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.
Disney Channel's Boy Meets World spin-off has cast the new Shawn! No, we don't mean that someone else is replacing Rider Strong in his longtime role (like anyone could rival his perfectly coifed locks?!), but there is a new BFF in the house!
Girl Meets World has tapped...
Sofia the First
She's not just an overnight princess, she's an overnight success! The new Disney Channel fairytale series Sofia the First, about a simple village girl whose mom marries the king, will premiere Friday morning (9:30am/8:30c) to great expectations. This is not only one of the most ambitious and sophisticated animated series ever attempted for the preschool crowd — the Broadway-esque song score alone is a marvel of pop, swing, bossa nova, jazz and hip hop — but it's already a ratings monster. The pilot movie, Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, drew 5.2 million viewers in its November premiere and was the highest-rated program for children ages 2-5 in the last five years.
Spider-Man is set to resume his battle against the bad guys in 2013. Disney XD will announce Thursday that Season 2 of the animated hit Ultimate Spider-Man will have a special one-hour premiere on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7/6c. The show then returns to its Sundays-at-11am timeslot on Jan. 27.
Sofia the First
Fresh off this month's top-rated TV movie Sofia the First, Disney Channel has finalized dates for the preschool property's regular series premiere. The show, which centers on a young girl who adjusts to life as an overnight princess, will debut Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:30am/8:30c. Disney Junior will repeat the episode at 5:30/4:30c.
The premiere episode, "Just One of the Princes," will also be available a week earlier (starting Jan. 4) on Disney Channel SVOD and iTunes, among other platforms. Ariel Winter (Modern Family) stars as Sofia, while Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn also lend their voices.