First Look: Disney Channel’s JESSIE

Disney Channel’s new live-action comedy series JESSIE premieres tonight, September 30, at 9pm.

Synopsis: The sitcom Jessie follows Jessie, a small town girl with big dreams who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when she decides to leave behind starry nights for big city lights. Thrilled to be on her own and determined not to be intimidated by New York City, she accepts a job as a nanny and moves in with the Ross family — dad Morgan, a famous movie director, and mom Christina, a former supermodel turned business mogul, along with their four children, Emma, Ravi, Luke and Zuri. With a whole new world of opportunities within her reach, Jessie begins to navigate young adulthood and life in the big city. She surprises herself with how much she comes to rely on the support and advice of the kids in her care. Also helping to guide her moral compass are Bertram, the family’s butler, and Tony, the building’s 20-year-old doorman.

An idealistic teen, Jessie is searching for a world wider than the one she grew up in on a military base in Texas. Rebelling against her strict father, a Marine Sergeant, she is happy to be on her own and determined not to be intimidated by the sophistication of New York City or the people she meets there. Conflict and chaos arise as she attempts to live her dream and achieve her ambitions while caring for four kids.

Emma, a bubbly teenager eager to reorder the world as she sees fit, is the only biological child of Morgan and Christina. Ravi, a 10-year-old, is the newest adoptee and, although he is imbued with his Eastern culture, he is thrilled with his new life in America. His one link to his beloved homeland is a seven-foot Asian Water Monitor Lizard named Mr. Kipling. Luke, a 12-year-old adopted at age five from Detroit, is a sarcastic mischief-maker. He’s confident with the ladies, Jessie in particular, and is obsessed with video games and dancing. The baby of the family is seven-year-old Zuri, who was adopted at birth from Africa. She is highly creative and has a hard time separating fact from fiction, brought to light by her array of imaginary friends and pets.

Starring are Debby Ryan as Jessie (“The Suite Life on Deck,” “16 Wishes”); Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway’s “The Addams Family”) as Bertram; Peyton List (“27 Dresses,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”) as Emma; Karan Brar (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”) as Ravi; Cameron Boyce (“Grown Ups”) as Luke and Skai Jackson (“Royal Pains”) as Zuri.

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