ABC Launches ‘LOST’ Fan Promo Contest; Winner to Attend Series’ Finale Party

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With less than three months until the final episode of “Lost,” ABC celebrates the series’ dedicated fans, providing them with the opportunity to become a part of “Lost” history. Sponsored by Kia Motors, the Ultimate “Lost” Fan Promo Contest gives fans the tools to express and share their passion for the groundbreaking hit drama series through the production of an original promo which will air on the ABC Television Network the week prior to the highly anticipated finale, airing on a special night, Sunday, May 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), preceded by a recap special from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, on ABC.

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ABC Announces Celebrity Pairings for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 10; New Dancer to Debut

An all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In alphabetical order, and with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their ballroom dancing debut are:

* BUZZ ALDRIN, legendary astronaut, partners up with ASHLY COSTA (formerly DelGrosso), who returns for her fourth season.

* PAMELA ANDERSON, actress and model, joins professional dancer DAMIAN WHITEWOOD, who makes his “Dancing with the Stars” debut this season.

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ABC Announces Line-up for Tenth Season of “Dancing with the Stars’

During the final moments of The Bachelor‘s season finale, ABC revealed its line-up of competitors for the next season of its popular series Dancing with the Stars via perennial host and emcee Tom Bergeron with some assistance from fromer Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft.

Celebrity contestants announced for the series are:

  • Pamela Anderson
  • Chad Ochocinco
  • Aiden Turner
  • Erin Andrews
  • Shannen Doherty
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Niecy Nash
  • Nichole Scherzinger
  • Evan Lysacek
  • Kate Gosselin
  • Jake Pavelka

The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on ABC on March 22, 2010.

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WABC-TV New York Launches Retrans Offensive Against Cablevision

As we first reported back in December, WABC-TV, a member of the Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) had begun preparing for a standoff with Cablevision in New York as its retransmission contract comes up for negotiations by registering for a series of domain names which had inadvertently put its agenda on public display for a couple of hours until we brought to the public’s attention.

Tonight, just before the season finale of The Bachelor began, WABC-TV ran a commercial in New York City taking an offensive stance, showing a montage of television programming carried by the station, including local news, which would potentially be lost if Cablevision opts to remove WABC-TV from its lineup.

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Report: Kate Gosselin to Join Cast of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Television columnist Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post reports that the former co-star of TLC’s Jon and Kate + Eight-turned occasional The View co-host stand-in will be announced as one of the new cast members of the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars when ABC reveals the list throughout the season finale of The Bachelor on Monday night.

In related news, ABC has announced that on March 1, Jimmy Kimmel will interview one of the new celebrities set to compete in this season’s competition as well as the new Bachelorette.

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ESPN Names ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as 3D Development Center

Recognizing the need for a real-world testing ground to continue the development of ESPN 3D, ESPN has designated the ESPN Innovation Lab at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located at the Walt Disney World resort as the hub for developing 3D technology.  ESPN will invite various technology companies to utilize the site for emerging technology enhancements focused on 3D television.  In addition to the resources at the Innovation Lab, ESPN will bring online a new production center that can be used for producing live sporting events for multiple ESPN platforms.

The ESPN Innovation Lab at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World. © ESPN

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Hilary Duff Stars in ABC Family Original Movie ‘Beauty & the Briefcase’ April 18

They say a good man is hard to find, but one woman will make it her career goal to find love in the workplace in ABC Family’s new original movie, “Beauty & the Briefcase” (fka. “The Business of Falling in Love”), premiering Sunday, April 18th (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). The film stars Hilary Duff (“Gossip Girl”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle XY”), Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”) and Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”).

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Celebrity Couple Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Guest Star on ‘Phineas and Ferb’ March 8

Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor guest star in an action-packed episode of TV’s #1 animated series for kids and tweens, “Phineas and Ferb,” premiering MONDAY, MARCH 8 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. It will also be presented Friday, March 12 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The real-life husband and wife are the parents of “Phineas and Ferb” fans.

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Study: Cable Operators Rank ESPN, ESPN2 and Disney Channel as Most Valuable Networks

In Beta Research Corp.’s 2009 Cable Operator Study, ESPN, ESPN2 and Disney Channel again ranked first, second and third in the key category of average perceived value.  This is the 10th consecutive year that cable operators have ranked ESPN the most valuable network on their cable system.  ESPN2 and the Disney Channel have held the second and third most valuable spots for five consecutive years.

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Production Started on Second Season of ‘JONAS’ with Additional Cast Members

Production has begun in and around Los Angeles on the second season of the Teen Choice Award-winning comedy series, “JONAS,” starring global sensations Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas and popular actresses Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. The new season finds the Lucas brothers and friends Stella and Macy spending a summer in Hollywood.

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