Arwin! (partially found pitch pilot of cancelled spin-off of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" Disney Channel sitcom; 2007)

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A screenshot from the pilot.

Status: Partially Found

Arwin! (also known as Housebroken) is a cancelled spin-off of the popular Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

The pilot was ultimately not picked up by Disney Channel, due to poor reception and the actors being offered their own shows. After the failed pitch, Disney Channel instead produced the spin-off The Suite Life On Deck.

Background

As production on the third season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody was nearing the end, it was announced that the show would come to an end due to Disney Channel's standard limit policy for their shows only being allowed to have a certain number of episodes at the time. [1] Nonetheless, executives were looking to expand on the show's success through a spin-off. Producer Walter Barnett and director Richard Correll decided to center the show around Brian Stepanek's character Arwin Hawkhauser. An entirely new cast of characters would have also been introduced.

The pilot was filmed in March of 2007 with an episode titled Housebroken. It was about Arwin leaving the Tipton Hotel to move into a smart designed house with his sister and help raise her kids. The side story revolved around Alexa sneaking out to a party, only to get caught by Arwin. [2]

Cancellation

Critical reception for Arwin! was mixed to negative from Disney Channel executives and test audiences. Many were reportedly unimpressed with the show as it did not feature any of the main characters from the original show. In addition to this, Brian Stepanek and Selena Gomez were also offered to star in their own shows, which became Brian O'Brian and Wizards of Waverly Place respectively. These factors resulted in Disney Channel producing The Suite Life On Deck, which skipped the pilot process and went straight to series production in February 2008.[3]

Availability

As of the writing of this article, the pilot in its entirety has yet to surface. A few clips from the pilot have since surfaced. The pilot is rumored to have aired at least once on Disney Channel late at night in December 2007 or January 2008, but this has yet to be officially confirmed.

Cast

  • Arwin Hawkhauser played by Brian Stepanek
  • Mrs. Hawkhauser played by Nia Peeples
  • Alexa played by Selena Gomez
  • Lidia played by Jasmine Villegas
  • Luke played by Chad Broskey
  • Jason played by Logan Grove
  • Summer played by Samatha Droke
  • Damone played by Teo Olivares
  • Kylie played by Laila Sadeq
  • Cassie played by Cassandra Scerbo

Gallery

Short promo clip from Brian Stepanek's acting reel.

Various clips from the show.

Clips of the pilot from Jasmine Villegas' acting reel.

See Also

Disney Channel

Playhouse Disney

Disney Junior

Toon Disney

Disney XD

Other

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