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Disney Channel casts Dove Cameron as Maleficent's daughter in 'Descendants'

Last week, Disney Channel announced that it had begun casting Descendants, a live-action original movie about the offspring of some of the company’s best-known villains (and heroes). Now the network has revealed who will play Maleficent’s daughter Mal: Dove Cameron, who currently stars (as twins, no less!) on Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie. And though Descendants is not a musical, we hear that there will be “a lot of singing” in the movie — including by Cameron’s character. (She’s certainly got the pipes for the job.)

“Dove is a multi-dimensional actress whose undeniable charisma allows her to conjure the many facects of Mal, the sharp-edged yet vulnerable daughter of one of Disney’s most wicked villains,” Disney Channels Worldwide senior VP Judy Taylor said in a statement.

The next episode of Liv and Maddie airs on Disney Channel in January. Cameron can also be seen in Cloud 9, an upcoming DCOM about the world of competitive snowboarding, which premieres Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

Disney Channel plans original movie 'Descendants,' featuring teenage kids of classic villains

The newest Disney Channel Original Movie is asking you to think things you never thought about your favorite Disney characters.

The network has announced that casting is now under way for a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy called Descendants that explores the teenage lives of the children of some of Disney’s greatest villain characters.

Here’s the scoop: Beast and Belle rule over an idyllic kingdom with their kind teenage son, who looks to be taking the throne, but his first proclamation involves a shot at redemption for the misbehaving kids of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Jafar (named Carlos, Mal, Evvie, and Jay, respectively).

The teens attend the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other famous offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. The villainous teens face a dilemma of nature vs. nurture, and whether they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero.

'Jessie' celebrates National Adoption Month with special episode -- EXCLUSIVE

November wears many hats. These 30 days aren’t only National Novel Writing Month, National Family Caregivers Month, and Native American Heritage Month — they’re also National Adoption Month, which culminates on Nov. 23 with National Adoption Day.

This year, Disney Channel will celebrate the occasion with a very special installment of Jessie, a sitcom about a young nanny (Debbie Ryan) caring for the kids of a big blended family. Three of her four young charges are adopted — including mischievous Luke (Cameron Boyce), who decides to seek information about his birth parents in the upcoming episode.

As Luke tells Jessie in this exclusive clip, “I don’t want to wait until I’m older to find out about my background.” Unfortunately, getting the goods on his birth family may turn out to be tougher than he thought.

'Shake It Up' finale clip: Can Rocky jog amnesiac CeCe's memory? EXCLUSIVE

After three seasons, 75 episodes, and more choreography than you can shake your spirit fingers at, the cast of Shake It Up will hang up their dancing shoes for the last time this Sunday.

The show’s finale, titled “Remember Me,” finds the gang fighting a tricky new foe: amnesia, which claims CeCe (Bella Thorne) as a victim after a “fashion mishap.” Can Rocky (Zendaya Coleman) find a way to help her BFF regain her memory — perhaps by reminding her about all the great times they’ve shared over the past few years? Watch her try in the clip below, which is chock full of flashbacks to some of Shake‘s most memorable moments.


'Austin and Ally': Calum Worthy talks upcoming season, Dez's quirks, and Dwyane Wade's cameo -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Austin and Ally may be the ones in the spotlight on their Disney Channel sitcom, recording albums and going on tours, but the duo wouldn’t be hitting such high notes without the help of Dez, the weirdly wacky and arguably fashionable character played by 22-year-old actor Calum Worthy.

Worthy not only puts up with Dez’s antics (think deep-frying shoes, carrying ice sculptures in his backpack, etc.), but says he loves doing the nutty scenes. In the upcoming third season, things only get stranger in the wake of Austin’s letter to Ally. In the exclusive clip below, Dez is there to assist the gang to figure out why Ally’s not where she should be.

Worthy talked to EW about Dez’s quirks, what he wishes he could do on the show, and how Dez might be getting a love interest of his own. READ FULL STORY

'Jessie,' 'Shake It Up' prepare for Disney Channel's 'Monstober' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

Get ready for a month-long monster mash.

Tomorrow, Disney Channel will launch its annual 31-day celebration of all things spooky — an event affectionately nicknamed “Monstober.” Highlights this year include Jessie‘s third season premiere, the premiere of spooky British import Wolfblood, and a creepy Toy Story special. As you can see from the photo above, Monstober will also feature a Halloween-themed episode of Shake It Up.

Click through for a full Monstober lineup — as well as sneak peeks at spooky episodes of both Jessie and Liv and Maddie. All times listed are ET. READ FULL STORY

'Dog With a Blog': Get a sneak peek at season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE


Growing up isn’t easy — even when your BFF is a wisecracking dog with his very own URL.

That’s the general gist of “Too Short,” the first episode of Dog With a Blog‘s second season. As the title implies, the story revolves around height-challenged Avery (G. Hannelius), who heads back to school only to find that she’s the only one who didn’t have a growth spurt over the summer. Thankfully, Avery’s well-intentioned mother Ellen (Beth Littleford) is there to make the kid feel better about her shortcomings.

Well, maybe not. “I run into the living room, find her sitting on the couch, and say, ‘Honey, I hear you’re having issues. With your body. Let’s talk. Why don’t you just point to a part of your body… and we’ll talk about it?'” Littleford tells EW, laughing. “Just Just incredibly awkward… And of course, she screams and runs away.” Watch that cringe-inducing moment below:

'30 Rock' star Jack McBrayer talks his new Disney cartoon 'Wander Over Yonder' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Between its ridiculous situations, zany cutaway gags, and outlandish characters, 30 Rock may as well have been a live-action cartoon. So it seems appropriate that Disney Channel’s newest cartoon stars an alum of Tina Fey’s sitcom: Jack McBrayer, a.k.a. cheery, ambiguously immortal NBC page Kenneth Ellen Parcell.

McBrayer plays the title character of Wander Over Yonder, a wide-eyed “intergalactic traveler and constant do-gooder” whose adventures take him across the universe — and constantly set him against the wicked Lord Hater, a petulant avatar of everything that’s wrong with Internet culture. Animation fans should be impressed by the series’ pedigree: Powerpuff Girls architect Craig McCracken created and executive-produces Wander, while My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic developer Lauren Faust serves as co-producer and story editor. (Faust and McCracken also happen to be married.) The show premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

Which classic characters inspired McBrayer’s latest performance — and what’s the secret to his unflagging energy? Find out in our interview below.

'Liv & Maddie': New exclusive clip from Disney Channel's twin-com

What freaky twin thing?

There’s a new generation of lookalike blonds invading Disney Channel this fall: Liv and Maddie, a pair of polar opposites who just happen to be twin sisters. Mary-Kate Maddie is a wry, down-to-earth basketball star; Ashley Liv is a glamorous ex-TV star getting used to life as a regular kid. In this case, both girls are played by one actress: 17-year-old Dove Cameron, previously seen in bit parts on Shameless and The Mentalist. (She’s also got quite a voice.)

Get a sneak peek at the series premiere in the clip below, which shows the gals sharing some twin time. Maybe next they’ll discover that they both love Oreos dipped in peanut butter!


Scoop on the 'Phineas and Ferb' tribute to 'Star Wars'; Plus, what would a 'Star Wars'/Marvel universe crossover look like?

Disney has started to cash in on the countless crossover opportunities presented by the studio’s 2012 purchase of LucasFilm. Last month, the House of Mouse announced that a one-hour TV special will feature characters from both Star Wars and Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb. EW now has more details on the special that will air in 2014.

As previously announced, step-brothers Phineas and Ferb will appear as residents of Tatooine who are thrust into a galactic rebellion when the plans for blowing up the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands.

While promoting their upcoming crossover with the Marvel universe, Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh told EW that the Star Wars tribute takes place during the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.


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