'Phil of the Future'
Thanks to tween sensations like Lizzie MeGuire superstar Hilary Duff and That's So Raven star Raven, Disney Channel is flush with red-hot programming for girls. But what's a boy to do? Disney's answer is Phil of the Future, an upcoming live-action series starring 17-year-old Ricky Ullman. The show, slated for a first quarter 2004 debut, features 2121 Phil as a teen who gets stuck in the present when his time machine breaks down. Disney Channel President Rich Ross says Phil will be more "gender-neutral" than the net's current hits.
Lizzie McGuire and That's So Raven "ended up being back to back, and they have become ubiquitous for kids and certainly girls," Ross says. But he contends that Ullman has the star potential to "join the pantheon of Hilary and Raven in terms of-mega-stars."
The timing is good for a new show. After making a feature-film version of Lizzie, Duff is moving on. Disney still has a few origin...
Ricky Ullman .... Phil Diffy
Alyson Michalka .... Keely
Amy Bruckner .... Pim Diffy
Craig Anton .... Lloyd Diffy
Lise Simms .... Barbara Diffy
Kay Panabaker .... Debbie Berwick
J.P. Manoux .... Mr. Hackett/Curtis