via press release:
SURF’S UP! ABC FAMILY WILL AIR DISNEY CHANNEL’S HIT ORIGINAL MOVIE
“TEEN BEACH MOVIE”AS PART OF ITS ANNUAL SUMMER PROGRAMMING EVENT
“SUMMER CRUSH” ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
“Teen Beach Movie” stars Maia Mitchell, star of ABC Family’s hit series “The Fosters,”
and Ross Lynch (Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally)
Burbank, CA (July 31, 2013) – It’s time for surf, sand and singing when ABC Family airs the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie,” starring Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s hit series “The Fosters”), on Friday, August 2 (5:00 -7:00 PM ET/PT) as part of the network’s annual programming event, “Summer Crush.”
Disney Channel’s premiere of “Teen Beach Movie” was July’s #1 TV telecast among Kids 2-11 (4.59 million), Kids 6-11 (3.89 million) and Tweens 9-14 (3.39 million) – and the #1 cable TV telecast year to date in those demographics. Based on L + 3 ratings, it was the month’s #1 cable TV telecast in Total Viewers (11.92 million).
"Teen Beach Movie" introduces confident, resilient surfer McKenzie and her carefree boyfriend, Brady, a fan of the retro surf musical movie, "Wet Side Story." On the morning of McKenzie's planned departure for boarding school, she and Brady catch one last epic wave which mysteriously carries them right into "Wet Side Story," circa 1962, where they meet Seacat, Giggles, Rascal and Cheechee, among others. Amidst the spontaneous song and dance, there's trouble in paradise -- it's bikers versus surfers for control of the local hangout, but Mack and Brady unwittingly interfere with the movie's star-crossed plot, one that would pair a surfer (teen matinee idol Tanner) and a biker (Lela, the sister of Butchy, the biker gang's leader). Typical of the teen beach movie genre, a kooky subplot has mad scientists Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion scheming to alter weather patterns and take over the local hangout -- and then the world.
The movie stars Ross Lynch (Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally") as Brady, Maia Mitchell (ABC Family's "The Fosters") as McKenzie, Grace Phipps (ABC Family's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King") as Lela, Garrett Clayton as Tanner, John DeLuca as Butchy, Chrissie Fit (ABC's "General Hospital") as Cheechee, Jordan Fisher as Seacat, Mollee Gray (Disney Channel's "High School Musical") as Giggles, Kent Boyd as Rascal, William T. Loftis as Lugnut, Jessica Lee Keller as Struts, Kevin Chamberlin (Disney Channel's "Jessie," Broadway's "The Addams Family") as Dr. Fusion and Steve Valentine (Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," Disney XD's "I'm In The Band") as Les Camembert. Suzanne Cryer is Aunt Antoinette and Barry Bostwick makes a special appearance as Big Poppa.
Directed by Jeffrey Hornaday (Disney Channel's "Geek Charming," choreographer of the films "A Chorus Line," "Flashdance") and choreographed by Hornaday and Christopher Scott ("Lemonade Mouth," "Step Up 4"), the story is by Vince Marcello (director, featurette version of the off-Broadway musical "Zombie Prom," and "An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars") & Mark Landry, and the teleplay is by Marcello, Landry and Robert Horn (writer of "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure," writer of Broadway's "13" and writer/producer of "Designing Women"). David Buelow ("Bring It On: Fight to the Finish") is the executive producer and Robert F. Phillips ("Teen Spirit," "Valkyrie") is the producer. "Teen Beach Movie" is a production of Rainforest Productions, LLC.
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