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Guess how many times they say the word 'world' in the 'Girl Meets World' pilot

I’m on the record as being ambivalent about Girl Meets World, Disney Channel’s highly enthusiastically ridiculously anticipated sequel/spinoff to millennial favorite Boy Meets World. (I also take full responsibility for helping to stoke that fervor for the past year and a half.) On one hand: Nostalgia! On the other: This is clearly a series meant for viewers born after the original show ended in the year 2000, and if you’re not one of them, watching it will make you feel old. The show’s bright colors, broad jokes, and earnest lessons all scream “modern-day Disney,” and it’s unclear how much the series cares about hooking mothers and fathers as well as their progeny.

Rather than focusing mostly on TGIF refugees Cory and Topanga—played once more by original Boy stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel—Girl chooses to emphasize its tweenage characters: Cory and Topanga’s everygirl daughter, Riley (cute, poised Rowan Blanchard); her Shawn Hunter-esque best friend, rebellious Maya (Sabrina Carpenter, who shows some real promise as an actress); the dorky classmate who’s in love with them both, Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis, mugging his brains out; though the series hasn’t confirmed it yet, IMDB implies that he’s actually playing the son of Stuart Minkus, his own BMW analog); and quiet dreamboat Lucas (heartthrob-in-training Peyton Meyer), who’s clearly going to be the Topanga to Riley’s Cory. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive photo: Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in Disney's 'Descendants'

Earlier this week, EW debuted a first look at the titular characters in Disney Channel’s original movie Descendants—the children of some of Disney’s iconic heritage characters who attend a prep school with other famous offspring (like Jane, daughter of the Fairy Godmother, and Audrey, the daughter of Sleeping Beauty).

Today, we’ve got another preview of the 2015 DCOM (that is, Disney Channel Original Movie). This time, it’s Kristin Chenoweth’s malevolent Maleficent who steals the focus.

“Who didn’t love to hate Maleficent?” says director Kenny Ortega, who helms Descendants after finding great success on another DCOM franchise, High School Musical. “You have the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth with this fantastic chemistry with Dove Cameron, who plays her daughter, and wonderful wit and good humor with Kathy Najimy, who plays her neighbor, the Evil Queen. It’s just a dream.”

In the movie, Maleficent is the only villain among those held prisoner on the Isle of the Lost who has not completely given up hope on conquering the kingdom. In the photo at hand, Maleficent is scolding her daughter Mal (Cameron) for not reaching her evil potential, while the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie (Sofia Carson), Cruella de Vil’s son Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and Jafar’s son Jay (Booboo Stewart) look on.

Descendants is slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.

Disney’s 'Descendants': Meet the kids of Maleficent, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Ever wonder what kind of a mother Cruella de Vil would be? You’ll find out in Disney Channel’s newest original movie Descendants, a live-action endeavor starring the children of some of the Mouse House’s most iconic heritage characters.

In the musical adventure comedy (due on your TV in 2015), the kingdom’s worst baddies have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost, a remote prison cut off from the world. After 20 years, Ben—the son of Belle and the Beast, and heir apparent to the throne—makes his first proclamation to free the children of the villains and offer them redemption. Thus, we meet our main quartet— Mal (Dove Cameron), Jay (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sofia Carson) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce)—as they attend a prep school where they encounter other offspring of Disney heroes (including Mulan’s daughter Lonnie, Cinderella’s son Chad, and Dopey’s son Doug).

Will the teens carry out their parents’ evil wishes, or will they forge their own identities? Whether or not they do, at least we know that they’ll look ever so similar to their famous parents. Check out a first look at Descendants, which also stars Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen, Maz Jobrani as Jafar, and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil.

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Image Credit: Bob D’Amico/DISNEY CHANNEL

Disney to launch animated 'Lion King' spinoff 'The Lion Guard'

After a 3-D re-release and 2½ sequels, Disney is expanding the Lion King universe yet again with The Lion Guard. The new television franchise will launch with a TV movie premiering in fall 2015; a series will follow in early 2016 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

The show will follow Kion, the second-born son of Simba and Nala (stars of the previous Lion King movies), who leads a group called the Lion Guard that protects the Pride Lands. Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister Kiara will all make appearances, but the show will focus on the creatures of the Lion Guard, a series of new characters including a honey badger, a cheetah, a hippo, and an egret.

The producers of The Lion Guard are also pulling in “wildlife education experts” from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to consult on the show. In addition to the usual themes of family and friendship in Disney’s media, the company said The Lion Guard will incorporate conservation as a theme, and presumably its role in the great circle of life.

'Descendants': The Disney Channel rounds out its villainous cast

The Disney Channel’s Descendants has rounded out its cast of villains with Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter) Aladdin‘s Jafar, Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) as Snow White‘s Evil Queen, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) as 101 Dalmation‘s Cruella de Vil, and Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Cinderella‘s Fairy Godmother. READ FULL STORY

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