–Bridgit Mendler is set to be the next Disney star. You may recognize Bridgit as “Penny” on “JONAS” or as Justin Russo’s new Vampire girlfriend in the 4 part Wizards vs Vampires special of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bridgit impressed the Disney VP’s so much, she’s landed a role in “Good Luck Charlie,” a new Disney show co-starring Jason Dolley.
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“We just fell in love with her,” said Adam Bonnett, senior vp original programming at Disney Channel. “She has all the attributes of a Disney star.”
Disney Channel first cast Mendler on freshman comedy “Jonas,” where she appeared in two episodes playing a love interest for Nick Jonas.
That was followed by a four-episode stint on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” In the upcoming arc, Mendler plays “an everyday girl with a sunny disposition who is a blood-sucking vampire,” Bonnett said.
In her first starring role on “Charlie,” slated to debut next year on Disney Channels worldwide, Mendler plays Teddy Holliday alongside Disney Channel regular Jason Dolley, who plays her brother Casey. When their parents go back to work full time after having a baby, the care and feeding of their new sister — nicknamed Charlie — falls to the teenage siblings.
A hook in the show has Teddy creating a video diary for Charlie that chronicles the day’s adventures and offers her baby sister advice for when she grows older.
Bonnett describes “Charlie” as “a family show from a kid’s point of view.”
“It felt like the right time to have a show with two parents, to debunk the myth that Disney never has the mom in the picture,” he said. “Because it is a myth.”
The parents on the show are played by “Will & Grace” veteran Leigh Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer. Also in the family is a 10-year-old son, played by newcomer Bradley Perry.
From It’s a Laugh Prods., “Charlie” was created and is executive produced by Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen (“What I Like About You”). Also exec producing is “Cheers” veteran Dan Staley.
Will you be tuning in to “Good Luck Charlie”?
Source: Hollywood Reporter