Austin & Ally
|Austin & Ally|
|Created by||Kevin Kopelow
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Can't Do It Without You", performed by Ross Lynch|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||50 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22–26 minutes|
|Original channel||Disney Channel|
|Original run||December 2, 2011– present|
Austin & Ally is an American sitcom which first aired on the Disney Channel on December 2, 2011. The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of the Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and Jonas. Production for the pilot episode began in mid-February 2011, and on May 24, 2011, the Disney Channel announced that Austin & Ally had been picked up as a series. They initially ordered 13 episodes, though that number was later increased to 21. The first promo for the series was released on October 2011, during the Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Dance-Off event. A series preview followed the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!, and the series officially premiered on December 4, 2011. The show was renewed for a second season, and resumed production in the summer of 2012. Season 2 premiered on October 7, 2012, and production for Season 2 ended in early February 2013.
Set in Miami, Austin & Ally is a multi-camera comedy about the relationship between two very different musicians: extroverted singer and instrumentalist Austin Moon (Ross Lynch), who is fun-loving and outgoing; and introverted and awkward songwriter Ally Dawson (Laura Marano), who is a good singer but had an extreme case of stage fright.
Austin becomes famous after he secretly records one of Ally's songs with the help of his best friend Dez (Calum Worthy), and posts it on the internet. However, he did so without Ally's knowledge, and once Ally, convinced by her best friend Trish (Raini Rodriguez), takes credit for her song, Austin convinces her to become partners. The two agree to work together, and become close friends, while struggling to keep Austin's new-found fame and profit from it, with the help of Trish and Dez. They face adventures while in Austin's music career. At the end of the 1st season, Austin gets signed to Jimmy Starr's record label. In the season two finale, it is revealed that Austin is planning to go on his first national tour, and eventually does, without Ally.
During the second season, Ally also takes a big step, and conquers her stage fright by performing a duet with Austin. By the end of the season two finale, she is recording an album with Ronnie Ramone.
Cast and characters
- Ross Lynch as Austin Moon, an outgoing, confident and talented singer who became an "overnight" Internet sensation. Austin's closest friends are Dez, Ally and Trish. Austin can play the piano, guitar, drums and many more instruments. He loves singing, dancing, eating pancakes, and having fun. His middle name is Monica. He likes somewhat childish things, including coloring in coloring books, laughing at toilet humor and liking stuffed animals. He is generally shown to be sweet, naive and gullible. At the end of season 1, Austin gets a record deal from Starr Records and releases his first album. Austin developed a crush on Ally starting in season 2. At the end of season 2, Austin goes on his first national tour.
- Laura Marano as Ally Dawson, a singer-songwriter who had massive stage fright, which developed from her fear of rejection. She wrote the first hit song that Austin performed. She originally wrote for herself, but after Austin accidentally stole one of her songs and became an internet sensation as a result, she and Trish tracked him down and the two eventually become friends. She has been his musical partner and songwriter ever since then. She works at her father's music store, Sonic Boom, and is shown to have unusual habits, such as biting her hair when she is nervous and having a big love for pickles. It is shown that Ally is afraid of Dancing and has a crush on a guy at the Jewellery store. Ally developed a crush on Austin as she was helping him on his date with Kira in the start of season 2. Ally manages to conquer her stage fright and begin her own career in Season 2.
- Raini Rodriguez as Trish, Ally's best friend and Austin's manager. Her jobs change frequently due to her lack of effort and presence at work. She takes her job as Austin's manager, however, very seriously. Trish also became Ally's manager in Season 2. She has a complicated love/hate relationship with Dez. She is sarcastic, vindictive, has little patience and a bit of a temper, but cares very much for her friends.
- Calum Worthy as Dez, an aspiring director with a strange fashion style and strong lack of intelligence and meaning. He films all of Austin's music videos and is Austin's best friend. He has a complicated love/hate relationship with Trish. He understands very little and can be very odd and immature, but becomes serious when it counts. He often has strange things in his backpack, such as ice sculptures, a ham, or lots of different types of jam, etc. As shown in "Family and Feuds", someone seems to try to mention his last name but gets interrupted.
- Nelson, played by Cole Sand, an awkward young boy who takes music lessons from Ally. He is known for saying "Aw, nartz!!" He tends to mix up words that sound alike, such as "oboe" and "hobo". In "Parents & Punishments" Nelson has a crush on Megan.
- Lester, played by Andy Milder, Ally's father. He is the cheapskate owner of the music store Sonic Boom, and is completely ignorant of Ally's musical talents, among other things. He has been heard saying that she has a billion-to-one shot at making it in the music business, just like Austin's parents have told him. It is revealed that he and Penny, Ally's mother, are divorced.
- Jimmy Starr, played by Richard Whiten, he is the owner of Starr Records, and has signed Austin Moon to his record label on the episode "Successes & Setbacks". In "Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath", it is revealed that Jimmy has no sense of smell as a result of an operation to fix his childhood drooling problem.
- Megan Simms, played by Aubrey K. Miller, a 10-year-old Cheetah Beat photographer. Megan tends to use teenage slang terms such as "totes" or "hilar" instead of totally or hilarious. Megan is rather stubborn and perhaps a bit nosy as well, though she appears unaware of when she crosses the line for others. She is an extreme paintballer and a sharpshooter.
- Mike Moon, played by John Henson, Austin's father. He owns Moon's Mattress Kingdom, a mattress store. He knows a lot about mattresses and the history of them. He is first introduced in "Successes & Setbacks".
- Mimi Moon, played by Jill Benjamin, Austin's mother. She co-owns Moon's Mattress Kingdom. She used to be a hand model before she went into the mattress selling business. She is first introduced in "Successes & Setbacks".
- Penny Dawson, played by Julia Campbell, Ally's mother. She was researching gorillas in Africa, and came home in "Chapters & Choices" to see Ally and her friends. It is revealed that she and Lester, Ally's father, are divorced. In a book she wrote about gorillas, she mocked her ex-husband with a character named Chester the Cheap Gorilla. Lester is offended at first but appreciates the character by the end of the episode.
- Kira Starr, played by Kiersey Clemons, Jimmy Starr's daughter and Austin's ex-girlfriend. Kira temporarily had a case of repugment breath, causing the gang to be extremely wary of her throughout "Ferris Wheels and Funky Breath". Her bad breath was caused by her constant eating of garlic and anchovy pizza. Her bad breath cleared away in the episode afterward, resulting in Austin asking her out. Kira and Austin broke up in "Partners & Parachutes" because Austin wanted to be with Ally. Kira is signed on to Starr Records in "Tracks & Trouble"and records her song Elevator Doors.
- Chuck, played by John Paul Green, is a short, country speaking teenager who thinks he is better than Dez. The reason why they're enemies is because Dez's family and Chuck's family have been feuding for a long time. Chuck and Dez often get into similar battles. Chuck has a huge crush on Trish by calling her "Trishita-Bonita ", but she finds him to be weird. In "Family & Feuds" Chuck and Dez end their rivalry and become friends. He is first introduced in "Freaky Friends & Fan Fiction".
- Dallas, played by Noah Centineo, was Ally's crush and worked at cell phone accessories cart. He rejects Ally when she asks him to dance at Trish's quinceañera in the episode "Club Owners & Quinceaneras", but only because he cannot dance. In the episode "World Records & Work Wreckers", Ally accidentally hires Dallas to work at Sonic Boom and is forced to fire him once it becomes evident that Dallas is a clumsy worker. Dallas now works at the library nearby.
- Mindy, played by Ashley Fink, an older teenage girl who is the manager of The Melody Diner who has a crush on Dez. Mindy was first introduced in the episode "myTAB & My Pet". Mindy is shown to be rude and aggressive, causing Dez to be rather afraid of her in addition to his dislike of her. In "Diners & Daters", she supplies Dez with unlimited chicken pot pies (which he loves) in order to encourage him to stay at the Melody Diner longer.
- Billl, owner of the surf shop in the mall, who speaks pronouncing much the "l".
- Trent, played by Trevor Jackson, Trish's ex-boyfriend & Team Austin's rival. He first appears in "Backups & Breakups" as a backup dancer for Austin. He and Trish broke up after Ally discovered Trent was cheating on Trish. In "Crybabies & Cologne", Trent begins rivaling Austin for fame by copying Austin's life.
- Brooke, played by Carrie Wampler, also known as "Scrapbook Girl", is shown to be a person who is very serious about her relationships. She seems to be madly in love with Austin, even though they only went on two dates. She claims they went on 37 dates in her dreams. Austin, however, doesn't return her feelings. She appears in the episodes "Magazines & Made-Up Stuff" and "Tunes & Trials".
- European Super Model, played by Madison McMillin, whom real name is unknown, was hired to be Austin's girlfriend by Trish. She appears again in "Tunes & Trials" as an candidate who the song Steal Your Heart is about, since Dez saw them say 'I love you' to each other near Mini's; Austin explains that he has been giving the model English lessons.
- Val Crawford, played by Saidah Arrika Ekulona, is the manager of the group The Stray Kitties, and it is shown that she is willing to go to many lengths to try to get what she wants. Val comes back in "Tunes & Trials", where she comes into Sonic Boom and asks Ally and Austin to write her a song that will give her band, The Stray Kitties, their first big hit. They decline, and she leaves, infuriated. She then comes back for revenge; she sues them and claims that Austin stole the song, Steal Your Heart, from her. They go to court, and despite the majority of the court session going her way, she ends up losing the case. Val also appears in "Moon Week & Mentors" as a guest mentor on America's Top Talent.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||19||December 2, 2011
December 4, 2011 (premiere)
|September 9, 2012|
|2||26||October 7, 2012||September 29, 2013|
|3||N/A||October 27, 2013||TBA|
In November 2012, Disney Channel announced that the show would crossover with Jessie as a 49 minute special episode titled "Austin & JESSIE & Ally All Star New Year". The special episode aired on December 7, 2012. In this episode, Austin makes his dream come true when he plays Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Development, production and reception
The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of the Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and Jonas. Production for the pilot episode began in mid-February 2011. The pilot was directed by Shelley Jensen. Casting for the series regulars were held nationally around the United States and shooting for the pilot began in early March 2011. On May 24, 2011, Disney Channel announced that Austin & Ally had been picked up as a series. On September 29, 2011, it was announced that Disney Channel had extended the show's episode order from 13 episodes to 21. Shooting for the first season completed on January 27, 2012. It was announced on March 11, 2012, that the show had been renewed for a second season and production would resume that summer, though the cast's first day back for the second season was earlier than that, on June 4, 2012.  A DVD featuring a couple of episodes of the series titled "Austin & Ally: All the Write Moves" was released on June 18, 2013. The third season of the series began production July 8, 2013, with a season premiere expected in October 2013.
The series preview attracted 5.7 million viewers and the official premiere garnered 4.0 million viewers. Austin & Ally was ranked the No.1 Telecast on Sunday premieres among pre-teens 9–12 and teens 13–18. So far, the most viewed Austin & Ally episode is "Rockers & Writers" with 5.7 million views, the second most viewed episode is "Campers & Complications" with 4.9 million views and the least viewed episode is "Family & Feuds" with 2.4 million views.
Songs with an * are not on the Austin & Ally soundtrack
- Without You (Theme Song): All episodes (opening credits), Albums & Auditions (Acoustic Version)
- Double Take: Rockers & Writers
- Break Down the Walls: Rockers & Writers
- A Billion Hits: Kangaroos & Chaos & Club Owners & Quinceaneras
- Not a Love Song: Secrets & Songbooks & myTAB & My Pet (Acoustic Version)
- It's Me, It's You: Zaliens & Cloud Watchers & Burglaries & Boobytraps
- The Butterfly Song: Bloggers & Butterflies & Magazines & Made-Up Stuff*
- Trash Talka: Tickets & Trashbags*
- Better Together: Managers & Meatballs & Parents & Punishments
- You Don't See Me: Deejays & Demos*
- Heard it On the Radio: Songwriting & Starfish
- Suzy's Soups Jingle: Soups & Stars*
- Heart Beat: Diners & Daters & Parents & Punishments
- Na Na Na (The Summer Song): Everglades & Allygaters
- The Way that You Do: Successes & Setbacks
- Illusion: Albums & Auditions & Backups & Breakups & Fresh Starts & Farewells
- Crazy 4 U: Bonus Track
- What Do I Have to Do?: Bonus Track
- Don't Look Down: Costumes & Courage* & Presidents & Problems
- Who I Am: Magazines & Made-Up Stuff* & Moon Week & Mentors
- Got it 2: Crybabies & Cologne*
- Christmas Soul: Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year*
- Can You Feel It: Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year*
- Face to Face: Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year*
- No Ordinary Day: Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath*
- You Can Come to Me: Chapters & Choices & Solos & Stray Kitties & Real Life & Reel Life*
- I Think About You: Partners & Parachutes
- The Pioneer Ranger Song: Boy Songs & Badges*
- Finally Me: Tracks & Trouble*
- The Ally Way: Viral Videos & Very Bad Dancing*
- Steal Your Heart: Tunes & Trials
- Timeless: Future Sounds & Festival Songs*
- Living in the Moment: Sports & Sprains*
- I Got That Rock n' Roll: Beach Bums & Bling & Moon Week & Mentors*
- The Me That You Don't See: Fresh Starts & Farewells & Road Trips & Reunions*
- Better Than This: Fresh Starts & Farewells
- Chasing The Beat of My Heart: Road Trips & Reunions
- You Wish You Were Me: What Ifs & Where's Austin*
- Redial: Beach Clubs & BFF`s
- I Love Christmas Mix-up & Mistletoes*
Awards and nominations
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic TV Actor||Ross Lynch||Nominated|
|Hollywood Teen Awards||Favorite Breakout Star||Ross Lynch||Nominated|
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Radio Disney Music Awards||Best Music Video – Heard It On The Radio||Ross Lynch||Won|
|Imagen Awards||Best Young Television Actress||Raini Rodriguez||Won|
Worldwide the show can be seen on Disney Channel. It originally previewed on December 2, 2011 in both the United States and Canada and premiered on December 4, 2011 and January 20, 2012 respectively. It later premiered on March 3, 2012 in Singapore, on March 23, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand, and previewed on March 30, 2012 and previewed on April 20, 2012 in the UK and Ireland. This show eventually premiered in South Africa on May 11, 2012.
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