The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

2005, TV Show

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Zack & Cody Spin-off Is Afloat — Minus Tisdale

Cole and Dylan Sprouse by Craig Sjodin/ Disney Channel

'Member when Laverne and Shirley moved to Hollywood? (I'll allow you a moment for some groans....) Well, Disney Channel is similarly giving one of its biggest shows, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a new setting. To begin production once the WGA strike (imminently!) wraps up, The Suite Life on Deck will find the twin brothers, as well as hotel heiress London, enrolled in a semester-at-sea program. Alas, just as Carmine, Lenny and Squiggy inexplicably tagged along, look for Mr. Moseby to also board the cruise ship and keep a pesky eye on the kiddies.Not sticking around for the spin-off is High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale, though a Disney rep tells the Reporter it's possible that she could make recurring appearances. read more

As a parent of a tween, I ...

Zac Effron and Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical 2

Question: As a parent of a tween, I want to thank you for the nice words about High School Musical 2. My daughter has postponed her birthday party almost four weeks so she can have a High School Musical 2 premiere party. It is a huge deal in our house. It is so neat for someone of your stature — I really respect your reviews and commentaries — to give this show a positive review. I have a hard time understanding why the networks shy away from such programming. Why didn't Disney broadcast High School Musical 2 on ABC? I know that programming is all about demographics, but consider how much money High School Musical has made for the Disney parent company. Tweens like to spend money — my daughter is a great example of that! Disney Channel is basically commercial-free, except for the network's own programming, and while I like that, I just wonder why the lure of advertising dollars from outside Disney did not prompt a network broadcast. Our family and others we know love to watch shows ... read more

Short Cuts: Monk, Paris and Nicole, and More!

With an audience of 5.2 million total viewers, the Friday return of USA Network's Monk was the night's most-watched basic-cable program in prime time. Lead-out Psych, alas, drew just 3.8 million, a steep drop from the series' July debut (6.1 mil).... The new season of The Simple Life, fancying Paris and Nicole as camp counselors, may start production as soon as March, says the New York Daily News.... Disney Channel presents a weekend marathon of every episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, starting Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon/ET. read more

In the Works: Suite Life Goes On for Disney

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, one of the network's top-rated series.... Speaking of brotherly love, albeit of a different kind: Here!, the nation's inaugural gay television network, has greenlit production on a third, six-episode season of the sudsy Dante's Cove.... Bravo has picked up Welcome to the Parker, a docu-series that will take viewers inside the world of the luxurious Parker Palm Springs hotel, set to premiere in 2007. read more

Disney Channel Does the Fright Thing

For the occasion of this Friday the 13th, and as an early nod to Halloween, Disney Channel is airing appropriately themed episodes of four series: Tonight on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a scary-movie outing has a surprising effect on Zack, while on Saturday Hannah Montana finds series star Miley Cyrus playing three roles; The Replacements' Todd, Riley and Buzz investigate spooky neighbors; and The Emperor's New School has "Yzma trying to destroy the annual Kuzcoween holiday" (whatever that means).Speaking of Friday the 13th, be sure to check out my new Trivial Matt'rs blog entry concerning all things Jason Voorhees. read more

To answer Rose's question ...

Question: To answer Rose's question about the absence of kids from network TV: They went to cable. I have a preteen daughter who enjoys shows such as That's So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on the Disney Channel. As I've watched a few episodes of these, I thought that these were very much like the family sitcoms that used to be on, say, ABC's old TGIF block.
Answer: Good point. This is another excellent example of how cable has rushed in to fill gaps left by the broadcast networks after they drop the ball on servicing major portions of the viewing audience (in this case, kids and families) ... read more

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Premiered: March 18, 2005, on Disney
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Mischievous twin brothers get into and out of predicaments at a posh hotel, where their single mom works as a lounge singer.

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