The Show: Punk’d
The 411: Fans will be disappointed, but Hollywood can give a collective sigh of relief – this debut will be Ashton’s last after eight seasons of celebrity pranks.
End of an Era? Most likely, yes, but it’s not the first time he’s called it quits. In 2003, Ashton announced that the series was ending after two seasons, prompting celebrities to let their guard down. For now Jo Jo, Hayden Panetierre, Zac Efron and others will be the last ones to get duped, culminating with the Punk’d Awards.
When to Watch: Tuesdays, at 9 p.m., on MTV
The Show: Hannah Montana
The 411: Miley returns as a high school freshman on the show about a pop star posing as a typical teen. But offscreen she has her own solo double disc album, The Best of Both Worlds, due out June 26. “I’m stoked,” she says. “It’s more personal. It’s introducing you to Miley Cyrus, the girl underneath the wig.”
A Big Year: While Hannah became one of the Disney Channel’s most successful series and biggest selling albums last year, Miley celebrated an even better high: “I went to prom,” says the 14-year-old, whose date was a friend. “My dress was so pretty!”
When to Watch: Special premiere April 23, at 7 p.m. ET, on the Disney Channel (regularly on Fridays, at 7)
Vanessa & Angela Simmons
The Show: Run’s House
The 411: Season three began with heartache, showing the family’s grief after the death of dad Rev. Run and mom Justine’s newborn baby. “It was extremely hard to deal with,” says Vanessa, 23. How do the sisters feel about sharing tragedy with the world? “Someone else [may be] going through what we went through,” says Angela, 19. “Perhaps we’re helping them.”
Moving Out: The two have left their family’s New Jersey nest to become career women in Manhattan, launching a sneaker line “for girls, by girls” called Pastry.
When to Watch: Mondays, at 10 p.m., on MTV
The Show: High School Musical: The Concert
The 411: When Disney decided to take the show on the road, there was a problem: The movie’s star, Zac Efron, wasn’t available. Luckily, Drew – who co-wrote the Emmy-nominated song “Get’cha Head in the Game,” was.
The New Guy: “I was nervous for a couple minutes until I met [the cast] and they really welcomed me,” says the 24-year-old. Look out for his debut album later this year. “It’s a little more RampB than what you heard from High School Musical,” he says.
When to Watch: May 4, at 9 p.m., on the Disney Channel
Taquita Thorn & Kaui Beamer
The Show: Taquita amp Kaui
The 411: Don’t expect anything like the Real World suite at the Palms Hotel. These reality-star BFFs are staying at the budget Happi Inn as they chase their showbiz dream in Las Vegas. “We were kind of mad [about the digs],” jokes Taquita, 20.
Friends Before Fame: The two met while taping MTV’s Making the Band. “Things happen for a reason,” says Taquita of not landing in the band, Danity Kane, while Kaui, 23, has another view: “We wanted to be the star of the show right away. You have to crawl before you walk.”
When to Watch: Mondays, at 10:30 p.m. ET, on MTV
Cole & Dylan Sprouse
The Show: The Suite Life of Zack amp Cody
The 411: When the show premieres, Zack and Cody are off to Hollywood thanks to two TV writers who want to make a show about their life at the Tipton Hotel.
Familiar Story: Offscreen, these 14-year-old twins, who’ve been acting since they were just 6 months old and shared the screen with Adam Sandler and Johnny Depp, are already following in some famous footsteps. They have a deal with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s DualStar Entertainment Group to release a line of DVDs, CDs, sporting goods, clothing and ringtones.
When to Watch: Fridays, at 8 p.m., on the Disney Channel
The Show: Falcon Beach
The 411: The beach drama heats up when Jason Tanner (Steve) tries to stop the construction of a fancy new resort. The only problem? Paige, last summer’s love, is back – and her dad is the one who wants to build it.
True Romance: In real life, the 27-year-old, who says he loves “a good sense of humor, a beautiful smile and a kind nature,” is off the market. Canadian actress Jennifer Steede, 29, fit the bill. “We eloped in Las Vegas at The Little Chapel of the Flowers,” he says. “It was amazing.”
When to Watch: Mondays, at 9 p.m., on ABC Family