Disney Channel signed an overall development deal with Just Roll With It’s creators and executive producers Adam Small (pictured left) and Trevor Moore (pictured right). Under the agreement Small and Moore will write and produce programming for Disney Channel and the upcoming SVOD Disney+.
No stranger to Disney, Small and Moore created and executive produced Disney XD’s scripted comedy/hidden-camera prank show Walk the Prank, which premiered in 2015 and was later renewed for a second and third season. The blended format series was Disney XD’s top show in 2017 with 21 million engagements and more than 100 million total US viewers, according to the kidsnet.
Prior to working together at Disney,the duo both built up their experience writing more adult-skewing comedy. Small co-wrote a number of comedy features, including Son in Law, Malibu’s Most Wanted and Bad Grandpa, before creating and executive producing sketch comedy series Mad TV. Meanwhile, Moore co-created and co-directed the sketch comedy series Whitest Kids U Know and co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the feature film Miss March.
The pair’s deal is Disney Channel’s most recent overall deal, as part of its push to build its content slate across platforms. In July, Disney Television Animation closed 17 overall deals with creators and animators, including Bruce Smith (The Proud Family), Jeff Howard (Planes), Kate Kondell (The Pirate Fairy), Stevie Wermers (Prep & Landing). Shortly after announcing those agreements, Disney Channels Worldwide signed an overall deal with Emmy-nominated producer Zanne Devine, to develop and produce movies for Disney Channel and Disney+.
Along with signing the two creators up for new projects, the kidsnet also picked up a second season of their scripted sitcom/improv comedy series Just Roll With It. Small and Moore created the show as Disney Channel was looking up ramp up its interactive content and wanted a series that would have the audience and the cast surprised and laughing. Premiered in June, the blended comedy series is filmed in front of a live studio audience and is produced by LA-based prodco Kenwood TV Productions. The 21 x half-hour episodes target six- to 11-year-olds and revolve around a family’s everyday life as they manage a radio station. In every episode there are multiple moments where the actors are interrupted in a scene as the studio audience vote on an unexpected plot twist (such as having to make a meal with disgusting ingredients).
Production on season two begins in September, and there are no details about how many episodes the new season will have but the episodes will still be 30 minutes long, according a spokesperson for Disney Channel.