Disney Introduces a New Black Character, 'Doc McStuffins!'<br />

Kiara Muhammad and Loretta Devine will star in Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins" a new animated series that models good health, hygiene, compassion and nurturing for kids ages two to seven. The series premieres FRIDAY, MARCH 23 on the popular Disney Junior block on Disney Channel (10:00-11:00 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (4:00-5:00 p.m., ET/PT). Emmy Award-winning Ty Burrell from ABC's "Modern Family" will guest star in the show's premiere episode. With warm and fuzzy stories, each featuring an original song, introduces a little girl named Doc who can talk to the stuffed animal and toy world -- and they talk to her too, especially when they need her help repairing a stitch or bandaging a "boo-boo". Along the way, Doc and her friends Stuffy, Lambie, Hallie and Chilly impart helpful tips about self care and care for others, and chase away the worries over visiting the doctor.

Burrell voices Big Jack, a nurturing Jack-in-the-Box, who takes his son Little Jack to get a check-up from Doc in the first story of the premiere episode titled "Out of the Box." In the second story, Doc helps her little brother Donny's toy race car recharge in "Rundown Race Car."

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The series voice cast includes: Kiara Muhammad as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. The series' theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel's hit series "A.N.T. Farm" and Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain.

The premiere of "Doc McStuffins" on Friday, March 23 will be simulcast on Disney Channel's mobile providers Sprint TV and MobiTV and be available immediately thereafter on DisneyJunior.com and Disney Channel mobile VOD. The full episodes will also be available on iTunes and Xbox Live beginning Saturday, March 24.

In conjunction with the premiere on March 23, DisneyJunior.com will debut a "Doc McStuffins" supersite featuring an interactive clinic where kids can assist Doc in nurturing toys back to health, three new online games and "Doc McStuffins"-themed crafts. 

24 hour Channel, Disney Junior, Launches Friday, March 23, Daily Disney Junior Programming Block Continues on Disney Channel.