High School Musical
'Lone Star' Leads James Wolk and Eloise Mumford Book Pilots, David Arquette to Sit Down With Oprah and More
The charming James Wolk will play young speechwriter Andrew Pierce in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Washington, D.C.–set ABC pilot, 'Georgetown.' According to Vulture, the casting breakdown describes the character as a "handsome, effortlessly charming, sophisticated, brilliant, Yale graduate" and "the youngest presidential speech-writer on record."
Eloise Mumford, who played Wolk's sweetly innocent girlfriend on 'Lone Star,' is the first one cast in the ABC thriller drama 'The River.' She'll star as a "fearless helicopter pilot" searching for a missing TV explorer and his cameraman (who also happens to be her father) in the Amazon, according to Deadline.
In other TV news ...
• Disney isn't letting the 'High School Musical' franchise die with its cast's innocence, not with 'Madison High' in the works. The new series will follow drama teacher Ms. Darbus as she moves from East High to the titular school to rebuild the drama program there. [Variety]
• David Giuntoli will solve mysteries as the handsome detective lead on NBC's 'Grimm.' Like many other pilots this season, the drama's got fantastical elements: characters from the Grimm brothers fairy tales exist, and Giuntoli's Nick Burckhardt is tasked with protecting humans from the beasts. [Deadline]
• David Arquette will replace Michael Vick on 'Oprah' next week. The fresh-out-of-rehab 'Scream 4' star will replace the Eagles quarterback, who abruptly cancelled his appearance two days ago. [The Hollywood Reporter]
It was a mere five years ago, on Jan. 20, 2006, that 'High School Musical' hit the Disney Channel airwaves, making Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens the king and queen of the teen dream set, becoming the most successful movie in the cable network's history, nabbing a pair of Emmys and sparking TV and big-screen sequels, all along the way to becoming a true pop culture phenomenon.
You may have heard what "Zanessa" has been up to post-'HSM,' but, in honor of the original movie's anniversary, we're catching up with what the rest of the East High Wildcats have been doing ...
A previous 'Chicken' alum, Efron will join 'Star Wars' staple Anthony Daniels (C3PO), 'Community' star Donald Glover and 'The Cleveland Show' regular Mike Henry in their 'Robot Chicken' debuts, while Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) will return to reprise their roles from the movies and previous 'RC' specials.
Casting for the project, which is based on the 2007 young adult novel by Mark Peter Hughes, is now underway, with Disney hoping for a 2011 release date, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the next coming will be an original made-for-TV movie based on Mark Peter Hughes' cult fave, 'Lemonade Mouth.'
The novel, about 5 outcast "freaks" at a New England high school whose chance meeting in detention leads to them form what becomes "Rhode Island's most influential band," has been adapted by April Blair ('Christmas Caper') and will be produced by Debra Martin Chase ('The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' 'The Cheetah Girls').
According to Multichannel News, Tisdale is set to reprise her role as drama queen Sharpay Evans in the upcoming feature length telepic 'Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.' The special, which Tisdale will also be executive producing alongside 'High School Musical' honchos Barry Rosenbush and Bill Borden, is slated for a 2011 debut.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer-actress joins Aly Michalka in the Tom Welling-produced series, about a competitive college cheerleading team. Michalka plays Marti, a sort-of bad girl who joins the Hellcats after budget cuts and her mother's irresponsibility cause her to lose her scholarship.
Set to begin filming in Malibu next month, "Summer camp, in reality, is an iconic experience for kids," Barsocchini tells the Hollywood Reporter, "and the show is an opportunity to present the comedy and emotion kids experience when they are away from home for the first time."
Barsocchini made a name for himself in 2004 when he wrote 'High School Musical' for his daughter, Gabriella, and her friends, many of whom he named 'HSM' characters after. The sequel became the highest-rated cable broadcast in history, with 17.2 million viewers, and the theatrical 'Senior Year' installment had the biggest opening weekend of any movie musical in history. The series, in turn, launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, among others.
What they really need to do is stream it on Hulu to ensure it is. The kids are online, you know.
I know, I know, of course a movie that features a 37-year-old man somehow becoming a teenager again through some complicated process (from the previews I think it involves a whirlpool and/or lightning) isn't supposed to be gritty realism, but I'm talking about the cast members.
(S34E21) When it came to everything unrelated to jazz hands, my expectations for Zac Efron were pretty low. Then again, there was part of me that kept thinking back to Justin Timberlake's first time hosting; he was just another song-and-dance good guy but the enthusiasm and craziness he brought to his performances blew everyone away. Okay, so Efron didn't do as well as Timberlake, but as the evening progressed, Efron seemed to get a little more comfortable and delivered a not-too-cingeworthy performance. Consider that a massive victory.
Here are some video highlights from the evening.
When the thirteenth season kicks off Wednesday (March 11, 10 PM), musicians will apparently have their revenge. Kenny takes his girlfriend to a Jonas Brothers concert in an effort to get lucky, but has his plans foiled when the band gives them "purity" rings. Can't wait to see what Matt and Trey have in store for the ubiquitous heart pre-teen heart throbs - I'm hoping it will warm the hearts of any parent you had to take their kids to that 3-D movie.
High School Musical 4 is returning to its cable roots and being broadcast sometime in 2010 in the House of the Mouse. The new installment will star none of the previous cast. Hopefully all the Zac Efron fans won't commit ritualistic mass suicide over this fact.
I've already written of my opinion on this franchise. My only question is will the lack of original cast simply suck in a new generation who have no associations with the original version and from whom Disney executives will feast on their child brains for years to come, or will it suck like Ace Ventura III (admittedly, I haven't seen this direct-to-DVD gem. I'm just assuming).
Honestly, they should get back one or two of the original cast, just to have a sense of continuity between the two "generations" of the films. It worked for Grease II.
I didn't even realize that there was a newer version of Jonny Quest. Or maybe I did and put it out of my mind because I never saw it and didn't want it to interfere with my childhood memories of the original. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest aired in the mid-90s and was voiced by such people as Robert Patrick, John DeLancie, and George Segal. Both DeLancie and Segal did the voice of Benton Quest in different episodes.
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Admit it ... you're obsessed with the Jonas Brothers (known in the tween world as the Jo Bros) and Miley Cyrus (known in the tween world as -- Miley Cyrus). You wake up in Hannah Montana pajamas, you eat your cereal with your Miley Cyrus spoon, and you make sure you have safe sex with your Jo Bros' IUD. But, you need more to satisfy your craving for Disneyfied bubblegum rock and pop. Thing is, you fear that you have exhausted all of your resources.
Have some faith, slightly creepy one. Fact of the matter is the Disney Channel is watching your back. Starting at 5:30 pm tonight, the network will be premiering the Jonas Brothers' newest video, as well as Miley's first video from her new Hannah Montana movie. If that weren't enough to sustain you, Disney will be broadcasting the Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future concert, which will feature not only the Jo Bros and Miley, but Demi Lovato and Bow Wow (no longer 'Little').
See? Everything will be okay. Now you can get dressed in your High School Musical pants suit and head out to your job as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company.
[information courtesy of Cynopsis]
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