EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy Blended. The Warner Bros rom-com revolves around the parties to a particularly lousy blind date who — each with their kids from a previous marriage — find themselves stuck together in a resort for families. Despite everything they can do to resist, the attraction grows between the two, and their kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. Thorne, repped by WME, KLWGN, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman, will play Sandler’s daughter. Blended is set to open May 23, 2014. Sandler’s Happy Madison and Mike Karz’s Gulfstream Pictures will produce, and Frank Coraci is aboard to direct.
Thorne stars on the hit teen sitcom Shake It Up, which is in its third season on Disney Channel. The 15-year-old also is signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records and has a three-book deal with Random House.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel has ordered a third season of hit dance-driven buddy comedy Shake It Up. Following its premiere in November 2010, Shake It Up ranked as the No. 1 series of 2011 among tweens 9-14, and for second quarter 2012-to-date, it is the No. 1 TV series among kids 2-11 (2.0 million/4.9 rating) and kids 6-11 (1.6 million/6.7 rating). The series inspired Disney Channel’s first-ever talent competition for kids and tweens, Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – Shake It Up Edition, a successful soundtrack and merchandizing line. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In today’s Internet-obsessed society it seems like everyone and their dog have a blog. Well, that is literally the case at Disney Channel, which has greenlighted multi-camera comedy pilot Dog With A Blog, about a talking and blogging family pet. Additionally, Disney Channel has given a back-nine order to new comedy Austin & Ally, bringing its order to 21 episodes, and has expanded the second season of another comedy, Shake It Up, to 26 episodes. Read More »
UPDATE Disney Channel Tries For New Miley Tonight
The Sunday launch of Disney Channel’s newest original series debuted as the channel’s No. 2 series premiere on record in total viewers and tweens 9-14, and its No. 1 Sunday series debut ever in all target demos. The show stars Bella Thorne in what … Read More »
The last time the Disney Channel bet on a 13-year-old Southern starlet, it was Miley Cyrus. So now that Miley is all grown up (turning 18 in 2 weeks), I hear that The Powers That Be are putting the Southern starlet Bella Thorne on the same fast-track teen career path. Tennessee native Miley shared the sitcom spotlight with her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. The brass are counting on Floridian Bella to be the breakout star of the new Disney Channel buddy comedy series Shake It Up which premieres tonight at 8:30 PM in a no-lose slot after the one-hour Hannah Montana Forever special “I’ll Always Remember You”. Miley’s character lived her dream singing while navigating school. In Shake It Up, Bella (who was cast when she was 13) is living her dream dancing while navigating school. Hey, no one ever accused TV execs of having original ideas even though Carolina Lightcap replaced Rich Ross who moved up to movies… Read More »