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    Disney Channel Orders Comedy "Dog with a Blog"

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    Seems as though "Madison High" was not picked up as the 'main actress' from Madison High is now the star of this show.

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    "DOG WITH A BLOG" - ITS TIME HAS COME!


    Disney Channel, the leading TV network for kids and families, has ordered "Dog With A Blog," a live action comedy series from Emmy-winning producer Michael B. Kaplan. A family sitcom from the pet’s point-of-view, it centers on step-siblings whose parents buy them a dog to encourage them to get along. That happens - to some extent - as brother and sister discover a big secret about their family's latest addition… that the dog can talk AND blog. The series will introduce a talented cast, among them, Disney Channel's next big star: a four year-old, mixed breed named Kuma in the role of Stan, the talking dog with a blog. The announcement was made today by Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channel.

    Production on the multi-camera series will begin this June in Hollywood for premiere in fall 2012 on Disney Channel U.S. and soon thereafter on Disney Channels around the world.
    Starring are: G. Hannelius ("Den Brother," "Good Luck Charlie"), Blake Michael ("Lemonade Mouth"), Francesca Capaldi ("A.N.T. Farm"), Beth Littleford ("I'm in the Band," "Crazy, Stupid Love," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), Regan Burns ("Wizards of Waverly Place") and Stephen Full ("I'm in the Band") as the voice of Stan the dog. Kuma is a Husky/Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix who was rescued from a shelter. He is trained by Guin Dill and Steve Solomon of Good Dog Animals, an animal company with over 40 years combined experience in the motion picture and TV industry.

    Bonnett said, "With our track record of discovering young talent who are 'triple threats,' we launched a nationwide search and our reward is that we found the one dog who could talk, blog and do his own stunts. Working with kids and animals has never been more fun!"

    In "Dog With A Blog," Tyler and Avery are new step-siblings. Tyler is popular, charismatic and seems to get by solely on his looks, and Avery is smart, socially responsible and despises guys like Tyler. However, the biggest adjustment for the newly blended family comes with their new dog Stan - who talks and blogs. He's smart, a bit of a trouble maker and loves his new family, who must keep his marvelous ability a secret. Stan's canine point of view, whether in the home, in the yard or on his blog, helps the kids navigate both their new sibling situation and ultimately, becomes the tie that binds the family of six (Tyler, Avery, little sister Chloe, Mom, Dad and Stan). Even though he talks and likes a lot of "human" things, Stan is still pure dog. He chases his tail, barks at mailmen, ardently approaches poodles and is not so wild about cats.

    "Dog With A Blog" was created and executive-produced by Michael B. Kaplan who most recently created and executive-produced Disney XD's "I'm in the Band." His credits also include "Frasier" for which he received an Emmy Award, "Roseanne," "Girlfriends" for which he received a BET Comedy Award, and "Doogie Howser, M.D." The pilot was directed by Neal Israel ("Kickin' It," "Zeke and Luther," "Even Stevens") and produced by Leo Clarke ("Pair of Kings").

    Disney's policy and core principles help ensure the protection and proper care and treatment of animals that appear in Disney-branded series and movies.

    Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

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    Meh. Madison High sounded way better than this.

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    Sounds silly. But cute for kids.

    And heck, how bad could it be if a writer from Frasier, Rosanne, and Doogie Howser is working on it?

    The title did make me laugh, though.

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    Had this been a spin-off from Family Guy, I would have better appreciated the show. Easily can see Brian creating a blog while sipping on a martini within his own thoughts. I just don't think the execution of this show will be successful. Also, secrets again Disney? Can we stop this 'We must keep A a secret from B' system again? It's time to craft better stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewcomerDC
    Also, secrets again Disney? Can we stop this 'We must keep A a secret from B' system again? It's time to craft better stories.
    Agreed. The idea of hyper-intelligent family dog might garnish some laughs, but the "we have something cool, but we must keep it a secret from everybody" angle is beyond tired. But then, I don't even like secret identities on superhero shows.
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    Dogs using the internet is kind of a one-joke premise, isn't it? Disney's really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    *insert another Great Piggy Bank Robbery reference here*

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewcomerDC View Post
    Had this been a spin-off from Family Guy, I would have better appreciated the show. Easily can see Brian creating a blog while sipping on a martini within his own thoughts. I just don't think the execution of this show will be successful. Also, secrets again Disney? Can we stop this 'We must keep A a secret from B' system again? It's time to craft better stories.
    In all fairness, it's a commonly-used trope that has been used by network television for decades to varying degrees of success.

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