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Press Release: ABC Kids New Line-Up To Premiere Saturday, September 9

by on August 27, 2006


BURBANK, August 23, 2006. . . Disney Channel’s hit series “Hannah Montana” and the animated comedy “The Replacements” will join ABC Kids’ new Saturday morning line-up premiering SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET / 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PT) on the ABC Television Network. Across basic cable, “Hannah Montana” is the #1 series of the year-to-date with Kids 6-11 and Tweens and, among all broadcast TV, ranks #2 behind “American Idol” with Kids 6-11. “The Replacements,” from Walt Disney Television Animation, will premiere Friday, September 8 on Disney Channel.

In addition to “Hannah Montana” and “The Replacements,” an hour block of the hit Disney Channel Original Series “That’s So Raven” with new to ABC Kids broadcast episodes, as well as the 14th edition of the popular Jetix action/adventure hit “Power Rangers: Mystic Force,” will air on ABC Kids. Rounding out the Saturday morning schedule are “The Emperor’s New School” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”

The ABC Kids’ new fall schedule is as follows (times may vary):

9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT “The Emperor’s New School”
9:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT “The Replacements”
10:00 a.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT “That’s So Raven”
10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT “That’s So Raven”
11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT “Hannah Montana”
11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”
12:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT “Power Rangers: Mystic Force”
12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT “Power Rangers: Mystic Force”

“The Emperor’s New School” (9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT) follows the comedic antics of teenage Kuzco, a self-centered yet lovable wise guy. He’s also first in line to be emperor, but before he can officially claim the throne, he must return and somehow graduate school. The stories are narrated by Kuzco whose biggest obstacle is the evil Yzma and her dimwitted yet good-natured sidekick Kronk who are determined to make Kuzco fail. While pursuing his diploma, Kuzco is banished from the royal palace and forced to live with commoner Pacha, his wife Chica and their family. Despite their sometimes turbulent relationship, Pacha is like a father to him while Kuzco relies on his friend (and biggest crush) Malina to help him navigate schoolwork.

“The Replacements” (9:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT) revolves around the fun-loving antics of an unconventional family and the wish fulfillment of kids having the ability to change adults. It introduces sister and younger brother Riley and Todd, orphans until they answer an ad for Fleemco Replacement People, and order themselves two “cool” parents. Soon, their new “mom,” Agent K, a British super-spy and their new “dad,” renowned stuntman Dick Daring, arrived. These four, along with C.A.R.T.E.R., Agent K’s super-intelligent, super-sarcastic talking spy car, form a crazy, loving family. But Riley and Todd aren’t through with Fleemco – the company has given them special cell phones that allow the kids to call in anytime and replace any adult they know! But, there are consequences attached whenever they do. The voice cast includes Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons,” “Kim Possible”) as Todd, Grey DeLisle (“Fairly OddParents”) as older sister Riley, Kath Soucie (“Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”) as Agent K, Daran Norris (“Veronica Mars”) as Dick Daring and David McCallum (“N.C.I.S.”) as CAR. The series was created by acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Dan Santat (The Guild of Geniuses). The executive producer is Jack Thomas (“Fairly OddParents”) and Heather Martinez (“SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Fairly OddParents”) is the director. The series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.

“That’s So Raven” (10:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. ET/9:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. PT) is a hit live-action situation comedy starring Raven-Symoné (“The Cosby Show,” “The Cheetah Girls”) as Raven Baxter, a winsome teen whose ability to glimpse flashes of the future often gets her into hot water. Also starring are Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Rondell Sheridan and Kyle Massey.

“Hannah Montana” (11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT) is a live-action comedy series that follows typical tween Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) who lives with her older brother and widowed dad, a songwriter (Billy Ray Cyrus). But unbeknownst to her friends and classmates, Miley has a secret double life – she is the world famous pop star Hannah Montana. Combining a stage persona with creative costuming, Miley discovers she can have the best of both worlds – the fame and fortune of a well-known singer and the fun of middle school with her best friends Lilly (Emily Osment) and Oliver (Mitchel Musso), whom she has entrusted with her secret identity.

“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT) stars identical twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse (“Big Daddy,” “Friends”), Ashley Tisdale (Disney Channel’s “High School Musical”) and Brenda Song (Disney Channel’s “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior”). The comedy centers on 12-year-old twins whose lives change when their single mom, Carey (Kim Rhodes), gets a job as the headlining singer at The Tipton, Boston’s swankiest hotel, and as part of her contract, an upper floor suite in which they all now live.

“Power Rangers: Mystic Force” (12:00 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. PT) is set on present-day Earth, where five teenagers gifted with uniquely different powers, must lock forces to join two different worlds that have been ravaged by fear and ignorance. Together with a little bit of magic and sorcery the Mystic Rangers must fight to save a scared city.

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