Real life couple Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop will be starring in their own Disney Channel Original Movie this year, it was announced at the Disney Upfront in NYC today.
"Geek Charming" is a coming-of-age tale that explores the dynamics of high school popularity and its social hierarchy. Based on the popular young adult novel by Robin Palmer, the movie was written by Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy and will be directed by Jeffrey Hornaday (choreographer of "A Chorus Line," "Flashdance").
Disney Channel is also working on an original movie called "Frenemies" that follows three pairs of friends as they navigate the delicate balance when besties go to worsties, and back again. It's slated to release in 2012.
Check out some more exciting news from the Disney upfronts:
"Madison High" (series pilot)
Multi-talented teens Mark Indelicato ("Ugly Betty"), Nolan Sotillo (Disney's feature film "Prom") and Katherine McNamara (Broadway's "A Little Night Music") join the previously announced cast, Alyson Reed ("High School Musical"), Luke Benward (Disney Channel's "Minutemen"), Leah Lewis and G Hannelius (Disney Channel's "Den Brother"), in the music and dance-driven comedy pilot "Madison High" (working title) under consideration for Disney Channel's schedule. Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush ("High School Musical" and its sequels) and Lester Lewis ("The Office") and Paul Hoen ("Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam") are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Lester Lewis and is being directed by Paul Hoen. It is from Autumn Harvest Productions, Inc.
"ANT Farm" (new series)
Set in San Francisco, this comedy revolves around China Parks, an 11-year-old musical prodigy who attends a high school as part of the prestigious ANT (Advanced Natural Talents) program. She, along with her fellow ANTs, Olive and Fletcher, must find her place and make the most of her high school experience despite the decidedly lukewarm welcome from some high school students, including China's older brother, Cameron, who overcompensates to avoid his sister's shadow, and overachieving Lexi Reed, who doesn't appreciate the competition China represents. Starring are China Anne McClain ("House of Payne"), Sierra McCormick ("Ramona and Beezus"), Jake Short ("Shorts"), Stefanie Scott ("Flipped") and Carlon Jeffery ("Heroes"). Recurring are Finesse Mitchell ("Saturday Night Live") and Elise Neal ("The Hughleys"). "ANT Farm" was created by Dan Signer ("The Suite Life on Deck," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody") and executive-produced by Signer and Stephen Engel ("The Big Bang Theory," "Mad About You"). It is from It's A Laugh Productions, Inc.
"Kickin' It" (new series)
In this live action comedy, the owner of the struggling Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy, the worst dojo in the nationwide chain of underperforming dojos, recruits a hotshot skateboarder to teach his students, a ragtag group of neighborhood kids, about life, karate and how to just plain kick it. Starring are Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana"), Leo Howard ("Leo Little's Big Show"), Mateo Arias, Dylan Riley Snyder (Disney's "Tarzan" on Broadway), Alex Jones and Olivia Holt. The series was created by Jim O'Doherty ("3rd Rock from the Sun"), who also executive-produces it with Marc Warren ("That's So Raven"). It is from It's A Laugh Productions, Inc.
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