It was announced Thursday that Disney Channel has ordered a new father/daughter comedy series ‘Sydney To the Max’. The series features School of Rock alumna Ruth Righi leads the cast as the title character, along with Ian Reed Kesler (Suits, Kickin’ It), Christian J. Simon (The Amazing World of Gumball), Ava Kolker (Girl Meets World), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Phineas and Ferb), and newcomer Jackson Dollinger (Puppy Dog Pals).
Set during two timeframes, decades apart, flashback scenes to young Max and his best friend Leo (Simon) in the 1990s parallel many of the funny predicaments Sydney and her BFF Olive (Kolker) get themselves into. VHS camcorders, bleached skater hair and other ‘90s-defining “relics” aside, Sydney and Max come to realize, aided by Sydney’s kicky grandmother Judy (Rhea), who’s well-versed in Max’s childhood antics, that they have more in common than either realizes. Dollinger plays young Max.