Saturday Disney

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Saturday Disney
Saturday Disney title card.JPG
Saturday Disney title card used from 31 March 2012 onwards
Genre Children's show
Presented by List of Presenters
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 27
No. of episodes 1,366
Production
Location(s) Brisbane, Queensland (1990–1999)
Sydney, New South Wales (1999–2016)
Running time 120 minutes (1990-2012)
180 minutes (2012–2016) (incl. commercials)
Production company(s) Buena Vista Television (1990-2000s)
Release
Original network Seven Network (1990–2016)
7TWO (2012–2016)
7flix (2016)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 27 January 1990 – 24 September 2016
Chronology
Preceded by Seven's Super Saturday
External links
Website au.tv.yahoo.com/saturday-disney/

Saturday Disney was a long running Australian children's television program which aired on the Seven Network in Australia for over 26 years, with the first episode going to air on 27 January 1990.[1][2] The show was a television block which aired on Saturday mornings, consisting mainly of Disney television series dispersed between hosted content. The original presenters were Jeniene Mapp, James Sherry and Sofie Formica,[3] and the final presenters were Nathan Morgan, Candice Dixon and Teigan Nash. Many hosts have gone on to achieve successful careers in Australian television.[4]

Saturday Disney was originally filmed at BTQ-7 [3] from 1990 until 1999 when it moved to Seven's Sydney station, ATN-7.

On 5 September 2009, the show celebrated its 1,000th episode.[2][5]

Saturday Disney aired its final episode on 24 September 2016.[6][7]

Hosts[edit]

 Original   Replacement   Final 

Role Name First Show Last Show
Host Sofie Formica 27 January 1990 October 1992
Lisa Barry October 1992 October 1997
Melanie Symons October 1997 26 October 2002
Shae Brewster 26 October 2002 27 July 2013
Teigan Nash 27 July 2013 24 September 2016
Host Jeniene Mapp 27 January 1990 October 1996
Shelley Craft October 1996 6 July 2002
Sara Groen 6 July 2002 28 January 2006
Sally Stanton 21 January 2006 7 May 2011
Candice Dixon 7 May 2011 24 September 2016
Host James Sherry 27 January 1990 29 January 1994
Marc Buhaj 5 February 1994 27 February 1999
Tim McDonald 6 March 1999 29 January 2000
Daniel Widdowson 5 February 2000 27 January 2007
Jack Yabsley 20 January 2007 26 February 2011
Nathan Morgan 26 February 2011 24 September 2016
Notes
  • Saturday Disney had three hosts at any one time always consisting of two females and one male.
  • The presenters were also credited as 'segment producers', and wrote and researched their own stories.
  • The only exception of having more than three hosts on air at one time was whenever a co-host was leaving and their replacement was introduced on screen either a number of weeks beforehand, or during the final episode of the co-host who was leaving.
  • Shae Brewster was the longest serving presenter in the history of the show. She hosted the show for three months short of eleven years.[8]
Appearances by hosts after leaving the show
  • Both Shelley Craft and Melanie Symons returned to the show as guests after their departures. Craft returned in October 2002 to talk about her new hosting role on Perfect Match and via satellite on 29 October 2005 to chat about her time on the show and wish the guys a happy 800th episode. Symons returned on 2 August 2003 to talk about her new show, Australia's Best Backyards.
  • Several hosts have appeared after their departure through old footage. On the 999th episode on 29 August 2009, footage of every previous presenter who had been on the show was aired, looking back at the show's then 19-year history.[2]
  • Sally Stanton was interviewed by Teigan Nash on 2 May 2015 at the Cinderella red carpet event. Stanton was reporting for Event TV.
  • Melanie Symons, Daniel Widdowson, Shae Brewster, Sally Stanton and Jack Yabsley featured as guests in the final episode which aired 24 September 2016. James Sherry also appeared via a video message.

History[edit]

Part of the Seven Network's output deal and long running relationship with Disney in the late 1980s was to adopt a local program to feature new animated series such as DuckTales mixed with local studio segments.[9] This was part of an international franchise of programs in the global market to be named The Disney Club,[2][3] the Australian version to be located in Brisbane. The producers of this version convinced Disney to allow them to use the Saturday Disney title to avert confusion with The Mickey Mouse Club, a title which seemed dated.[2] The original set was designed to reflect Queensland architecture and make the viewers feel like they were visiting a friend's house on a Saturday morning. The set has since changed several times, the current set being introduced in February 2007. Saturday Disney was originally filmed at BTQ-7 [3] from 1990 until 1999 when it moved to its current production base at ATN-7 in Sydney. It was originally produced by Buena Vista Television in conjunction with Seven.

On 5 September 2009, the show celebrated its 1,000th episode. The episode was filmed on location at Disneyland to celebrate.[5][10] A week prior to this, footage of every previous host who had been on the show was aired, looking back at the show's then 19-year history.[2][11]

Former presenter Shae Brewster hosted her final episode on 27 July 2013, becoming the longest serving host in the history of the program. She presented the show for three months short of eleven years, first joining in 2002.[8]

The final episodes of Saturday Disney were filmed on 26 August 2016.[6] TV Tonight later reported that the show would be ending, before the news was confirmed by a spokesperson for Seven.[7] The final episode aired on 24 September 2016, and featured guest appearances by former presenters Melanie Symons, Daniel Widdowson, Shae Brewster, Sally Stanton and Jack Yabsley. James Sherry also appeared via a video message. David Knox of TV Tonight reported the cancellation of the program was the result of a "change in direction" under a new executive producer in charge of children’s programming for Seven.[4]

Format[edit]

As a main feature, Saturday Disney originally included three Disney programs dispersed throughout the course of a two-hour episode. From 2012 to 2016, Saturday Disney featured five programs over the course of a three-hour episode. Including the premiere of Recess in 2001 The programs shown regularly rotated around the schedule, and were a mixture of animated cartoons and live action comedies, which were more common after the premiere of Hannah Montana in 2007.[12][13] There were three hosts of Saturday Disney, who lived in the 'Disney House' and introduced the programs along with performing other activities such as cooking, craft, science segments, interviews and special appearances by guests, usually celebrities, and occasionally live animals. Occasionally, the show was shot entirely on location, where the hosts explored certain cities such as Coffs Harbour[14] or places such as Disneyland for the episode's entirety.[5]

Feature stories produced by and starring the hosts were also included, which were usually articles about places, activities and events, interviews with celebrities or red carpet events.[15][16] This format has been likened to magazine-style edu-tainment shows.[17] In some stories, the hosts adapted certain characters used as a substitute for themselves presenting the article. Another type of the stories were recurring mini-series with the hosts acting as characters, which air occasionally. Some recurring series from the past included Hazard Man (1990s),[10] The Transfreezers (2000–2001), Tell Tale Trio (2002–2004) and the Secret Agents (2010–2011).[18] A Page in Time (2006),[19] introduced a style of serialised drama, depicting three children returning to 1850s. More recent series such as Danger Island (2009), Race Around the Island (2010) and The Assistant (2014) took on the reality genre, parodying American series Survivor, The Amazing Race, and The Apprentice respectively.

A Double Dog Dare was featured in every episode, where each host took turns (one each week) to complete ridiculous, embarrassing or challenging tasks which may have resulted in eating unusual food punishments upon failure, regularly ingredients mixed in a blender.[20] Ideas for dares and punishments were regularly sent in by viewers. This popular segment was a prominent feature of the show for many years.[21]

Each week there was also a chosen Letter of the Week, which could be letters, drawings, or art sent in by viewers. Winners usually received many prizes, and the artwork was displayed around the set.[22] Throughout the course of the program, emails from viewers were also read out.

Time slot[edit]

The program's time slot since the show's inception in 1990 was always every Saturday from 7:00 am until 9:00 am on Seven unless there were interruptions by sporting or news events. Further Disney programming would continue to air after Saturday Disney.[23]

On 4 July 2009, the show moved to the earlier time slot of 6:30 am to 8:30 am.[24] However, the show returned to the previous time of 7:00 am to 9:00 am on 31 October 2009.[25]

It was announced on 8 February 2010, that beginning 13 February 2010, the show would be moved to the later time slot of 9:00 am to 11:00 am, to make way for Weekend Sunrise.[26]

It was announced on 17 March 2012, that beginning 31 March 2012, the show would be moved to 7TWO and return to the original 7:00 am to 9:00 am time slot with a new look and logo, to make way for The Morning Show.[14][27] On 12 May 2012, the regular length of Saturday Disney was extended to three hours with a time slot of 7:00 am to 10:00 am.[28]

On 1 September 2012, Saturday Disney moved to the new time slot of 6:00 am to 7:00 am on Seven, then from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on 7TWO, the three hours now airing across both channels.[9][29][30]

On 19 March 2016, the program's secondary channel changed from 7TWO to 7flix, airing from 6:00 am to 7:00 am on Seven, then from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on 7flix.[31] The program remained in this slot until its final episode.

Reception[edit]

At the time of its final episode, Saturday Disney was the twentieth longest running program in Australia, and the fifth longest running children's program in Australia.

Viewership

In 2005, Saturday Disney had an average of 196,000 viewers (in the 0-14 age group) and was the number one rating children's program on commercial television for people aged 0 to 14.[17][32]

Saturday Disney was the fifth highest rating children's program on free television in 2006, averaging 274,425 viewers over 48 broadcasts.[33] In 2008, the program's yearly average viewing audience was 395,000 (combined metro and regional cities), ranking as the eighth most watched children's program.[34] Saturday Disney ranked as the fourth highest rating children's program in 2009, averaging 368,000 viewers across both metro and regional cities over 48 weeks.[35]

The final episode on 24 September 2016 was watched by 41,000 on Seven (6:00 am to 7:00 am) and 24,000 on 7flix (7:00 am to 9:00 am).[36]

Awards

On 18 March 2012, Saturday Disney was announced as a nominee for the 2012 Most Outstanding Children's Program Logie Award. The ceremony took place on 15 April 2012, and the award was presented by former Saturday Disney host Shelley Craft with Sam Moran. The nomination package featured footage from the episode which aired 13 August 2011, in which the hosts visited the Northern Territory. ABC3's My Place won the award.[37]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2012 Logie Award Most Outstanding Children's Program Saturday Disney Nominated [38]

Programming[edit]

1990s

2000s

2010s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1990: January 27-February 2". Television.AU. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Knox, David (27 August 2009). "Saturday Disney flashes back". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1990: January 13-19". Television.AU. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (25 September 2016). "Farewell to Saturday Disney". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Saturday Disney: 1000th episode". Throng.com.au. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Nash, Teigan (26 August 2016). "The places we have been, the people we have met and the memories we'll never forget! What an epic team! Thank you to each and everyone of you and anyone we have ever worked with!". Instagram. Retrieved 5 September 2016. unfortunately the show is coming to an end... Sept 24th is the last episode ... 
  7. ^ a b Knox, David (7 September 2016). "Axed: Saturday Disney ending after 26 years". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (18 July 2013). "New presenter joins Saturday Disney". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Bayley, Andrew (26 April 2013). "Special: Australian TV History Timeline Pt 2". Television.AU. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "What's Your Favourite Saturday Disney Moment?". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. August 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "History of SD and an Exploding Cake!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. August 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Saturday Disney - PREMIERE of Hannah Montana! - Saturday April 7". Throng.com.au. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Knox, David (2 April 2009). "Returning: Hannah Montana". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Knox, David (29 March 2012). "Saturday Disney moving to 7TWO". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Saturday Disney Adventure Blog". Total Girl. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Daysh, Charlot. "Disney Presenter Candice Dixon". Bond Briefs and Scope Magazine. CharlotDaysh.com. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Powerhouse Museum. "Cap from the children's television program 'Saturday Disney'.". Powerhouse Museum, Australia. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "It's All Aboard Pacific Jewel for Saturday Disney". ETB Travel News. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Disney delights pupils during filming at Sovereign Hill". The Courier. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  20. ^ Stojceska, Milena. "Gold Coaster to star on Saturday Disney". Goldcoast.com.au. Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  21. ^ Cashin, Miranda (5 March 2011). "Dreams come true on Disney". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "Letter of the Week". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  23. ^ Dan Martin (4 November 2013). BTQ7 Saturday Disney Promo January 1990. YouTube. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Planes, Tennis, Gymnastics and Jars of Awesomeness!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  25. ^ a b c Knox, David (14 October 2009). "Saturday Disney waking later". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  26. ^ Knox, David (8 February 2010). "Bumped: Saturday Disney". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "New Look, New Time, New Station". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  28. ^ a b "Mother's Day". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  29. ^ a b "Early Start!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  30. ^ "Child's Play: Focus on the broadcasters" (PDF). Screen Australia. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  31. ^ a b c d e "Happy Easter!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  32. ^ "Children's Viewing Patterns on Commercial, Free-to-air and Subscription Television" (PDF). Australian and Communications Media Authority. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  33. ^ "Year in Review 2006" (PDF). Free TV Australia. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  34. ^ "Year in Review 2008" (PDF). Free TV Australia. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  35. ^ "Year in Review 2009" (PDF). Free TV Australia. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  36. ^ Knox, David (25 September 2016). "Saturday 24 September 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  37. ^ Knox, David (15 April 2012). "2012 Logie Awards: winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  38. ^ Knox, David (18 March 2012). "Logie Awards 2012: nominations". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
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  42. ^ a b "November 2000 - December 2001 News". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  43. ^ "January 2006 - April 2006 News". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  44. ^ a b c "May 2004 - August 2004". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  45. ^ a b "May - August 2002 News". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2002. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  46. ^ "May - August 2003 News". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  47. ^ "January - April 2003 News". Cartoon Central Australia. Members.optusnet.com.au. 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  48. ^ a b "The Saturday Disney Factor!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  49. ^ a b c "Travelling Taste buds!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  50. ^ a b "Puppets!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  51. ^ a b c "2014 coming to a close". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  52. ^ a b c "Exploring LA!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  53. ^ a b c "Canberra here we come". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  54. ^ "The Great Outdoors". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  55. ^ "Camping Saturday!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  56. ^ "Baby Sitting Saturday!". Saturday Disney. Yahoo7 TV. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 

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