2-Part Season 3 Cliffhanger Premieres
Production begins Monday in Hollywood on the fourth season of the global sensation “Hannah Montana,” one filled with exciting, pivotal story arcs and event episodes. The hit series’ finale episode will air in spring 2011 on Disney Channel U.S. and, shortly thereafter, on Disney Channels around the world, where the total of 101 episodes will continue in daily encore telecasts. Starring Miley Cyrus in the title role, the Emmy-nominated comedy has dominated the kid and tween business and impacted popular culture since its 2006 debut. Its soundtracks are among the biggest, fastest successes the pop charts have seen in years, and the series provided a springboard for the multitalented Cyrus to become an international superstar with projects spanning Disney’s television, music, radio, consumer products and film divisions, including a #1 debut movie that grossed nearly $150 million at the global box office.
“’Hannah Montana’ has defined a generation of kids and tweens – not just as a television event, but as a significant moment in pop culture history. This fourth season is an expression of Miley Cyrus’ personal commitment to ensuring that ‘Hannah’ will live forever in the hearts and minds of kids everywhere,” said Gary Marsh, Chief Creative Officer and President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.
A two-part cliffhanger, “Miley Says Goodbye?,” will conclude the current season SUNDAY, MARCH 7 and SUNDAY, MARCH 14 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT both nights) on Disney Chanel. In the episode, which will also be available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Miley Stewart faces the biggest decision of her life – whether to say goodbye to her life in Malibu or to listen to her heart and return to her Crowley Corners ranch and beloved horse Blue Jeans in Tennessee. Meanwhile, Jackson (played by Jason Earles) moves into his own apartment, Lilly (played by actress and recording artist Emily Osment) is contemplating what to do after her mom accepts a job in Atlanta, and Oliver (played by actor and recording artist Mitchel Musso) must decide whether to stay with his two best friends or go on the road to pursue his fledgling music career.
The fourth season, debuting on Disney Channel in summer 2010, will introduce all-new songs, music videos and sets. The storyline finds Miley Stewart questioning whether she has the best of both worlds and if she can continue with her alter-ego, Hannah Montana, or leave it all behind forever to be an ordinary girl. The season will include guest stars Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) and Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men”), among others.
“Hannah Montana” has delivered all-time high levels in Total Viewers and has virtually matched its Season Two high ratings among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. In 2009, “Hannah Montana” was Disney Channel’s #1 series in Total Viewers and Tweens 9-14, and No. 2 in Kids 6-11. Ranking a dominant #1 in its Sunday 7:30 p.m. time period, “Hannah Montana” placed among TV’s Top 10 programs in both target kid demos in 2009.
The “Hannah Montana” brand continues to be the dominant tween juggernaut at retail, across all categories. The four hugely successful “Hannah Montana” soundtracks have sold 12 million CDs (one made history as the first TV soundtrack to debut on the Billboard Top 200 and the most recent feature film soundtrack ranks among the top albums released in 2009), as well as popular episodic compilation DVDs, a junior novel series, apparel, accessories and video games. In addition to the #1 “Hannah Montana The Movie” grossing nearly $150 million at the global box office, Miley Cyrus headlined a sold out concert tour in which she performed songs from the series, as well as songs that introduced her as a new solo recording artist. That tour also delivered a 3D concert film, “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” in Disney Digital 3-D, which is the #1 concert film of all time. Miley Cyrus can next be seen headlining in Touchstone Pictures “The Last Song,” to premiere in theatres in April 2010.
Starring are Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana, Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott, Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart, Billy Ray Cyrus as Robby Stewart and Moises Arias as Rico. Mitchel Musso will reprise his role as Oliver Oken in a special guest appearance.
The series was created by Michael Poryes and Rich Correll & Barry O’Brien. The executive producers are Steven Peterman and Michael Poryes. “Hannah Montana” is a production of It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc.
(source: information provided by Disney)