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With Selena Gomez recently announcing that next season will be the last for The Wizards of Waverly Place and Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana already having come to an end, a big question arises: What's next for Disney Channel's audience?
Sonny with a Chance's Demi Lovato is the only ingenue to headline a live-action Disney Channel show that's not gone or going away. Good Luck, Charlie is a more family-focused series, while Jonas L.A., and Suite Life on Deck are really boy-focused.
Does this signal a cultural shift from girl-power to something different? Probably not. The dominance of iCarly suggests otherwise, but I'd personally still like to see more shows featuring girls who are as smart as they are silly, who are both easy-going and entrepreneurial and are as clever as they are cool. Let's push it even further and feature girls strong in math and science who aren't dorky. (Have you seen what The Wonder Years' Danica McKellar has been up to lately?). And we know that strong girl characters appeal to both genders. The explosive success of iCarly in particular has more to do with the Carly than the i.
But Kid Hollywood is still Hollywood. Taking a cue from tried-and-true adult programming, producers may test out some other genres first, like reality shows (Real Daughters of New Jersey), game shows (Who Wants to Own an iPad?), romance shows (Teen Bachelorette) or supernatural shows (The Vampires of Vermont Avenue). Or we may just see a lot more cartoons.
At the very least, I hope we see kids using their heads to do more than just make goofy facial expressions.
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