SIDEWALK SURFING BUDDIES RETURN FOR THIRD SEASON OF HIT DISNEY XD COMEDY SERIES, "ZEKE AND LUTHER"
Disney XD has ordered a third season of the hit comedy series "Zeke and Luther." The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. New episodes of the buddy comedy about two best friends determined to achieve epic skateboarding status will begin production fall 2010 in and around southern California. Starring are popular teen actors Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Ryan Newman and Daniel Curtis Lee.
In making the announcement, Marsh said: "We have great comedic talent on camera and behind the scenes, and we join its growing fan base in looking forward to a third season of the unique and relatable storytelling that has made 'Zeke and Luther' so popular, especially among boys."
Returning are creators and executive producers Matt Dearborn and Tom Burkhard, the team behind the Emmy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning Disney Channel series, "Even Stevens."
Set in the mythical Northern California beach community of Pacific Terrace, the series follows the comedic adventures of best friends Zeke and Luther and their quest to become the world's best skateboarders, while also navigating the ups and downs of teenage life. Quick to challenge the boys' claim to being the best sidewalk surfers in the neighborhood is their friend and foe with a larger-than-life attitude, Kojo. Another thorn in their side is Zeke's business-savvy little sister, Ginger, who finds her brother's skateboarding dreams childish.
"Zeke and Luther" premiered in June 2009 on Disney XD in the U.S., and can be seen on Disney Channel's worldwide. Starring are: Hutch Dano (The Disney Channel Original Movie "Den Brother" and the feature film "Ramona and Beezus") as Zeke, Adam Hicks ("JONAS L.A.") as Luther, Daniel Curtis Lee ("Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") as Kojo and Ryan Newman ("Hannah Montana") as Ginger. "Zeke and Luther" is produced by Turtle Rock Productions, Inc. and carries a TV-Y7 parental guideline.
"Zeke and Luther" is the #1 live-action original series on Disney XD this year across all key kid and boy demos.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, most current U.S. ratings, 2010 to date through 7/22/10. Program ranks based on 000s, then rating. Based on all play program averages.
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