During its Up Front presentation, dubbed ‘The Next Big Thing,’ Disney highlighted programming for the 2008-09 season, including 445 hours of new content to be presented across Playhouse Disney, Disney Channel and Toon Disney/Jetix. Among the shows getting new episode orders is the animated hit comedy Phineas and Ferb, which will launch into a second season after scoring solid ratings during its initial run.
Created and exec produced by Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (The Simpsons), Phineas and Ferb is a musically infused 2D show that revolves around Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, who set out with their pet platypus in tow to conquer boredom and make every day of their 104-day summer vacation count. While they’re out having reckless fun, older sister Candace does her best to get them busted. The voice cast includes Thomas Sangster (Nanny McPhee) as Ferb, Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris) as Phineas, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Candace, Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) as mother Linda, Richard O’Brien (creator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as dad Lawrence and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!) as Perry the Platypus.
The show debuted in February of this year and was cable’s most-watched animated series premiere among tweens, according to Disney. For the first quarter of 2008, it was TV’s top-rated animated series with kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14, and ranked No. 3 among all cable series in kids 6-11.
With the success of such franchises as Hannah Montana and High School Musical, Disney Channel is beefing up its live-action slate with the new original movies Princess Protection Program, Dadnapped and Hatching Pete, each starring Disney Channel series stars in new roles. In addition, Hannah Montana has been renewed for a third season.