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"You never know in this business ... but right now, we're scheduled to wrap after shooting this new batch of episodes," Disney Channel Worldwide programming exec Adam Bonnett said in a statement. "The [new] episodes will continue to roll out at least over a full year."
Production on the fourth season of the show, which debuted on the Disney Channel in 2006, will begin January 18 and continue throughout the summer, with breaks scheduled around Cyrus promoting her film "The Last Song" in April. The season is set to kick off in the spring, according to Bonnett.
The season-three finale, called "Is Miley Saying Goodbye?," is set to air as a one-hour special in mid-March, setting up the story line for the fourth season. Bonnett said it will be "a big one-hour event where we find out what Miley Stewart's decision is going to be."
In season four, Cyrus' character, Miley Stewart, will struggle with her dual lives as a pop star and as a regular girl. It's a similar situation to the one her character faced in the 2009 flick "Hannah Montana: The Movie." "It's one of the things she's been wrestling with for months — whether it's time to make a decision to continue being Hannah Montana or just be a regular, ordinary girl," Bonnett said.
The New York Post reported that Ray Liotta and "Two and a Half Men" teen star Angus T. Jones are set to appear on the show this season. "Ray Liotta will play a role that no one would ever expect him to play in a teen sitcom," Bonnett hinted.
In an interview for the February issue of Harper's Bazaar, Cyrus expressed her interest in seeking out more mature roles and noted that, although she's a role model, she doesn't feel the need to be her fans' parent.
"Everything is so dramatic in the world," she said. "My job is to be a role model, and that's what I want to do, but my job isn't to be a parent. My job isn't to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I'm still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That's just life."