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Another 'Suite Life' for Disney Channel

(Posted August 15, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the live-action comedy series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody."

The show -- which centers on the antics of twin boys Zack and Cody (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), who live in a suite at an upscale Boston hotel -- ranks as the cable network's No. 2 show in households (1.7 rating and 1.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research) behind "That's So Raven." Production on the 22-episode season is set to begin this month in Hollywood.

"The show is able to combine outrageous physical comedy with the heart and humanity that characterizes all really wonderful sitcoms that have been successful," said Gary Marsh, executive vp original programming and production at Disney Channel.

He said the show "has the capacity to go the distance" as a long-running hit similar to the channel's "Lizzie McGuire" and "That's So Raven," adding that "Suite Life" actually "caught fire much faster than 'Lizzie' did."

Marsh declined to divulge details about projects on Disney Channel's development slate, but he did say the network is focusing mainly on comedies in the areas of both live action and animation. The reason, he pointed out, is that comedies tend to perform better in repeat airings than do dramas or comedy-dramas.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Source: Yahoo! News

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