Disney Channel picks up Zack and Cody spin-off

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Disney Channel has picked up two live-action pilots from some of the creatives behind its two top-rated series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana.

Housebroken, a spin-off of Zack and Cody, centers on the character of Arwin the handyman, who moves in with his sister to take care of her kids. The actor portraying the recurring role of Arwin on Suite Life is Brian Stepanek.

The project is from Danny Kallis and Irene Dreayer, who are executive producers on Suite Life, and Pamela Eells, who has written for the show.

The other pilot, The Amazing Hannigans, centers on a family in New York that owns an old-fashioned magic shop where, behind the scenes, the kids can do real magic.

The project is from Todd J. Greenwald, a consulting producer on Hannah Montana.

Suite Life, starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse as twins living in a suite at an upscale hotel, was Disney Channel's number one series with kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 until Hannah Montana premiered in March. Hannah stars Miley Cyrus as a teen whose classmates have no idea that she leads a double life as a pop singer managed by her dad (Cyrus' real-life father, 1990's country star Billy Ray Cyrus).

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