Disney to premiere ‘Descendants’ sequel across 5 networks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 10: In this handout provided by Disney Parks, The cast of Disney Channel Original Movie 'Descendants' (On float) Cameron Boyce who plays Carlos (top left), Booboo Stewart who plays Jay (top right), Sofia Carson who plays Evie (bottom left) and Dove Cameron who plays Mal (bottom right)) perform during the taping of the 'Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration' TV special in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort November 10, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 32nd annual holiday telecast airs nationwide Dec. 25 on ABC-TV. (Photo by Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Disney Channel is giving a big push to its sequel for the “Descendants” movie in July, premiering it simultaneously on five television networks and online.

Disney said Tuesday that “Descendants 2” will air July 21 on ABC, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Freeform and Disney XD, as well as on those networks’ apps. The original “Descendants,” about the teenage sons and daughters of some famed Disney villains, ranked as the fifth most-watched cable TV movie when it came out two years ago.

Disney executive Gary Marsh said the passion for the movie is unlike anything they’ve seen since “High School Musical.” It has inspired spin-off books, a music video and other merchandise.

The movie stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Mitchell Hope, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and Mitchell Hope.