×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Teens go showbiz for Disney Channel

Cabler gives pilot order to 'Ally,' a pint-sized 'Entourage'

Disney Channel has given a pilot order to “Austin and Ally,” which the cabler describes as a pint-sized “Entourage.”

Kevin Kopelow and Heath Siefert are writing and exec producing the comedy through It’s a Laugh Prods.

Casting is underway for “Austin and Ally,” which centers on 15-year-old Ally Dawson, an aspiring singer with a terrible case of stage fright. Another wannabe singer, Austin Ray, takes one of Ally’s songs and posts a YouTube video of himself singing it. As fast as you can say “Justin Bieber,” the song goes viral and Austin and Ally join forces to figure out what to do next.

“Austin and Ally” would in some ways fill the void left at Disney Channel by the retirement of another teen-turned-superstar sitcom, “Hannah Montana.”

Pickup also comes as Disney Channel and sister cabler Disney XD continue to ramp up live-action production under entertainment boss Gary Marsh and programming senior VP Adam Bonnett. Disney told reporters last month that it hopes to boost its episodic orders by 30% in 2011.

Most recently, the channel’s new series “Shake It Up” wound up No. 1 among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 in November.

Kopelow’s and Siefert’s credits include the feature “Good Burger” as well as Disney Channel’s “Jonas” and Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “Kenan and Kel.”

More TV

  • LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO

    TV Review: ABC's Live 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

    In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before reboot and revival fever manifested as verbatim repeats — but if TV’s gonna go there, bringing back eerily timely shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” is the way to do it. That Norman Lear’s comedies are timely, or at least prescient, is [...]

  • WGA Agents Packaging Fight Placeholder

    Judge in Writers Guild Suit Against Agencies Replaced Again

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine W. Mandel has replaced Craig D. Karlan to handle the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against Hollywood’s four major talent agencies. Mandel was appointed Wednesday. She is the third judge assigned to the case, which was filed April 17 by the WGA against CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners [...]

  • Andy Cohen Desperate Housewives E

    TV News Roundup: Bravo Announces First Ever BravoCon

    In today’s roundup, Bravo announces its first ever BravoCon and the trailer for the fourth season of “Queen Sugar” dropped.  DATES The buddy comedy “Partners in Wine,” starring Lauren White and Jasmine Curry, will be available for streaming on Amazon Tuesday, May 28. It follows best friends Mia and Anne, who support, challenge, and judge [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Agencies Offer to Restart Talks With WGA to End Packaging Fee Standoff

    Hollywood’s largest talent agencies have offered to restart negotiations with the WGA to end the standoff over the guild’s effort to impose new rules on talent agents. In a letter to WGA West president David Goodman sent Wednesday, UTA co-president Jay Sures extended an olive branch and suggested resuming talks next week. UTA later sent [...]

  • Martin Short

    Martin Short Joins Whitney Cummings, Lee Daniels Amazon Comedy Pilot 'Good People'

    The cast of the Amazon comedy pilot “Good People” continues to grow, with Martin Short becoming the latest big name star to sign on to the project. Short joins previously announced cast members Lisa Kudrow, Greg Kinnear, and Whitney Cummings. Cummings is also writing and executive producing the pilot with Lee Daniels. “Good People” centers [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content