Buoyant after another year of record-setting ratings, Disney Channels Worldwide affirmed its plan to further build its creative and ratings strength, its audience engagement and its valuable multiplatform sales opportunities, today at Disney Media’s 2013-14 Kids Upfront presentation. Held at New York’s Hudson Theatre, many sponsors and advertisers attended the event with their children…The exciting 2013-14 slate also includes new episodes of the hit sitcoms “Good Luck Charlie,” “A.N.T. Farm,” “Jessie,” “Austin & Ally,” “Shake It Up” and “Dog With A Blog,” and the animated series “Gravity Falls” and “Phineas and Ferb” for Disney Channel; and new seasons of the Disney XD series “Kickin’ It,” “Lab Rats,” “Crash & Bernstein” and “Ultimate Spider-Man.”…
New series pickups include Liv & Maddie (working title), which finds 17-year-old newcomer Dove Cameron playing the dual role of identical twins in the live-action sitcom. The series was created by John Beck and Ron Hart (both of According to Jim).
Then there’s the just announced animated comedy Star and the Forces of Evil (working title) from Disney Television Animation that introduces magical teen princess Star Butterfly to the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth.
Entrants from last year’s upfront Teen Beach Movie, set to debut on July 19, and Craig McCracken’s Wander Over Yonder, premiering this summer, were also highlighted.
On the returning series front, long-running hit Phineas and Ferb is getting a mash up with the Marvel Universe in the animated special Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, which premieres this summeron Disney Channel and Disney XD. It’s a crossover first for Marvel and Disney and we’ll see the eponymous pair meet up with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk in Danville. Other series getting renewals are: Austin & Ally (season three), A.N.T. Farm (season three), Good Luck Charlie (season four) and Gravity Falls (season two).