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Wizards of Waverly Place is an Emmy Award-winning live-action Disney Channel Original Series which premiered on October 12, 2007 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three siblings with magical abilities. The series began filming in July 2009 in High Definition for its third season.

Premise

Wizards of Waverly Place centers on the Russo family, which includes Alex (Selena Gomez), her younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin), and their older brother Justin (David Henrie); Alex's best friend Harper (Jennifer Stone) is also part of the storyline. The three Russo siblings are wizards and live with their Italian-American father Jerry (David DeLuise), a former wizard, and their Mexican-American mother, Theresa (Maria Canals Barrera) who is a mortal. The siblings have to keep their secret safe.

The children are not allowed to use magic without supervision, and only one of the three will keep their magic abilities once they are adults; this will be determined by a magic competition.

Characters

Main cast
  • Selena Gomez - Alex Russo: a wizard in training, the middle child and only daughter in the Russo family
  • David Henrie - Justin Russo: a wizard in training, the oldest child in the Russo family
  • Jake T. Austin - Max Russo: a wizard in training, the youngest child in the Russo family
  • David DeLuise - Jerry Russo: Justin, Alex, and Max's father and former wizard, who teaches his children about magic
  • Maria Canals-Barrera - Theresa Russo: Jerry's wife and Justin, Alex, and Max's mother. She isn't a wizard, but knows about the magical world and power of her children.
  • Jennifer Stone - Harper Finkle: Alex's best friend who becomes aware of the Russo's wizard powers after Alex tells her in the second season. She moves in with the Russo family in the third season.


Episodes

Seasons Episodes First Air Date Last Air Date
1 21 October 12, 2007 August 31, 2008
2 30 September 12, 2008 August 21, 2009
3 35 October 9, 2009


Film

The Disney Channel Original Movie, based on the series, premiered on August 28, 2009 on Disney Channel. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie was filmed in Puerto Rico, Los Angelesmarker, and New York Citymarker from February 16 to March 27, 2009. The movie received 11.4 million viewers on its premiere, making it Disney Channel's second top rated movie.

Merchandise

Merchandise based on the series will be released in fall 2009. A video game and a soundtrack based on the series were released in August 2009.

DVD releases

Name Included Episodes US Release Date UK Release Date DVD Extras
Wizards of Waverly Place: Wizard School Wizard School Part 1, Wizard School Part 2, Curb Your Dragon, Disenchanted Evening July 29, 2008 TBC Work It Like a Wizard - Selena, Jake, and David's favorite things to do.
Wizards of Waverly Place: Supernaturally Stylin' Credit Check, Smarty Pants, Beware Wolf, Graphic Novel February 10, 2009 TBC Fashionista Presto Chango! - Go behind the scenes with the stars for some wardrobe magic!
The show's complete first season was released on September 10, 2009 in Germany. The first season of the show was released in volumes in the UK on October 5, 2009.

Awards

  • Primetime Emmys 2009 - Outstanding Children's Program (Winner)
  • Selena Gomez was nominated for "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - Series or Special" at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards
  • Selena Gomez won "Favorite TV Actress" of the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards.
  • Selena Gomez was nominated for "Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series" for the 2008 ALMA Awards.
  • Jake T. Austin was nominated for "Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series" for the 2008 ALMA Awards.
  • Selena Gomez was nominated for "Best Actress - Television" at the 2008 Imagen Awards
  • Selena Gomez is nominated for 'Best Actress - Television' at the 2009 Imagen Awards.
  • Selena Gomez won 'Special Achievement Comedy - Television - Actress' at the 2009 Alma Awards
  • Maria Canals Barrera was nominated for 'Special Achievement Comedy - Television - Actress' at the 2009 Alma Awards


Release

Viewer-ship
The show debuted on Disney Channel on October 12, 2007. In February 2009, the episode "Helping Hand" broke the record for the largest audience in the 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) time period on the Disney Channel, with a total of 4.5 million viewers. In June 2009, "Paint By Committee" became the series' most-watched episode with 6 million viewers. The episode aired after Princess Protection Program, which contributed to the episode's ratings. The show is broadcast on the following channels, in the following countries:

Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
United Statesmarker Disney Channel October 12, 2007 Wizards of Waverly Place
Turkeymarker Digiturk October 24, 2007
Disney Channel Turkey October 12, 2007
Pakistanmarker Disney Channel October 12, 2007
US Premiere
Australia Disney Channel Australia October 19, 2007
Seven Network October 4, 2008
New Zealandmarker Disney Channel New Zealand October 19, 2007
Canada marker Family October 26, 2007
United Kingdommarker Five October 4, 2009
United Kingdommarker Disney Channel November 3, 2007
Irelandmarker
Indiamarker Disney Channel India May 5, 2008
Sri Lankamarker
Bangladeshmarker
Malaysiamarker Disney Channel Malaysia
(Airs in Malay and English Language)
March 9, 2008
Arab World Disney Channel Middle East
(Airing with Arabic subtitles)
February 29, 2008
The Netherlandsmarker Disney Channel Netherlands
(Airs dubbed or with Dutch subtitles)
October 3, 2009
Belgiummarker Flanders Disney Channel Flanders November 1, 2009
Hong Kongmarker Disney Channel Asia
(Airing the show with Indonesian, Malay and Chinese Subtitles)
(Dubbed in Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea, Vietnam)

March 9, 2008
Indonesiamarker
Philippinesmarker
Singaporemarker
South Koreamarker
Thailandmarker
Vietnammarker Những phù thủy xứ Waverly
Belgiummarker Walloniamarker Disney Channel France January 22, 2008 Les Sorciers de Waverly Place
Francemarker
NRJ12 August 31, 2009
Canada marker VRAK.TV August 24, 2009
Israelmarker Disney Channel Israel June 2008 המכשפים מווברלי פלייס
Bulgariamarker BNT 1 March 28, 2009 Магьосниците от Уейвърли Плейс
Disney Channel Bulgaria September 19, 2009
Italymarker Disney Channel Italy January 26, 2008 I Maghi Di Waverly
Polandmarker Disney Channel Poland February 29, 2008 Czarodzieje z Waverly Place
Finlandmarker Disney Channel Scandinavia February 29, 2008 Waverly Placen velhot
Denmarkmarker Magi på Waverly Place
Swedenmarker
Norwaymarker Magikerne på Waverly Place
Germanymarker Disney Channel Germany March 8, 2008 Die Zauberer vom Waverly Place
Super RTL September 1, 2008
Switzerlandmarker SF Zwei April 11, 2009
Austriamarker ORF 1 June 20, 2009
Brazilmarker Disney Channel Latin America March 23, 2008 (Advance)
April 11, 2008 (Premiere)
Os Feiticeiros de Waverly Place
Rede Globo June 29, 2009
Portugalmarker Disney Channel Portugal January 18, 2008
Dominican Republicmarker Disney Channel Latin America March 23, 2008 (Advance)
April 14, 2008
(Premiere)

Los Hechiceros de Waverly Place
Argentinamarker
Boliviamarker
Chilemarker
Colombiamarker
Ecuadormarker
Haitimarker
Mexicomarker
Perumarker
Paraguaymarker
Uruguaymarker
Venezuelamarker
Panamamarker
Taiwanmarker Disney Channel Taiwan March 28, 2008 《少年魔法師》
Japanmarker Disney Channel Japan April 18, 2008 ウェイバリー通りのウィザードたち
Spainmarker Disney Channel Spain January 18, 2008 Los Magos de Waverly Place
Antena 3
Albaniamarker Junior July, 2009 Magjistaret e sheshit Uejverli
Romaniamarker Disney Channel Romania September 19, 2009 Magicienii Din Waverly Place
Czech Republicmarker Jetix, Disney Channel November 2008 Kouzelníci z Waverly
Slovakiamarker
Hungarymarker Varázslók a Waverly helyről
Greecemarker Disney Channel Greece November 7, 2009 ΟΙ ΜΑΓΟΙ ΤΟΥ ΓΟΥΕΒΕΡΛΥ
Russiamarker СТС November 2, 2009 Волшебники из Вэйверли Плэйс


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