5:03pm PT by Philiana Ng
Disney XD Orders Comedy Pilot 'The Savages' From 'Kickin' It' Team (Exclusive)
Disney XD is expanding its relationship with the Kickin' It team.
The male-skewing kids' cable network has greenlighted live-action comedy pilot The Savages from Kickin' It creator Jim O'Doherty and director Sean Lambert, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Savages follows brothers Lazlo (Lab Rats' Brandon Salgado) and Russell Banks (Will Babbitt), who are forced to change their suburban lifestyle and learn the ways of high-tech treasure hunting when their mother, Rita (Rachel Cannon), remarries. On top of having to adjust to a new stepfamily, they find themselves living on a five-generations-old boat with "creepy twins" that were found in the jungle and a ruthless rival treasure hunter that is never far away.
Comedian Joe Hursley plays Rita's new husband and the Banks' stepdad, Desmond, while martial artist Dallas Liu and Kaylee Bryant play his two children, Quinn and Akara.
O'Doherty serves as executive producer, while Lambert will direct. Jason Ward is writer and also serves as executive producer.
Production is underway on the half-hour pilot.
This marks a reunion of sorts for Cannon, who had a recurring role on Kickin' It, currently in its fourth season. She is repped by Resolution, Principato-Young and Stone Meyer. She next stars in ABC's freshman comedy Fresh Off the Boat and has appeared in Major Crimes, The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, Underemployed, Ghost Whisperer and Two and a Half Men.
The news comes after Disney XD recently greenlighted an original TV movie, Pants on Fire. The network's original programming currently includes Kickin' It, Lab Rats, Crash & Bernstein, Mighty Med, Phineas and Ferb, Randy Cunningham and Wander Over Yonder.