Astin Stars in New Disney Series Oso

The Disney Playhouse series Special Agent Oso, starring Sean Astin as a panda bear training to be a spy, is set to debut April 4 on Disney Channel.

The preschooler series will be supported by a series of promotional events, with a full preview episode going online March 21 at PlayhouseDisney.com, as well as on mobile platforms and a free preview episode on iTunes. A full episode will be made available on Disney Channel On Demand on March 28.

PlayhouseDisney.com also will offer an online interactive experience related to the series, which will launch simultaneously on Playhouse Disney in the United Kingdom and on other Playhouse Disney channels worldwide throughout the year.

Astin, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1994 live-action short film Kangaroo Court, has starred in such popular films as The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.