In an age where most television networks have abandoned the traditional family sitcom to give way to reality programming & action drama hits, ‘Good Luck Charlie’ is aimed at bringing back a more family-focused theme. Debuting Sunday, April 4th at 8:30 EST on the Disney Channel the new sitcom will rely on rooted characters and a low-key concept to drive viewership.
“Most of our shows are driven by high-concept ideas. That’s been our stock in trade for quite some time” explains Gary Marsh, chief creative officer for Disney Channel Worldwide. You won’t find any wizards, famous teens leading double lives, or hotel suite dwelling twins in ‘Good Luck Charlie.’ Instead, you’ll get to know the Duncan family; consisting of Mom Amy, Bob the Dad, two teenagers named PJ & Teddy, as well as a tween boy Gabe. Along comes baby Charlie & in each episode older sister Teddy will attempt to teach Charlie everything she needs to know as she grows up via video diaries.
The series stars Bridgit Mendler, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ actress, which wasn’t much of a risk for Disney, but hiring a 10-month-old baby to play Charlie could be tricky. “It’s like flying without a net. She may have a bad day and we can’t shoot and it’ll cost us tens of thousands of dollars,” said Marsh. “But so far, so good. She’s the most obedient actor I’ve ever worked with. My own daughter, who’s 4 now, would never perform this well in front of a camera.”
You can check out more about the new series on Disney Channel’s website.