the joke is revealed that the group can laugh about it.
High school is hard enough for teenagers — now picture enrolling before you've hit puberty.
In new Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm, 11-year-old Chyna Parks, played by China Anne McClain, attends high school as part of its Advanced Natural Talents program for gifted students. Chyna, along with best friends Olive (Sierra McCormick) and Fletcher (Jake Short), struggles to fit in with the older teens who aren't too fond of the grade-skipping kids. And Chyna doesn't exactly rub the upper-classmen the right way at first.
"Chyna really doesn't care what the high schoolers say or what they think about her," McClain, who is 12, says. "She says, 'Move out of my way I'm going to make my big entrance.'" Chyna demonstrated that outlook in the show's preview episode last month where she invites herself to a high school party. After her classmates do their best to cause trouble for her, Chyna shines — and also saves the day.
Disney is building on its musical foundation with the upcoming slate of programming unveiled Wednesday.
Ugly Betty alum Mark Indelicato joins the growing cast of Disney's High School Musical spin-off, Madison High. The musical comedy will feature original songs and center on a group of kids trying to rebuild their theater program.
Disney fan favorite Debby Ryan, who stars on The Suite Life on Deck, landed her own series for the network called Jessie. The show follows a teen from rural Texas who moves to New York.
NCIS is expanding Director Vance's family tree, and in fact had Murder on its mind when casting Leon's missus.
Paula Newsome, who last starred on ABC's Women's Murder Club, will guest-star as Jackie Vance on the CBS drama's March 17 episode. Khamani Griffin (All of Us) and China Anne McClain (House of Payne), both age 10, appear in the same episode as Leon's kids. Leon himself, of course, is played by TVGuide.com celebrity blogger Rocky Carroll.
What brings on this exploration into Vance's thus far secretive world? According to ...