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posted: 4/16/2014 1:55 PM

Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

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  • Debby Ryan, left, and Jillian Rose Reed star in "Acting With the Frenemy," a new episode of "Jessie," that airs Friday, April 27, on the Disney Channel.

      Debby Ryan, left, and Jillian Rose Reed star in "Acting With the Frenemy," a new episode of "Jessie," that airs Friday, April 27, on the Disney Channel.
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By Lynn Elber, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The title character of television's "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.

Disney Channel executive Adam Bonnett says it's the first time a lead character on the children's TV channel has become engaged.

In a four-episode arc that will conclude this fall, 22-year-old character Jessie Prescott dives into a whirlwind romance and accepts her boyfriend's proposal of marriage.

Debby Ryan stars as Jessie, a young Texas woman who moves to New York City to pursue acting and becomes a nanny.

The Disney Channel comedy airs on Friday nights.

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