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Hit Disney Series Gets a Spinoff

Feb 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Disney Channel has announced plans for a spinoff of a hit comedy series. The channel ordered a spinoff of “Jessie,” which has performed well among kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens.

The spinoff, which has not yet been titled, was announced Wednesday by Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.

“Peyton List, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson reprise their roles of Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross, respectively,” Disney Channel said in the announcement, noting that the new series “will be part of Disney Media Sales and Marketing’s presentations to clients in the coming week.”

“Jessie” creator Pamela Eells O’Connell will executive produce the new show, which is set to begin production in spring 2015.

Noted Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com, “Season to-date, ‘Jessie,’ whose fourth and final season premiered in January, ranks as the No. 2 cable TV series among kids 6-11 (1.2M/4.9) and among the top 5 live-action series in kids 2-11 (1.4M/3.4). The transition from ‘Jessie’ to the spinoff had been planned, with the mothership series filming the Season 4 closer [as] a series finale.” There will have been 101 episodes of “Jessie” made.

In a statement, Bonnett said: “‘Jessie’ has been a fan favorite for the past four years. We are excited that viewers all over the world can continue to watch the humorous antics of Emma, Ravi and Zuri, beloved characters played brilliantly by Peyton, Karan and Skai.”

“Jessie” ranks as the No. 2 cable series among kids 6-11 season to date with 1.2 million viewers and a 4.9 average rating, and is among the top 5 live-action series in kids 2-11 (1.4 million/3.4 rating).

Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.

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