‘Bittersweet’ Times for ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Creator as Final Season Progresses

David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Selena Gomez, David DeLuise, Maria Canals Barerra

Selena Gomez just got her driver’s license last week, joining “Wizards of Waverly Place” cast mates David Henrie and Jennifer Stone as legal behind the wheel of a car.  Her TV younger brother Jake T. Austin, meanwhile, has applied for his learner’s permit – and has undergone a dramatic growth spurt since last season.

That’s the word from “Wizards” creator-producer Todd J. Greenwald, who is back into production of the popular Disney Channel series — for what will be its fourth and final season.  “It’s definitely bittersweet,” admits Greenwald.  He says he’s set up the number-being-served sign on the show’s deli set so that “it’s counting down the episodes we have left to shoot.  When we get down to zero, it’s going to be pretty emotional.”

On the sweet side, both the series and its 2009 telepic spinoff are up for Emmy honors.  Last year, “Wizards of Waverly Place” was named Outstanding Children’s Program.  The awards will be a family affair for Greenwald, whose mom is coming from New York to be on hand – and whose real-life son and daughter, Jordan and Julia, served as the models for Henrie’s and Gomez’ characters on the show.

As “Wizards” fans are well aware, the series is moving toward a day of reckoning when one of the three siblings will become a full-fledged wizard and the other two will go on to lives as mere mortals.

“Alex is going to have a wave of not wanting to be a wizard and then really wanting to be a wizard.  Max is definitely getting a little wiser, beginning to look like someone who could win.  And Justin, who has graduated from high school, is becoming more prominent in the wizarding world,” he notes of Gomez’, Austin’s and Henrie’s characters, respectively.  “With their maturity, anyone could win competition.  What I’m really looking forward is doing that episode.  It’s where we’ll go for broke.  We’re getting so many ideas, from classic games shows to shows like ‘Survivor,’ to high tech productions like ‘Avatar.’”

As for the already-greenlit next “Wizards” TV movie, he says, “I think it’s a great idea to explore what the family is like after one of the kids becomes a wizard – what happens after the big event.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

7 thoughts on “‘Bittersweet’ Times for ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Creator as Final Season Progresses

  1. felice

    WHY DID ALEX AND MASON BREAK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM VERY MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS.I still like the show but now the love is 50%

  2. felice

    I AM SO MAD THAT ALEX AND MASON BROKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ps. now i like the show 44%!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. david b conway

    dear beck smith hollwood web site , hi my name is david conway and my comments to here is that i did it watch the last episode of the wizards competition episode , and plus with me i just do,nt care who won the wizards competition , just in the tv series of wizards of waverly place , love david b cnway

  4. david b conway

    dear beck simth hollywood .com web site hi my name is david conway and my comments to here is that just to the original cast of wizards of waverly place , i just do,nt care just what they do any more , and just a,long with the main disney channe star , miss , selena marie gomez , i just do,nt care what she what,s to do in her future so munch , why do we need alex russo , they can , al,ways find another alex russo preson just for a spin off tv show , re,boot , and plus with the kind of episodes that they can do , bassed on the after the wizards competition , and just give there original cast russo kids the new wizard power,s just to another of new cast of kids , just by justin russo , love david b conway

  5. david b conway


  6. david b conway

    dear beck simth / hollywood web site hi my name is david conway , i know that i just can,t talk for the wizards tv fan,s at all but i do feel like wizards original cast should shult up they do,nt care just about there fan,s any more , just becuse they think about there own career,s and thing,s who what,s them any more , and the same goe,s to wowp tv studio , they just like to hind behind wall,s just like a chicken little up there butt , love david b conway

  7. david b conway

    dear web site , hi my name is david conway and my comments to here is that i can image a spin off tv series just from wizards of waverly place the series and the tv show my self , one title i have for a spin off tv show , is called , wizards of mason high , ,love david conway

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