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Disney Channel Casts Its Next Big Musical

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Disney Channel’s new Zac Efron and Demi Lovato hopefuls. The cable channel has assembled the cast of what is being groomed to be its next original movie/musical franchise, Lemonade Mouth, by mixing young Disney series stars and unknowns with TV veterans Tisha Campbell-Martin and Christopher McDonald. The story follows five disparate high school students who meet in detention and form a band. Starring are Bridgit Mendler (Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie) as lead vocalist Olivia White, Adam Hicks (Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther) as keyboardist Wen Giford, Hayley Kiyoko (Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place) as electric guitarist Stella Yamada, Naomi Scott (Disney Channel UK’s Life Bites) as bass guitarist Mohini and Blake Michael (discovered during an open casting call) as percussionist Charlie Delgado. Nick Roux as Scott Pickett, Chris Brochu as Ray Beach will play rival band Mudslide Crush, while Campbell-Martin will play music teacher Miss Reznick and McDonald Principal Brenigan. The movie, slated for a 2011 premiere, was written by April Blair based on the book Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes. It is being directed by Patricia Riggen, executive produced by Debra Martin Chase and choreographed by Chris Scott.

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Disney XD Renews ‘Zeke And Luther’

By | Monday August 2, 2010 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Disney XD has renewed its flagship comedy series Zeke and Luther for a third season. Returning are creators and executive producers Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhard. Production on Season 3 is slated to begin production in the fall in and around Southern California. Set in the mythical Northern California beach community of Pacific Terrace, the series follows best friends Zeke and Luther’s quest to become the world’s best skateboarders, while also navigating the ups and downs of teenage life. It stars Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Ryan Newman and Daniel Curtis Lee.

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