ABC Family to Premiere Original Movie ‘Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts’ April 11


Maya Dolittle and her entourage of animal friends are back with more hair-raising hijinks when they take Hollywood by storm in “Doctor Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts” on ABC Family, Sunday, April 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The premiere is part of the network’s “Dolittle” movie marathon event beginning with “Dr. Dolittle” (2:00-4:00 PM ET/PT), “Dr. Dolittle 3” (4:00-6:00 PM ET/PT), “Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief” (6:00-8:00 PM ET/PT).

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Ashley Tisdale Returns as Sharpay Evans in the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure’

The irrepressible diva Sharpay Evans, recent graduate of East High School, seizes the spotlight in “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” a Disney Channel Original Movie scheduled to begin production this summer for a 2011 premiere. The incomparable Ashley Tisdale will reprise the role she made so popular in the “High School Musical” TV movies and feature film. Tisdale will also serve as executive producer of the movie which was written by Robert Horn (producer of Broadway’s “13” and writer/producer of “Designing Women”). Barry Rosenbush and Bill Borden (both of the “High School Musical” movies) will also serve as executive producers of the movie.

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Disney XD Teams Up with MLB to Debut ‘Batboy’ Short Form Special April 5

Kids and tweens get a rare look into “the big leagues” through the eyes of a Major League batboy, in “Batboy,” a short-form reality special premiering on baseball’s Opening Day, MONDAY, APRIL 5 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, followed by multiple presentations throughout the week. It is produced by Major League Baseball Productions.

Coinciding with the start of baseball season, the special follows Daniel Chelgren, a teenage batboy with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and gives young viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be part of an MLB team, including shagging fly balls during batting practice, handling pre-game equipment prep and reviewing game strategy in the dugout with the professionals.

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Disney Channel Orders Third Season of ‘Imagination Movers’, New Album Out June 8

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its Emmy Award-winning Playhouse Disney series, “Imagination Movers,” starring New Orleans’ favorite alternative rock band for preschoolers. Production on the third season of music-filled episodes will resume in New Orleans in June 2010. The season will also include the first-ever Imagination Movers concert special. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.

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Disney Channel Orders Second Season of Playhouse Disney’s ‘Jungle Junction’

A second season of the Playhouse Disney animated series “Jungle Junction” has been ordered by Disney Channel. Produced by Spider Eye Animation in the UK, the season will consist of 26 colorful and interactive new episodes which will begin rolling out on Playhouse Disney platforms around the world in 2011. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.

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Official ‘Dancing with the Stars’ iPhone App Returns for New Season with New Features

'Dancing with the Stars' for iPhone by ABC, Inc.After taking a hiatus from the Apple App store, Dancing with the Stars from ABC, Inc. returns to the store with an all new version.

Remaining free, version 2.0 of the app includes the following new features:

  • Additional voting option with “Click to Call”
  • Music and sound effects for the introduction and paddle feature
  • Push Notifications available for start of show & eliminations information
  • Facebook Connect option to post support for any dancer.

Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch a star? Now you can! All the excitement, glitter, and sexy spray-tanned talent you love to watch on Dancing With The Stars is literally IN YOUR HANDS thanks to your iPhone!

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ABC Family Announces Summer Schedule Featuring New Series, Original Movies and More

Paul Lee, president, ABC Family, today announced the network’s summer 2010 schedule. The network’s programming slate includes three new original series, returning hits, original movies and blockbuster theatrical acquisitions. The network finished 2009 as its best year on record.

“ABC Family has truly become a factory for great Millennial storytelling,” said Lee. “We’re so proud of our three summer launches, ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Huge’ and ‘Melissa & Joey,’ and we think they’ll make the perfect complement to our returning hits ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Make It or Break’.”

“Pretty Little Liars” follows four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing – only to discover they’re receiving messages from an anonymous “A” who knows all their secrets. The drama stars Lucy Hale (“Privileged”) as Aria, Troian Bellisario (“Navy NCIS”) as Spencer, Ashley Benson (“Eastwick”) as Hanna, Shay Mitchell as Emily and Sasha Pieterse (“Heroes”) as Alison. Also starring are Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”). Produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

I. Marlene King (“If These Walls Could Talk”), Oliver Goldstick (“Lipstick Jungle,” “Desperate Housewives”), and Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries”) are executive-producing.  The series is based on Alloy Entertainment’s popular young adult book series written by Sara Shepard. “Pretty Little Liars” premieres on Tuesday, June 8 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

“Huge” is being developed by Winnie Holzman (“Wicked,” “My So-Called Life,” “Once & Again”) and daughter Savannah Dooley. Funny, heartbreaking and provocative, “Huge” follows the lives of seven teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other. The series stars Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”), Andrew Caldwell, Zander Eckhouse, Harvey Guillen, Ari Stidham, Ashley Holliday and Hayley Hasselhoff. Holzman will be executive producer on the premiere episode, and will serve as consultant for the remainder of the episodes. Dooley will serve as producer on the series. Kim Rozenfeld (“American High”), and Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries”), will serve as executive producers; Robin Schiff (“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” and ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You”) will serve as a consulting producer. The series is based on the Alloy Entertainment book written by Sasha Paley. “Huge” premieres Monday, June 28 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

“Melissa & Joey,” a half-hour multi-cam comedy with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence executive producing and starring, finds Hart portraying Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and pre-adolescent nephew, Ryder. With Mel spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the unlikely form of Joe (Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family’s “manny.” David Kendall & Bob Young are executive producers and writers. Paula Hart also serves as executive producer. “Melissa & Joey” will premiere in August 2010 (Date TBA).

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Photo Gallery: Disney at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

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Last night, Nickelodeon held their 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at the UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and there was no shortage of representation from the Disney family. In fact, Disney projects and stars dominated in the nominations with 19 in all including Favorite TV Show in which sole non-Disney nominee (and winner) iCarly defeated Disney Channel mainstays Sonny with a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place. The nominees even pitted Suite Life stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse together with Dylan proving to be the victor. Another pair of brothers —  Nick and Joe Jonas — also were nominees in the same category of Favorite TV Actor.

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Alyssa Milano Returns to ABC in ‘Romantically Challenged’ April 19

ABC's "Romantically Challenged" stars Kyle Bornheimer as Perry Gill, Kelly Stables as Lisa Thomas, Josh Lawson as Shawn Goldwater and Alyssa Milano as Rebecca Thomas. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)“Romantically Challenged,” an ensemble comedy about four friends trying to find love and happiness while navigating their way through today’s tricky world of dating, premieres MONDAY, APRIL 19 (9:32-10:00 p.m., ET – Note the original air date of April 12 has changed) on the ABC Television Network.

Smart and beautiful Rebecca is recently divorced after 15 years of marriage. Having never really dated before she was married – and not having been on a date since Clinton was in office — she finds it scary to start over now. Although a gifted mom and lawyer, she is clueless about dating and hopes to get some help from her equally romantically challenged friends.

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Disney Channel to Offer Green-Themed Programming Starting April 17

Disney Channel celebrates Earth Day with green-themed episodes of its hit series, each conveying the importance of conservation, recycling and using sustainable natural resources, beginning SATURDAY, APRIL 17.

For the youngest viewers, Disney Channel will present a new episode of “Handy Manny,” an Environmental Media Association Award-winning series, guest starring eco-crusader “Sustainable Dave” Chameides and Lance Bass, and new eco-themed episodes of “Special Agent Oso” and “Imagination Movers.” PlayhouseDisney.com will launch a new “Special Agent Oso” game entitled “Recycling is Forever,” on THURSDAY, APRIL 1, in which kids can help Oso identify, sort and properly place recyclable items in the correct bins to earn a special recycling Digi-Medal.

For older kids and tweens, Disney Channel will feature encore eco-conscious episodes of “Phineas and Ferb,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life On Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

New Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green on-air messages featuring multi-platinum recording artists and actors Joe Jonas (“JONAS”) and Demi Lovato (“Sonny With A Chance”), stressing the importance of protecting the planet’s oceans and waterways, will debut on Earth Day. Kids can add to the more than 1.5 million Friends for Change “pledges” that have already been made by visiting Disney.com/ProjectGreen and committing to help local habitats.

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