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Wizards of Waverly Place

More ‘Wizards’ Magic on Disney Channel

Disney Channel has extended the third season of hit “Wizards of Waverly Place” with a pickup of eight additional episodes, according to Reuters.

The series that focuses on 3 siblings with magical powers, stars Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.

Why is “Wizards” so great?  Disney Channel President Gary Marsh said it best:

“The appeal of ‘Wizards’ is simple: It’s our extraordinary cast.  This is undoubtedly one of the strongest comedic ensembles on television.”

Actually I think it’s Selena Gomez. :)   But truthfully the ENTIRE cast is great!

This is AWESOME news that we’re getting 8 more episodes of “Wizards” and hopefully we’ll get a FOURTH season as well!!!!

‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Season 3 SNEAK PEAKS!

Did you miss the Sunday broadcast of Wizards of  Waverly Place The Movie on the Disney Channel?  If so, you missed Wizards stars, Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jennifer Stone reveal SNEAK PEAKS for the upcoming Season 3 of the hit Disney Channel series.

Some neat scenes in the video below!

Are you excited for Season 3 of Wizards of Waverly Place?!

Disney Unveils New Back to School Fashions

Do you like the fashion styles as seen on Wizards of Waverly Place and JONAS?  Now’s your chance to wear clothes inspired by these shows!

Disney’s new fashion line features the preppy collegiate JONAS collection and the Wizards‘ boho-chic style.

See them displayed on Disney’s first ever Tween Back-To-School fashion show shot in Los Angeles and co-hosted by Jennifer Stone, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Chelsea Staub, JONAS.

New ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Episode Preview: Wizards Vs Vampires

Next Friday begins the exciting 4-part Wizards of Waverly Place Saga: Wizards Vs. Vampires.  Be sure to tune into the Disney Channel at 8pm on Friday, July 24, 2009!

Watch the Preview Here:

‘Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana’ Becomes Most Watched Scripted Telecast of 2009

Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana

Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 powered the extravaganza event that crossed over stars and storylines from Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana into the most watched scripted telecast of 2009.  The 90-minute presentation also became cable’s No. 1 telecast in those same demographics.  In fact, only NBC’s “Super Bowl XLIII” coverage beat Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana as the most watched TV telecast among Kids 6-11.

Nickelodeon sent it’s First Night of a Weekend-Long 10th Anniversary Spongebob Celebration (which featured an original episode at 8pm) against the Disney Channel telecast and lost big time.  Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana dominated the rival network’s event by more than doubling it in Total Viewers (9.3 million viewers versus 3.6 million) and more than tripling in core kid demographics (Kids 6-11: 3.8 million vs. 1.2 million and Tweens 9-14: 3.7 million vs 982,000).

This crossover greatly improved upon the first crossover, That’s Suite Life of Hannah Montana.  There’s still the problem of juggling all the characters of three shows.  Mostly the minor characters, such as Harper from Wizards of Waverly Place and Oliver, Rico and Jackson from Hannah Montana, stayed on their shows and didn’t crossover.  Actually the Suite Life on Deck characters cross-overed to the other two shows.  And my only criticism of the event was it had too much of the Suite Life characters, but as their show’s setting was the crossover’s setting, I guess that makes sense.  I just really wanted to see some Miley-Selena screen time.

We’ll review more in-depth this record setting cross over event on a future blog post as well as on a future episode of The Magic Never Ends Podcast.  Stay tuned!

And if you haven’t seen 2009′s Most Watched Scripted Telecast, or want to see it again, watch it TONIGHT, Sunday, July 19, at 8pm on the Disney Channel.

Read more of the Ratings Beatdown here.

Selena Gomez Celebrates ‘Wizard’ Emmy Nomination with Excitable Tweet

Disney star, Selena Gomez, turns to her Twitter account to express her sheer joy for her show’s 2009 Emmy Nomination:

Wizards of Waverly Place got nominated for an Emmy!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D What an honor, I’m speechless. I am so blessed!

Cant wait to celebrate with the crew today!!

It’s neat to see a Selena get so excited about this news.

Her show is up against Hannah Montana and iCarly for the Outstanding Children’s Program award.

Good luck to all the nominees!

‘Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie’ Premieres August 28

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie Poster Revealed

WoWP Movie Poster

Are you getting excited for the Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie? I know I am! The movie looks to have plenty of action, comedy and family fun.

The hit Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place gets the movie length treatment as the Russo finds themselves in jeopardy when Alex Russo (Selena Gomez) casts a spell in anger.

Disney has announced the movie will premiere on the Disney Channel at 8pm on August 28, 2009!

The Disney Channel is amping up its promotion of this movie event.  They will air special cast picked episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place, leading up the movie’s premiere date.  The Wizards cast will host their movie’s presentation for the entire weekend of August 28, 29 and 30, with behind-the-scenes look at the Magic of Wizards of Waverly Place.

Be sure to check DisneyChannel.com for games and updates on this exciting Wizards of Waverly Place event!

Part of the Disney Channel’s promotional material are the DCOM Extras, currently airing on the network.  Watch two of them below.

The first DCOM deals with the main plot of the movie. Also hear which scene Selena liked the best in the movie:

The cast reveals what it was like to film on location for the movie in this second DCOM:

Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana Crossover airs THIS Friday at 8pm!

Nine stars from three shows all aboard the S.S. Tipton for crazy Disney Channel fun!

Don’t miss this special event this Friday at 8pm to the Disney Channel.

Disney did a fantastic job with their first crossover event, That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, which brought episodes of the Suite Life of Zack & Cody, That’s So Raven and Hannah Montana together.  I’m more excited by this second crossover event.  We will get to see great pairings from the various shows, as well as Hannah Montana and London Tipton catching up from the last crossover event.  Too bad Ashley Tisdale isn’t on Suite Life on Deck.  I enjoyed her character (Maddie Fitzpatrick) sharing screen time with Hannah in That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana.

Disney also announced it will release the 90-minute, 3-part event on Disney DVD on September 22, 2009. Special features will include cast bloopers and behind-the-scene footage.

Read the plot for Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana below.  Then watch the Disney Channel commercial.

Part 1: “Cast-Away (To Another Show)”

Part 1 is Episode 25 of Season 2 of Wizards of Waverly Place. Justin (David Henrie) is excited to meet London Tipton (Brenda Song) when he wins an essay contest prize: a cruise on the SS Tipton. Alex (Selena Gomez) and Max (Jake T. Austin) join Justin onboard, where Alex bonds with new friend Bailey (Debby Ryan), but soon gets in hot water when she uses magic to bring Harper (Jennifer Stone) aboard. Meanwhile, Max and Zack (Dylan Sprouse) compete in a series of outrageous challenges.

Part 2: “Double-Crossed”

Part 2 is Episode 21 of Season 1 of The Suite Life On Deck. Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) boards the SS Tipton on her way to a concert performance in Honolulu. To impress Bailey, Cody (Cole Sprouse) enlists Woody (Matthew Timmons) to help him get tickets. Meanwhile, the Russos use a little magic to spice up their vacation – Alex pulls a prank on Justin, for which Mr. Moseby (Phill Lewis) blames Zack, while Max introduces London to a magical suitcase.

Part 3: “Super(Stitious) Girl”

Part 3 is Episode 19 of Season 3 of Hannah Montana. While on the ship deck, Miley loses the charm ankle bracelet that her mother gave her and when things start to go wrong, she is sure it’s because she lost her lucky charm also London finds it. Miley as Hannah asks her to give it back but London refuses. Meanwhile, Cody tells Bailey that he has a close friendship with Hannah and promises great seats to her concert but Alex also says she and Bailey can go together.

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie Soundtrack

To coincide with Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie, Disney is releasing a soundtrack to movie.  Premiering in August, Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie will air on the Disney Channel as part of the network’s Summer of Stars.

Here’s the Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie Soundtrack Listing:

1. Disappear – Selena Gomez
2. Magical – Selena Gomez
3. Magic (Pilot) – Selena Gomez
4. Strange Magic – Steve Rushton
5. Magic (The Cars) – Honor Society
6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Mitchel Musso
7. Magic Carpet Ride – KSM
8. Magic (Xanadu) – Meaghan Martin
9. You Can Do Magic – Drew Seeley
10. Some Call It Magic Raven – Symoné
11. Do You Believe in Magic – Aly & AJ
12. Everything Is Not As It Seems – Selena Gomez

Now listen to samples from the album:

Unfortunately, I’m not not overly excited about this soundtrack.  I love Aly & AJ (now called 78violet), but their contribution to the album is song that already appeared on “Into the Rush.”  Selena Gomez does sing four of the twelve songs on the soundtrack, so if I’m purchasing it I’m buying it for Selena.  More likely I’ll purchase the Selena Gomez songs off iTunes.

It’s obvious Disney decided to just remake songs that have magic in the title, since it’s for a movie about Wizards.  While it’s neat to hear the Disney music stars’ rendition of these pop classics, I’d much rather Disney offer original music for the Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie.

A Chance to Talk with Selena LIVE!

Selena Gomez is giving her fans a chance to talk with her through SayNow.  She announced it on her Facebook page:

Hey everyone– I had fun going live on the phone the other day I am going to do it again this Sunday @ 10am California time. Topic: Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie. Give me a call 214 306 9590. Talk to ya Sunday. :)

Enjoy this recent TwitPic from Selena, in which she wrote “One more from today at the shoot… Ever since Ash was in town I have been drinking iced tea like crazy.. Reminds me of home.”

Selena loves iced tea

Very cute picture!

New ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Episodes: Vampires and Zombies Oh My!

Vampires and Zombies are coming to the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.

The last four episodes of the 2nd season will deal with Vampires, with the last episode incorporating Zombies.

“Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place” airs on July 24, 2009

When a new sandwich shop (the Late Night Bite) opens in Waverly Place, Justin falls in love with the owner’s daughter, Juliet. But when his family finds out that they are vampires both parents say they can’t date. Meanwhile, Alex tries to get rid of Max because of his annoying impressions and tries to send him to a camp, but her plan blows up when Justin finally tells his parents about him and Juliet. In the end, both parents allow to date each other again.

Debuting at 8pm on July 31, 2009, “Wizards vs. Vampires: Tasty Bites”

Alex thinks that Justin’s vampire girlfriend is trying to get them to eat healthier food to make their blood taste better.

“Wizards vs. Vampires: Dream Date” premieres August 7, 2009 at 8pm

Alex’s date with Dean doesn’t go as well as she had hoped. Meanwhile, Justin is unable to go on a camping trip with the Van Heusons.

The series celebrates it’s fiftieth episode with “Wizards & Vampires vs. Zombies” on August 14, 2009 at 8pm

Justin promises Juliet an unforgettable prom date. But when Alex organizes a zombie-themed anti-prom, things get out of hand when real zombies arrive.

Just Jared Jr. has new episode still for these upcoming episodes.

Click here to view “Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place” episode stills.

Click here to view “Wizards vs. Vampires: Tasty Bites” episode stills.

Click here to view “Wizards vs. Vampires: Dream Date” episode stills.

Click here to view “Wizards & Vampires vs. Zombies” episode stills.

New ‘Wizards’ Episode: “Wizard For a Day”

Selena Gomez must deal with the consequences of unlimited wishes in the next new episode of Wizards of Waverly Place on the Disney Channel.

Just Jared Jr. has the info on the episode, “Wizard For a Day,” where Alex (Gomez) tries to out-do Justin (David Henrie) by giving their dad a Merlin’s hat with unlimited wishes for his birthday. When she thinks Jerry’s (David DeLuise) wishes are too simple, she takes matters into her own hands, but is unprepared for the consequences, including a visit from an alien spaceship!

Tune int the Disney Channel on Friday, July 10 @ 8PM ET/PT for the all new episode “Wizard For a Day”.

Then come back here and let us know your thoughts on this Wizardly good episode!

Click here to see the full story, including seeing the episode stills with Selena Gomez as an alien princess.

‘Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana’ coming July 17

The Disney Channel brings three of its shows together for another Crossover Event!

Last time it was the That’s so Suite Life of Hannah Montana which brought the stars of That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Montana together.  Crossovers are very tricky.  It’s not always easy to blend different styles together.  Inevitably a character or show element is short-changed for the sake of the crossover.  The Disney Channel writes masterfully brought together those three shows to form an almost sleemless story.  It wasn’t perfect but it made for a great hour and a half event!

I hoped that the That’s so Suite Life of Hannah Montana had reached a level of success for The Disney Channel so they’d bring together three more shows again.  I hoped for Hannah, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Sonny With A Chance.  Recently, Selena Gomez guest starred brilliantly on Sonny as herself, thus establishing in “the Sonny Universe” that Wizards of Waverly Place is just a TV show.  Though I doubt the Disney Channel would hold tight to continuity if it meant preventing them from bringing some of their hit franchises together.

Premiering at 8pm July 17, 2009 on the Disney Channel, the crossover event is called Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana.

The Celebrity Cafe has a break down on the crossover event as well the contest that is coinciding with the event.

Watch the preview for the Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana crossover event:

Click here to read the Celebrity Cafe article.

Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie – Full Length Trailer

During the Friday, June 26 premiere of Disney Channel’s Princess Protection Program, we received an extra special treat in the form of the full-length trailer of Wizards of Waverly Place:  The Movie!  The two-hour movie version stars all the series regulars and will premiere on the Disney Channel August 1 at 8pm.

The movie deals with the Russo family vacation gone wrong.  Parents Jerry and Theresa decide to celebrate their anniversary at the Carribbean resort where they first met, bringing their children along.  Alex (Selena Gomez) becomes upset at the lack of freedom she’s given.  In a fit of anger, she wishes her parents had never met, casting a time reversal spell causing her parents to not meet.

With her brothers Justin and Alex, they must journey into the jungle to find the Stone of Dreams to reverse the spell and save the family.

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie looks like a winner!  The TV show is fun and the movie version seems to have captured that essence, along with a bit of extra added action and suspense.  Check out the full-length trailer below!