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Disney Channel greenlights ‘Austin & Ally’

New live-action comedy to premiere late this year

Disney Channel has given a full-season series order to comedy pilot “Austin and Ally,” with the skein skedded to premiere late this year.

Kevin Kopelow and Heath Siefert (“Sonny With a Chance”) created and exec produce the series. Ross Lynch and Laura Marano star in the title roles as an extroverted musician-singer and a shy songwriter.

Raini Rodriguez (sister of “Modern Family” co-star Rico Rodriguez) and Calum Worthy will play their best friends.

Shooting begins this summer in Hollywood. Shelley Jensen directed the pilot.

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