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'Phineas and Ferb' gets fourth season on Disney Channel

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"Phineas and Ferb," Disney Channel's animated series about two adventurous boys, has been renewed for a fourth season. The show has been TV's top rated animated show for tweens in the last four years.

The renewal means that the series will have new episodes rolling out through 2014. Upcoming episodes include the one-hit wonders Phineas and the Ferb-Tones, commemoration of Platypus Day, and a winter vacation featuring seasonal sports and a New Year's celebration.

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Larry King does some breakdancing for 'Phineas and Ferb'

Larry King on 'Take Two with Phineas and Ferb
What has Larry King been doing since hanging up his CNN suspenders? The question is answered on the Disney Channel's "Take Two with Phineas and Ferb," the talk-show spin-off of the animated Disney series "Phineas and Ferb": He is practicing his headspins.

Earlier this year, Show Tracker pondered whether Phineas and Ferb, cartoon brothers always looking for things to do on their summer vacation, were the new Larry Kings for the kiddie set. Apparently the suspender-sporting talk icon took note. He will appear as a guest in Friday's episode of "Take Two."

The show has had some notable guests in the past -- Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Tony Hawk -- who take to the couch for some probing questions from the cartoon brothers, but it's never had a fellow talk show host answer questions. Not only does King give Phineas and Ferb the secret to lasting success in the entertainment business, he also shows off some hot dance moves.



There may have been a little bit of digital enhancement.

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Photo: Larry King on "Take Two with Phineas and Ferb." Credit: Disney

TV This Week for July 31st - August 6th

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This week's TV Movies


SUNDAY

Cue the cello: It's a “Great White Invasion” and then “Jaws Comes Home” as Discovery Channel launches its annual “Shark Week.” And watch for “SNL's” Andy Samberg when he visits a “Shark City” off the coast of the Bahamas. (9 and 10 p.m.; 9 p.m. Thu.)

Et-lorgqznc-jul31 We already miss the sadly canceled series “The Chicago Code.” But maybe we can make do with “Against the Wall,”  a new police drama that also takes place in the Windy City. Rachael Carpani, Treat Williams and Kathy Baker star. (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)

MONDAY

The documentary “Koran by Heart” profiles three youngsters (like Rifdha, left) as they endeavor to recite, chapter and verse, the 600-page Muslim holy book at the prestigious International Holy Koran Competition in Cairo. (HBO, 9 p.m.)

TUESDAY

Go ahead, no one's looking. “Take the Money and Run.” One hundred large, in a nondescript briefcase; stash it someplace safe. But beware: Real-life police detectives are hot on your trail, and then it's finders keepers in this new reality competition. (ABC, 9 p.m.) 

WEDNESDAY

It's not the destination, it's the journey. But you still gotta gas up, grab some grub and a beverage, and otherwise avail yourself of the facilities. And you can do all that and more at “Truck Stop, Missouri” in this new docu-series. (Travel, 10 and 10:30 p.m.)

Et-lowuisnc-jul31 THURSDAY

Mamma mia! There's a Situation on the streets of Florence, Italy — and a Snooki, a JWoww, a Pauly D and the rest of your too-tan-for-their-own-good favorites when the hit reality series “Jersey Shore” begins a sojourn abroad for Season 4. (MTV, 10 p.m.)

FRIDAY

It's like “Fringe,” for kids: The new animated TV movie “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension” sends the cartoon cutups and their pet platypus Perry into an alternate reality where they encounter their own goofy doppelgangers. (Disney, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Reese Witherspoon (right) plays the prettiest side of a romantic triangle — Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson being the second and third prettiest sides, respectively — in writer-director James L. Brooks' uneven 2010 dramedy “How Do You Know.” (Starz, 9 p.m.)

Photo credits: "Koran by Heart": HBO; "How Do You Know": Columbia TriStar

Selena Gomez gets well soon, returns to Disney [Video]

Who says a junk food-related health scare can keep the mouse away? Who says? Who says?

Not Selena Gomez. The former star of Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" was hospitalized last week and treated for food poisoning and exhaustion. But fans can now catch her in a less sickly state when she returns to the House of Mouse, appearing in an episode of Disney’s comedy “So Random!” on Sunday.

Here’s a clip of Selena Gomez and the Scene performing their hit “Who Says” -- and Gomez has a bedazzled microphone with her name on it, in case she forgets it!

-- Yvonne Villarreal
Twitter.com/villarrealy

 

Joel McHale, Christian Slater will mingle with cartoons on Disney's 'Phineas and Ferb'

Pf They’ve nabbed Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift. David Beckham too. Now Disney Channel’s dynamic animated duo, Phineas and Ferb, are adding some more big-name guests who will sit in those posh red chairs this season on the cartoon stepbrothers’ show “Take Two With Phineas and Ferb.”

The third season of the show has already premiered, but new guest stars slated to appear include Joel McHale, Christian Slater (hope they don't bring up "Breaking In"), Ray Liotta, Seth Green and Matthew Lillard. They join an already impressive Season 3 roster that includes Michael Douglas, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey and Michael J. Fox.

If you have kids, chances are you’ve heard of the Disney duo, two stepbrothers (one is a brilliant Brit, the other a spunky American) who are constantly looking for activities to do during their summer vacation—and constantly pondering the whereabouts of their pet platypus (who doubles as a secret agent)--under the watch of their sister, Candace. 

The twosome certainly are keeping busy. They've also got a Disney Channel original movie, "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension?," slated to air in early August.

--Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/villarrealy

Demi Lovato quits 'Sonny With a Chance' to focus on music, health

Demi Demi Lovato will not be returning to her successful Disney Channel show "Sonny With a Chance."

After withdrawing from the show last fall to deal with personal issues, the channel confirmed Tuesday that the actress had decided not to reprise her role on the hit teen program.

Last October, Lovato made headlines after withdrawing from a concert tour with the Jonas Brothers to seek treatment for "emotional and physical issues." The actress has since revealed she was struggling with eating disorders and self-multilation issues and in January completed three months of in-patient treatment at an Illinois rehab program. 

In an interview with People, Lovato said she decided to part ways with the show in an effort to focus on her music career as well as her health.

"It's kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended, but there couldn't be a better time for me to move on," she told the magazine. "I don't think going back to 'Sonny' would be healthy for my recovery. Being in front of a camera would make me nervous."

On "Sonny With a Chance," Lovato played an outgoing small-town girl who won a national talent contest to land a starring role on a popular variety show. In January, in the wake of her absence, Disney began production on "So Random," a version of the series that focused solely on the sketches and musical acts in the variety show. That show will now continue and will premiere in June with musical guest stars such as  Selena Gomez and Colbie Caillat.

“We respect Demi’s decision to focus full time on her music and not immediately return to her acting career,” the Disney Channel said in a statement. “She is a talented young woman, and our hearts are with her as she continues to take action to improve her health and bounce back from adversity.”

-- Amy Kaufman

twitter.com/AmyKinLA

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Photo: Sterling Knight and Demi Lovato in "Sonny With a Chance." Credit: Disney Channel

t was announced on November 12, 2010 that the third season would begin production without Lovato, due to her recovering from her recent health issues. The series would now focus on the sketch/comedy/music-variety show So Random!, centering around guest stars, sketches, digital shorts, and musical performances, a similar format to Saturday Night Live.[8][9] Production of the third season began on January 30, 2011.[10][11]

'The Suite Life Movie' on Disney was Friday's most-watched scripted TV show

Zackcody Disney Channel dialed up some suite ratings with Friday's made-for-TV film "The Suite Life Movie."

The movie - starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse as teen twins with eventful lives and based on Disney's hit series "The Suite Life with Zack and Cody" - pulled in 5.2 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co., which made it Friday's top scripted program across all TV.

By comparison, Fox's sci-fi drama "Fringe" - which just got renewed for another season - delivered just 3.9 million. (CBS won the night with NCAA basketball, which averaged 8 million.)

"Suite Life" is the year's top movie in kid demos. The market for tween movies is getting increasingly competitive: Last year, Nickelodeon drew 7.6 million with its "Fred: the Movie," starring helium-voiced clown Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank).

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Photo: Dylan and Cole Sprouse in "The Suite Life Movie." Credit: Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel.

 

TV This Week for March 20th – 26th

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This week's TV Movies


SUNDAY

While you’re sitting there in your pajamas, sipping your morning coffee and reading this, hundreds of your fellow citizens are running from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica in the “L.A. Marathon.” The least you can do is tune in and cheer them on. (KTLA, 7 a.m.)

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'COMMUNITY'

“40 Funniest Fails” succeeds in the alliterative-title department, but the “win” stops there. Clips of unwise and tomfool-ish behavior, culled from TV and the Internet, are featured in this special hosted by comedian Julian McCullough and his puppet pal Ralphy. (VH1, 9 p.m.)

MONDAY

“Cheers’“ Kirstie Alley, “Kendra’s’“ Kendra Wilkinson and the “Karate Kid” himself — no, not Jaden Smith but Ralph Macchio — are among the celebrities putting their best feet forward on a new season of the mega-hit “Dancing With the Stars.” (ABC, 8 p.m.)

TUESDAY

“Top Chef’s” Marcel Vigneron puts a futuristic spin on the cooking-and-catering show with “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen.” We can’t wait to see his take on the classic soylent-green casserole; you might say the secret ingredient is … people! (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

The crust? That’s kind of a “staycation.” And the mantle is lovely this time of year, but try booking space this late in the season. So if you really want to get away from it all, take a “Journey to the Earth’s Core” in this new special. (History, 9 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Expect nary an F-bomb or N-word — this is TV, after all — when “Community” pays homage to director Quentin Tarantino’s foul-mouthed 1994 crime tale “Pulp Fiction.” With Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs (above, from left). (NBC, 8 p.m.)

FRIDAY

Alexandre Dumas’ “The Corsican Brothers” it ain’t … except that it kind of is: Wonder-twin teen stars Cole and Dylan Sprouse of “The Suite Life” and “The Suite Life on Deck” feel each other’s joys and pains in “The Suite Life Movie.” (Disney, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Amanda Seyfried is “Chloe,” a call girl who upends the lives of a married couple (Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore) in director Atom Egoyan’s sexy yet silly 2009 thriller, followed by Ms. Seyfried opposite Channing Tatum in Lasse Hallström’s rather more conventional 2010 romantic drama “Dear John.” (Starz, 9 and 10:40 p.m.)

Photo credit: Lewis Jacobs / NBC

Kids swoon as Miley Cyrus ends run on Disney Channel's 'Hannah Montana'

Hannahmontana A darkness has fallen on the kingdom of the preteens: "Hannah Montana" is officially gone.

The Disney Channel series about ordinary girl Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) who has a secret life as a pop star wrapped its fourth and final season Sunday with a finale that drew 6.2 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. That was up 9% compared with the average this season, the show's most-watched. 

Among kids 2 to 11, the finale drew 2.1 million viewers.

Despite the show's popularity, Cyrus has said she's relieved to be leaving. "I've grown out of it," she told an interviewer last year.

The actress turned 18 in November. The following month, video surfaced on TMZ of Cyrus smoking a bong. She claimed she was smoking salvia, a psychoactive drug that's legal in California.

What do you think of Cyrus and "Hannah Montana"?

-- Scott Collins
Twitter/@scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Miley Cyrus as "Hannah Montana." Credit: Bob D'Amico /Disney Channel

 

 

 

 

Are Phineas and Ferb the new Larry King? The popular Disney cartoon characters take on a talk show.

Tonyhawk Whether you have kids or not, chances are that if you watch TV regularly you've heard of the mini Disney phenom that is "Phineas and Ferb." In the cartoon, two stepbrothers (one is a brilliant Brit, the other a spunky American) are on a constant hunt for things to do during their summer vacation, monitored by their sister Candace, and always wondering where their pet platypus (who doubles as a secret agent) is hiding.

The fun has extended a bit beyond the animated realm with "Take Two With Phineas and Ferb," a talk show in which the brothers interview real guests in a pretty quick (2-minute) format. Guest include Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Regis Philbin, Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Swift, Randy Jackson, Seth Rogen, Emma Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer and the latest, skateboard legend Tony Hawk (8:55 p.m. Jan. 21).

Some high-profilers there, but as they've been referenced in the mainstream by everyone from Jon Stewart to CNN, the show's appeal has gone beyond its initial niche audience. The creators realized that broad appeal and have programmed the talk show to meet it.

"We looked at guests that we thought would be cool or easy to talk to and would have fun with it. And we didn't worry about whether they were going to be specific to kids or adults," said Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, co-creator of the show with Dan Povenmire.

"We wrote the show for us from Day One, and then we just don't include the stuff that would be inappropriate for kids. We kind of knew and were fairly sure that if the parents watched the show, they'd like it — because we're parents and we're writing stuff that makes us laugh," says Marsh.

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'Sonny With a Chance' reworks series to accommodate star Demi Lovato's recovery

The creators of the Disney Channel's sitcom "Sonny With a Chance" are reworking the series to give its star the opportunity to recover from her personal travails.    Demi Lovato

As Demi Lovato seeks treatment for an eating disorder and other problems, the show's writers will focus on the show-within-the-show, a Disney Channel spokeswoman confirmed.

The producers plan to introduce guest stars, musical performers and digital shorts to "So Random!" the variety show in which Lovato portays Allison "Sonny" Munroe, a talented Midwestern girl who joins the ensemble cast.

It's unclear when Lovato will return, so the show's producers told Variety they arrived at the idea as a stopgap measure. This would allow the show to resume shooting in January, as planned, even if she is unavailable, Variety reported.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo of Demi Lovato at the premiere of "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images.

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