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Disney to honor Robin Williams with 'Aladdin' broadcasts

In honor of Robin Williams, Disney will air Aladdin across several networks over the weekend.

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See the 'Once Upon a Time' gang's wicked season 3 gag reel

Epic tales of the endless struggle between good and evil don’t always leave a lot of room for laughs. That’s where this video comes in.

Below, see an exclusive first look at Once Upon a Time‘s season-three gag reel, a short, sweet montage of your favorite fairy tale characters (including Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White, Joanna Garcia’s Ariel, Lana Parilla’s Evil Queen Regina, Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood, and, of course, Colin O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook) getting goofy on the set of ABC’s magical fantasy. There’ll be even more of The Fairest Bloopers of Them All on the series’ season three DVD/Blu-ray set, which also includes deleted scenes and a featurette about OUAT‘s deliciously wicked villains.

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'Toy Story' meets 'Jurassic Park' in poster for new TV special

Last fall, ABC aired a charming Halloween special starring the Toy Story franchise’s beloved playthings. Its ratings success has paved the way for another half-hour that’ll air on the network later this holiday season—and this one has more dinos than the first.

The second special, called Toy Story That Time Forgot, finds the heroes tangling with a gang of new action figures led by Reptillus Maximus (voiced by Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd). Much like Buzz Lightyear in the franchise’s first film, Reptillus and his crew don’t know that they’re just toys—which causes some major complications, especially among the gang’s prehistoric set (Kristen Schaal’s Trixie and Wallace Shawn’s Rex).

You can catch your first glimpse at the mighty Reptillus in the special Comic-Con poster above, which debuted on TVLine. If the image looks vaguely familiar, that’s because it was designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

McKidd and Schaal—not to mention copies of the poster—will be on hand for an hourlong Q&A about Toy Story That Time Forgot in San Diego Thursday, along with director Steve Purcell (who also helmed Brave), head of story Derek Thompson, producer Galyn Susman, and composer Michael Giacchino.

Though there’s no premiere date set yet, Toy Story That Time Forgot is expected to air in December.

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 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.

'Girl Meets World' casts Cory's brother Joshua

Great news: The producers of Girl Meets World remembered that Cory has a much-younger brother.

Uriah Shelton (The Glades) has been cast to appear in the Boy Meets World spinoff, playing “Uncle Joshua,” EW has confirmed. A rep for the show says he’ll appear in more than one episode. E! first reported the news.

Joshua was a toddler when Cory was in college at the end of Boy Meets World, making him about 17 or 18 today. He’s just the latest in a long list of Boy Meets World characters set to appear on the Disney Channel spinoff, including Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), Minkus (Lee Norris), Harley (Danny McNulty), and others. (Will Friedle, a.k.a big bro Eric, has to show up at some point, right!?)

Girl Meets World will officially premiere Friday, June 27 at 9:45 p.m. on Disney Channel; Disney Channel subscribers can watch the pilot now on WATCH Disney Channel.

'Girl Meets World': See the 'Boy Meets World' spinoff's opening credits -- EXCLUSIVE

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We’re almost there, people.

In just five weeks, Girl Meets World — Disney Channel’s highly ridiculously anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff, which follows the trials and tribulations of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) 12-year-old daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) — will finally make its small screen debut. And we’ve got a taste of what to expect from the new show: Check below to find the upcoming sitcom’s opening credits, set to a bouncy tune called “Take On the World.” (Yes, the vocals come from stars Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Riley’s Shawn Hunter-esque BFF — but that doesn’t mean either character is dying to be famous.)

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'Once Upon a Time' postmortem: Showrunners talk chilly villainess and the future of Storybrooke

EW was desperate for more information about Sunday night’s Once Upon a Time season closer — and happily, showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz didn’t give us the cold shoulder. Read on to learn all about why things shook out as they did — and how the pair decided to bring in the show’s newest Big Bad. (Or, to be more accurate, its new Big Misunderstood. Caution: Spoilers ahead!)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Take me through the decision to add Elsa to Once.
Eddy Kitsis: We saw the movie, and collectively, the whole entire writers’ room just loved it. It was our favorite film. What we loved so much about Elsa was she was perceived to be a villain, but of course we understood she was misunderstood. And the only one who understood that was her sister. That was a very thematic thing for us, which is a misunderstood character who everyone perceives to be bad. READ FULL STORY

Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney's original movie 'Descendants'

Make way, Angelina Jolie!

Former Wicked witch Kristin Chenoweth has signed on to play Sleeping Beauty baddie Maleficent in Disney’s upcoming original movie Descendants, which follows the teenage children of Disney’s iconic heroes and villains (mainly the villains). The Tony and Emmy winner will butt heads with her onscreen daughter Mal, played by Liv and Maddie star Dove Cameron.

Set to premiere in 2015, Descendants is Disney’s newest experiment in transforming its famous animated characters into live-action figures. The cast of the adventure comedy DCOM (that’s Disney Channel Original Movie) also includes Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruelle de Vil; and Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.

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'Girl Meets World': Check out the show poster here -- PHOTO

The poster for Girl Meets World is here.

The show — which released a trailer but does not yet have a specific premiere date — debuted the show’s official poster. Fans of the original Boy Meets World will likely be happy to see there’s a nod to the ’90s show: The ‘O’ in “World” is in fact a globe.

The art for the Disney Channel show features Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) between their son Auggie (August Maturo) and Riley’s best friend, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), with the titular “Girl” Riley (Rowan Blanchard) standing below them.

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'Girl Meets World': See the cast photo!

Is it summer yet?!

Disney Channel has just released the first cast photo for its upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World, which premieres in a few months. In the snapshot, Cory and Topanga Matthews (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) stand proudly as a gaggle of kids — not all theirs — fill the couch in front.

The reboot follows the story of Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard, center) as she navigates the waters of middle school alongside best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter, fourth from left). Peyton Meyer (far left) and Corey Fogelmanis (far right) play Lucas, Riley’s crush, and Farkle, a sometimes-nemesis, respectively. August Maturo plays the couple’s young son, Auggie.

Girl Meets World premieres this summer on the Disney Channel.

'Girl Meets World': Cory's parents and Shawn will appear! -- PHOTO

Christmas has come early.

Disney Channel just released a photo from an upcoming episode of Girl Meets World, and it appears that Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and their kids will be joined for dinner by some Boy Meets World faves: William Russ, Betsy Randle, and…Rider Strong! A rep for the show confirmed to EW it’s for a holiday episode.

Russ and Randle played Cory’s parents on the original series; Strong, of course, portrayed Cory’s BFF Shawn. This is the first confirmation fans have gotten that any of them will return on the new show.

Fishel also tweeted the above photo, adding the message: “Happy to have these familiar faces on set with us this week!”

Girl Meets World is expected to make its long-awaited premiere later this year on the Disney Channel. READ FULL STORY

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