We’re starting to wonder if the Walt Disney Company is nervous to create it’s next big star! There hasn’t been a big push on Disney Channel TV shows since “Wizards Of Waverly Place” went off the air. In fact, many fans are surprised that Disney hasn’t been putting a massive push on stars Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,”) Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Ross Lynch and Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally,”) or Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman (“Shake It Up”) to name a few.
Plus, there aren’t too many new shows on the horizon even though “Good Luck Charlie” and “Shake It Up” are over. Fans are really excited for Disney Channel’s “Boy Meets World” spin-off “Girl Meets World,” but Disney has yet to put a huge push on stars Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter.
Plus, we know that Disney is working on a pilot show with Zendaya Coleman. The series will be titled “Super Awesome Katy,” but since “Shake It Up” left the air Disney hasn’t been putting a lot of emphasis on Zendaya to keep her in the press.
At first we wondered if Disney didn’t realize it was dropping the ball on making the next Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, etc, but now we’re beginning to think it’s been their plan all along. If you think about it, the stars that Disney has now might not be as talked about as the former Disney stars, or make the company as much money through their show-branded products, however, they are far less controversial.
It’s hard to name one former Disney star that hasn’t stirred up some kind of negative press.
Miley Cyrus is huge in the media right now for reinventing herself. Demi Lovato is being very open recently about her past drug use. Vanessa Hudgens had a photo scandal while still working for the Disney Channel. Joe Jonas has opened up about his drug and alcohol use and about fighting with his brothers Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas.
Then you can’t forget Mitchel Musso and his DUI, which ultimately led to the cancellation of his show “Pair Of Kings.” Plus, underage “Wizards Of Waverly Place” star Jake T. Austin has been getting DUI’s, getting arrested, and getting into major car accidents all in recent weeks.
We’re sure we’re missing some of the scandals that a number of Disney’s former stars have been dealing with over the past few years. But just listing out the ones we have makes it clear that Disney probably isn’t looking to make a giant star again any time soon, if ever. While the stars they created made them a ton of money, it probably isn’t helping their brand every time a Disney star opens up about the things they were going through while working with the company.
What do YOU think? Is Disney trying NOT to create huge stars anymore? Or is it just a coincidence that all of the former Disney stars are revealing negative aspects from behind-the-scenes of the network at the same time Disney isn’t trying to amplify its current stars’ careers?