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The Suite Life on Deck aired from September 2008 until May 2011 on the Disney Channel.
Spin-off of the hit Disney Channel series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," in which twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin and hotel heiress London Tipton enroll in a semester-at-sea program aboard a ship called the SS Tipton.
An Article from the Hollywood Reporter
Spinoff voyage for Zack and Cody
By Kimberly Nordyke
Feb 4, 2008
It's all aboard for Zack and Cody.
Disney Channel is spinning off its live-action comedy "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," giving the hotel-set series a nautical twist. Series stars Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song and Phill Lewis are set to reprise their roles for the spinoff, titled "The Suite Life on Deck."
The new series follows twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin (the Sprouses) and hotel heiress London Tipton (Song) after they enroll in a semester-at-sea program aboard the SS Tipton and, to his chagrin, dutiful hotel manager Mr. Moseby (Lewis) also must go aboard, assuming responsibility for all three.
An upcoming episode of the show, now in its third season, also will be set on a cruise ship.
"Our audience has shown us that after 88 episodes, 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody' remains one of their favorite sitcoms ever," said Gary Marsh, president of entertainment at Disney Channels Worldwide. "We decided to find a new way for Zack, Cody, London and Mr. Moseby to live 'The Suite Life' in a whole new setting -- this time aboard a luxury cruise liner."
The channel is now casting for other roles, including London's roommate, Bailey, a Southern girl described as the complete opposite of the hotel heiress. Not returning as a regular in the spinoff will be "Suite Life" and "High School Musical" co-star Ashley Tisdale, who is turning her focus to her film career. However, it's possible that Tisdale could return to the show as a recurring, Disney Channel senior vp original programming Adam Bonnett said.
Bonnett added that some scripts were completed before the writers strike; he hopes to quickly put the show into production once the walkout ends. Like "Suite Life," the spinoff will be a multicamera show shot in front of an audience.
Noting Disney Channel's presence in countries around the world, Bonnett added that the cruise ship setting gives the writers and producers a chance to "go global with the concept" and offers other opportunities as well.
"This is a premise that can travel and go to different locales and ports of call so that we're not doing a show set just in the U.S.," he said. "(In addition), it's an organic setting to bring in unique musical numbers and performances. Like a real cruise ship, we can have a theater where we can create original production numbers."
The Emmy-nominated "Suite Life" was last year's No. 2 scripted series in the demos of kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14, behind only Disney's "Hannah Montana."
"On Deck" was created by Danny Kallis and Pamela Eells O'Connell, both of whom executive produce with Jim Geoghan and Irene Dreayer. It's a Laugh Prods. is producing.
A Review from The Washington Post
TV review: Disney Channel's 'The Suite Life on Deck'
By Troy Patterson
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Disney Channel's "The Suite Life on Deck" is a follow-up to "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," a kiddie sitcom about identical-twin boys kicking it Eloise-style at a Boston hotel. Earlier this month, the sequel ranked as the No. 4 show on cable and No. 1 overall among children ages 6 to 11. But should children actually be watching "The Suite Life"?
This columnist does not pretend to offer parental guidance and, as far as he knows, does not have any 6-year-old kids. But there's an outside chance that he'd prefer to plop his imaginary, rhetorical-device-type offspring in front of "Law & Order" during the time slot in question (8:30 p.m. on Fridays).
Zack and Cody Martin, played by heartthrob monozygotes Dylan and Cole Sprouse, are high school students now in their second season of spending a semester at sea on a luxury liner. Cody, who is bright and occasionally overbearing, spends week after week nursing an innocent crush on a hayseed shipmate. Zack, an unimpressive student, devotes his mental energies to pulling pranks and trying to score chicks, or whatever the TV-G-rated equivalent of scoring chicks is.
"The Suite Life" is, of course, mild in its sexual content, offering double-entendres-once-removed and gentle references to oiling up bikini models and such. How did the protagonists' rock-star father meet their lounge-singer mother? It is strongly implied that she threw her underwear onstage.
It takes a little effort to get one's own panties in a bunch over a children's show employing material like that, but it's a snap to feel unqualified disgust for the way the show giggles at Zack's crass predations. In one episode, a new passenger turns his head, but he's turned off by her baggage, her literal baggage. The luggage locks are a bad sign. "That means she's suspicious and cautious," he says. "I'm looking for naive and vulnerable." Cue the laugh track.
In watching eight episodes of the show, I haven't seen Zack achieve any romantic success, nor have I seen him receive any proper sanction. Thus do I eagerly await Disney's feature-film spinoff titled "Zack & Cody's Rockin' Roofie Frat Party."
As if to mitigate the noxiousness of this material, the show gives us a naive-but-tough female lead in Cody's love interest, a winsome yokel named Bailey Pickett who has come to the high seas from Kettlecorn, Kan. Bailey is all the more appealing for being presented in contrast with her roommate, a high-heeled hotel heiress drawn as a caricature of Paris Hilton, as if Hilton weren't already a caricature.
This is the kind of show that takes a nonjudgmental attitude toward marrying for money. Don't get me started on the ship's mincing black chaperone, Mr. Moseby, emasculated in his Bermuda shorts. He gets one of the show's least-age-appropriate laugh lines: During a shipboard beauty pageant -- arranged by Zack for the purpose of scoring chicks -- one young lady comes out for the talent competition wearing an Abe Lincoln beard and stovepipe hat and proceeds to skip rope while reciting the Gettysburg Address. Annoyed by the quality of the performance, Moseby despairs, "Where's John Wilkes Booth when you need him?"
But what I find most bothersome about "The Suite Life on Deck" -- more troubling, even, than the way it forces me to align myself with horrible uptight PC scolds -- is its infatuation with show biz itself. As noted, Zack and Cody are the children of professional musicians. Another shipmate is a former professional singer. (His stage name -- give the show some credit for wit -- was Li'l Little.) London hosts a Web series, "Yay Me!," which actually exists on the Disney Channel's site.
Of course, TV would be nowhere without the backstage doings of Monkees and Partridges, of Liz Lemon and Desi Arnaz and all the rest. But really. In common with such other Disney fare as "Jonas," "Hannah Montana" and "Sonny With a Chance" -- and also "iCarly," the big Nickelodeon show of the moment -- "Suite Life" can't see past the camera. Right now, a startling volume of tween culture is devoted, directly or indirectly, to puttin' on a show in the manner of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. It seems important to remember that things didn't work out too well for Garland in the long run.
The Suite Life on Deck
airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on the Disney Channel.
Patterson is a TV critic for Slate.
To watch clips of The Suite Life on Deck go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+suite+life+on+deck+tv+show
For a review of The Suite Life on Deck go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/the-suite-life-on-deck
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYn-QhAh1Y8
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