What’s Up Warthogs!

West Hill High’s morning announcements return to the airwaves on Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m. ET with the second season premiere of the Canadian original production What’s Up, Warthogs! on Astral’s Disney XD.

What’s Up, Warthogs! follows arch-rivals Eric Ortiz (Tiago Abreu) and Victoria Jagger (Karissa Lee Staples) as they begrudgingly team up to save the on-air announcements at West Hill High from returning to the “boringpalooza” show of the past.

The second season picks up with the after-math of the student body presidential election as the “What’s Up, Warthogs!” team is working on a new broadcast strategy since learning the results of the vote.

In the premiere episode, “Prank You for Joking,” Victoria gets a job working at Eric’s favourite prank store and with the help of her friends, brings down a gorilla-suit wearing thief. Meanwhile, Laney is the victim of several pranks by the gang until she turns the tables on them. Following the premiere episode, What’s Up, Warthogs! moves to its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. ET beginning April 7.

Viewers who can’t get enough of Eric and Victoria’s competitive spirit can visit DisneyXD.ca to play the “Eric vs. Victoria” game. The duo invites users to compete in four challenges, playing on behalf of ‘Team Eric’ or ‘Team Victoria.’ The points that each user collects are added to their team’s tally and for each game, one team leader is announced the winner, while the opposing team leader completes an embarrassing task. The game is currently available on the website, with new levels being unveiled in the coming weeks.

Leading into the premiere of What’s Up, Warthogs! is an April Fool’s Day Prank-A-Thon. Beginning at 12 p.m. ET, viewers can catch their favourite practical jokers wreaking havoc during an 11-episode marathon featuring Kickin’ It, Pair of Kings, Zeke and Luther, I’m In The Band, plus two brand new episodes of PrankStars with Adam Hicks and Leo Howard. All the episodes from the Prank-A-Thon will be available on Disney XD OnDemand as of April 3.

What’s Up, Warthogs! is produced by Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) and executive produced by Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures and Bill O’Dowd of Dolphin Entertainment (Zoey 101, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide). Created by Alex Diaz and Julie Sagalowsky-Diaz, the writing team is led by showrunner Dean Batali (That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). 

Family Channel gets schooled this fall by practical jokers and a new nanny on Friday, September 30 with The 100% Cheese-Free Marathon.

Delivering a sneak peek of the new comedy Jessie at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and the premiere of reality series PrankStars at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, the lineup is packed with laughs.

The night also features new episodes of Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie and What’s Up, Warthogs!, along with revealing the winner for the Roving Reporter contest.

Debby Ryan (The Suite Life on Deck) stars in the new comedy series Jessie, headlining the night at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new Disney Channel Original Series follows a Texan teen who moves to New York City.

She lands a job as a nanny to a high-profile couple’s four children, one of their imaginary friends and a seven foot Asian Water Monitor lizard named Mr. Kipling.

In the sneak peek episode, Jessie quickly discovers how much she relies on the support and advice of the kids in her care. New episodes of the series will air Fridays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT from October 14.

Making its debut earlier in the night at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT is the reality series PrankStars. Hosted by Mitchel Musso (Pair of Kings), the hidden-camera series features stars surprising their biggest fans as unsuspecting tweens and teens are set up by family members and come face-to-face with their favourite celebrities. In the premiere episode, 14-year-old Mary is put to the test when she is paired up with Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), disguised as a typical teenager, in an audition for a fake bubble gum commercial. The fun continues as Debby Ryan recruits Albany to model for her upcoming fashion show and Mitchel Musso gets in on the pranks when he asks an unsuspecting Luke to pretend to be his best friend.

Leading to the premiere of Jessie and PrankStars, new episodes air on Family Channel from 4:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning with Phineas and Ferb. Candace tries to bust the boys but doesn’t realize that they are helping out with their mom’s modern art installation and Dad accidentally crosses paths with Dr. Doofenshmirtz. 

At 4:30 p.m. ET/PT it’s a new episode of What’s Up, Warthogs! in which Eric tries to impress a girl and becomes jealous when the gang seems to like her more than him. During this episode, Family will also announce the first, second and third place winners of the What’s Up, Warthogs! Roving Reporter Contest. After submitting a newscast and having viewers vote for it, the grand prize winner earns a trip for three to Toronto and the special guest spot in a What’s Up, Warthogs! webisode.

Family is delivering two new episodes of Good Luck Charlie to keep the fun rolling from 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Gabe and his friend Leo (Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez) start competing lemonade stands. Later, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, Teddy and Ivy ditch class for the day after Teddy discovers she has a reputation for being a goody-two-shoes.

Aircraft Pictures and Dolphin Entertainment began principal photography today in Toronto on season two of What’s Up, Warthogs!, a 20 x 22 minute live-action tween sitcom for Family Channel and Disney XD.

“We’re very privileged to once again be working with such an outstanding team of creative individuals on every level for season two,” says Producer Anthony Leo, “If a fraction of the fun we have on set translates onto the screen, I know audiences will be in for something very special.”

“What’s Up, Warthogs! is an innovative and versatile series and we are very pleased to be making more episodes,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director of Original Programming, Astral Kids. “The show has delighted viewers on television and online through its unique format, making it one of the top performers for Family and Disney XD.”

What’s Up, Warthogs! follows arch-rivals Eric (Tiago Abreu) and Victoria (Karissa Lee Staples) as they begrudgingly team up to save the on-air announcements at West Hills High from returning to the “boringpalooza” show of the past.

Add Eric’s off beat, camera shy, best friend Charlie (Ed Witzke) and twelve–year-old genius, Laney (Ana Golja), plus the help of guest reporters and user-generated content, and West Hill soon has a show that truly puts the students in charge.

Together, the crew shares adventures, laughs and the unlikeliest of friendship as they create an awesome show that becomes a bright spot during the monotony of high school.

Season two opens in the after-math of the student body Presidential election and the What’s Up, Warthogs! team is working on a new broadcast strategy since learning the results.  Taking on more responsibility in the school, Victoria leaves Eric looking for a replacement co-anchor for their show.  Charlie, Laney, and Mr. Denovi (Duane Murray) help Eric host a West Hill-wide open audition, but will What’s Up, Warthogs! be the same without Victoria? Encouraging viewer participation in the show, the second season will see the winner of the What’s Up, Warthogs! Roving Reporter contest feature as a special reporter in an online webisode of the series. From September 1, visitors to Family.ca can decide on the winner of the spot by voting for their favourite from the shortlisted finalists.

Veteran show-runner Dean Batali (That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will return to helm the writing team that includes show creators Alex Diaz and Julie Sagalowsky-Diaz, Brendan Duffy, Skander Halim, Barbara Haynes and Teresa Hsiao. The show wraps production on October 28, 2011. Season one is currently airing on Family Channel and Disney XD in Canada.

“What’s Up, Warthogs! is such a fun show to produce. It’s been a pleasure working with this very talented cast,” remarks Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd, “Dean, Julie, Alex and the rest of the writing team make each script funnier than the last. We’re excited and honoured for this new season.”

The series is produced by Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) and executive produced by Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures and Bill O’Dowd of Dolphin Entertainment (Zoey 101, Ned’s Declassified).