MILEY Cyrus, who hinted last year that she was ready to call it quits as "Hannah Montana," is coming back for another season. Just as filming is set to end this week on Season 3 of the hugely popular tween series, the Disney Channel said that Cyrus had agreed to stay on the show for another year.
To keep things fresh, Cyrus and producers have decided the show will get a change of scenery. Next season, Miley Stewart (played by Cyrus) and family will be saying goodbye to the beachfront Malibu home they've lived in for three seasons (the series premiered in March 2006) and moving to a new house. The network won't say yet where the Stewarts are heading.
The announcement of a fourth season lays to rest tween fears that Cyrus would bail on "Hannah." Last summer, the 16-year-old rock star hinted that this season of "Hannah" would be her final one and that she would start making music her full-time job. "We're thinking this is our last season," she said, explaining that she'd been working on the series since she was 11 years old. Cyrus insisted that she wouldn't stray far from the company that turned her into a household name.
"I'm still with my [Disney] family," she said. "You know, they're safe. They always feel like home. And that's what I love about the company. They are family."
Two months later, reports surfaced on TMZ.com that both Cyrus and father, Billy Ray, were so eager to get out of their "Hannah Montana" contracts, that they were late showing up to work.
According to the gossip site's sources, Billy Ray told people on set that he and his daughter would only film 12 of the scheduled 24 episodes before leaving the series. Disney's response was to increase the third season episode count to 30.
By the time "Hannah Montana: The Movie" premiered in April, things settled down. Cyrus told reports that it was unlikely that she would do another "Hannah"-themed movie, but "would love to do another season [of the show]. That would be what we would all agree on." The long break between seasons will give Cyrus time to work on her music and movie roles. She's signed on to star in "The Last Song," a film that Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook") wrote with her in mind for the lead role.
With the exception of Mitchel Musso, who plays Miley's friend Oliver Oken on the show, all of her other "Hannah" cast members will be there when filming is scheduled to begin early next year in Hollywood. Musso is being listed as a recurring character for next season.
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