'Suite' new deal at Dis Channel


Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the comedy series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," one of the network's top-rated shows.

"Suite Life" follows identical twins Zack and Cody (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) as they create mischief at their residence, which happens to be Boston's swankiest hotel. The series, which premiered in March 2005, also stars Brenda Song, Ashley Tisdale, Phill Lewis and Kim Rhodes.

"Suite Life," which tapes before a studio audience in Hollywood, resumes production in January.

"With 65 episodes already completed, 'The Suite Life' is proving to be one of the classic sitcoms of kids and family television -- drawing top ratings not just in the U.S. but in nearly every Disney Channel around the world," said Gary Marsh, president of entertainment at Disney Channel Worldwide. "Clearly, this is one of the strongest ensemble casts we've ever assembled."

During third-quarter 2006, "Suite Life" was basic cable's No. 2 series among kids 6-11, girls 6-11, kids 9-14 and girls 9-14, behind Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," according to Nielsen Media Research. The show airs at 6:30 p.m. daily on Disney Channel and Saturday mornings on the "ABC Kids" block; it also airs on 25 Disney Channels around the world.

"Suite Life," produced by It's a Laugh Prods. in association with Disney Channel, was created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. Kallis, Irene Dreayer and Pam Eells O'Connell are the executive producers.