3 shows Disney should have green-lighted

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Disney Channel is known for churning out hit series after hit series. You know the popular shows that were produced as series and aired — Wizards of Waverly PlaceGood Luck CharlieJessie, Austin & Ally et al — but do you know about the shows that were not given the go-ahead by Disney?

We picked three of our favourite sitcoms from the long list of shows Disney rejected. Every now and then, we ponder how these shows would have turned out if they were green-lighted and produced. You may see some familiar names and faces on this list.

Arwin! (2007)

Cast (from left):
Brian Stepanek (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), Chad BroskeySamantha Droke (Princess Protection Program) and Logan Grove.

Arwin! centres around the character of Arwin (Brian Stepanek), who moves out of his mother's house and moves in with his sister to take care of her kids while working at Boston's Tipton Hotel as a handyman. The show was meant to be a spin-off of hit Disney series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. It was eventually scrapped and developed into what we now know as The Suite Life on Deck, A.K.A. the launch-pad for Debby Ryan's career.

There are a few reasons as to why Arwinwasn't picked up. Here's what we know:

  1. The show missed some deadlines due to the 100-day Writers Guild of America strike from 2007 to 2008.
  2. Disney thought the twins from Suite Life were much funnier and better suited their target demographic.
  3. Some key personnel were dismissed by Disney in 2007, resulting in a rough period of time for all Disney shows in general.

Zombies and Cheerleaders (2011)

Cast (from left):
Luke Benward (Cloud 9Ravenswood), Maia Mitchell (Teen Beach MovieThe Fosters), John DeLuca (Teen Beach Movie), Macee Binns, Nick Galarza, and Kim Gatewood.

Zombies and Cheerleaders is a music-driven sitcom that revolves around Zed Necrodopolis (Luke Benward), a high school student who happens to be a zombie with several zombie friends. Although the zombies in the series are able to overcome their hunger for brains thanks to an invention called the “z-pack,” which looks like a wristwatch, Zed and his zombie friends remain unpopular with the school’s cheerleaders.

It is not clear why the series wasn't picked up by Disney but the show was eyeing a late 2012 Disney Channel premiere when a pilot was ordered.

Madison High (2012)

Cast (from left):
Luke Benward (Cloud 9Ravenswood), G. Hannelius (Sonny with a ChanceDog with a Blog), Leah Lewis (Camp Fred), Katherine McNamara (Girl vs. Monster), Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), and Nolan Sotillo (Prom).

Madison High was meant to be a spin-off of the immensely popular High School Musical film franchise with Alyson Reed ('Ms. Darbus') slated to reprise her role as the school's drama teacher in the show. Set at Madison High School, Madison High revolves around the students of a school aiming to build up a revolutionary theatre program by having the students produce an original theatre piece based on their lives. This show incorporates a "song-and-dance" storytelling format akin to High School Musical.

If the show was green-lighted, it would have been the first crossover between a Disney Channel Original Movie and a Disney Channel Original Series.

Pictures used in this article were taken from various sources that include Disney Channel and IMDb.

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