Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher
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Question: Now that the "traditional" network season is about half over, do you have any shows you've found to be either pleasant surprises (those you didn't think much of initially, but improved) or disappointments? I know that for me, the biggest disappointment has been (as it has been for many people) Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is basically just the 21st-century A-Team. It's fairly entertaining enough, but if it were to disappear tomorrow, I wouldn't shed any tears. The two happiest surprises for me have been The Crazy Ones (which didn't sound like it would be good, and I quit watching after the pilot but have caught up and found it quite enjoyable — probably because they keep Robin Williams' zaniness in check and the supporting cast has proven very funny) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I didn't really know much of Andy Samberg so wasn't that interested, but the early reviews had me check it out. I was very glad, too, because that's one new show I look forward to every week. I find it to be a worthy successor to The Office in its heyday. I'm also finding Almost Human to be getting much better from its middling premiere, though it's still not quite appointment TV. — Scott
Bridgit Mendler, Debby Ryan
Two of Disney Channel's most-watched comedies are planning a holiday-themed crossover. To kick off its month-long "Fa-la-la-lidays" programming stunt, Good Luck Charlie and Jessie will join forces in a special combined Christmas episode on Friday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c.
In "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas," Good Luck Charlie's Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and PJ (Jason Dolley) are touring ...
Austin & Ally's Laura Marano
Move over, Hannah Montana — Ally Dawson just might be the newest singing sensation to take over the Disney Channel. In the June 23 episode of Austin & Ally, titular songwriting star Ally (Laura Marano) will finally move out of the studio and onto the stage to perform her own song — but not without some trouble in the spotlight. One glitch: a new recording artist, Kira, who happens to be the daughter of Starr Records' head honcho, signs on as the label's newest artist and wants to rock her first performance with none other than Ally's song. Will Ally get her big moment?&
Phineas and Ferb
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).
Phineas and Ferb
Disney Channel's "Freaky Freakend" programming stunt kicks off Friday night with body swapping-themed episodes of hit series A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, Gravity Falls and Phineas and Ferb. Episodes of Dog with a Blog, Austin & Ally and Shake It Up continue the fun on Sunday.
Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris
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.
Cody Simpson, Shealeigh
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.
Austin & Ally
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.
The cast of Austin & Ally
Move over, Macarena. Disney Channel is hoping to start a new dance craze timed to "Platypus Day," a holiday created by the cable network to celebrate Perry the Platypus, the teal-colored, duck-billed secret agent from Phineas and Ferb.
This year's Platypus Day, which takes place on Saturday, March 3, will feature the introduction of "The Platypus Walk," a surf-rock tune that comes with an accompanying dance choreographed by Rosero McCoy (Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam). The song will debut today on Radio Disney, and Disney Channel's website will include a tutorial to the dance.
The Cast of Austin & Ally
The Disney Channel's newest live-action series Austin & Ally will debut on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The comedy follows the titular partnership of two wannabe musicians. Austin (newcomer Ross Lynch) is an extroverted singer, and Ally (Laura Marano) is a brilliant, but extremely shy songwriter. When Austin decides to "borrow" one of Ally's songs and record it, the video becomes an overnight Internet sensation and the two join forces. Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy also star as the pair's best friends Trish and Dez.