Disney Channel has begun production on a new multi-cam, live-action comedy series called Sydney to the Max.
Slated to premiere in early 2019, it follows a loving but complicated father/daughter relationship between middle-schooler Sydney (School of Rock‘s Ruth Righi, pictured) and her sometimes clueless single dad Max (Kickin’ It‘s Ian Reed Kesler).
The twist is that the series is set during two time frames—2018 and the ’90s. Flashback scenes to young Max (Puppy Dog Pals‘ Jackson Dollinger) and his best friend Leo (Christian J. Simon) parallel the many humorous situations present-day Sydney and her friend Olive (Ava Kolker) get themselves into. Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Phineas and Ferb) portrays Max’s mother Judy in both decades.
Sydney to the Max was created by Emmy-nominated writer, showrunner and executive producer Mark Reisman (Frasier, The Exes, Wings) and is in production at It’s A Laugh Productions.
Disney Channel seems to be on a roll with female-led greenlights lately—Gabby Duran & the Unsittables is currently in production and expected to launch in 2019. The project falls under the remit of newly promoted Mila Livitz, who’s now the SVP of business affairs for Disney/ABC Cable Services.