Arrested Development fans have spent months gearing up for the return of Jeffrey Tambor and the rest of the cast. But fans of the man behind Orange County's craziest family don't have to wait until May 26 to catch the TV vet in action.
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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!
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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.
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.
For Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez, working on the Disney Junior movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess was a no-brainer.
"I grew up watching animation [and] this was kind of like a dream come true," Ramirez told TVGuide.com
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