EXCLUSIVE: Disney XD is ending two of its live-action comedy series, Lab Rats and Mighty Med while extending both franchises with a new spinoff series that brings together some of the most popular characters from both shows. The network has given a straight-to-series order for Lab Rats: Elite Force, which will feature Lab Rats‘ Billy Unger and Kelli Berglund reprising their roles as Chase and Bree, and Mighty Med‘s Bradley Steven Perry (Kaz), Jake Short (Oliver) and Paris Berelc (Skylar). The new series will air in 2016. Meanwhile, Lab Rats, renamed Lab Rats: Bionic Island for its current fourth season, and Mighty Med, now in Season 2, will continue to air original episodes they have in the can before ending their runs. The merged spinoff series, executive produced by Lab Rats creators Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (That ’70s Show), will debut in 2016.
“Disney XD is bringing together some of its most popular stars to assemble a super-sized series that will appeal to fans of both shows,” said Adam Bonnett, EVP, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.
The news of the new Lab Rats-Mighty Med series comes on the heels of strong ratings for the recent crossover between the two comedies, both produced by It’s a Laugh Prods. Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med on July 22 scored a 1-year Lab Rats high in total viewers (1.3 million) while for Mighty Med, the special marked the #1 telecast of all time in total viewers and #2 telecast ever in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11. The special ranked #1 in its time slot across target Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11, Kids 2-11 and Boys 2-11 demographics and was the #3 original scripted cable TV series telecast in total viewers.
Lab Rats: Elite Force is set in the Lab Rats world after the Mighty Med hospital is destroyed by a band of unknown super-villains. Kaz, Oliver and Skylar join forces with Chase and Bree to form a powerful elite force that combines bionic abilities and superpowers. Together, they vow to track down the villains and keep the world safe.
Lab Rats became only the second Disney XD series after Kickin’ It to go beyond three seasons.
Berglund is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment, and attorney Eric Brooks.