After four seasons, more than 85 episodes and the formation of four major Disney stars, “Austin & Ally” is coming to an end.
It was interesting because we had to write the end of season three as if it was going to be the last. The whole season was very emotional because we knew the show was ending.When we did the season four finale, we knew we were done. Anytime anyone would visit, they would marvel at what a harmonious and positive environment we’d created. We still talk to the cast all the time, and our greatest takeaway from the whole experience is the lifelong friendships we gained. The last few weeks, everybody was constantly crying and hugging.There have been some rumors about an “Austin & Ally” movie — any truth to that? We have lots of ideas for one, and we’d love nothing more than to work with the cast again, either as their “Austin & Ally” characters, or otherwise. Cast & Creators Chat at Paley Center — Watch Panel What will you miss most about the show? Every day there was a “last” something — “Oh, this is the last time Ross and Laura will be sitting at a piano together,” “this is the last performance,” “this is the last time we’ll be in the practice room,” etc.By the time we finished shooting on the last day, nobody wanted to leave. Is it possible to choose one favorite memory from the show’s four-season run? We were just talking the other day about when we shot the pilot in front of a live audience.When we introduced the cast at the top of the show, there was polite applause, but by the end of the taping, the audience was going nuts.
It was clear to us that we’d gotten something special. There’s nothing more satisfying than adding a new joke in the middle of a scene and watching a fresh reaction.One favorite moment was when we had our own prom on the stage for the cast and crew after shooting the prom episode. See More: Tyra Banks Confirmed to Reprise Role as Eve in Disney Channel’s ‘Life-Size’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) The cast was so young when the show began. They were genuine, professional and humble when we met them, and they still are.How have the actors changed since the show premiered? Of course, they’ve matured and watching them grow into the amazing people they are has been incredible. We remember each of “the Core Four” having great auditions.We always call them the “kids,” but we mean that as a totally affectionate term. We like to spend some time talking to actors and getting a feel for them as people before they perform for us, and we really loved all of them out of the gate.Raini made us laugh so much that we almost forgot to ask her to perform her scene — we remember her joking about having to come in so early in the morning for the audition. Laura had to perform this ridiculously long monologue and she just nailed it — we heard it a hundred times, performed by tons of actors, and it’s remarkable that Laura was able to make us laugh and make it feel so fresh and funny after all that time.In the pilot script, we mentioned that Austin can play every instrument ever, and then Ross came in, and he really could. We have an ongoing group text with the cast, and we try to see them whenever we can.