Via Deadline: Disney Channel has canceled Shake It Up with final shows set to roll out this summer and in the fall. Zendaya, is sticking around, inking a deal to star a Disney Channel original movie. The move to end Shake It Up while it’s still going strong (it is the No. 1 TV series year-to-date in kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 demos) is not atypical of the network, which tends to cap its original series after a set time.
In June, Disney Channel said it was ending Good Luck Charlie after four seasons, 100 episodes and a hit TV movie. The Shake It Up shake-up comes as the network is prepping the debuts of new series including I Didn’t Do It and Girl Meets World; Another new series, Liv & Maddie, logged 5.8 million viewers in a preview airing last week following the strong premiere of Teen Beach Movie.
Zendaya will star in the as-yet-untitled original movie based on the book Boys Are Dogs, which is set to go into production in August. She also has a recording contract with Disney’s Hollywood Records, with her solo album set to street September 17. Bella Thorne, 15, who also has a Hollywood Records deal as well as a three-book pact with Random House, was just inked to star in the indie thriller Home Invasion.
NOTE: Bunheads on ABC Family was also official canceled this week!