Disney Channel is turning to some of the darkest characters on the Disney shelf for its next live-action movie. Descendants will focus on the progeny of Disney baddies like Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar.
But the movie, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), will follow these modern-day teens as they begin to question the evil in their hearts. Casting is currently under way for Descendants, which is set to begin production next spring and premiere in 2015.
Mickey Mouse is returning to where it all began. The Disney icon and his pals will star in a new series of 19 animated shorts, which will premiere on Disney Channel starting Friday, June 28.
Disney says the new Mickey Mouse shorts will contain contemporary themes, but also pay homage to the art direction and style of the original 1920s and 1930s cartoons.
Coco Jones, Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson
Disney Channel is set to announce the launch strategy for Let It Shine, the new TV movie that's a centerpiece of the network's summer programming lineup. As previously announced, Let It Shine will launch Friday, June 15 at 8/7c. But that's just part of Disney Channel's roll-out plans.
Let It Shine will first be available for viewers via Disney Channel On Demand (found on some AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable systems) starting Friday, June 8. Then, after the June 15 premiere, Disney Channel will encore it the following night. A sing-along version, Let It Shine — Rap Battle Edition, will air Saturday, June 30. And then the DVD, featuring additional footage, will be released on Tuesday, August 7.
Disney Channel has confirmed a launch date for its new 24-hour preschool channel. Disney Junior will replace SoapNet on most cable and satellite systems at midnight on Friday, March 23.
The new cable network, an offshoot of Disney Channel's Disney Junior block, will launch with the new animated series Doc McStuffins. That show, about a six-year-old girl who nurses her sick toys back to health, is one of several new programs that will make their debut on Disney Junior.
Among the other new shows coming to the channel over the next year: Gaspard and Lisa, which centers on two puppies in a French neighborhood; Guess How Much I Love You, based on the book of the same name; Sofia the First, a TV movie and series about a princess; and...