'Suite Life's' Debby Ryan Gets Her Own Disney Channel Series

Debby Ryan Portrait 2011
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Actress Debby Ryan arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" held at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on February 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

The actress, who will play an au pair in Jessie, follows in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in getting her own show on the channel.

Like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato before her, Debby Ryan has the star machine of Disney behind her.

The actress, who plays country girl Bailey Pickett on the Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Deck, has been tapped to star in a new Disney series called Jessie. She'll play a teen from rural Texas who moves to New York and becomes an au pair to a wealthy family with four children. The series will be previewed at Disney's upfront presentation Wednesday in New York, where Ryan will be in attendance.
The series, which premieres in the fall, will once again team Ryan with Suite Life producer Pam Eels (Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Family Matters). Disney will position the show, from It's a Laugh Prods., as a companion to the already popular Good Luck Charlie.
Meantime, the network will continue to pump the Ryan brand through the Suite Life on Deck movie, which will premiere on the channel March 25.
Ryan, who previously appeared in the Disney Channel's 16 Wishes movie, is repped by Innovative Artists and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment.