By Courtney Potter
It’s Possible—Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20 to Air August 23
In 1997, The Wonderful World of Disney presented an incredible version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy as the titular princess and the iconic Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, along with a truly all-star cast. And to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, ABC News Studios will present Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20 on Tuesday, August 23, at 8 p.m. ET.
Featuring Brandy as well as castmates Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalban, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, and Veanne Cox, the one-hour special will air during Disney’s World Princess Week and will explore how the revolutionary made-for-television musical expanded society’s view of the term “princess.” Look for interviews with original cast members, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage with Houston.
It’ll also dive into the film’s positive impact on representation in Hollywood and feature interviews with stars who share a connection to the project—including Tony®, Grammy®, and Emmy® Award-winning actor and singer Billy Porter; actress Jade Jones, who plays Belle in the off-Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast; and singer-songwriter and choreographer Todrick Hall, a Cinderella superfan who has drawn inspiration from the film throughout his career.
Following the special, The Wonderful World of Disney will air—for the first time on broadcast television in more than two decades—the original film at 9 p.m. ET, which is also available to stream on Disney+.
Always remember: Impossible things are happening every day!
5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend Presented by State Farm®
Temps remain pretty darn warm around much of the country, even as schools are starting back up—so why not stay nice and cool indoors and check out some fantastical fun from around the worlds of Disney? There’s X-Men: Days of Future Past on FX; the 2016 retelling of Pete’s Dragon on Disney+; a new episode of Celebrity Family Feud on ABC; and so much more.
More Mummy, More Problems: Under Wraps 2 Coming This September
Ready for another spooktacular good time? Disney Branded Television’s Under Wraps 2, the anticipated sequel to the eerie-sistably fun Halloween Disney Channel Original Movie Under Wraps, will debut Sunday, September 25, on Disney Channel and will stream on Disney+ shortly thereafter.
Under Wraps 2 picks up as Marshall (Malachi Barton), Gilbert (Christian J. Simon), and Amy (Sophia Hammons) are getting ready to attend Amy’s father’s Halloween-themed wedding to his fiancé Carl. However, plans soon go awry when the three friends discover their mummy pal Harold (Phil Wright) and his beloved Rose (Rryla McIntosh) may be in danger. Sobek (T.J. Storm), an evil mummy with a 1,000-year-old grudge against his best-friend-turned-bitter-rival Harold, is unexpectedly awakened and out for revenge. With help from his hypnotized lacky Larry (Jordan Conley), Sobek kidnaps Rose—so Gilbert, Marshall, Buzzy (Melanie Brook), and Harold must use their skills once again to save her and get back in time to attend the wedding.
The film also stars Claude Knowlton as Amy’s father, Pop; Antonio Cayonne as Carl; and Adam Wylie (Disney Channel’s 1997 version of Under Wraps) as Beuller, owner of Beuller’s Jewelry.
Merriment, Mirth, and Murder Mystery in Hulu’s Wedding Season
Earlier this week, Hulu shared the new trailer for the original series Wedding Season, starring Rosa Salazar and Gavin Drea. All eight episodes of the rom-com thriller will premiere next month on the streaming service.
The genre-busting series tells the story of Katie (Salazar) and Stefan (Drea), who fall for each other at a wedding and begin an affair—despite Katie already having a fiancé. Two months later, at Katie’s wedding, her new husband and his entire family are murdered. The police think Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. And no one knows for sure what the truth is…
Wedding Season is an action-packed romp across the United Kingdom and the United States, as Katie and Stefan go on the run—all while trying to prove their innocence.
Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie, Callie Cooke, Bhav Joshi, Ioanna Kimbrook, and Omar Baroud round out the cast. Look for it beginning Thursday, September 8, on Hulu!
Dan Povenmire Proves Even Hamsters Can Be Superheroes
D23 recently sat down with our friend Dan Povenmire for a freewheeling chat about his brand-new animated series Hamster & Gretel, premiering this week on Disney Channel. See what he had to say about—among other things—how the series fits into the Phineas & Ferb universe; how the music is created for the show; and the story behind how his daughter became the voice of Gretel.
Hulu Debuts the Trailer for the Final Season of Trolls: TrollsTopia
The seventh and final season of Hulu’s Trolls: TrollsTopia has just debuted this week—and it proves anything is possible with a little teamwork, a bit of glitter, and a lot of fun!
When the vacation that Val (voiced by Lauren Mayhew) organizes doesn’t go to plan and R&B (voiced by Kat Graham) hosts a disastrous pancake breakfast, Poppy (voiced by Amanda Leighton) and the Trolls must get creative. And when Cloud Guy (voiced by Walt Dohrn) is accepted to Cloud College he embarks on a hunt to find a replacement to annoy Branch in his absence. But does one even exist?
See the series now, streaming only on Hulu!
ICYMI: Meet the New Student at Cal U on Freeform’s grown-ish
Class is back in session for lots of schools around the country, and that includes fictional Cal U on the Freeform series grown-ish. This season, just-graduated Zoey (Yara Shahidi) will be helping brother Junior (Marcus Scribner) learn how to navigate college—and D23 heard from both Scribner and Shahidi, as well as other members of the shows cast and creative time. Click here to read more.