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Wizards of Waverly Place
Genre Family sitcom fantasy
Created by Todd J. Greenwald
Starring
  • Selena Gomez
  • David Henrie
  • Jake T. Austin
  • Jennifer Stone
  • María Canals Barrera
  • David DeLuise
Theme music composer
  • John Adair
  • Steve Hampton
Opening theme "Everything Is Not What It Seems" performed by Selena Gomez
Country of origin United States
Originallanguage(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 106 (list of episodes)
Production
Executiveproducer(s)
  • Todd J. Greenwald
  • Peter Murrieta (seasons 1–3)
  • Vince Cheung
    Ben Montanio
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Productioncompany(s) It's a Laugh Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format
  • Seasons 1–2; SDTV
  • NTSC;480i
  • PAL;576i
  • Seasons 3–4; HDTV
  • 720p (USA and Asia)
  • 1080i (International)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release October 12, 2007 – January 6, 2012
Chronology
Related shows Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (film)

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (special)

External links
Official website

Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings with magical abilities competing to win sole custody of the family powers. Further main cast includes Jennifer Stone, María Canals Barrera, and David DeLuise.

The series won "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. A film adaptation of the series,Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on August 28, 2009. The film adaptation won "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards earning the series its second consecutive Emmy. The farewell season won "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards bringing the franchise's total to three Emmy awards. Wizards of Waverly Place ended with 106 episodes over four seasons, surpassing That's So Raven. Its series finale averaged nearly 10 million viewers (live+same day), which made that episode the most-watched series finale in Disney Channel's history.

On March 15, 2013, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex premiered as a one-hour television special.

Premise Edit

Wizards of Waverly Place chronicles the adventures of the Russo Family. The Russos live on Waverly Place in Manhattan'sGreenwich Village, above a sandwich shop which they own and run. The family consists of siblings Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin(David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin). The three teenagers are wizards and live with their Italian father, Jerry (David DeLuise), a former family wizard, and their mortal Mexican mother, Theresa (María Canals Barrera). When the Russo siblings complete their wizard training, they are to participate in a competition to decide who will become the Family Wizard (the one to keep his/her magical powers forever) of their generation, while the others lose their powers and become mortals. Because of this, Jerry tries to teach his children to not become dependent on magic. Since one of them gets to keep their powers, though, Jerry also gives his children wizard lessons (the lessons end mid Season four). The storage room of the Russo family's sub station is a wizard's lair. In the lair is a Portal which allows them to visit the wizard world, and other creatures to visit them. The headmaster of the wizard council,Professor Crumbs (Ian Abercrombie), regularly pays visits to the Russo home.

The Russo siblings attend Tribeca Preparatory School and constantly encounter their Old West style principal, Mr. Laritate (Bill Chott). Because they live in the mortal world, the Russos are required to keep the existence of wizardry a secret. Even so, Alex's best friend, Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone), discovers the secret in Season 2's episode "Harper Knows". Justin's best friend, Zeke Beakerman (Dan Benson), also finds out in Season 4's episode "Zeke Finds Out", along with Alex's boyfriend, Mason Greyback (Gregg Sulkin), who is a werewolf.

Cast Edit

Main article: List of Wizards of Waverly Place characters

The fourth season main cast (L-R): María Canals Barrera as Theresa Russo, David DeLuise as Jerry Russo, Jake T. Austin as Max Russo, Selena Gomez as Alex Russo,David Henrie as Justin Russo, and Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle.

Main Edit

  • Selena Gomez as Alex Russo
  • David Henrie as Justin Russo
  • Jake T. Austin as Max Russo
  • Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle
  • María Canals Barrera as Theresa Russo
  • David DeLuise as Jerry Russo

Recurring Edit

  • Ian Abercrombie as Professor Crumbs (seasons 1–4)
  • Gregg Sulkin as Mason Greyback (seasons 3–4)
  • Dan Benson as Ezekiel "Zeke" Beakerman
  • Bill Chott as Mr. Hershel Laritate
  • Moisés Arias as Conscience (season 3)
  • Jeff Garlin as Uncle Kelbo (seasons 1–3)
  • Lucy Hale as Miranda Hampson (season 1)
  • Andy Kindler as Chancellor Rudy Tootietootie (seasons 3–4)
  • Hayley Kiyoko as Stevie Nichols (season 3)
  • Paulie Litt as Frankie/Joey (seasons 1, 3)
  • Kari Wahlgren as Helen (season 4)
  • Bailee Madison as Maxine Russo (season 4)
  • Bridgit Mendler as Juliet van Heusen (seasons 2–4)
  • Frank Pacheco as Felix (season 4)
  • Leven Rambin as Rosie (season 4)
  • John Rubinstein as Gorog (season 4)
  • Daniel Samonas as Dean Moriarty (seasons 2, 4)
  • Skyler Samuels as Gertrude "Gigi" Hollingsworth (seasons 1–2)
  • Fred Stoller as Dexter (season 4)
  • Josh Sussman as Hugh Normous (seasons 1–2, 4)
  • Amanda Tepe as Monotone Lady (seasons 1–2)
  • Cameron Sanders as Nelvis (season 4)
  • McKaley Miller as Talia Robinson (season 4)

Production Edit

This series was created and as produced by Todd J. Greenwald, who began developing the show after working as a writer and consulting producer during the first season of Hannah Montana. The show is produced by It's a Laugh Productions and Disney Channel Original Productions. The theme song, "Everything Is Not What It Seems", written by John Adair and Steve Hampton, is of techno-pop style and is performed by Selena Gomez. The series was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California.

Opening sequence Edit

For the first three seasons the show used the same title sequence which is set to Selena Gomez's rendition of "Everything Is Not What It Seems"; it shows Alex, Justin, Max and Harper engaging in magical antics while preparing for school in the morning. The fourth season began using a slightly altered version of the song, and a different sequence involving the cast, who all appear in Times Square at the end of the sequence with Alex waving her wand.

Reception Edit

The show debuted on Disney Channel on October 12, 2007 after the premiere of Twitches Too, gathering 5.9 million viewers. In January 2010, "Wizards vs. Werewolves" one-hour special episode became the series' most-watched (non-crossover) episode with 6.2 million viewers, surpassing the 6 million viewers of "Paint By Committee" episodeThe series' most watched episode, including crossovers, was "Cast-Away (To Another Show)" episode, which was included in the special trilogy of crossover episodes between three Disney Channel original sitcoms, Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana. The broadcast was watched by 10.6 million viewers. In 2009, the series was the top scripted telecast for teens between the age of 9–14 (1.63 million/6.7 rating) and second in kids 6–11 (1.81 million/7.4 rating), which was only slightly behind The Suite Life on Deck (1.82 million/7.4 rating.)

Series overview Edit

Main article: List of Wizards of Waverly Place episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 21 October 12, 2007 August 31, 2008
2 30 September 12, 2008 August 21, 2009
Film August 28, 2009
3 28 October 9, 2009 October 15, 2010
4 27 November 12, 2010 January 6, 2012
Special March 15, 2013

Crossover with The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana Edit

Main article: Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana

The episode "Cast-Away (To Another Show)" is the first part of a three-way crossover that continues on The Suite Life on Deck and concludes on Hannah Montana. Justin takes Alex and Max on a cruise to Hawaii aboard the SS Tipton when he wins tickets. He pretends to be a doctor to impress London Tipton while Alex uses magic to bring Harper on the ship. During the cruise, Alex pulls a prank on Justin that turns him blue while Hannah Montana boards the ship to attend a concert in Hawaii, leading Cody to try and get tickets for himself and Bailey.

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

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 in the caribe Hilton hotel, Los Angeles, and New York City from February 16 to March 27, 2009. The movie received 11.4 million viewers on its premiere, making it the second-most-viewed DCOM premiere in the US after High School Musical 2. It was the 7th most watched basic cable telecast in 2009. It won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 for "Outstanding Children's Program".

Series finale Edit

On Friday, January 6, 2012, Wizards of Waverly Place aired its one-hour series finale, "Who Will Be The Family Wizard?", which averaged nearly 10 million viewers (9.8 million; live+same day) to up to 11.3 million. Although it was not the series' most-watched special, being behind Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and Cast Away (To Another Show), it was the most-watched finale for a Disney Channel Original Series.

Excluding the crossover programming special, it was the franchise's most-watched episode. The closer also set series best among kids 6–11 (4.2 million) and teens 9–14 (3.8 million). It also obtained a solid 1.9 rating with adults 18–49. Notably, the finale is the current TV season's most-watched cable telecast among scripted programs.

The show ended with Alex becoming the family wizard, Justin being declared new Headmaster of WizTech (also keeping his wizard powers), and Max getting to run the sub shop.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Edit

Main article: The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex

On September 27, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Wizards of Waverly Place would return for an hour-long special, that began production on October 22, 2012, and ended production on November 10, 2012, for a premiere telecast on the cable channel in early 2013. The special, executive-produced by Selena Gomez, alongside series executive producers Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (who also co-wrote the special with Dan Berendsen), centers on the Russos', Mason, and Harper's visit to Italy to meet long-lost relatives from Jerry's side of the family. In an attempt to prove to her family that she's not merely a carefree wizard, Alex inadvertently casts a spell that creates two versions of her with differing personalities: an evil version of Alex that ends up involved in another wizard's (Dominic) plan for world domination, and a good version who upon discovering the wizard's plan, tries to find a way to save her family and mankind, leading to a literal battle between good and evil atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The film is titled The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex and premiered on March 15, 2013.

Episodes Edit

Season 1 (2007–08) Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (season 1)

Wizards of Waverly Place Season 1 episodes
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1 1 "Crazy 10-Minute Sale" Fred Savage Todd J. Greenwald October 12, 2007 102 5.9
2 2 "First Kiss" Joe Regalbuto Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio October 19, 2007 104 4.8
3 3 "I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain" Joe Regalbuto Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein October 26, 2007 105 3.7
4 4 "New Employee" Bob Berlinger Peter Murrieta November 2, 2007 107 N/A
5 5 "Disenchanted Evening" Mark Cendrowski Jack Sanderson November 9, 2007 114 4.6
6 6 "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" Fred Savage Peter Murrieta November 10, 2007 101 4.0
7 7 "Alex's Choice" Bob Berlinger Matt Goldman November 16, 2007 109 N/A
8 8 "Curb Your Dragon" Bob Berlinger Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein November 30, 2007 108 N/A
9 9 "Movies" Mark Cendrowski Justin Varava December 14, 2007 113 N/A
10 10 "Pop Me and We Both Go Down" Bob Berlinger Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio January 6, 2008 103 N/A
11 11 "Potion Commotion" Bob Berlinger Todd J. Greenwald February 10, 2008 110 N/A
12 12 "Justin's Little Sister" Andrew Tsao Eve Weston March 9, 2008 117 N/A
13 13 "Wizard School" (Part 1) Mark Cendrowski Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio April 6, 2008 111 3.7
14 14 "Wizard School" (Part 2) Mark Cendrowski Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein April 6, 2008 112 3.7
15 15 "The Supernatural" Mark Cendrowski Matt Goldman May 18, 2008 115 N/A
16 16 "Alex in the Middle" Bob Berlinger Matt Goldman June 15, 2008 106 N/A
17 17 "Report Card" Andrew Tsao Gigi McCreery, Perry Rein &

Peter Murrieta

June 29, 2008 118 N/A
18 18 "Credit Check" Fred Savage Todd J. Greenwald July 6, 2008 121 N/A
19 19 "Alex's Spring Fling" Victor Gonzalez Matt Goldman July 20, 2008 119 N/A
20 20 "Quinceañera" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein August 10, 2008 116 3.7
21 21 "Art Museum Piece" Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio August 31, 2008 120 N/A

Season 2 (2008–09) Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (season 2)

Wizards of Waverly Place Season 2 episodes
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22 1 "Smarty Pants" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald September 12, 2008 201 4.8
23 2 "Beware Wolf" Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio September 21, 2008 202 4.0
24 3 "Graphic Novel" Mark Cendrowski Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein October 5, 2008 203 3.9
25 4 "Racing" Victor Gonzalez Justine Bateman October 12, 2008 204 4.3
26 5 "Alex's Brother, Maximan" Victor Gonzalez Matt Goldman October 19, 2008 205 N/A
27 6 "Saving WizTech Part 1" Bob Berlinger Peter Murrieta October 26, 2008 208 4.5
28 7 "Saving WizTech Part 2" Bob Berlinger Peter Murrieta October 26, 2008 209 4.9
29 8 "Harper Knows" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein November 23, 2008 206 4.6
30 9 "Taxi Dance" Mark Cendrowski Peter Murrieta December 7, 2008 207 N/A
31 10 "Baby Cupid" Bob Berlinger Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio December 14, 2008 210 4.1
32 11 "Make It Happen" Bob Koherr Justin Varava January 1, 2009 211 N/A
33 12 "Fairy Tale" Bob Koherr Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein January 25, 2009 213 N/A
34 13 "Fashion Week" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald February 15, 2009 215 3.9
35 14 "Helping Hand" Bob Koherr Jay Baxter & Shaun Zaken February 16, 2009 217 4.5
36 15 "Art Teacher" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald March 1, 2009 214 4.1
37 16 "Future Harper" Bob Koherr Matt Goldman & Peter Murrieta March 15, 2009 212 4.1
38 17 "Alex Does Good" Guy Distad Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio April 5, 2009 219 2.8
39 18 "Hugh's Not Normous" Ken Ceizler Justin Varava April 12, 2009 216 3.2
40 19 "Don't Rain on Justin's Parade – Earth" Bob Koherr Richard Goodman April 19, 2009 227 3.7
41 20 "Family Game Night" Bob Koherr Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein April 26, 2009 218 N/A
42 21 "Justin's New Girlfriend" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman May 2, 2009 221 N/A
43 22 "My Tutor, Tutor" David DeLuise Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio May 29, 2009 226 N/A
44 23 "Paint By Committee" Bob Koherr Peter Dirksen June 26, 2009 229 6.0
45 24 "Wizard for a Day" Bob Koherr Justin Varava July 10, 2009 230 N/A
46 25 "Cast-Away (To Another Show)"

"(Part one of "Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana")"

Victor Gonzalez Peter Murrieta July 17, 2009 220 9.3
47 26 "Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place" Victor Gonzalez Peter Murrieta July 24, 2009 223 5.0
48 27 "Wizards vs. Vampires: Tasty Bites" Mark Cendrowski Justin Varava July 31, 2009 224 4.8
49 28 "Wizards vs. Vampires: Dream Date" Bob Koherr Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein August 7, 2009 225 5.0
50 29 "Wizards & Vampires vs. Zombies" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein August 8, 2009 228 N/A
51 30 "Retest" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald August 21, 2009 222 3.9

Film (2009) Edit

Title Directed by Written by Original U.S. air date U.S. viewers

(millions)

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Lev L. Spiro Dan Berendsen August 28, 2009 13.5

Season 3 (2009–10) Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (season 3)

Wizards of Waverly Place Season 3 episodes
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52 1 "Franken Girl" Bob Koherr Peter Murrieta October 9, 2009 301 4.6
53 2 "Halloween" Bob Koherr Todd J. Greenwald October 16, 2009 302 4.5
54 3 "Monster Hunter" Bob Koherr Richard Goodman October 23, 2009 303 4.3
55 4 "Three Monsters" Victor Gonzalez Justin Varava October 30, 2009 304 4.4
56 5 "Night at the Lazerama" Victor Gonzalez Peter Murrieta November 6, 2009 306 4.7
57 6 "Doll House" Jean Sagal Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio November 20, 2009 305 4.1
58 7 "Marathoner Harper"

"Marathoner Helper"

Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio December 4, 2009 307 4.2
59 8 "Alex Charms a Boy"

"You Muse, You Lose (United Kingdom)"

Bob Koherr Peter Murrieta January 15, 2010 313 3.9
60 9 "Wizards vs. Werewolves" Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung,

Ben Montanio, Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein

January 22, 2010 314/315 6.2
61 10 "Positive Alex" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein February 26, 2010 308 3.6
62 11 "Detention Election" Bob Koherr Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein March 19, 2010 309 3.3
63 12 "Dude Looks Like Shakira" Victor Gonzalez Peter Murrieta April 16, 2010 317 3.5
64 13 "Eat to the Beat" Guy Distad Richard Goodman April 30, 2010 310 3.3
65 14 "Third Wheel" Robbie Countryman Justin Varava April 30, 2010 311 3.6
66 15 "The Good, the Bad, and the Alex" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald May 7, 2010 312 3.5
67 16 "Western Show" Bob Koherr Justin Varava May 14, 2010 316 3.5
68 17 "Alex's Logo" David DeLuise David Henrie May 21, 2010 318 3.7
69 18 "Dad's Buggin' Out" Guy Distad Todd J. Greenwald June 4, 2010 319 3.4
70 19 "Max's Secret Girlfriend" Bob Koherr Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein June 11, 2010 321 3.2
71 20 "Alex Russo, Matchmaker?" David DeLuise Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio July 2, 2010 322 3.3
72 21 "Delinquent Justin" Mary Lou Belli Justin Varava July 16, 2010 323 3.6
73 22 "Captain Jim Bob Sherwood" Jean Sagal Richard Goodman July 23, 2010 320 3.6
74 23 "Wizards vs. Finkles" Victor Gonzalez Peter Dirksen July 30, 2010 325 3.7
75 24 "All About You-Niverse"

"Alex Through the Looking Glass (Russia)"

Bob Koherr Marcus Alexander Hart August 20, 2010 326 3.7
76 25 "Uncle Ernesto" Bob Koherr Todd J. Greenwald August 27, 2010 327 3.4
77 26 "Moving On" Robbie Countryman Peter Murrieta September 10, 2010 324 4.5
78 27 "Wizards Unleashed"

"Alex Saves Mason (Alternative) / Puppy Love (United Kingdom)"

Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio (Part 1)

Justin Varava (Part 2)

October 1, 2010 328-329 4.8
79 28 "Wizards Exposed" Bob Koherr Richard Goodman October 15, 2010 330 4.3

Season 4 (2010–12) Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (season 4)

Wizards of Waverly Place Season 4 episodes
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80 1 "Alex Tells the World" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein November 12, 2010 401 4.1
81 2 "Alex Gives Up" Victor Gonzalez Todd J. Greenwald November 27, 2010 402 N/A
82 3 "Lucky Charmed" Victor Gonzalez Justin Varava December 10, 2010 403 3.0
83 4 "Journey to the Center of Mason" Robbie Countryman Peter Dirksen December 17, 2010 404 N/A
84 5 "Three Maxes and a Little Lady" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman January 7, 2011 405 4.0
85 6 "Daddy's Little Girl" Robbie Countryman Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein January 21, 2011 406 3.4
86 7 "Everything's Rosie for Justin" Victor Gonzalez Justin Varava February 4, 2011 407 3.9
87 8 "Dancing with Angels" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman February 11, 2011 408 4.5
88 9 "Wizards vs. Angels" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman February 18, 2011 409–410 5.1
89 10 "Back To Max" Guy Distad Todd J. Greenwald March 11, 2011 411 3.7
90 11 "Zeke Finds Out" David DeLuise Peter Dirksen April 8, 2011 412 3.0
91 12 "Magic Unmasked" David DeLuise Justin Varava May 13, 2011 413 2.7
92 13 "Meet the Werewolves" Victor Gonzalez David Henrie June 17, 2011 415 4.1
93 14 "Beast Tamer" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein June 24, 2011 416 4.0
94 15 "Wizard of the Year" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman July 8, 2011 417 3.6
95 16 "Misfortune at the Beach" Jody Margolin Hahn Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio July 24, 2011 420 3.5
96 17 "Wizards vs. Asteroid" Victor Gonzalez Peter Dirksen August 19, 2011 418 3.6
97 18 "Justin's Back In" Guy Distad Todd J. Greenwald August 26, 2011 419 3.2
98 19 "Alex the Puppetmaster" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein September 16, 2011 421 2.9
99 20 "My Two Harpers" Victor Gonzalez Manny Basanese September 30, 2011 422 3.0
100 21 "Wizards of Apartment 13B" Guy Distad Justin Varava October 7, 2011 423 3.5
101 22 "Ghost Roommate" David DeLuise Richard Goodman October 14, 2011 424 4.1
102 23 "Get Along, Little Zombie" Victor Gonzalez Peter Dirksen October 21, 2011 425 3.7
103 24 "Wizards vs. Everything" Victor Gonzalez Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein October 28, 2011 426 3.4
104 25 "Rock Around the Clock" Guy Distad Robert Boesel November 4, 2011 414 3.8
105 26 "Harperella" Victor Gonzalez Richard Goodman & Justin Varava November 18, 2011 427 3.5
106 27 "Who Will Be the Family Wizard" Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio (Part 1)

Todd J. Greenwald (Part 2)

January 6, 2012 428–429 9.8

Special (2013)[edit] Edit

Title Directed by Written by Original U.S. air date U.S. viewers

(millions)

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Victor Gonzalez Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio & Dan Berendsen March 15, 2013 5.9


Merchandise Edit

Soundtrack Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (soundtrack)

The soundtrack album for the hit Disney Channel Original Series of the same name. The album was released as a physical CD, enhanced CD and digital on August 4, 2009, under Walt Disney Records The album includes songs from and inspired by the TV series and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

In response to the soundtrack, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic recognized Wizards for its "teen revamps of boomer classics that parents can enjoy too". He also stated that the album is "agreeable" and that Selena Gomez "inevitably stands out from the pack". However, Erlewine said: "the dang-awful version of America's "You Can Do Magic" byDrew Seeley is sunk by its hyper-claustrophobic rhythms, the biggest rearrangement of a tune here and easily the worst cut.

Video game Edit

Main article: Wizards of Waverly Place (video game)

A video game based on the series was released in August 2009.

Compilations Edit

Name Episodes Region 1 Region 2 DVD extras
Wizards of Waverly Place: Wizard School Wizard School Part 1, Wizard School Part 2, Curb Your Dragon, Disenchanted Evening July 29, 2008 TBA 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 TBA Fashionista Presto Chango! – Go behind the scenes with the stars for some wardrobe magic!
Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana Cast-Away (To Another Show) (Wizards), "Double Crossed" (Suite Life), "Super(stitious) Girl" (Hannah Montana) September 22, 2009 TBA Justin's Award Winning Essay – It's A Suite Life Having Fun With Hannah & The Wizards
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex TV Special June 25, 2013 TBA "Who Will Be the Family Wizard?" – Bonus Episode


season releases

Name Episodes Region 2 Region 4 DVD extras
Season 1: Volume 1: Work It Like a Wizard Crazy 10-Minutes Sale, First Kiss, I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain, New Employee, Disenchanted Evening, You Can't Always Get What You Carpet, Alex's Choice October 5, 2009 March 3, 2010 Work It Like a Wizard – Selena, Jake and David's favorite things to do.
Season 1: Volume 2: Magic Training Curb Your Dragon, Movies, Pop Me and We Both Go Down, Potion Commotion, Justin's Little Sister, Wizard School Part 1, Wizard School Part 2 October 5, 2009 June 2, 2010 Casting A Spell
Season 1: Volume 3: Stylin' Powers The Supernatural, Alex in the Middle, Report Card, Credit Check, Alex's Spring Fling, Quinceanera, Art Museum Piece October 5, 2009 August 2010 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, on October 1, 2009 in Spain, on March 3, 2010 in France and on March 12, 2010 in Poland.

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series Jake T. Austin Nominated
Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Selena Gomez Nominated
María Canals Barrera Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Selena Gomez

David Henrie
Jennifer Stone
Jake T. Austin

Nominated
Imagen Award Best Actress – Television Selena Gomez Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Television María Canals Barrera Nominated
Directors Guild of America Best Director in Children’s Programs Fred Savage (Episode The Crazy 10 Minute Sale) Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Children's Series Programming Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee Nominated
2009 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Selena Gomez Won
2009 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave International TV Star Selena Gomez Nominated
ALMA Award Actor in Television – Comedy Jake T. Austin Nominated
Actress in Television – Comedy Selena Gomez Won
María Canals Barrera Nominated
Behind The Scenes Peter Murrieta Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Selena Gomez Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Jake T. Austin Nominated
Imagen Award Best Actress – Television Selena Gomez Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Television María Canals Barrera Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program – Series or Special Selena Gomez Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Sidekick Jake T. Austin Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Children's Program Wizards of Waverly Place Won
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Children's Series Programming Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee Won
2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Selena Gomez Won
Favorite TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Star Selena Gomez Won
Fave TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Jake T. Austin Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program – Series or Special Selena Gomez Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Selena Gomez Won
Choice TV Show: Comedy Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Children's Program Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actor: Comedy Gregg Sulkin Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote: TV Wizards of Waverly Place Won
Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Comedy Series Selena Gomez Won
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Female Personality Selena Gomez Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Children's Series Programming Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee Nominated
Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Award for Best Television Film or Miniseries Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
2011 2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Selena Gomez Won
Favorite TV Sidekick David Henrie Nominated
Favorite TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
2011 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Star Selena Gomez Won
Fave TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Won
ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy Selena Gomez Nominated
Favorite TV Actress – Supporting Role María Canals Barrera Won
Favorite TV Series Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress 11–15 Bella Thorne Nominated
Imagen Award Best Young Actress/Television Selena Gomez Won
Best Supporting Actress/Television María Canals Barrera Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program – Series or Special Selena Gomez Nominated
Outstanding Children's Program Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Selena Gomez Won
Choice TV Show: Comedy Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Children's Program Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series Rick Frank Gunter (Episode Dancing With Angels) Nominated
Youth Rocks Awards Rockin' Ensemble Cast (TV/Comedy) Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Rockin' Sidekick (TV/Film) Jake T. Austin Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Favorite International Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite TV International Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Children's Series Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee Nominated
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Selena Gomez Won
Favorite TV Sidekick Jennifer Stone Nominated
Favorite TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress 17–21 Bridgit Mendler Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 14–17 LJ Benet Nominated
Imagen Award Best Young Actress/Television Selena Gomez Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Children's Program Wizards of Waverly Place Won
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Favorite Television Actress Selena Gomez Nominated
Favorite Television Actor Jake T. Austin Won
Favorite Television Show Wizards of Waverly Place Won
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Children's Series Programming Ruth Lambert y Robert McGee Won
2013 2013 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Selena Gomez Won
Favorite TV Actor Jake T. Austin Nominated
Favorite TV Show Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Actress/Television Selena Gomez Nominated
Best Children’s Programming The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Nominated

Broadcast Edit

The show airs worldwide on Disney Channel. It premiered on October 12, 2007 in Pakistan. In Australia it premiered on October 19, 2007 and it also airs on Seven Networkstarting October 4, 2008. It premiered on the same date in New Zealand and first aired on FOUR on February 4, 2009. It premiered on October 26, 2007 on Family in Canada. In the United Kingdom it started airing on November 4, 2007 and it also airs on Channel 5. It premiered on November 3, 2007 in Ireland and also airs on TRTÉ. It premiered inMalaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines on March 9, 2008. It first aired in India and Bangladesh on May 5, 2008. In South Africa it premiered on June 22, 2008.

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