via press release:
DISNEY CHANNEL ORDERS MORE HIGH SEAS ANTICS WITH
A THIRD SEASON OF "THE"
Disney Channel has ordered more high seas antics with a third season of "The," the hit comedy series set on a cruise ship. Production on the series will resume in Hollywood in early 2010, it was announced today by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.
2009-to date, "The" is the #1 TV series among Kids 6-11 and the #2 scripted TV series among Tweens 9-14. It recently (October 2) posted series highs in Total Viewers (6.8 million) and across all target demos. In addition, Season Two to date, the series surpasses its first-season average by an impressive 24% in Total Viewers (5.1 million vs. 4.1 million), by 21% in Kids 6-11 (2.4 million vs. 1.9 million) and by 24% in Tweens 9-14 (2.1 million vs. 1.7 million). Source: NTI, 2009 to date: 12/29/08-10/11/09, most current, U.S. ratings, trackage data.
The series follows identical twins Zack and Cody Martin and hotel heiress London Tipton on a semester at sea aboard the luxurious SS Tipton. Joining the hijinks are London's roommate Bailey, a sweet, southern girl who has just left her small-town Kansas roots to experience a whole new world, and Marcus Little, a former singing teen sensation who is now making a fresh start. More often than not, their antics make the dutiful cruise ship's hotel manager, Mr. Moseby, want to walk the plank.
The series stars Dylan Sprouse as Zack Martin, Cole Sprouse as Cody Martin, Brenda Song as London Tipton, Debby Ryan as Bailey Pickett, Doc Shaw as Marcus Little and Phill Lewis as Mr. Moseby. Recurring cast members are Erin Cardillo as Ms. Tutweiller, Matthew Timmons as Woody and Windell Middlebrooks as Kirby.
The new season will be executive-produced by Pamela Eells O'Connell ("Family Matters") and Irene Dreayer ("Sister, Sister," "Smart Guy"). "The" is produced by It's A Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
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 98 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.