‘WATCH ABC Family’ Platform to Launch Monday, January 6

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Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands and content across multiple platforms and devices, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that the new WATCH ABC Family authenticated service will launch on Monday, January 6, 2014. Similar to DATG’s WATCH ABC and suite of WATCH DISNEY services, the new WATCH ABC Family offering will allow viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series as ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Switched at Birth,’ ‘The Fosters,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Melissa & Joey’ at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices.

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‘Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters’ on DVD in January

'Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters'Welcome to the newest, happiest, most monster-rific spot on the map — the wondrous land of Roarsville — where five-year old Henry Hugglemonster lives, plays and learns something ‘roarsome’ every day! Together with his loving parents and grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he’s helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he’s always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend and monster he can be! Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork and adventure, Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters will make your preschooler roar for more every time.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’ to Feature Teenage Kids of Classic Villains, Premiere in 2015

Disney's DescendantsCasting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A..

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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade 2013 Details and Photos

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS PERFORMS AND HOSTS DISNEY PARKS CHRISTMAS DAY TV SPECIAL

Award-winning actors Neil Patrick Harris and Nick Cannon will join television anchor Lara Spencer in the holly jolly spotlight Dec. 25, 2013, to host the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television special. Harris, star of stage and screen, will host the telecast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida while Cannon, who hosted last year’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade”, will head to “The Happiest Place on Earth” at Disneyland Resort. Spencer, a lifestyle journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will be the show’s special correspondent.

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ABC to Continue Airing ‘Peanuts’ Animated Specials Through 2020

The ABC Television Network proudly announced today that it has extended its relationship with the popular ‘Peanuts’ animated specials by Charles M. Schulz in a deal with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions until 2020. The beloved Emmy Award-winning specials created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez began airing on ABC in December 2001. The ‘Peanuts’ animated holiday specials include ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and the iconic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which first aired on television in 1965, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.

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‘Cloud 9′ Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘I Didn’t Do It’ and ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ Sneak Peek, January 17

Set high atop snow-capped mountains in the adrenaline-fueled world of competitive snowboarding, the Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9 tells the inspiring story of two snowboarders who must overcome self-doubt to learn that achieving their dreams is possible. Executive-produced by Ashley Tisdale, and starring Luke Benward and Dove Cameron, Cloud 9 premieres Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

The evening of the movie’s premiere — part of Disney Channel’s annual ‘JaNEWary’ programming event — will include a new episode of the hit series, ‘Liv and Maddie,’ the premiere of Disney Channel’s comedy series, ‘I Didn’t Do It’ and a first-look at the upcoming game show, ‘Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw.’

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‘Frozen,’ ‘Monsters University,’ ‘Toy Story of TERROR!’ Score Big with Annie Awards Noms; Alice Davis to be Honored

ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short and Outstanding Individual Achievements.

Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Monsters University and The Wind Rises are up against Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine and The Croods. Frozen and Monsters University also dominated with nine other nominations each in the following categories:

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ABC Announces 2013-2014 Midseason Premiere and Return Dates for Series

The ABC Television Network announced midseason premiere dates today for new series ‘The Assets,’ ‘Killer Women,’ ‘Mind Games’ and ‘Mixology.’ In addition, the network has scheduled premiere dates for the new season of ‘The Bachelor’ with Juan Pablo Galavis, critically acclaimed comedy ‘Suburgatory,’ and the cooking competition series ‘The Taste,’ now expanded to two hours. Previously announced new drama series ‘Resurrection’ will now premiere at 9:00 pm on Sunday, March 9 and ‘Revenge’ will move into the 10:00 p.m. time slot on that date.

Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times ET):

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

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ABC’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ to Give Voice to U.S. Veterans

As part of ABC’s annual “Home for the Holidays” campaign, and in support of Disney’s company-wide “Heroes Work Here” initiative, which served as the foundation for a recent Veteran’s hiring event at Walt Disney World featuring a keynote address by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, ABC will honor our military veterans with several new elements this year by premiering five short films written, directed, and produced by U.S. Veterans highlighting the creative work from our military servicemen and women.

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Marvel to Produce Multiple Live Action Series for Netflix for 2015 Debut

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on Daredevil and followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four thirteen-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

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