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Wizards of Waverly Place
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Genre Teen sitcom
Contemporary fantasy
Created by Todd J. Greenwald
Starring Selena Gomez
David Henrie
Jake T. Austin
Jennifer Stone
María Canals Barrera
David DeLuise
Theme music composer John Adair and Steve Hampton
Opening by "Everything Is Not What It Seems", performed by Selena Gomez
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 95 (List of Episodes)
Broadcast
Executive producer(s) Todd J. Greenwald
Peter Murrieta (season 1–3)
Vince Cheung
Ben Montanio
Location(s) New York City (setting)
Hollywood Center Studios,
Hollywood, California (taping location)
Camera setup Videotape; [[Multi-camera]
Running time approx. 22–23 minutes
Production company It's a Laugh Productions
Production
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format Season 1-2; SDTV
NTSC;480i
PAL;576i
Season 3-present; HDTV
720p (USA and Asia)
1080i (International)
Audio format Stereo
Original run October 12, 2007 – present
Status Current (Currently airing: season 4)

Wizards of Waverly Place is a Disney Channel Original television series that premiered on October 12, 2007. It won "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. A film adaptation of the series, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on August 28, 2009; In 2010, the film adaptation won "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings with magical abilities competing to win sole custody of the family powers. Further main cast includes Jennifer Stone, María Canals Barrera and David DeLuise. In June 2010, Disney Channel renewed the series for a fourth season.[1][2] Gomez confirmed in an interview that the fourth season will be the show's final season.[3]

Premise

Set on Waverly Place in Manhattan, New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood, Wizards of Waverly Place centers on the Italian-Mexican Russo family, which includes Alex (Selena Gomez), her older brother Justin (David Henrie), and their younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin). The three Russo siblings are wizards in training and live with their Italian-American father Jerry (David DeLuise), a former wizard, and their Mexican-American mother, Theresa (María Canals Barrera) who is a mortal. Alex's best friend Harper (Jennifer Stone) also found out about the Russos' wizard powers in the Season 2 episode "Harper Knows". The siblings have to keep their secret safe while living in the mortal world. When they all complete their wizard training, the three siblings will have a wizard competition to decide who will become the family wizard of their generation and keep their powers forever while the others will lose their powers for good and become mortal. Because of this, Jerry is always trying to get the kids not to rely on magic, because they might not have it someday.

Production

The series was created and as executive produced by Todd J. Greenwald, who began developing the show after working as a writer and consulting producer during the first season of Hannah Montana. The show is produced by It's a Laugh Productions and Disney Channel Original Productions. The theme song, "Everything Is Not What It Seems", written by John Adair and Steve Hampton, is of techno-pop style and is performed by Selena Gomez & the Scene.Template:Citation needed The series is filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California.

Opening sequence

Seasons 1-3

For the first three seasons the show used the same title sequence. The song is called "Everything Is Not What It Seems" by Selena Gomez. In this it shows Alex, Justin, Max and Harper in the morning before school. Alex is using magic to change the clock. Justin used magic to trap Alex in the mirror for shoving him out of the way. Max also uses magic to change his orange his mother gave him into a cupcake. However, he changes it back when his mother catches him. Harper is not a wizard so she uses no magic at all. It ends by Alex, Justin, Max and Harper leaving to go to school then the title "Wizards Of Waverly Place" appears.

Season 4

In the fourth season of the show the title sequence has changed. The song is the same although slightly altered. In the title sequence they show a crystal ball where the characters appear. In the crystal ball, they show small clips of the show which includes the actor the name reads. Although it is a clip, the actors don't speak as the music covers the voices. At the end all 6 characters (Alex, Justin, Max, Harper, Theresa and Jerry) who are included in the opening sequence appear. Alex waves her wand and the logo "Wizards Of Waverly Place" appears.

Reception

The show debuted on Disney Channel on October 12, 2007 after the premiere of Twitches Too, gathering 5.9 million viewers.[4] In February 2009, the episode "Helping Hand" broke the record for the largest audience in the 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) time period on the Disney Channel, with a total of 4.5 million viewers.[5] In January 2010, "Wizards vs. Werewolves" one-hour special episode became the series' most-watched episode with 6.2 million viewers,[6] surpassing the 6 million viewers of "Paint By Committee" episode[7] In 2009, the series was the top scripted telecast for teens between the age of 9-14 (1.63 million/6.7 rating) and second in kids 6-11 (1.81 million/7.4 rating), which was only slightly behind “The Suite Life on Deck” (1.82 million/7.4 rating.)[8]
The episodes "Wizards vs. Angels" one-hour special episode became the season 4's most watched episode until now, with 5.13 million viewers.[9]

Episodes

Main article: List of Wizards of Waverly Place episodes

List of Wizards of Waverly Place episodes

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

The Disney Channel Original Movie, based on the series, premiered on August 28, 2009 on Disney Channel. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie was filmed in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and New York City from February 16 to March 27, 2009.[10] The movie received 11.4 million viewers on its premiere,[11] making it the second-most-viewed DCOM premiere in the US after High School Musical 2. It was also one of the top scripted telecasts in 2009.[12] It won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 for "Outstanding Children's Program". Development of a sequel movie was announced June 2, 2010 by Disney.[2] This has also been confirmed by an interview with Selena Gomez. Dan Berendsen was to return as script writer for the film.[13] Since that announcement, no other updates were made about the sequel. On April 25, 2011, Selena Gomez confirmed in an interview that the proposed sequel was canceled.[14]

Cast

Main article: List of Wizards of Waverly Place characters

Main

Recurring

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Merchandise

Soundtrack

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (soundtrack)

The soundtrack album for the hit Disney Channel Original Series of the same name. The album was released as a physical CD, enhanced CD and digital on August 4, 2009, under Walt Disney Records.[15][16][17][18] The album includes songs from and inspired by the TV series and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.[18][19]

In response to the soundtrack, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic recognized Wizards for its "teen revamps of boomer classics that parents can enjoy too". He also stated that the album is "agreeable" and that Selena Gomez "inevitably stands out from the pack". However, Erlewine said: "the dang-awful version of America's "You Can Do Magic" by Drew Seeley is sunk by its hyper-claustrophobic rhythms, the biggest rearrangement of a tune here and easily the worst cut."[17]

Video game

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (video game)

A video game based on the series was released in August 2009.[20][21]

DVD releases

Compilations

Name Episodes Region 1 Region 2 DVD extras
Wizards of Waverly Place: Wizard School Wizard School Part 1, Wizard School Part 2, Curb Your Dragon, Disenchanted Evening July 29, 2008[22] TBA Work It Like a Wizard - Selena, Jake and David's favorite things to do.
Wizards of Waverly Place: Supernaturally Stylin' Credit Check, Smarty Pants, Beware Wolf, Graphic Novel[23] February 10, 2009[24] TBA Fashionista Presto Chango! - Go behind the scenes with the stars for some wardrobe magic!
Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana Cast-Away (To Another Show) (Wizards), "Double Crossed" (Suite Life), "Super(stitious) Girl" (Hannah Montana) September 22, 2009[25] TBA Justin's Award Winning Essay - It's A Suite Life Having Fun With Hannah & The Wizards

Season releases

Name Episodes Region 2 Region 4 DVD extras
Season 1: Volume 1: Work It Like a Wizard Crazy 10-Minutes Sale, First Kiss, I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain, New Employee, Disenchanted Evening, You Can't Always Get What You Carpet, Alex's Choice October 5, 2009[26] March 3, 2010[27] Work It Like a Wizard - Selena, Jake and David's favorite things to do.
Season 1: Volume 2: Magic Training Curb Your Dragon, Movies, Pop Me and We Both Go Down, Potion Commotion, Justin's Little Sister, Wizard School Part 1, Wizard School Part 2 October 5, 2009[28] June 2, 2010[29] Casting A Spell
Season 1: Volume 3: Stylin' Powers The Supernatural, Alex in the Middle, Report Card, Credit Check, Alex's Spring Fling, Quinceanera, Art Museum Piece October 5, 2009[30] August 2010[31] Fashionista Presto Chango! - Go behind the scenes with the stars for some wardrobe magic!

The show's complete first season was released on September 10, 2009 in Germany,[32] on October 1, 2009 in Spain,[33] on March 3, 2010 in France and on March 12, 2010 in Poland.[34] The first season of the show was released in volumes in Brazil on October 5, 2009.Template:Citation needed

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Outcome
2007 Alma Award[35] "Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series" Jake T. Austin rowspan="4" Template:Nom
"Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series" Selena Gomez
Imagen Award[36] "Best Actress - Television"
2009 Image Award[37] "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - Series or Special"
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[38] "Favorite TV Actress" Template:Won
Young Artist Award[39] "Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress" Template:Nom
Primetime Emmy[40] "Outstanding Children's Program" Cast rowspan="2" Template:Won
Alma Award[41] "Special Achievement Comedy - Television - Actress" Selena Gomez
María Canals Barrera rowspan="4" Template:Nom
Imagen Award[42] "Best Actress - Television" Selena Gomez
2010 Image Award[43] "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - Series or Special"
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[44] "Favorite TV Show" Cast
"Favorite TV Actress" Selena Gomez rowspan="2" Template:Won
Teen Choice Awards[45][46] "Choice TV Actress: Comedy"
"Choice TV Show: Comedy" Cast rowspan="2" Template:Nom
Primetime Emmy[47] "Outstanding Children's Program" Cast
"Outstanding Children's Program" (for Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie) rowspan="1" Template:Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards[48] "Fave TV Show" rowspan="1" Template:Nom
"Fave TV Star" Selena Gomez rowspan="2" Template:Won
British Academy Children's Awards[49] "BAFTA Kid’s Vote: TV" Cast

International release

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Country/Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
Template:Flagicon Turkey Digiturk[50] October 24, 2007 Waverly Büyücüleri
Disney Channel Turkey[51] October 12, 2007 Wizards of Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon United States Disney Channel[52]
Template:Flagicon Pakistan Disney Channel
Template:Flagicon Australia Disney Channel[53] October 19, 2007
Seven Network October 4, 2008
Template:Flagicon New Zealand Disney Channel New Zealand[53] October 19, 2007
TV3
Template:Flagicon United Kingdom Disney Channel UK & Ireland & channel 5[54] November 4, 2007
Template:Flagicon Ireland Disney Channel UK & Ireland and TRTÉ[55] November 3, 2007
Template:Flagicon Canada (English) Family[56] October 26, 2007
Template:Flagicon India Disney Channel India[57] May 5, 2008
Template:Flagicon Sri Lanka
Template:Flagicon Bangladesh
Template:Flagicon Malaysia Disney Channel Malaysia[58]
(Airs in Malay (penyihir tempat Waverly) and English Language)
March 9, 2008
Template:Flagicon Arab World Disney Channel Middle East[59]
(Airing with Arabic subtitles)
February 29, 2008
Template:Flagicon The Netherlands Disney Channel (Netherlands & Belgium)[60] October 3, 2009
Template:Flagicon Belgium November 1, 2009
Template:Flagicon Hong Kong Disney Channel Asia[59]
(Airing the show with Indonesian, Malay and Chinese Subtitles)
(Dubbed in Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea, Vietnam)
March 9, 2008
Template:Flagicon Indonesia
Template:Flagicon Philippines
Template:Flagicon Singapore
Template:Flagicon Thailand
Template:Flagicon South Korea 우리가족마법사
Template:Flagicon Vietnam Những phù thủy xứ Waverly
Template:Flagicon South Africa Disney Channel South Africa (airs in English)
SABC 3
Template:Flagicon Canada (French) VRAK.TV[61] August 24, 2009 Les Sorciers de Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon France Disney Channel France[62] January 22, 2008
NRJ12[63] August 31, 2009
Template:Flagicon Israel Disney Channel Israel[64] June 2008 המכשפים מווייברלי פלייס
Template:Flagicon Bulgaria BNT 1 March 28, 2009 Магьосниците от Уейвърли Плейс
Disney Channel Bulgaria September 19, 2009
Template:Flagicon Greece Disney Channel Greece November 7, 2009 Οι Μάγοι του Γουέβερλυ
ERT[65] January 5, 2010
Template:Flagicon Italy Disney Channel Italy[60] January 26, 2008 I Maghi Di Waverly
Italia 1[66] January 12, 2010
Template:Flagicon Poland Disney Channel Poland February 29, 2008 Czarodzieje z Waverly Place
TVP 1 September 12, 2010
Template:Flagicon Finland Disney Channel Scandinavia Nelonen[67] February 29, 2008 Waverly Placen velhot
Template:Flagicon Denmark[68] Magi på Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon Sweden[69]
Template:Flagicon Norway[70] Magikerne på Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon Germany Disney Channel Germany[71] March 8, 2008 Die Zauberer vom Waverly Place
Super RTL[72] September 1, 2008
Template:Flagicon Switzerland SF Zwei[73] April 11, 2009
Template:Flagicon Austria ORF 1[74] June 20, 2009
Template:Flagicon Spain Disney Channel Spain[75] January 18, 2008 Los Magos de Waverly Place
Antena 3[76]
Template:Flagicon Portugal Disney Channel Portugal[77] Os Feiticeiros de Waverly Place
SIC[78]
Template:Flagicon Brazil Disney Channel Brazil[79] March 23, 2008 (Advance)
April 11, 2008 (Premiere)
Disney Channel Latin America[80]
Template:Flagicon Dominican Republic March 23, 2008 (Advance)
April 14, 2008
(Premiere)
Los Hechiceros de Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon Argentina
Template:Flagicon Bolivia
Template:Flagicon Colombia
Template:Flagicon Ecuador
Template:Flagicon Haiti
Template:Flagicon Mexico
Template:Flagicon Panama
Template:Flagicon Peru
Template:Flagicon Paraguay
Template:Flagicon Uruguay
Template:FlagiconVenezuela
Template:Flagicon Taiwan Disney Channel Taiwan[81] March 28, 2008 少年魔法師
Template:Flagicon Japan Disney Channel Japan[82] April 18, 2008 ウェイバリー通りのウィザードたち
Template:Flagicon Albania Digitalb[83] July, 2009 Magjistaret e sheshit Uejverli
Template:Flagicon Chile Disney Channel Latin America March 23, 2008 (Advance)
April 14, 2008
(Premiere)
Los Hechiceros de Waverly Place'
Canal 13 (Chile) March 6, 2010
Template:Flagicon Romania Disney Channel Romania[84] September 19, 2009 Magicienii Din Waverly Place
Template:Flagicon Czech Republic Disney Channel (Central and Eastern Europe)[85][86][87] February 2009 Kouzelníci z Waverly
Template:Flagicon Slovakia
Template:Flagicon Hungary Varázslók a Waverly helyből
Template:Flagicon Russia СТС November 2, 2009 Волшебники из Вэйверли Плэйс
Disney Channel (Russia) August 11, 2010
Template:Flagicon Serbia Radio Television of Serbia[88] June 27, 2010 Чаробњаци са Вејверли плејса
Disney Channel Serbia[89]
Template:Flagicon Slovenia Kanal A August 1, 2010 Čarovniki s trga Waverly

References

  1. Robert Seidman (June 3, 2010). Disney Channel Renews "Wizards of Waverly Place" for a Fourth and Final Season; Plans Second Movie. TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Disney Orders 4th Season Of "Wizards Of Waverly Place" And Film Sequel All Headline News June 4, 2010 12:49 p.m. EST
  3. Castina (July 30, 2010). “Wizards Of Waverly Place” Ends After Four Season, Leaving Selena Gomez “Heartbroken”. PopCrunch. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
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