September 13, 2013 |
The Fall Season is here, people. And though premieres will happen up and down what is still anachronistically called a dial, the season remains mainly the domain of the broadcast networks - which seem bent for the moment not on aping cable TV, as many think they should, but rather distinguishing themselves from it. By getting classic. Which is not necessarily to say good - though not necessarily to say bad, either. FOR THE RECORD: Fall TV preview: A capsule description of the new DirecTV drama "Full Circle" in the Sept.
August 21, 2013 |
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people. “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
July 29, 2013 |
Disney Channel's animated series "Gravity Falls" has been renewed for a second season, Disney executives announced Monday. The show has turned into a hit. It's TV's No. 1 animated series with kids ages 2 through 11 and 6 through 12 as well as with tweens ages 9-14, according to Nielsen Television Index. Created by Alex Hirsch ("The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack," "Fish Hooks"), the show follows the exploits of 12-year-old fraternal twins, Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter)
July 27, 2013 |
Followers of celebrity gossip have seen a lot of Selena Gomez's driveway over the last few months. Located off a winding residential street in Tarzana, it's where paparazzi have snapped countless pictures of the former Disney Channel star and where her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, was photographed one night after a reported argument between the two tween idols at a restaurant in Encino. Arriving home first, Gomez apparently locked the gate in the driveway, leading to a widely circulated image with this immortal TMZ caption: "Biebs Denied.
July 22, 2013 |
It looks like "Teen Beach Movie" is making waves for Disney Channel. The made-for-TV flick drew 8.4 million viewers on Friday night, making it the channel's most-watched original film in four years. Targeted at tweens, "Teen Beach Movie" was Disney Channel's third-highest-ever-rated original among kids aged 2-11 and kids aged 9-14. The premiere of the movie musical, in which a pair of teenagers are transported into a 60s-style beach movie called "Wet Side Story," is now the fifth-most-watched original for the channel, beating the debut of the original "High School Musical," which attracted 7.7 million. PHOTOS: Disney reanimated "High School Musical 2" delivered 17.2 million viewers in its 2007 debut, a cable record.
July 19, 2013 |
"Teen Beach Movie" -- the television film Disney hopes will be the next "High School Musical" -- is set to premiere Friday night, and if nothing else it's going to give us a blast from the fashion past. The movie is about a pair of modern day teens played by Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch who are transported into a 1960s-style beach movie called "Wet Side Story," where they befriend characters played by Garrett Clayton (who is already being compared to "HSM's" Zac Efron) and Grace Phipps.