ABC to Air Beyoncé and Paul McCartney Music Specials Back-to-Back Thanksgiving Night

On Thanksgiving night, November 26, the ABC Network will air back-to-back hours from two of the world’s biggest music stars, Beyoncé and Paul McCartney. Both specials will incorporate rarely seen footage of Beyoncé and Paul McCartney, revealing interviews from the artists and their unique musical performances.

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The Prince and the Gecko: Disney Ad It Again

Earlier this year, Disney and Aflac joined forces in order to promote UP in a television spot for the insurance company that cleverly integrated the Aflac Duck with segments from the film.

Not to be outdone, Martin the GEICO Gecko has stepped in to help promote The Princess and the Frog and it’s reptilia y amphibia when the cursed Prince Naveen learns that being hexed is only the beginning of his problems. Is it too much to hope for the next commercial to have Mr. Toad saving money by switching to GEICO?

In any case, enjoy.

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ABC Family to Air First Four Harry Potter Movies, Exclusive Footage from Upcoming Blu-ray/DVD

Burbank, CA (November 9, 2009) – ABC Family continues the holiday cheer with its “Harry Potter” weekend on December 4-6, airing the first four installments of the popular film series as part of the network’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.

To add to the magic, ABC Family will also be airing exclusive footage from “Creating the World of Harry Potter,” an eight-hour documentary series revealing the filmmaking magic behind all of the films in the series. For the first time ever, uncover the intimate details, never-before-seen screen tests, inside stories by cast and filmmakers, and directors’ critical decisions behind the creation of Harry Potter’s world on screen. “Creating the World of Harry Potter” is only available in the “Harry Potter Ultimate Edition” series on Blu-ray and DVD.   Each Ultimate Edition includes a one-hour feature from “Creating the World of Harry Potter” that highlights a unique aspect of the filmmaking process. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Ultimate Edition” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Ultimate Edition” available on Blu-ray and DVD December 8.

In addition, fans will get an advanced look at the “Close Up with the Cast” piece when they join Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, as she visits the costume department and shows off some of her jewelry designs. Fans can also go behind the scenes with the cast and crew to see how the infamous Cave was created and what it took to bring the Inferi to the big screen. Both of these pieces will be featured in their entirety on the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

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ABC to Air Jennifer Hudson Christmas Special December 14 with Guest Michael Bublé

As previously announced, Jennifer Hudson, the multitalented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album,” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success in her first television special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC.com Adds Commentaries to Online Shows from Experts; Invites Viewers to Create Their Own

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney/ABC Television Group will unveil ABC Social: Episode Commentary, a new feature of ABC.com’s Full Episode Player integrated with Facebook Connect, which allows online viewers to create their own commentary tracks to ABC episodes and share the experience with friends. The new Episode Commentary will be available beginning this Saturday, November 7, for the first episode of ABC’s new series “V,” and will feature expert commentary from “V” executive producers Scott Peters and Steve Pearlman. This new feature will roll out across other series on ABC.com over the coming weeks.

“ABC Social: Episode Commentary is great example of how we are continually pushing the envelope to create ‘what’s next’ and use our digital platforms to further engage the core fans of our series,” said Alexis Rapo, vice president, Digital Media, ABC Entertainment. “Now online viewers at ABC.com can not only take part in a world class viewing experience, but also engage with ‘show experts’ and share their own viewer-created commentaries seamlessly within our player – the result is a rich, social experience that can only be found on our site.”

Expert commentary featured in the Full Episode Player will vary from episode to episode and may include insights from a series’ producers, writers and directors, stars of the series, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives, among others.

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ABC Announces New Celebrity Comedic Dance Show Hosted by Kathy Griffin

Two-time Emmy Award winner and NY Times best-selling author Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-List”) will host “Let’s Dance,” a new, comedic dance series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America that features stars competing for charity as they pay homage to some of the most famous movie, musical and pop video dance routines of all time. “Let’s Dance” will kick off its five-episode run with a live 90-minute premiere episode on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) following the Season 9 finale broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars” on the ABC Television Network. Additional episodes will air on Monday, Nov. 30, Mon., Dec. 7 and Mon., Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the finale on Tues., Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

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Hilary Duff to Star, Executive-Produce ABC Family Original Movie ‘The Business of Falling in Love’

Burbank, CA (November 3, 2009) – Hilary Duff (“The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” “A Cinderella Story”), Matt Dallas, (“Kyle XY,” “Eastwick”), Michael McMillan (“True Blood,” “What I Like About You) and Chris Carmack (“Drop Dead Diva,” “The OC”) have signed to star in the ABC Family original production “The Business of Falling in Love.” The two-hour original movie will begin principal photography this month in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is set to premiere on ABC Family in spring 2010.

“The Business of Falling in Love,” based on the book Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky, stars Duff as Lane Daniels, a bright effervescent fashion journalist whose career and love life come together in a smashing way when she pitches the article “Switching Careers to Find Love” to Cosmopolitan magazine – her favorite magazine and ultimate career aspiration. Lane can’t believe her luck when the editor goes for it in a big way, handing her the professional opportunity of a life time – a potential cover story!

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‘Hannah Montana’s’ Moises Arias Stars in New Short-Form Sports Series on Disney XD

“Moises Rules!” a new short-form sports series that invites kids to challenge Moises Arias (Rico in “Hannah Montana”) in fun sports competitions, including foam tetherball and finger football, premieres MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. If he wins, Moises gets the bragging rights, “Moises Rules.”

New features and exclusive show content will debut Tuesday, November 10 at www.DisneyXD.com, where viewers can send a shout out to Moises, play sports-themed games and download all-new wallpapers.

Moises Arias has mad sports skills and an unstoppable attitude when challenged by kids in a variety of sports competitions. The challengers include 13-year-old Ross “The Boss,” 11-year-old James, 12-year-old Larry and 14-year-old Kenton.

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Jenny McCarthy Stars in ABC Family Original Holiday Movie ‘Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe’

Burbank, CA (Monday, November 2, 2009) — Actress Jenny McCarthy will reprise her role as Mary Class in ABC Family’s new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe.” McCarthy will star alongside Dean McDermott and Paul Sorvino. The movie is set to premiere Sunday, December 13 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), during the network’s 12th annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, which will feature over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25.

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Disney to Build New Production Facility at Golden Oak Ranch

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The Walt Disney Co. plans to build a 12-stage production facility at its Golden Oak Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, primarily to serve the production needs of ABC Studios.

Disney and ABC Studios have filed applications with Los Angeles County for Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch, a high-tech soundstage and production facility. The facility, which would include six pairs of soundstages, would take up 56 acres in the western tip of the 890-acre Gold Oak Ranch.

Disney has only two soundstage facilities, one on the Disney lot, which has virtually no usable outdoor space, and one at its Prospect Studios.

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