Disney Channel has commissioned “The Lodge,” a serialized music-filled mystery drama that is based on Disney Channel Israel’s series “North Star,” Variety has learned.
“The Lodge,” which is produced in North Ireland, will air on Disney Channels in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. this fall, before launching in over 100 countries by the end of year. (Friday, Sept. 23 is the premiere date for U.K. and Canada; Monday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. is the stateside premiere.)
“Our global team marshals its creative resources to deliver compelling, relatable stories that entertain kids and families and reflect Disney brand values while transcending cultures and borders,” said Paul DeBenedittis, Senior Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. “Our creative hub in London delivered an ambitious series that has it all — drama, mystery, singing, dancing and outdoor adventures including kayaking, mountain climbing and biking, all with a talented cast and relevant theme for kids, no matter where they live.”
“The Lodge” introduces 15-year-old Skye who, after the loss of her mother, returns with her father to North Star Lodge, the family-owned country hotel where her mother was raised years ago. Eager to make a fresh start, Skye forges friendships with the locals who live and work at the lodge, but when she learns her father is planning to sell the lodge that holds so many treasured memories, she is determined to find a way to change his mind. Now, she must lean on her newfound friends to help, although all may not be as it seems.
The principal cast is made up of European newcomers — British actresses Sophie Simnett and Jade Alleyne; Scottish actor Thomas Doherty, who also stars in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 2;” Luke Newton, Jayden Revri, Joshua Sinclair-Evans and Bethan Wright; Danish actress Clara Rugaard; Dutch actress Sarah Nauta; and French actor Tom Hudson. The supporting cast includes Martin Anzor, Emma Campbell-Jones, Marcus Garvey, Dominic Harrison, John Hopkins, Cameron King, Geoff McGivern, Dan Richardson, Laila Rouass and Ellie Taylor.
“The Lodge” carries the theme of “believing in yourself” and includes nine original songs integral to that message. Some of the music videos from the show are currently available to view on Vevo, and all of the music videos will air on rotation on Disney Channel.
Lee Walters head writer, Raymond Lau is producer and Steven Andrew is executive producer; Matt Bloom and Dez McCarthy are directors. “The Lodge” hails from Zodiak Kids Studios.
Disney’s commission of “The Lodge” follows the success of other series to be globally distributed among Disney Europe, Middle East and Africa, including “The Evermoor Chronicles,” “Evermoor,” “Violetta,” “Binny and the Ghost,” “Alex & Co.,” “Mother & Daughter,” “Henry Hugglemonster,” “Art Attack,” “Jungle Junction” and “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.”