October 13, 2011 4:11pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Disney Channel Slate Includes 'Zombies,' 'Super 8' Comedy
Disney Channel is looking for a few musically inclined zombies.
The youth-skewing cable network has given pilot orders to Zombies and Cheerleaders, a music-driven project from Scrubs and Death Valley producer Eric Weinberg.
Zombies and Cheerleaders revolves around Zed Necrodopolis, a high school student who happens to be a zombie. Despite a watch designed to quell his appetite for his classmates, Zed and his zombie friends remain unpopular with the school’s cheerleaders.
Joseph Raso and David Light will co-executive produce, with Todd Strauss Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) attached to direct the pilot.
In addition to the pilot order for Zombies, Disney Channel also has a number of other projects currently in development.
The network is developing an untitled multicamera project in the vein of Super 8 with Home Improvement producer Howard Morris as well as Ditz, a multicamera comedy about a teenage girl and her rookie guardian angel from executive producer and writer Steve Marmel (So Random!).
Crash and Bernstein, a script in development at Disney XD, was created by I’m in the Band’s Eric Friedman, who will executive produce alongside John Bowman (Murphy Brown).
The multicamera comedy will revolve around Wyatt Bernstein, who lives with his mother and four sisters whose one wish is to have a brother. One day, his new brother Crash magically comes to life – in the form of a puppet. Bruce Leddy (Cougar Town) will direct.
ToddQuest, an animated comedy in early development at Disney Television Animation, revolves around two boys who form an unlikely friendship. The project was created by Moopy on the Beach book illustrator and written by Outsourced’s Greg Lisbe. Dave Wasson (Time Squad) will direct.
In addition, Disney Television Animation also has brought in a number of seasoned animation veterans, including The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends creator Craig McCracken, Paul Rudish (Dexter’s Laboratory), Matt Danner (Mucha Lucha), Dave Wasson and Sam Levine.
Relaunched in February 2009, Disney XD has been on a ratings uptick, led by original series Kickin’ It and Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. Disney XD posted its best quarter yet among total viewers and all key kid demos in the third quarter.