Alley’s ‘Toothless’ tops Disney’s Alphabet slate

Kirstie Alley will star in Walt Disney Telefilms’ “Toothless,” which is set to air on Disney-owned ABC next season and is the latest of several projects the studio has in the works for the Alphabet web.

Alley will play an errant dentist sent back to Earth as the tooth fairy to make amends for her callous ways. David Hoberman will executive produce the film with his company Mandeville Films in association with Disney Telefilms. Melanie Mayron will direct from a script by Mark Kaufman. Joan Van Horn is the producer and Mike Karz is co-producing.

Wood wooed

Disney Telefilms, which is headed by president Charles Hirschhorn, has also landed Elijah Wood to co-star with Richard Dreyfuss in the ABC telepic “Oliver Twist,” which is expected to air on the web this fall.

Hirschhorn also unveiled a slate of several telefilms that the studio has in the works for ABC next season.

They include:

* “Ruby Bridges,” a true story of a 6-year-old girl’s efforts to integrate public schools in New Orleans during the Civil Rights movement, with Marian Rees and Anne Hopkins producing from a teleplay by Tori Ann Johnson;

* “Gold Rush,” about a woman who leaves the high life in 19th-century New York for the Alaskan wilderness during the gold rush. Joan Sittenfield and Jenni Munn are producing from a teleplay by David Seidler and Jacqueline Feather;

* “The Principal Takes a Holiday,” described as the comedic adventures of a “hacker slacker” who creates a faux-substitute principal to access school computer records. Robert King (“Clean Slate,” “Speechless”) is the writer and director with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing;

* “Angels in the End Zone,” a twist on a Disney franchise that concerns a star high school football player who quits after his father’s death, only to be guided by an angel who convinces him to continue playing. Gary Nadeau (“Jack”) is writing and directing the telefilm with Roger Birnbaum producing through Caravan Pictures;

* “Swapping Sam,” a story about an over-competitive soccer coach who trades his own son to get a better player. David Kukoff and Matt Roshkow are the writers with Ilana Friedland producing.

These six projects join the previous seven telefilms the division is producing for ABC, announced last December.

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