March 16, 2011 / 6:48 AM / 8 years ago

Suite Life starlet gets own Disney Channel series

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato before her, Debby Ryan has the star machine of Disney behind her.

The actress, who plays country girl Bailey Pickett on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Deck,” has been tapped to star in a new Disney series called “Jessie.” She’ll play a teen from rural Texas who moves to New York and becomes an au pair to a wealthy family with four children. The series will be previewed Wednesday at Disney’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York, where Ryan will be in attendance.

The series, which premieres in the fall, will once again team Ryan with “Suite Life” producer Pam Eels. Disney will position the show as a companion to the already popular “Good Luck Charlie.”

Meantime, the network will continue to pump the Ryan brand through the “Suite Life on Deck” movie, which will premiere on the channel March 25. Ryan previously appeared in the Disney Channel’s “16 Wishes” movie.

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