Disney Channel's MONSTOBER kicked-off this past weekend, and now through the 31st, the month-long Halloween celebration is back in full-effect. The annual programming event includes Halloween-themed episodes of hit Disney Channel series, the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie THE SWAP, special short-form content premiering nightly as part of "Monstober Theater," and the return of "Mal-oween," which includes an encore performance of DESCENDANTS (The Rock Daughters just got Evie & Mal costumes, actually) and the second season premiere of the animated shorts DESCENDANTS: WICKED WORLD.
Last October, Disney made it official that a sequel to their summer hit, DESCENDANTS, was in-development for a 2017 release. Today comes word that all the pieces are in-place, and DESCENDANTS 2 has a greenlight to start production! "Just when you thought 'Happily Ever After' had come to the land of Auradon, 'Descendants 2' turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, alluding to the fact that DESCENDANTS 2 will bring the offspring of some additional classic baddies to life, with the children of Captain Hook, Ursula and Gaston set to arrive.
We are truly in a wonderful time for kids and family television, and one of the most-anticipated new series' for The Rock Daughters™ now has a premiere date. Princess Elena of Avalor will make her royal debut in ELENA OF AVALOR, with a one-hour premiere event FRIDAY, JULY 22 (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT), on Disney Channel. The spin-off of Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST is set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, telling the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena's journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.
When it comes to ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, I hold the 1987 original in high regard... a film set in Chicago that despite being filmed largely in Toronto, captured the city much in the way I viewed it myself as a child - a big, dirty, dangerous place. That view of Chicago disappeared under the regime of Mayor Richard M. Daley, who really cleaned things up, but since the City has been reverting to those less-than-savory ways under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, it's probably appropriate that the long-gestating ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING remake has happened, and as far as I know, the action takes place somewhere else. Premiering June 24th (and on DVD 6/28), this summer's Disney Channel Original Movie stars SABRINA CARPENTER (GIRL MEETS WORLD) and SOFIA CARSON (DESCENDANTS) as competing babysitters in a new spin on the classic tale. Check out a 10-minute sneak-preview below!
With Black History Month upon us, a new installment of "Be Inspired" has launched on Disney Channel and Disney XD, this one featuring Cameron Boyce (DESCENDANTS, GAMER'S GUIDE TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING) paying tribute to his grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce. In 1956, the first group of African-American teens to integrate into a public school in the South were dubbed "The Clinton 12," and Boyce's grandmother was among them. View the video below...