D23 Expo Details the ABC Television Pavilion Featuring ‘The ABCs of Disney’

Want to be among the first to watch ABC’s new series? Would you like the chance to see some of television’s biggest stars in person? Fans will have those opportunities and many more at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney comes together under one roof, Sept. 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Tom Bergeron to Host Panel on ABC Television at D23 Expo with Steve McPherson

Not too many details have been released yet, but Tom Bergeron (host of America’s Funniest Videos and Dancing with the Stars) is set to host a panel titled The ABCs of Disney at the D23 Expo on Thursday, September 9 at 3 pm. Alongside Tom will be Steve McPherson, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, who will be introducing Expo attendees to sneak peeks at upcoming ABC television series.

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‘Imagination Movers” Warehouse Mouse to Star in Short-Form Series on Disney Channel

Disney Channel will premiere a new short-form series, “Where is Warehouse Mouse?,” starring the popular puppet character from the hit Playhouse Disney series “Imagination Movers.” Four episodes debut MONDAY, AUGUST 24 (8:25–10:00 a.m., ET/PT). The series spotlights Warehouse Mouse as he tries his hand at creative problem solving like his mentors, the Imagination Movers.

“Where is Warehouse Mouse?” follows Warehouse Mouse as he goes through his daily routine in and around his lair, located in the Imagination Movers’ Idea Warehouse. Each episode finds Warehouse Mouse with a problem that requires a creative solution. Some of his adventures include trying to peel a banana, get an empty can into a large recycling bin and tackle a cuckoo clock that is keeping him awake. After a series of misfires, he manages to solve the problem and enjoy the fruits of his success.

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Find an Education at ‘LOST U'; Online Enrollment Begins September 22

LOST Season 5Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is proud to bring fans a groundbreaking new Blu-ray experience, “LOST University,” featured on the highly anticipated Blu-ray release of  “LOST: The Complete Fifth Season.”  LOST University is a captivating immersive bonus experieonce powered by BD-Live that will expand the world of “LOST”, giving viewers around the world an unprecedented interactive experience unlike any other before it.

Viewers will be able to join LOST executive producers Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, the cast of “LOST,” and a panel of esteemed experts for a vast array of courses at LOST University, delving into the themes and storylines regularly explored on the groundbreaking television series. Through this robust, engaging, multi- semester experience, students will gain a better understanding of the story, unique insight to the mysteries of “LOST,” and perhaps even valuable clues as the show heads into its final season. “LOST University” will be accessible through several portals, starting now with www.lostuniversity.org, where “LOST” fans can enroll beginning September 22, 2009, months before the university goes completely live on December 8, 2009.   The main campus of “LOST University” will live on the “LOST: The Complete Fifth Season” Blu-ray disc and will be powered by BD- Live.

Each visit to LOST University through the “LOST: The Complete Fifth Season” Blu-ray disc will connect viewers to a unique and exclusive experience, powered by BD-LIVE technology. Upon launching the innovative interface, students immediately get access to their personalized lesson plans, compelling HD Audio-Visual presentations and communication from the LOST University faculty and staff. Like any real university, campus life at LOST University is not solely focused on higher learning, pop quizzes and homework. Through an extended web experience, students will be able to pay visits to the campus bookstore to purchase LOST U merchandise, or discuss their school experience and “LOST” theories through study-groups on the LOST University message boards. Potential students will even have the opportunity to prep for the LOST U experience in advance on www.lostuniversity.org with story and character refresher courses and advanced reading suggestions… all providing information vital to getting up-to-speed with the world of LOST as it heads into its final season.

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ABC News Introduces You to the ‘Lion Whisperer’ on ‘Primetime: The Outsiders’ August 11

Lions may be the kings and queens of the African bush, but their kingdom is fast disappearing. And two extraordinary men, in two extraordinary ways, are breaking all the rules to try to save the lions. Kevin Richardson is an affable South African known as the ‘Lion Whisperer,’ whose affection-based training methods have enabled him to become an honorary member of a pride he raised at his wildlife park. He interacts with the lions in an intimate way that has never been seen before, but that does not protect him from the aggressive traits that cause lions to turn on him and attack at a moment’s notice. And hundreds of miles away in the bushland of Namibia, Animal Planet host and big cat trainer Dave Salmoni is risking his life trying to rehabilitate a pride of wild lions so dangerous that they were earmarked for destruction at a national park. In an audacious attempt to save them, Dave convinced the owner of the Erindi Game Sanctuary to let him teach the aggressive pride of lions how to calmly live among the eco-tourists that support the park. But is it worth risking his life?

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Disney XD’s ‘Zeke and Luther’ Introduces New Web Series; New TV Episode and ‘Next X’ Special Monday Night

On MONDAY, AUGUST 10 (7:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD presents a high-flying evening on boards and bikes, including a new “Zeke and Luther” episode in which the skateboarding buddies finally go “pro,” and a half-hour “Next X” reality series special, hosted by professional BMX athletes Scotty Cranmer and Van Homan, that follows five amateur action sports athletes age 9-12 to the big-time at X Games 15. It will be available on DisneyXD.com immediately following the TV premiere. Also on Monday, August 10, the “Zeke and Luther” inspired “Zeke and Luther Dude Feud” debuts as a 15-webisode series at DisneyXD.com.

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Imagination Movers Announce First-Ever National Concert Theater Tour

Imagination MoversBURBANK, Calif. — With a hit Disney Channel series and a newly released Walt Disney Records CD under their belt, the wildly popular kid-pop quartet Imagination Movers will launch their first-ever U.S. concert theater tour. The “Live From The Idea Warehouse Tour” kicks off October 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana and winds up December 13 in Spokane, Washington. Details on the tour can be found at http://www.imaginationmovers.com/website/shows.php. Tickets for most dates go on-sale Saturday, August 15 at 10:00am at various outlets.

The Imagination Movers are: Rich Collins, a former journalist and father of five; Scott Durbin, a teacher and father of two; Dave Poche, an architect and father of two; and Scott “Smitty” Smith, a New Orleans firefighter who was part of the Hurricane Katrina search and rescue effort. “Imagination Movers” features the blue-suited band – Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty – as brain-stormers working hard to solve “idea emergencies” in their Idea Warehouse. Each episode features five songs.

After signing to Walt Disney Records, Imagination Movers released their debut album “Juice Box Heroes” in March 2008. The CD ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes Children’s Music chart. Parenting Magazine awarded it a “Parenting Pick” and Common Sense Media recognized Imagination Movers among the Best TV of 2008, citing the quartet’s “addictive sense of humor and quest for fun.” Their new Walt Disney Records CD, “For Those About to Hop,” shipped last month. The album’s smart, high-energy pop was described in the New York Times as “prized by many parents for non-condescending lyrics and music that evokes the Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

“Imagination Movers” airs weekdays at 9:30 a.m., ET/PT and weekends at 10:00 a.m., ET/PT during Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block for preschoolers. The series carries a TV-Y parental guideline.

Currently-scheduled tour dates are below, with additional dates planned (details to follow):

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Disney Channel Announces D23 Expo Wizards of Waverly Place Panel: Cast Q&A, Season Premiere and More

Cast of Wizards of Waverly PlaceDisney Channel will present a fun-filled, must-see event for kids, tweens and families, “A Magical Afternoon with the cast of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’” — Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise, and executive producer Peter Murietta — at the largest Disney fan gathering ever, D23 EXPO on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (2:00-5:00 p.m.) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Summer to date, “Wizards of Waverly Place” is TV’s #1 program among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. This D23 EXPO exclusive Q&A session provides a chance for fans to ask their favorite stars about the Emmy-nominated series and the Disney Channel Original Movie it has inspired.

The afternoon will include an exclusive preview screening of the “Wizards of Waverly Place” season premiere episode and a surprise musical performance.

Popular radio personality Ernie D from Radio Disney, the 24-hour contemporary hits radio network and the only radio broadcaster for kids and families, will join in the fun at “A Magical Afternoon with ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’” event. Ernie D will also make appearances with the Radio Disney on-air team – Jake, Candice and Blake – Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13 (schedule to be announced) on the D23 EXPO floor. In addition, the Radio Disney Road Crew will be on hand with the “JONAS” Fan Van, playing music and inviting young fans to win prizes.

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Disney Channel’s Second Season of ‘Suite Life on Deck’ Begins August 7; Guest Stars to Include Jordin Sparks

Disney Channel premieres the second season of the hit comedy series “The Suite Life on Deck,” FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT). The new season delivers notable guest stars, including recording artist Jordin Sparks (“American Idol”), Charo (“The Love Boat”), NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, Ed Begley, Jr. (“Living With Ed”) and magician Justin Kredible.

Larramie “Doc” Shaw joins the cast as new character, Marcus Little, a former singing sensation whose career ended when his voice changed, so he’s now making a fresh start at Seven Seas High on the SS Tipton. Shaw starred as Malik Payne on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” for which he received a 2009 NAACP Image Award nomination, the 2009 Young Artist Award and a 2009 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance in a Comedy.

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Francia Raisa and Brendan Fehr Cast in ABC Family Original Movie ‘The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice’ Premiering Spring 2010

Burbank, CA – Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Brendan Fehr (“Samurai Girl,” “Roswell”) have signed to star in the ABC Family and MGM Television original production “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice.” The two-hour original movie will begin principal photography this month in Montreal, Canada, and is set to premiere on ABC Family in spring 2010. “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice” marks the fourth installment of the successful franchise produced by MGM Television.

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