New Disney Channel Series Blends Improve and Scripted Comedy
Disney is expanding its formats once again
The Disney Channel is mixing things up with a new series that blends scripted and improvised comedy. The new show is called “Just Roll With It” and it was greenlit this week by the network. The multi-camera sitcom comes from co-showrunners Adam Small and Trevor Moore (Disney XD’s “Walk the Prank”) and it’s a brand-new format that also bring in studio audience members to select the outcome of certain scenes while the cast plays along.
“The multi-camera sitcom format has worked as a staple of TV for decades. So naturally, we aimed to totally upend it,” said Jonas Agin, vice president, Original Series, Disney Channels. “By introducing an element of audience interactivity that subverts the expectations of not only the viewers but also the cast, ‘Just Roll With It’ is a true step in the evolution of comedic storytelling.”
The series will be filmed before a studio audience and is centered around the blended Bennett-Blatt family and features step-siblings Blair and Owen. Blair is played by Kaylin Hayman (“One Day at a Time”) and is the polar opposite of her strict, regimented, ex-military mom Rachel, played by Suzi Barrett (“Kirby Buckets”). Ramon Reed (Broadway musical “The Lion King”) plays Owen, a born athlete with a taste for scheduling and organization, who is always trying to clean up his creative and charismatic father and morning radio show host Byron, played by Tobie Windham (“Walk the Prank”).
The network described the series in the announcement adding, “At the sound of a horn, the actors break from the scene and go backstage while the audience decides which of three outrageous stunts will take place next. Once votes are cast electronically, the actors return to the stage to continue the scene, waiting for the next surprise, which could be anything from being asked to eat a disgusting sardine, grasshopper and ice cream burrito to a man falling through the roof of the Bennett-Blatt home.”