It’s going to be a massive summer on Disney Junior, with the preschool network set to debut one new episode of one of its hit series every weekday for seven-consecutive weeks from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13th as part of the SOARING OVER SUMMER multi-platform event. New episodes of alternating series SOFIA THE FIRST, DOC McSTUFFINS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES and HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER will premiere each weekday at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. Also premiering this summer is CAPTAIN JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: THE GREAT NEVER SEA CONQUEST, an all-new special 44-minute episode that leads to an exciting story arc where Jake becomes a Captain, kicking off a storyline which will carry into the upcoming fourth season of the series. The folks at Disney Junior have provided THE ROCK FATHER with an EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK IMAGE of “Captain Jake” from the new special!
This special episode will air on Friday, July 31 and guest-stars legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (CLOCKWORK ORANGE, ENTOURAGE) as Lord Fathom and Jim Rash (COMMUNITY) as his sidekick, Sinker. (Bonus Fact: I once worked an event with McDowell in Las Vegas with the band Slipknot. Somewhere, photos exist!)
All of the new episodes will also be available each weekday on WATCH Disney Junior, which will launch a SOARING OVER SUMMER ARCADE, featuring several retro arcade-style games with voxel versions of Sofia, Doc, Miles, Jake and Henry.
The event will include season-three premieres for the Peabody Award-winning DOC McSTUFFINS on Thursday, July 2 where Doc and the toys must rescue her toy dragon, Stuffy, after he slips and falls in the pool, and the Emmy Award-winning SOFIA THE FIRST on Wednesday, August 5, which finds Sofia returning to Merroway Cove and meeting a new mermaid friend, Fluke. Kiernan Shipka (MAD MEN) and John Ross Bowie (THE BIG BANG THEORY) reprise their roles as mermaid Oona and seahorse Sven in the episode.
Additional guest stars throughout the summer include multiple Grammy and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald (PORGY & BESS) as a tiny tin airplane pilot named Bess on DOC McSTUFFINS, Isla Fisher (THE GREAT GATSBY) and Sean Astin (GOONIES, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) as mischievous sprites Button and Bengee; and Vivica A. Fox (INDEPENDENCE DAY) as Sofia’s idol Carol of the Arrow on SOFIA THE FIRST; David Tennant (DOCTOR WHO) as an evil genie named Dread, and Nestor Carbonell (LOST), Brett Dalton (MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Chloe Bennet (MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as fearless birds Eagle-Eye, Talon and Swifty, respectively, on JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES; and Alton Brown (IRON CHEF AMERICA) as alien chef Lysander Floovoxon MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND.
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