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‘How to Build a Better Boy’ Draws 4.6 Million for Disney Channel on Friday Night

18 August 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney Channel continues to draw large audiences for original movies on Fridays, with last week’s premiere of “How to Build a Better Boy” standing as the night’s most-watched cable program.

According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, “How to Build a Better Boy” averaged 4.56 million for its 8 p.m. premiere telecast and was television’s most-watched program of the day among kids 2-11 (2.5 million), kids 6-11 (1.9 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.7 million).

The movie, headlined by Disney Channel and Disney Xd sitcom stars China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) and Kelli Berglund (“Lab Rats”), tells the story of two young tech whizzes who computer-program the perfect boy and in the process trigger a national incident.

The strong showing means Disney Channel has aired three of the calendar year’s six most-watched original movies, joining “Cloud 9″ from January (6.51 million viewers in “live plus-7″) and “Zapped” from June (5.67 million in L »

- Rick Kissell

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Disney Teen Kelli Berglund Spices Up Guardians of Galaxy Premiere (pics!)

22 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Kelli Berglund, who plays a bionic teenager with lightning speed in the Disney Xd series “Lab Rats,” was definitely dressed for the fast lane at “The Guardians of the Galaxy” world premiere in Hollywood, wearing a racy leather ensemble. Berglund, who turned 18 in February, isn’t in the film, but was part of a gaggle of Disney kid actors at the premiere. ...Read More »

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Exclusive: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy

2 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Fresh off the success of last week's Zapped, Disney Channel has set an airdate for its next original movie, How to Build a Better Boy. The comedy adventure, starring China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) and Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats) will premiere Friday, Aug. 15 at 8/7c.

How to Build a Better Boy stars McClain and Berglund as Gabby and Mae, science whizzes but social outcasts who dream up Albert, a fake boyfriend for Mae. Then Albert comes to life as a robot soldier — and the girls discover that Mae's dad actually works for the military (which wants to get its hands on their creation).

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- Michael Schneider

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Meme: Dragon Age: Inquisition Unveils Their Gay Mage, Frank Robinson Passes, Beyoncé Officially Most Powerful Celebrity

1 July 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Robert Orci open to gay Star Trek character, Utah misses marriage appeal filing deadline, Grindr gets a new look

Bioware has announced details of Dorian from Dragon Age: Inquisition, a powerful mage from a wealthy family he rejected who also happens to be an openly gay character. “Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.” He also kicks ass, can summon the dead to fight for him, and has full control of his magical abilities. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Disney Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

30 June 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

You can add Billy Unger to the long list of Disney stars who've had unfortunate run-ins with the law. The 18-year-old Lab Rats actor was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend, the Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff's Department confirms to E! News. According to law enforcement officials, Unger was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Malibu late Friday night and was subsequently arrested and taken to a local police station in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was released from custody only a few hours after his booking. While there aren't many details surrounding Unger's arrest, a tweet he sent out several hours before his arrest makes it seem like he went to dinner at Nobu in Malibu prior to »

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Disney's Lab Rats Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

30 June 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Disney star Billy Unger has been arrested after driving under the influence in Malibu, a law enforcement source tells People. Unger, 18, was driving along the Pacific Coast Highway late Friday night when police pulled him over for speeding, taking him to jail after they discovered the underage actor had been drinking, according to TMZ. He has since been released, the site reports. Unger has played Chase Davenport on the Disney Xd series Lab Rats since it premiered in 2012. Unger also appeared as the ancestor of Nicholas Cage's character in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets in 2007. Though Unger's blood »

- Michele Corriston

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Disney's Lab Rats Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

30 June 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Disney star Billy Unger has been arrested after driving under the influence in Malibu, a law enforcement source tells People. Unger, 18, was driving along the Pacific Coast Highway late Friday night when police pulled him over for speeding, taking him to jail after they discovered the underage actor had been drinking, according to TMZ. He has since been released, the site reports. Unger has played Chase Davenport on the Disney Xd series Lab Rats since it premiered in 2012. Unger also appeared as the ancestor of Nicholas Cage's character in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets in 2007. Though Unger's blood »

- Michele Corriston

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Disney Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

30 June 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Another Disney Star ... another substance abuse arrest .... "Lab Rats" star Billy Unger has been arrested for DUI.The 18-year-old was driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Saturday just after midnight when Sheriff's deputies pulled him over for speeding. Deputies suspected Unger was under the influence.  He blew a .08 -- barely the legal limit, but there's a special California law for drivers under the age of 21.  If they have Any alcohol in their system it's considered driving under the influence. »

- TMZ Staff

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Zendaya on Getting Zapped, Sticking With Disney and Honoring Aaliyah

26 June 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Seventeen-year-old triple-threat Zendaya is looking to “shake it up” with the new Disney Channel original movie Zapped, followed by her second turn headlining a series for the cable channel as well a Lifetime biopic that’s near and dear to her heart.

First up and premiering this Friday at 8/7c — where it leads into the Girl Meets World premiere — is Zapped, based off the book Boys Are Dogs and following a high school transfer student’s discovery that her new dog-training app can in fact control boys, as well.

“Zoey’s just a regular girl who’s mom has remarried, »

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Disney Xd Orders Fourth Season Of ‘Lab Rats’

9 May 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney Xd has picked up a fourth season of sci-fi teen comedy series Lab Rats for a 2015 premiere. Created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (That ’70s Show), the series stars Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman, Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson William and Hal Sparks. Peterson, Moore and Hayes Jackson (According To Jim) exec produce. Season 3 has the Davenport family recovering from Douglas wiping out their lab and Perry learning their bionic secret when they are introduced to Krane, a more powerful evil force who is intent on destroying them and taking over the world. Season 4 will pick up with Leo, Adam, Bree, and Chase having relocated to the secret Davenport Bionic Academy. Production for Season 4 begins in October in Los Angeles. Lab Rats is Disney Xd’s No. 1 series in total viewers and across its targeted kids and boys 2-11, 6-11, 6-14 and 9-14 demos. The series is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Disney Channel Sets June Premiere For ‘Girl Meets World’ & ‘Zapped’

2 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney Channel has slotted its new comedy series Girl Meets World and original movie Zapped to bow on Friday, June 27. Zapped, starring actress and recording artist Zendaya (Shake It Up), will air at 8 Pm Friday, June 27,as a lead-in to Girl Meets World at 9:45 Pm. Girl Meets World, a sequel to Tgif ABC comedy Boy Meets World, has a similar premise to the original series, but, as the title suggests, this is from a girl’s perspective. Rowan Blanchard is introduced as Riley Matthews, the tween daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, and Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles from the original series which aired on ABC from 1993-2000. Zapped tells the story of Zoey, a girl whose well-ordered life is up-ended when her mother remarries and she finds herself part of a family composed of rambunctious, chaotic, and most of all, messy boys – and a male dog, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Lots of New Stuff on the Way from William Butler and Film Roman

26 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Around these parts we've been fans of William Butler ever since his roles in Night of the Living Dead (1990) and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III so any time we hear that he's involved in something new, we take notice. Case in point...

From the Press Release

Producer-director-writer William Butler’s Transition Entertainment has been inked to a first-look deal by Starz Animation’s Film Roman.

Butler and his Transition team, which includes three-time Emmy Award® winner John Vulich, will work with Film Roman’s General Manager, Head of Production Dana Booton to assist in the development and creation of animated and live-action content for all platforms.

“Film Roman has long established itself as one of the premier companies for creators to thrive. The Transition Entertainment team is extremely proud to contribute to their exciting slate of projects,” said William Butler, President, Transition Entertainment. “Our partnership with Film Roman »

- Uncle Creepy

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Meme: Paula Deen Compares Comeback To Michael Sam, Ronan Farrow Doesn’t Answer Personal Questions

27 February 2014 5:14 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

NBA Commissioner says NBA shouldn’t be proud of Jason Collins, Max Carver subject of prison rape jokes in GTA: Give Me Liberty, Jane Lynch guesting on Girl Meets World

Paula Deen recently scored a $75 million investment to rebuild her empire after losing all her endorsements after admitting to using the n-word. And she didn’t seem to learn her lesson about keeping her mouth shut. She thinks her comeback is a lot like what Michael Sam is facing in the NFL. “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.” No, Paula, you treated human beings without dignity and faced the consequences, he’s an »

- Ed Kennedy

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Nick Damici Inks With ICM Partners; UTA Signs Spencer Boldman

11 February 2014 1:44 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Nick Damici has signed with ICM Partners for film and TV lit. He wrote and co-stars in the Sundance competition drama Cold In July, which also stars Michael C. Hall in his first post-Dexter role. IFC acquired the North American rights to the pic during the festival. Damici also wrote Stake Land, Mulberry Street and 2013 Sundance pic We Are What We Are. He is managed by Sweet 180 Management. Spencer Boldman has inked with UTA. The star of Disney Xd’s Lab Rats next appears in in the rodeo-themed Dtv feature Dakota’s Summer. His credits also include I’m In The Band, iCarly and the telefilms Billion Dollar Freshman and Jack And Janet Save The Planet. He is additionally repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Millennium Artists. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Kickin' It, Lab Rats: New Seasons Start February 17th

17 January 2014 6:05 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The good folks at Disney Xd have announced that season four of Kickin' It and the third season of Lab Rats will launch on Monday, February 17th.

Here are the details:

New Seasons Of Disney Xd'S Popular Comedy Series, "Kickin' It" And "Lab Rats," To Premiere Monday, February 17

-- Series Producers Give Stars Leo Howard and Hal Sparks First Time Directing Opportunities --

-- Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers Guest Stars on "Lab Rats" --

The season premieres of Disney Xd's most popular series, "Kickin' It" and "Lab Rats," will be presented Monday, February 17 (6:00 p.m., Et/Pt and 6:30 p.m., Et/Pt, respectively). Stars of both series, which are the cornerstones of Disney Xd's Monday schedule, will host the evening telecasts, which will conclude with the Disney Xd premiere of the Disney Channel »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Exclusive: Disney Xd's Lab Rats Gets Season 3 Premiere Date; Reveals Guest Stars

17 January 2014 9:21 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Disney Xd's hit comedy Lab Rats returns Monday, Feb. 17 with a one-hour premiere at 6:30/5:30c, leading into the channel's premiere of Disney Channel movie Cloud 9. Lab Rats stars Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund and Tyrel Jackson Williams will also appear in interstitials during commercial breaks to "host" the telecast.

Guests on the show this season include Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, as well as Disney Channel star Karan Brar (Jessie). Also, Lab Rats star Hal Sparks makes his directorial debut with an episode.

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- Michael Schneider

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