Disney XD renews 'Aaron Stone'

Net also picks up the new comedy 'Viper Slap'

Disney XD has renewed its flagship show, the live-action adventure "Aaron Stone," for a second season and picked up the new comedy "Viper Slap."

"Slap" is about a teenage boy (Logan Miller) who is living his dream as the new lead guitarist of his favorite '80s rock band, Viper Slap, while helping them on the comeback trail.

The project, from ICM-repped creators Michael Kaplan and Ron Rappaport, marks the first multicamera comedy series for the boy-centric Disney XD, which launched in February after the rebranding of Toon Disney.

Disney Channel senior vp Adam Bonnett, who oversees development and current series for Disney XD, said his team had been looking for a "Hannah Montana"-type music-flavored comedy vehicle for boys and found it in "Slap."

"It represents a fresh way to approach a music-driven concept that targets boys," he said.

Production on "Slap," exec produced by Kaplan and Richard Gurman, will start in July.

Production will begin in June on the second season of "Stone."

Since its February launch, "Stone," about a world champion video game player (Kelly Blatz) doubling as a secret hero, has improved the network's year-ago ratings by 67% among kids 6-14. The series is exec produced by Bruce Kalish and Suzanne French.
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