Disney Channel, Fridays 7:30/6:30c
Synopsis: Chyna Parks, a musical prodigy, has been enrolled in an Advanced Natural Talents (A.N.T) program at her new school in San Francisco. She quickly makes friend with Olive, who has a photographic memory and can remember everything she reads or hears, and Fletcher, an artistic genius with a knack for getting into trouble. Chyna is trying hard to convince her friends that despite their age and abilities, they can fit in like normal kids. But when cheerleader Lexi is trying to make sure that Chyna doesn’t outshine her and her brother Cameron just pretends not to know her, they often find themselves with a lot more trouble on their hands than they intend.
With Miley Cyrus leaving her Hannah Montana persona behind, China Anne McClain is poised to become the new tween queen of Disney Channel. The show was created around her to help showcase her acting and singing abilities, and she even has a record in the works, songs on Radio Disney, and a few music videos. The show’s ability to demonstrate the difficulties of making friends and fitting in resonates with the audience, no matter how old the watcher happens to be. The characters are funny, likable, and even eccentric, which adds to the humor. The situations that Chyna and her friends manage to get themselves into are somewhat over the top, but the ridiculousness is what makes it more watchable. It helps kids realize that they should be proud of their own unique talents and abilities, no matter how insignificant or small they might feel.