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Hal Sparks is the leader of Disney XD's "Lab Rats" pack

Hal Sparks is the leader of Disney XD's "Lab Rats" pack

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Back for a second season on Disney XD is "Lab Rats," the live-action, sci-fi comedy adventure series starring actor / comedian / musician Hal Sparks as Donald Davenport, the billionaire-scientist inventor who created three bionic superhuman kids.  Excited to be back for a new season, Sparks calls the part, tongue-in-cheek, "the role I was born to play."


Photo by Bruce Birmelin. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

"Labs Rats" was ranked as Disney XD's number one series following its 2012 premiere. It also has the distinction of being the most watched show on the network in January and is the second most watched show overall in total viewers 2-11 and kids 6-14.

The hit show was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore who worked together previously on "That 70's Show."  Sparks says given the success of "Lab Rats" in its first season, Disney has told the creators and cast to "go for it" and be more like "That '70s Show " and "Family Guy."  He adds that to Disney's credit the writers have been encouraged to "go for the jokes and make them smart for the grown-ups" who watch the show along with their children.


(L to R) Hal Sparks, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Kelli Berglund, Spencer Boldman and Bill
Unger, Photo by Bruce Birmelin. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

Sparks, who has enjoyed a career in television, movies, stand-up comedy and music, is encouraged by Disney's commitment to the show.  He says from his experience, "Disney has been very focused.  They get behind an idea and stick with it all the way through."

And for an industry that often times consumes young talent and spits them out as an after-thought, Sparks says Disney "sees these kids as really talented. They almost find shows for the kids they like and work with them."  He says it has been his observation that the young stars make guest appearances on other shows before "they graduate to having their own show."  He believes the studio invests in the young talent adding that "they kinda grow these Disney qualified-larvae into big stars."


(L to R) Spencer Boldman, Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson Willams, Bill Unger & Hal Sparks
Photo by Bob D'Amico. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

As for some of the child stars who have tarnished their own image over the years with unruly behavior, Sparks chalks it up to the intense scrutiny that they are under.  He believes the reality of the situation is about the same as any other group of teenagers growing up, maintaining that the difference is that child and teenager actors "are under a microscope all the time."

He uses Lindsay Lohan as example of a young actress whose one-time brilliant career was sidetracked by bad choices and surrounding herself with bad people.  Sparks says if Lohan had not been singled out at an early age for her "party-type behavior," her lifestyle would not have spiraled downward into what he calls, "the extremity that it became."


Photo by Bob D'Amico. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

For Sparks he credits the success of his career on the fact that he "doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs," adding that he never has and never will.  At the age of 18 and after graduating high school, Sparks moved from the comfort of his home in Winnetka, Illinois to Los Angeles where he managed to build a career for himself without any safety net or support group.  He hopes that his positive experiences in show business will serve as a role model for the young actors he is working with on "Lab Rats."

The fourth episode of the second season of "Lab Rats" airs tonight on Disney XD at 9 / 8 p.m. Central. In this episode,  fail a mission. Bree is exposed to a dangerous toxic chemical and winds up being quarantined. Adam and Chase must go on a mission to find the antidote.

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  • yall show is awesome!!!!! keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :)

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