Disney Junior telepic spawned toon series

Disney Channel and Disney Junior have set Jan. 11 as the preem date for “Sofia the First,” the animated series about a girl who becomes a princess overnight.

Series follows the success of Disney Junior’s TV movie “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess,” which bowed earlier this month to 5.2 million viewers on Disney Junior, crowning it as the No. 1 cable TV telecast of 2012 among kids 2-5.

Show will chronicle Sofia’s adjustment to royal life after her mom marries the king. Protag is voiced by Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), with additional regular voices provided by Sara Ramirez and Tim Gunn.

Craig Gerber developed the series and serves as co-executive producer and story editor for Disney Television Animation. Jamie Mitchell (“Special Agent Oso”) is exec producer and director.

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