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Kevin Chamberlin, Skai Jackson, Cameron Boyce, Debby Ryan, Peyton List and Karan Brar (from left)

Jessie aired from September 2011 until ? on The Disney Channel.

A teen from rural Texas moves to New York and becomes an au pair to a wealthy family with four children.

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Posted: Thu., Aug. 25, 2011, 1:59pm PT
Debby Ryan's profile rises at Disney Channel
Telepic 'Radio Rebel' latest vehicle for 'Jessie' star
By Jon Weisman

Debby Ryan, increasingly becoming a go-to player for the Disney Channel, is toplining telepic "Radio Rebel," a MarVista Entertainment production that will air on the cabler in early 2012.

Ryan, who launched her career as a co-star on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life on Deck," has the lead in upcoming series "Jessie," which premieres Sept. 30 and recently had its initial order bumped from 13 episodes to 20 even before bowing.

She also starred in "16 Wishes," a MarVista telepic that premiered on Disney Channel in June 2010 and was No. 1 in cable that night with 5.6 million overall viewers, most of them in kid and tween demos.

Like Bridgit Mendler of series "Good Luck Charlie" and telepic "Lemonade Mouth," Ryan has risen in the Disney Channel farm system to take a lead position, while network stars Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are already moving on or doing so in the near future. Cyrus' "Hannah Montana" ended its original run in January, while Gomez's "Wizards of Waverly Place" is wrapping up its final season.

"Debby is a talented young actress who connects to a wide fanbase because she's genuine, relatable and aspirational all at once," said Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment prexy and chief creative officer Gary Marsh. "Our viewers have followed her from 'The Suite Life on Deck' to '16 Wishes,' and we're pleased to be working with her again."

Based on the novel "Shrinking Violet" by Danielle Joseph, "Rebel" features Ryan as an ostensibly nondescript high school junior who is secretly the most popular radio DJ in Seattle. Sarena Parmar, Adam DiMarco, Atticus Mitchell and Merritt Patterson co-star.

Peter Howitt ("Sliding Doors") is directing "Radio Rebel," which completed principal photography in Vancouver with a script by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott.

MarVista CEO Fernando Szew, prexy Michael D. Jacobs and exec veep of production Robyn Snyder are exec producing with Kim Arnott and Oliver De Caigny of co-producer Two for the Money Media. The film will also air on YTV, which acquired Canadian rights. Jane Goldenring (Goldenring Prods.), who sold the movie to Disney Channel, also exec produces.

"We are confident that 'Radio Rebel' features the same elements that made our first production a huge success including a tight, fast-paced and comedic script and an all-round talented cast, plus several original songs that will be sure to delight teens across the globe," Szew said.In related news, Disney Television Animation has signed "Phineas and Ferb" co-creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh to multi-year deals that will keep them with Disney Channel's most popular show for a fourth season (season three is airing now) and position them to create a "Phineas & Ferb" spinoff as well as develop other series ideas. The deal also gives each enhanced ancillary rewards.

Povenmire and Marsh will also help develop the "Phineas and Ferb" feature film at Disney. The recent "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension" telepic became cable's most-watched movie of 2011, premiering to 7.6 million viewers on Aug. 5, and has now been seen by more than 30 million U.S. viewers, including a primetime airing last Saturday on ABC.

A Review of Jessie

My Grade: B-
My 10-year-old’s Grade: A-
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Disney Channel alum and fan-favorite, Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck” & 16 Wishes), is making quite the cute little career for herself on the flagship channel. Aside from her regular appearances on “The Suite Life on Deck,” and her starring role in the Disney TV-movie, 16 Wishes (2010), she has made regular appearances on popular Disney shows such as “Hannah Montana” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Now, Ryan is being thrust out of the supporting-cast shadows right into the starring role limelight with her new family sitcom, “Jessie.” The show is classic Disney Channel, which is both a blessing and a curse. Obviously Disney knows how to produce a family friendly show that is entertaining to young children, teenagers, and in most cases, parents too, while still remaining age-appropriate for the Disney brand. Negatively, however, it gets redundant at times, and “Jessie” feels a lot like many other programs that have aired on the channel with very little uniqueness to show for it.
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Peyton List & Debby Ryan

The basic plot of “Jessie” centers on Ryan’s character, Jessie, who has moved to New York City from a small Texas town and landed a pretty high-profile Nanny gig. She is hired to be the Nanny for the Ross family. The Ross parental figures are wealthy, NYC moguls who are rarely in their upper class, penthouse high-rise apartment. The four Ross kids are always there, it seems, and they are each adorably charming in their own way. Emma (played by Peyton List) is the eldest child (13), a bubbly but often reserved tween who is the only biological child of the Ross’. Luke (played by Cameron Boyce) is a 12-year-old “ladies man,” who is extremely fond of Jessie, and by that I mean he has a crush on her, which leads to some pretty hilarious scenes. Ravi (played by Karan Brar) is a 10-year-old Indian-born boy who is extremely proud of his heritage, but considers his new adoption and life in America as the greatest thing that could have happened to him. Finally, Zuri (played by Skai Jackson) is the youngest of the bunch (7). Her intelligence is well-advanced for her age, and she is also highly creative and imaginative, often introducing us (and Jessie) to new and interesting “imaginary friends and pets.”

The show has a couple of recurring supporting roles, as well, in the form of Bertram (played by Kevin Chamberlin) and Tony (played by Chris Galya). Bertram is the rich couple’s butler, who is always finds himself acting as a “tour guide” for Jessie in the Nanny job. Bertram’s character is very reminiscent to someone like “Mr. Moseby” (“Suite Life”), because he is always trying to straighten the kids up, but he can’t seem to help allying with them at the same time. Tony is the 20-year-old doorman who works in the Ross’ apartment building. He is the “dumb hunk” of the show, and he may also be Jessie’s eventual love interest, as the two have already shared their first date just four episodes into the series, so we’ll see. The best supporting cast member on the show is NYC, even though you won’t see it in the credits. The show was taped in Los Angeles, but the producers have done a nice job at recreating the cityscapes. Regardless of the physical attributes, the show benefits from using the “fish out of water” angle with Jessie’s character, because believe me, any teenager in her shoes that moved from the middle of nowhere to NYC is going to feel culture shock, and in a TV format – that is pure gold. Oh yeah, and look out for Mr. Kipling who is the family’s 7-foot-long monitor lizard. He is often showing up as the unconventional pet supplying us with plenty of the show’s most improv’d moments.
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The Cast of "Jessie"

“Jessie” has charm. To me, it is a little bit of classic shows like “Charles in Charge,” “Mr. Belvedere,” and “Different Strokes” all mixed together. Even still, it is more like the Disney favorites, including some as recent as “The Suite Life” and “Good Luck Charlie.” Debby Ryan is as cute as a button, and she is bound to be the next big Disney Channel name. Do I think she will achieve Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus fame? Probably not, but that may not be a bad thing. I consulted my daughter for this article because she loves this show, and you can see the grade that she gave it above. Also, I’ll leave you with this – my daughter also said that “Jessie” was the best Disney Channel program on the air right now, sharing that declaration with “ANT Farm.” Basically if your kids like any teenaged based show on Disney, they will probably also like “Jessie” – airing new episodes every Friday night at 9PM (EST).

An Interview with Debby Ryan

Interview: Debby Ryan
September 29, 2011

The 18-year-old chats about her new Disney Channel series Jessie.
By Alyssa Grossman

Debby Ryan stars as Jessie on Disney Channel's "Jessie."

With her spunky personality and endless energy, Debby Ryan is instantly welcoming. The Texas-born actor, who made her television debut as Baily on Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck, is now celebrating her own series, Jessie, a show about a girl from Texas who becomes a nanny for a wealthy New York City family. We chatted with Debby about family, friends and her newest acting adventure, which premieres on the Disney Channel on Friday, September 30.

You have such a big fan base of young girls. Is there a lot of pressure to be a role model to them?
There’s definitely an awareness. Not ten minutes goes by that I don’t think about my fans. It’s such a mirror, and you realize the effect not only on yourself, but on the world around you. But I’m not a controversial person. I’m different and I’m not afraid to be different. I work with kids and I see certain things, so I realize now why my mother was so horrified and overprotective of everything that I watched.

You seem so mature for 18! Are you friends with other actors your age or do you gravitate more toward the older crowd?
I have two close girlfriends who are my age, and otherwise most everyone else is two years older. They’re people who, on a Friday night when they need to unwind and release some stress, come over and play Apples to Apples and we bake brownies and jam on the piano. When you’re in an industry where you’re forced to grow up so quickly, part of you never grows up, and that’s a good thing.

Jessie is set in New York City. Do you think your life would have been drastically different if you grew up here?
I didn’t grow up in one place, so I never had a certain mentality. I have some aspects of growing up in Texas, but I also have a lot of East Coast family. I would have loved to grow up on the East Coast. When I was a kid, I would say, “I could never live in New York. It’s so big and bustling.” I liked Germany and the European mentality. Now I could see myself living here for a year or two sometime in the next ten years.

The show is taped in Los Angeles. How do you channel an NYC vibe?
Right before we started, I was flown out to New York to study. I went around the Upper East Side and saw the doormen and got to know these people and their phrases. I feel like there’s such liveliness in the city. I had a day off and a friend happened to be there for spring break. We rode the subway and disappeared into the crowd and found tiny coffee shops, and got to see vintage stores and record stores. I think that’s what attracted [my character] Jessie to it.

A lot of city parents want their kids to go into show business. Any advice for them?
If your kid has that need, you can’t say no to it. My mom was horrified but she said, “You know what? She needs it.” It was all about keeping me as stable as an artist can be.

What do you do to escape the spotlight?
I make music and bake and watch old movies and take a lot of photos. Sometimes my friends and I jump into a car and drive two hours to a beach and sit there. We’re teenagers, but we have no desire to stir things up. We’ve seen controversy and we’re wise enough to know that you don’t need to be stupid to live.

If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?
I’d probably be in medical school to become a surgeon—which I’m really glad didn’t happen. I remember that I wanted my own practice. I wanted my name to be on the buzzer in the building. I remember even thinking about the fish tank I would put in the lobby. I remember telling my mom I was going to be an actress-surgeon.

How will you be celebrating the premiere of Jessie?
I wanted to throw a premiere for the nuggets. They’re the kids on the show, and it’s their first time on the Disney Channel. I wish I weren’t in the process of moving, because I would totally have a house party and make them cake balls. But we’re probably going to sit in the screening room and watch it and celebrate, and probably hold each other and freak out. I remember crystal clear last November, getting a phone call from [executive producer] Pamela Eells O’Connell, with whom I worked on Suite Life. We were pitching ideas back and forth and she says, “Alright, it’s a girl who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny.” And I said, “I love it. Let’s do it.” Hopefully we’ll have a giant crew party—we should get on that.

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