Oct. 12, 2007
30 min.
Disney Channel TV Network

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Wizards of Waverly Place

"Wizards of Waverly Place" focuses on the Russos, a typical family, which includes a mother, Theresa Russo; a father, Jerry Russo; a daughter, Alex Russo, and two sons, Justin Russo and Max Russo. The family live normal lives, but what their friends don't know is they are wizards.

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  • The show was originally called "The Amazing Hannigans," then it was changed to "The Amazing O'Malleys," then it was changed to "Wizards of Waverly Place," then to "Disney's Wizards," and finally back to "Wizards of Waverly Place."
  • Selena Gomez's character was originally named Brooke O'Malley.
  • Some of the spells are created by using the names of the producers. (E.g. Murrieta Animata is Peter Murrieta, Executive Producer.)
  • The hardware store is called Greenwald's Hardware, which is a reference to creator Todd J. Greenwald.
  • Despite the Russo family mixed ethnicities of Mexican and Italian, Selena Gomez (Alex) in real life is the only actor to have both ethnicities whereas Jake T. Austin (Max) is Puerto Rican, Polish and Argentine, David Henrie (Justin) and David DeLuise (Jerry) are Italian while Maria Canals-Barrera (Theresa) is Cuban.
  • Several characters are named for characters from series in the 1960s. Mr. Laritate is named for the character played by David White in Bewitched; Ms. Majorhealey for a character played by Bill Daily in I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Justin Russo.
  • The façade of Tribeca Academy, where the Russo children go to school, despite there being no such place, is actually PS 40, which is in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan on East 20th Street between First and Second Avenue, and is actually northeast of Tribeca.
  • In the Sub Station, there is a poster in the background for "Sublet", which is a blatant nod to the musical "Rent", as the word "sublet" is a synonym for "rent", and the posters are designed in similar styles.
  • As of 2012, Disney's most successful and longest-running TV Series (surpassing That's So Raven) with 106 episodes over four seasons.
  • As of today it is still the longest Disney channel show. With 106 episodes
  • The Greenwich Village setting was largely inspired by Creator Todd Greenwald's having grown up in Greenwich Village.
  • Show was originally going to take place in Ireland.
  • SPOILER: In season 4 episode 5 when Max turned into a girl he took a break from the show to get his grades up. He then came back season 4 episode 10 " Back to Max"
  • Has the most watched series finale in Disney Channel history.
  • Selena Gomez sings the theme song.
  • Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, and Jennifer Stone became good friends.
  • David Henrie wrote some episodes
  • Harper Finkle, Jerry, Thesera, Max, Alex and Justin Russo are the only characters that appear in every episode.
  • One of the most successful shows in Disney Channel history, along with That's So Raven (2003).
  • The part of Professor Crumbs was the last on screen role for Ian Abercrombie who died shortly after the airing of the series finale.
  • SPOILER: In the Wizards of Apartment 13b storyline, there is a zombie living in the apartments named Abercrombie Zombie. Ian Abercrombie portrayed Professor Crumbs many times during the shows run.
  • The show is heavily inspired by Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
  • Selena Gomez and David Henrie dated for a while during the show's run, but they felt it was too awkward, so they called it quits.
  • Daniel Benson first appeared on the show playing a character by the name of Zach in season 1 episode 9 "Movies" before returning later as the character Zeke.
  • Every Disney Channel TV show turned to movie, they are always on vacation. Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly's Place, Suite Life Movie, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana and more.
  • Principal Laritate is based on Mr. Weatherbee from the Archie comics.
  • SPOILER: It was revealed Alex did not kill Stevie, she was just sent off to a camp to turn her good.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place was the first original movie based on a show to get a sequel.
  • In the crossover Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana, Alex didn't get to meet Hannah because there were rumors the actresses weren't getting along.

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