It surprised no one when the Harry Potter-inspired worldwide obsession with wizardry infiltrated the Disney Channel, bringing us four seasons of the Emmy-winning Wizards of Waverly Place (which, if you were wondering, just aired its last regular episode, with a special series finale slated for Jan. 6).
Benny (Atticus Dean Mitchell), Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), and Ethan (Matthew Knight) in My Babysitter's a Vampire.
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But the intrusion of the vampire fad into kids' programming might have raised a few eyebrows. After all, not only are vampires blood-sucking undead, but increasingly over the past several decades they've developed a very adult function in fantasy drama as avatars of carnal desire. Nonetheless, the Canadian import My Babysitter's a Vampire not only debuted on Disney this summer, but has been successful enough to be asked back for a second season.
Of course, Babysitter isn't so much focused on vampires' sultry nature as on the usual supernatural pantheon: Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), the titular "my," not only has a vampire babysitter but himself has touch-triggered visions (a la Johnny Smith), and has a buddy who can cast spells, and they encounter lots of ghosts, zombies, et al. in their adventures. Knight has plenty of experience with the spooky side of things: he played the child version of Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files, and is a veteran of both the Hallmark Channel Good Witch movies and The Grudge franchise.
Babysitter averaged 3.7 million viewers in its 13-episode first season on Disney and was the No. 1 cable show among kids 2-11 in its time period. Season 2 of Babysitter, which is produced by Fresh TV and airs on Teletoon up north, is, in fact, already in production; but the influx of cash from Disney Channel's American and Latin American pick-up is a boon for the producers.
"We are thrilled with the success that My Babysitter's a Vampire has experienced on Disney Channel and excited to be picked up for a second season," said Tom McGillis, the executive producer and president of Fresh TV. "Season two is loaded with more action, adventure, comedic relief and tons of surprises. It is sure to satisfy Disney Channel viewers' vampire cravings." At least until they're old enough for The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.
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