Hannah Montana Forever
Final season of Disney's hit series premieres July 11
After a wildly successful five-year-run, Hannah Montana launches its final season on Sunday—with a star-filled lineup that includes such celebrities as Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Christine Taylor (Zoolander), Vicki Lawrence, Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly), and singers Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, and Iyaz.
"We have tons of big guest stars this season," says Jason Earles, who plays Jackson on the hit show.
Having watched Miley Cyrus as both Miley Stewart and her alter-ego Hannah Montana for five years now, viewers may come to the final storyline with a little sadness mixed in with a lot of anticipation.
|Kid Reporter Isabelle Quinn with actor Emily Osment, who plays Miley Cyrus's best friend Lily in the Disney TV show Hannah Montana. (Photo courtesy Isabelle Quinn)|
"This is a pretty important season where the girls have to decide what they're going to do with their lives," Earles said.
Does Miley continue to live two lives: one as a normal school kid and another as a pop rock superstar? Does she head off to college? Do she and Lily (played by Emily Osment) go their separate ways?
"All of these things are asked and answered in season four," promises Earles.
Osment told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps at a recent press event that fans will see lots of changes, like a more grown-up wardrobe for Miley and Lily, and even a brand-new house for the Stewarts.
"Lily is a senior in high school now," Osment said. "She has a job at the Pier and a steady boyfriend. She needed to look more confident."
Though it may be an end for the show, for Cyrus (who says she's going to hang onto her famous blonde wig), this is a big step in her career.
"We're all graduating from high school this year along with our characters," she said. "It's a little bit of art imitating life."
Cyrus claims she never expected Hannah Montana to become the phenomenon that it has, but she sees the end of the show as a new beginning.
"We leave it on a really uplifting spirit that viewers will relate to," she said. "I'm proud of the way it's ending."
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