Princesses, pop stars and superheroes will be among the many Disney favorites taking over the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9—11 for the biennial D23 Expo. The celebration of all things Disney will include the stars and creators of several popular shows from the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
Among the big Disney Channel events being showcased are Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, a summer special in which the boys meet the superheroes of (Disney-owned) Marvel Comics; Teen Beach Movie, a live-action musical airing July 19; and Wander Over Yonder, the upcoming animated series from The Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken and starring 30 Rock alum Jack McBrayer (both of whom will be in attendance).
Kristen Stewart was a big winner Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, as she took home awards for Favorite Movie Actress for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and Favorite Female Buttkicker for Snow White and the Huntsman.
Though Stewart admitted she was afraid to accept the awards out of fear of being slimed, she escaped mostly unscathed. The same couldn't be said for other celebrities, including Sandra Bullock, Neil Patrick Harris and Nick Cannon, Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried were covered in green goo before the night was over.
Disney Channel and Radio Disney are looking for the next big youth pop sensation. The sister cable and radio networks will launch the fifth season of their music talent competition, N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) next month during the original TV-movie Girl vs. Monster (airing Friday, Oct. 12 at 8/7c).
Among the prizes for this year's winner: A performance on the Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally; a single release through Disney Music Group; and a slot along side Radio Disney recording artists at the N.B.T. finale concert.
Disney Channel's music-themed comedy Austin & Ally will be back for a second season on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8:30/7:30c.
In the premiere episode, "Costumes & Courage," Austin is invited to perform a duet with a famous pop star at his new record label owner's Halloween party. But when the star can't sing, Ally steps in.
Hang ten! Disney Channel is moving from high school to the seashore for its next song-and-dance extravaganza, Teen Beach Musical. A modern-day take on the classic beach musicals of the 1960s, the new Disney Channel original movie will premiere sometime in 2013.
Teen Beach Musical stars Australian actress Maia Mitchell (Mortified, which aired on Disney Channel Australia) as a surfer girl who is forced by her parents to depart for boarding school and leave her boyfriend Brady (Ross Lynch, from Disney Channel's Austin & Ally) behind.