Demi Lovato Written Off of ‘Sonny’?
Disney Channel has found a way to rework Sonny with a Chance without star Demi Lovato.
Variety reports that executives behind Sonny have come up with a Demi-free contingency plan for the show in case the 18-year-old star misses filming due to rehab. Demi is currently off receiving in-patient treatment for “emotional and physical issues” after she allegedly got into a fight with a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers in South America.
So, what’s Disney’s plan? A Disney Channel spokeswoman tells Variety that writers for Sonny will focus their efforts on creating a stand-alone show out of Sonny’s show-within-a-show, the Saturday Night Live-esque variety show, So Random!.
The idea isn’t entirely new, as there have been two So Random! specials that presented the show-within-a-show as its own, well, show.
The So Random! sketches are also very popular amongst Sonny fans. Watch “The Real Princesses of New Jersey” sketch from Sonny below.
Sonny is set to resume filming in January and Disney executives feel that this new plan will allow them to go ahead with shooting if Demi is still in treatment by 2011.
“This allows her the time she needs to get well, without distraction or pressure,” a Disney Channel spokeswoman said. “Again, we extend our ongoing support to Demi and her family as she works to overcome personal issues.”
There is currently no timetable for Demi’s return so it is possible that she will be out of treatment by the time that Sonny resumes shooting. Fans can get a taste of a So Random! special in late November when one of the specials is set to air.
It isn’t clear if the So Random! rewrite will permanently move Demi off of Sonny or if the new rewrites will only present the So Random! elements as part of a series of specials. Hopefully this will just be a temporary move and Demi will be back in the spotlight once she is healthy.
Demi is allegedly seeking treatment for problems dealing with eating disorders and self-harm. The young star’s rep recently shot down reports that she was in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. Demi has reportedly been in treatment since she quit the JoBros’ tour on October 30.
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