selena-gomez-pics-pictures-photos-wizards-of-waverly-place-disney-return-special-gi-927.jpgThe “Wizards of Waverly Place” must be working their magic, because the Disney Channel show is returning for a one-hour television event in early 2013. And the show’s star, Selena Gomez, will not only be reprising her role but will also executive produce.

The special begins production in October with co-stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise and Gregg Sulkin also returning.

The storyline finds the Russo fam and friends in Tuscany, Italy, where they plan to meet their long lost relatives. But it can’t just be a typically family vacation with this group: Alex (Gomez) tries to prove she’s more than a carefree young wizard and inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a good Alex and an evil Alex.

The two Alexes end up doing battle, naturally, atop the Tower of Pisa.  

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, says, “With the phenomenal ratings of the ‘Wizards’ finale earlier this year, it became clear that fans of the series were not ready to say goodbye to Selena or the rest of the ‘Wizards’ cast. As such, we’re thrilled that the cast has agreed to reunite to bring their fans one last grand adventure!”

Wonder which version of Alex would Gomez’s boyfriend Justin Bieber root for — good or evil?

Posted by:Jennifer Harper