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Wednesday, October 24 2018 13:18

JUST ROLL WITH IT: Disney Channel's New Comedy Blends Scripted and Improv with Audience Participation...

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Disney Channel is ready to Just Roll With It. The creative team behind Disney XD's Walk the Prank is back with a new multi-camera sitcom that they're calling "the first-of-its-kind" - "a hybrid of a scripted family comedy and an improvisational comedy, in which the studio audience members select the outcome of certain scenes while the cast just rolls with it." From co-showrunners Adam Small and Trevor Moore, the series just got the greenlight and is in production now.

About Just Roll With It:

The unique series is centered around the blended Bennett-Blatt family and features step-siblings Blair and Owen, who could not be more different. Blair, played by Kaylin Hayman ("One Day at a Time"), often a rebel without a cause, is the polar opposite of her strict, regimented, ex-military mom Rachel, played by Suzi Barrett ("Kirby Buckets"). Ramon Reed (Broadway musical "The Lion King") plays Owen, a born athlete with a taste for scheduling and organization, who is always trying to clean up his creative and charismatic father and morning radio show host Byron, played by Tobie Windham ("Walk the Prank"). Despite their differences, the Bennett-Blatt clan, and the actors who play them, know how to take whatever life – and the studio audience – throws at them … and "Just Roll With It."

At the sound of a horn, the actors break from the scene and go backstage while the audience decides which of three outrageous stunts will take place next. Once votes are cast electronically, the actors return to the stage to continue the scene, waiting for the next surprise, which could be anything from being asked to eat a disgusting sardine, grasshopper and ice cream burrito to a man falling through the roof of the Bennett-Blatt home.

No word yet on a premiere date. 

For a throwback, check out when I went behind-the-scenes and on-the-set of Walk the Prank ahead of its premiere back in 2016. Read the two-part story here and here. There's also no word yet on whether or not Walk the Prank will be back for a fourth season, but it's sure been well-received by my kids here at Rock Father HQ. Stay tuned...

James Zahn

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