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Do You Remember The Failed Zack And Cody Spin-Off That Featured Selena Gomez?

Arwin! starred the Tipton Hotel's eccentric engineer

When The Suite Life of Zack and Cody premiered during Disney Channel's Golden Era it was an instant success, so it's a no-brainer that Disney would have been into a spin-off series featuring the show's beloved characters — especially after Cory in the House, the channel's first spin-off, became a hit.

And thus, The Suite Life on Deck was born, right? Well, yes and no. That show debuted in 2008, but there was another spin-off, starring everyone's favorite engineer, Arwin Hochauser (Brian Stepanek), that was never picked up as a series.

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Arwin!, also known as Housebroken, filmed a pilot episode in 2007 before Disney pulled the plug. Unlike On Deck, it did not feature Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The show followed Arwin as he left the Tipton Hotel to move in with his sister and help raise her three kids, all while living in a Smart House-designed home.

Besides Stepanek, the show starred Samantha Droke, Pretty Little Liars star Nia Peeples, and Selena Gomez, before her Wizards of Waverly Place days. Gomez played Alexa (strikingly similar to ‘Alex'), Arwin's niece.

While the show has never been released in full, there are still several surviving clips floating around the Interwebs for your viewing pleasure.

  • The pilot revolved around Alexa sneaking out to a party, only to later get busted by Arwin.
  • Jasmine Villegas, who played middle child and insane neat-freak Lidia, shared different clips from the show in her acting reel.
  • A promo for the show featured Arwin entering the house, which basically went all Pat on him and went berserk.

So, while it's a major bummer Arwin! never saw the light of day, we still have The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place to watch on repeat forever.