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Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

(L-R) Actors Coco Jones, Tyler James Williams, Debby Ryan, Disney Channels Worldwide President and CCO Gary Marsh and actors China Anne McClain, Laura Marano and Bridgit Mendler attend the 2012-13 Disney Channel Worldwide Kids Upfront at the Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on March 13, 2012 in New York City.
(L-R) Actors Coco Jones, Tyler James Williams, Debby Ryan, Disney Channels Worldwide President and CCO Gary Marsh and actors China Anne McClain, Laura Marano and Bridgit Mendler attend the 2012-13 Disney Channel Worldwide Kids Upfront at the Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on March 13, 2012 in New York City.
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The title character of television's "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: Toward the altar.

Disney Channel executive Adam Bonnett says it's the first time a lead character on the children's TV channel has become engaged.

In a four-episode arc that will conclude this fall, 22-year-old character Jessie Prescott dives into a whirlwind romance and accepts her boyfriend's proposal of marriage.

Debby Ryan stars as Jessie, a young Texas woman who moves to New York City to pursue acting and becomes a nanny.

The Disney Channel comedy airs on Friday nights.