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Why do I have a picture of Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place? I mean like…. dude, the show is OVER!…..Or is it? Drum Roll Please!

Selena Gomez will return to the Disney Channel next year in a special episode for the acclaimed series, Wizards of Waverly Place!

Selena Gomez will be returning to the Disney Channel in early 2012. However, while Disney fans may be excited to see Gomez return, in an interview this past summer with Radio Disney the starlet reveals that she made the choice to return because she was not quite ready to say goodbye and is said to be elated as anyone else to return to the network for this very special product.

Gomez will reprise her role as the spirited Alex Russo and will be reunited with her Wizards of Waverly Place co-stars Jake T. Austin, David DeLuise, Maria Canals Barrera, and Jennifer Stone.

Production of the film began late last month in Los Angeles and wrapped up on November 9. The film will premiere on the Disney Channel in early 2013.

In the new one hour special titled, “The Wizards Return: Alex versus Alex,” the Russo family and friend, Harper (Stone) travel to Tuscany, Italy to meet their lost-lost relatives, but Alex (Gomez) is rendered spellbound when she tries to prove that she’s more than a seemingly carefree young wizard and inadvertently casts a spell that creates a “Good” Alex and a “Evil” Alex.

“Good” Alex is forced to step in and save her family and humankind from the “Evil” Alex’s plot of world domination, accumulating in an epic battle between two versions of herself atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Other than starring in the tel-epic, Gomez is also its executive producer.

It is extremely rare for a retired Disney Channel starlet to return to the network after the series (and thus her contract) has concluded. The fact that Gomez was allowed to return is a testament to the good relationship she has (and continues to maintain) with Disney as well as maintaining a favorable public image almost a year after her departure from the network.

In returning to Disney it is clear that Gomez has not forgotten where she came from. Her charisma as well as her loyalty to the Disney Channel, the Wizards of Waverly Place franchise and her co-stars and fans will only further boost her image as a highly successful but grounded young woman.

Whereas some past Disney Channel starlets have been eager to move on and never look back, Gomez actually wanted to return to the network and was elated when Disney executives green-lighted production for the Wizards of Waverly Place film and her return to the network.

In a special interview on Radio Disney, Gomez revealed that she was still fond of the Disney Channel and was not quite ready for the relationship to end:

I’m working on my new record and I had great projects I was a part of this year, but ‘Wizards’ and Disney Channel and everything that is a part of this is my home. I’m not ready for it to be over, so I just kind of want to do one more thing.

She goes on to say of the new Wizards of Waverly Place TV film:

I wanted to do it really badly. I wanted to make sure I promise the cast and fans a really, really good hour-long event that they can enjoy and will leave them feeling good.

Gomez says that she plans to give her fans an extremely enjoyable reunion.

Apparently , viewer of the Disney Channel were also not prepared to say goodbye to the Wizards of Waverly Place series and Gomez’s role on the show.

Gary Marsh, Disney Channels’ worldwide chief creative officer released a public statement in which he said, “With the phenomenal ratings of the ‘Wizards’ finale earlier this year, it became clear that fans of the series were not ready to say goodbye to Selena or the rest of the ‘Wizards’ cast.” He added, “As such, we’re thrilled that the cast has agreed to reunite to bring their fans one last grand adventure.”

The Wizards of Waverly Place series finale which aired this past January shattered records as the most watched episode in the history of the Disney Channel. At least 11.3 million viewers tuned in for the historic finale easily making it the most-watched cable telecast among scripted programs last TV season.

Wizards of Waverly Place has long been the flagship series of the Disney Channel  network and remains one of the most successful series in the history of that network.

Despite the fact that the series ended its fourth season run earlier this year, Wizards of Waverly Place remains immensely popular.

The 2012 year in particular has been a highly successful one for Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place, and the Disney Channel. Wizards of Waverly Place won the Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Series” at the 64th Prime time Emmy Awards. The 2012 Emmy win marks the third straight year that the acclaimed Disney Channel series has taken home the prestigious award.

In what likely left many Nickelodeon executives teeth grinding their teeth in frustration, Selena Gomez won the “Favorite TV Actress” award at the 2012Nikelodeon Kids Choice Awards (enemy territory if you are a Disney Channel starlet) this past September. Viewers and fans of that network threw loyalty out the window when they voted for the Disney Channel starlet to receive the award over a host of Nickelodeon starlets that included superstars such as Miranda Gosgrove, and the ever charismatic pop and rock superstar Victoria Justice.

So there you have it folks! Selena is coming back to Disney Channel! Hurry Spread the word! or don’t that’s alright too.

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