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EMMYS: ‘Zeke & Luther’s Matt Dearborn

By | Saturday June 18, 2011 @ 2:46pm PDT

Matt Dearborn is co-creator and showrunner (with Tom Burkhard) of the comedy series Zeke & Luther, targeting young males ages 6-14. While Disney XD’s audience is minuscule compared to the networks’, insiders  are saying that this show following the adventures of two goofy teenage guys obsessed with becoming world-class skateboarders is an Emmy contender for Outstanding Children’s Program. Dearborn, who also created the Emmy-nominated hit Even Stevens, talks to Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman about his backdoor entry into TV writing, working for Disney, and how to think like a kid:

DEADLINE: What sets Zeke & Luther apart from other children’s TV at Emmy time?
MATT DEARBORN: Because we are the only show in the kids’ space that is executing such a high level of physical comedy. Two people talking to each other might play in primetime, but unless somebody’s going to pick up a banana and hit the two guys talking over the head with it, it doesn’t work for my audience. And I’m not just talking about an onslaught of spit takes, although our demographic never grows tired of that. In our episode submission “Zeke’s Last Ride,” we tell a simple story about how Zeke copes with a career-threatening injury, and how his best friend Luther drives him nuts trying to be his nursemaid. Along the way we send our leads flying off 30-foot ramps. We’re not a stage-bound sitcom, and our audience likes the difference. Maybe the academy will … Read More »

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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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