This summer, beat the heat with Disney Channel Canada’s cool lineup of new series and returning fan favourites, featuring a truly unique improv comedy and sitcom mash-up series, the biggest family music event of the year, and the debut of the most highly anticipated trequel. Meanwhile on Disney Junior, prepare for the adorable arrival of a new animated series. With a mix of animated and live action programming, Disney Channel Canada and Disney Junior will deliver laughs, music and action all summer long.
On Disney Channel Canada, the innovative new series Just Roll With It, premiering Saturday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m., blends improvisational comedy with a family sitcom and allows the studio audience to vote on the direction of key scenes throughout the filming, while the actors are backstage. When the actors return to the stage, they have no idea what’s coming at them. Tobie Windham (Disney’s Walk the Prank) and Suzi Barrett (Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group, Disney’s Kirby Buckets) – play fun-loving newlyweds Byron and Rachel. Byron is an on-air radio personality on BEATZ 101 and Rachel is a decorated military veteran who now produces his daily show in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. Talented young actors Ramon Reed (Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway) and Kaylin Hayman (One Day at a Time) play preteen stepsiblings Owen Blatt and Blair Bennett, polar opposites who must somehow learn to be harmonious siblings.
Then, get ready to party! Radio Disney is throwing its massive annual celebration for its most passionate fans, evolving music’s biggest event for families to the newly re-branded ARDYs: A Radio Disney Music Celebration. Airing on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m., Sofia Carson from Disney Channel’s Descendants will be hosting the exciting music and star-filled event as it returns for its seventh year.
From the year’s greatest artists and songs to one very special Song, beloved Disney Channel star and popular actress Brenda Song (The Social Network) will return to the channel to play the lead voice role in Amphibia. Song voices 13-year-old Anne Boonchuy, an independent and fearless teen who is magically transported to the fantastical world of Amphibia, a rural marshland full of frog-people. A second season of the new frog-out-of-water animated comedy series has already been ordered ahead of its premiere on Saturday, June 22 at 9 a.m. Starring alongside Song in Amphibia is Justin Felbinger (Disney Junior’s Miles From Tomorrowland) as Sprig Plantar, who forges a once-in-a-lifetime friendship with Anne; Amanda Leighton (This Is Us) as unpredictable pollywog (aka tadpole) Polly Plantar, the youngest member of the Plantar family; and Disney Legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as overprotective and traditional grandfather Hop Pop.
The fun doesn’t stop there! Fan favourite series Raven’s Home returns for a third season, with its star and executive producer Raven-Symoné making her television directing debut. Premiering Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m., the story picks up with Raven Baxter and her family and friends pursuing their creative dreams. Booker, Nia and Tess form a music group called The Chi-Lective with Levi as their music video director, while Raven is determined to launch her fashion line and Chelsea has finally found her niche as a life coach. Raven’s Home stars Raven-Symoné, who reprises her role as Raven Baxter from the iconic comedy That’s So Raven (2003-07), Issac Ryan Brown as Booker Baxter-Carter, Navia Robinson as Nia Booker-Baxter, Jason Maybaum as Levi Grayson, Sky Katz as Tess O’Malley and, reprising her That’s So Raven role, Anneliese van der Pol as Chelsea.
Following the premiere of Raven’s Home, pack an overnight bag because Disney Channel Canada is off to camp this summer with Season 4 of BUNK’D. Premiering Sunday, June 23 at 11 a.m., former counselor Lou Hockhauser takes the mantle as camp director as she and her veteran campers, Destiny, Finn and Matteo, welcome three new Camp Kikiwaka members – Noah (an upbeat actor from Hollywood), Ava (a tenacious counselor from the big city) and Gwen (who has spent her entire life living off the grid). BUNK’D stars Miranda May (The Heartbreak Kid, Samantha Who?), Raphael Alejandro (Once Upon a Time), Will Buie Jr. (Daytime Divas), Mallory James Mahoney (Disney’s Adventures in Babysitting), Shelby Simmons (Andi Mack), Scarlett Estevez (Daddy’s Home) and Israel Johnson (Schooled).
This summer will also see the premiere of the third installment of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants 3. Debuting Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m., the trequel continues the contemporary saga of good versus evil as the teenage children of Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) – return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon and it’s up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet.
Disney Junior is also having fun in the sun this summer with a new animated series T.O.T.S.. Arriving on Saturday, June 22 at 9:50 a.m., T.O.T.S. is the newest addition to the Disney Junior schedule. The heartfelt animated comedy follows the hilarious adventures of best friends Pip and Freddy, a tenacious penguin and a kind-hearted flamingo, who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service (T.O.T.S.). As new members of the esteemed team, these junior flyers must take tender care in transferring baby animals – including kittens, cubs, calves, bunnies, puppies and joeys – from the nursery to their forever families around the globe. Together, they will learn how to nurture and care for the babies and use creative thinking and problem solving to model for young viewers that there is more than one way to achieve a goal. The series voice cast includes Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) as Captain Beakman, Megan Hilty (Broadway’s Noises Off and Wicked) as K.C. the koala, Jet Jurgensmeyer (Last Man Standing) as Pip and Christian J. Simon (Disney Channel’s “Sydney to the Max“) as Freddy.