The award-winning Disney Junior animated series Doc McStuffins has received its diagnosis: Renewed.
Disney Junior announced Wednesday that the series will return Friday, July 29 for its fourth season, assuaging concerns that the fan-favorite series might be canceled. Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and Dawnn Lewis (A Different World) are among the season four guest stars, lending their voices to the premiere episode, “Welcome to McStuffinsville,” in which Doc’s grandmother transports Doc to the magical world of McStuffinsville. Doc meets a lonely, brokenhearted toy named Stanley that needs her help.
The renewal news comes after parents and fans mounted a twitter campaign in support of the series, saying it provides a positive role model for young viewers, as well as an important portrayal of a black, female doctor.
High profile supporters including actresses Audra McDonald, Holly Robinson Peete, journalist Melissa Harris-Perry, and Ebony magazine’s Jamilah Lemieux were among those calling for the show’s renewal on Twitter.
Season four also promises additional guest stars, including Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), Ludacris (The Fast and the Furious), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles), Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire), and Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives). Glee fans will also be eager to tune in as Amber Riley performs the new theme song, “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital,” during the episode airing Aug. 5.
The first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to the Peabody-award winning series will open at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Saturday, Aug. 6. The exhibit will feature an interactive opportunity for parents and children to “explore and learn about healthy habits, compassion, and nurturing care,” according to Disney Junior. This experience will also travel to additional venues across the country beginning in 2017.
Season four of Doc McStuffins premieres on Friday, July 29, at 9 a.m. ET on Disney Junior, with a Disney Junior App-viewable version on Friday, July 22.