Fresh off this month's top-rated TV movie Sofia the First, Disney Channel has finalized dates for the preschool property's regular series premiere. The show, which centers on a young girl who adjusts to life as an overnight princess, will debut Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:30am/8:30c. Disney Junior will repeat the episode at 5:30/4:30c.
The premiere episode, "Just One of the Princes," will also be available a week earlier (starting Jan. 4) on Disney Channel SVOD and iTunes, among other platforms. Ariel Winter (Modern Family) stars as Sofia, while Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn also lend their voices.
Winter's Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet guest stars in the series premiere as a horse. Viola Davis, Bonnie Hunt, Elle Kemper (The Office), Megan Mullally, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and Jeffrey Tambor are also guest stars.
Classic Disney princess Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Jasmine will be seen on the show.
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess delivered the largest audience ever for a preschool telecast among total viewers and adults 18-49 at Disney Channel. The initial airing on Nov. 18 averaged 5.2 million total viewers and was the No. 1 cable TV telecast of 2012 among kids age 2 to 5.
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