Sonny with a Chance is an American sitcom created by Steve Marmel which aired for two seasons on Disney Channel from February 8, 2009 to January 2, 2011. The series follows the experiences of teenager Sonny Munroe, portrayed by Demi Lovato, who becomes the newest accepted cast member of her favorite live comedy television show, So Random!.
The series debuted on February 8, 2009, in the United States. This is the first Disney Channel Original Series to be shot and aired in high-definition from the beginning. Like most of Disney Channel's sitcoms, it is shot on tape but uses a "filmized" appearance. The second season, some scenes are shot on location. The series is one of the three Disney Channel Original Series to feature a show-within-a-show, along with The Famous Jett Jackson and Shake It Up. On June 1, 2009, TV Guide reported that Disney Channel had renewed Sonny with a Chance for a second season, with Gary Marsh saying "Sonny was a hit right out of the gate". The second season premiered on March 14, 2010 to 6.3 million viewers, and was reportedly cancelled over a year later on April 19, 2011 following Lovato's official departure announcement and Disney Channel's decision to rebrand the series.
Disney Channel originally renewed the series for a third season on November 12, 2010, but Lovato's role was at an uncertainty at the time after she checked into treatment two weeks prior. No word on whether Lovato would return to her role had been said, and production on the season carried out as planned in January 2011 without Lovato, focusing on the So Random! aspect rather than behind the scenes. An official name change to So Random! was announced on April 4, 2011, and later that month Lovato announced that she would not be returning to her role as Sonny Munroe, putting an end to Sonny with a Chance. So Random! premiered on Disney Channel on June 5, 2011 to an audience of 4.1 million viewers, but ratings soon dropped and the series was cancelled after a 26-episode first season.