‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ One Hour Finale to Air January 6

Disney announced this week that the popular Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place will finally come to an end in January of next year. After 106 episodes, the Russo siblings (Alex, Justin, and Max) will face a sudden and ultimate test that determines which one of them will be able to keep their wizardly powers. The hour-long series finale is set to air on Disney Channel on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM EST/PST.

The series, which made its debut in 2007, is responsible for igniting the career of television, film, and music star Selena Gomez, along with actors David Henrie and Jake T. Austin. The Emmy Award-winning show also stars Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise. Wizards of Waverly Place‘s series finale will also feature guest appearances by Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!”) and Gregg Sulkin (Disney Channel UK’s “As The Bell Rings,” “Avalon High”), who will return to the show as Justin’s vampire girlfriend Juliet Van Heusen and Alex’s werewolf boyfriend Mason.

Leading up to the series finale, fans of the show are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com and create personalized messages in support of their favorite Russo sibling. Throughout the week of January 2, Disney Channel will air a message ticker that displays these fan-created messages.

Wizards of Waverly Place was created and is executive produced by Todd J. Greenwald (“Hannah Montana,” “Saved By the Bell: The New Class”). Also serving as executive producers on the show are Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (“Married…with Children,” “Greetings from Tucson”). The one hour series finale was written by Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio, and Todd J. Greenwald and directed by Victor Gonzalez.

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