As first reported in Variety last Thursday, Disney Channel has given a order to the new tween series "A.N.T. Farm," while Disney XD gave a go-ahead to the new boy-centric comedy "Wasabi Warriors."
Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment prexy first revealed last week that Disney Channel had picked up "A.N.T. Farm," about a 12-year-old musical prodigy (played by China McClain). Dan Signer ("The Suite Life on Deck") wrote the pilot, whileBob Koherr ("Hannah Montana") directed.
The kid cabler also announced a series of interstitials starring animated characters "Phineas and Ferb" as talkshow hosts. "Take Two With Phineas and Ferb" bows Dec. 3 and will feature guests such as Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Tony Hawk and Randy Jackson.
Over at sister Disney XD, the channel ordered the live-action comedy "Wasabi Warriors," about a ragtag group of kids at the worst martial arts studio in the country. Starring Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana") and Leo Howard, show comes from exec producers Jim O'Doherty ("Grounded for Life") and Marc Warren.
Among other series in the works for Disney XD is the stylish, futuristic toon "Motorcity."
And Marsh touted Disney XD as one of the biggest beneficiaries of Disney's Marvel acquisition. "Ultimate Spider-Man" joins the tween boy cabler in spring 2012, when the channel will also launch a Marvel-branded programming block.