Disney at Comic-Con: Phineas and Ferb Announce Two New Television Specials

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San Diego, CA, July 26, 2009… Television’s #1 animated series for kids, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” will be presenting two programming events this fall, a two-part time travel episode and a viewers’ choice countdown special featuring the Top 10 favorite musical numbers from the hit series. The announcement was made today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Each “Phineas and Ferb” episode will premiere on Disney XD. The series also airs on Disney Channel.

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ABC.com and Kia Unearth Documentary Thought to be ‘Lost’ on Dharma Initiative

ABC.com and Kia Motors America (KMA) unveil the first webisode in a five-part short-form series titled “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative.” Exclusively sponsored by Kia Motors, “Mysteries of the Universe” is a fictional “documentary” series set in the early 1980s which takes an in-depth look into a variety of unsolved mysteries.

Once thought to be Lost, this all-new explosive documentary project provides a full-scale investigation into the so-called “Dharma Initiative.” Through interviews, research, eyewitness accounts and more, the short-form series attempts to uncover the truth behind this shadowy organization, including the possible existence of a secret society with links to covert locations around the globe, including a South Pacific island, which is the subject of intense speculation, but whose whereabouts have never been confirmed.

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The Gloves (And the Mask) Come Off on the Next Episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man

In Monday’s all-new episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man, Venom helps unmask the secret identity of Spidey, placing the web-slinger’s friends and families at risk. Kelly Hu returns as the voice of Sha Shan Nguyen.

Check out this preview of IDENTITY CRISIS which you’ll find only on Disney XD. Premiering Monday night at 7:30 ET/PT.

Spidey will return? in October with all new episodes.

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Selena Gomez’s ‘Magic’ Premieres on Radio Disney July 24, Music Video on the Disney Channel

Disney Channel will premiere the music video for Selena Gomez’s cover of the 1975 classic, “Magic,” on FRIDAY, JULY 24 (8:59 p.m. ET/PT). Radio Disney will premiere the song, which is featured on the soon to be released “Wizards of Waverly Place” soundtrack, earlier that day (3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00p.m. ET).

The music video was directed by Roman Perez (Jonas Brothers’ “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and Emily Osment’s “Hero in Me” music videos) and features scenes from the upcoming “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” which premieres Friday, August 28 on Disney Channel.

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New ABC Show ‘Crash Course’ Offers Contestants Chance to Win $50K by Driving

This summer ABC fulfills your need for speed and laughs by putting you in the driver’s seat of “Crash Course,” a one of a kind automotive competition reality series produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, the producers of “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” Hosts are Orlando Jones (“Drumline,” “Biker Boyz”) and Dan Cortese (“The Superstars” “Surviving Suburbia”). Production was shot in the automobile capitol of the world, Detroit, Michigan. The program airs Wednesday nights from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network, starting AUGUST 26.

Imagine racing fast and furious in the ultimate driving course. Now imagine it with your significant other or mother right beside you giving you directions, all the while seeing flaming ramps up ahead. “Crash Course” will not only put the couples’ navigating skills to the test, but will test drive their relationships and patience, as teams work together and summon their greatest driving skills to make it across the finish line. The contestants will be everyday people from all walks of life who have a pre-existing relationship (father and daughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, best friends, etc). Each week, five teams of two will compete against each other, being eliminated one by one as they battle through several challenges before facing the final “Crash Course” at the end of each episode — the ultimate gravity and logic defying driving test — for a chance to win the ultimate prize of $50,000.

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The Motivator (and High Ratings) Kick ‘Wipeout’ Into Third Season on ABC

“Wipeout,” ABC’s outrageously popular reality series, has been picked up for a third season. Twenty-four thrill-seekers will compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course designed to provide the most spills, face plants and wipeouts ever seen on television.

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Hot Dog! ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ Pluto-thon Features New Episode Based on an Old Classic

Playhouse Disney’s #1 preschool series, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” celebrates Pluto with a marathon spotlighting Mickey’s loyal pal, SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (7:00–10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The marathon includes the premiere of a new episode, “Pluto’s Playmate” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT), which was inspired by the original 1941 Pluto cartoon of the same name featuring Salty the seal.

In “Pluto’s Playmate,” Mickey, Pluto and pals teach Clubhouse visitor Salty the seal some new tricks for his debut in Mickey’s Circus. The marathon schedule is:

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Shaquille O’Neal Takes on Other Sports’ Top Competitors in New ABC Competition Series August 18

ABC today announced the premiere of “Shaq Vs.,” a new competition series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. The one-hour series, in which O’Neal will take his athletic prowess beyond the basketball court and strive to become a champion in a new sporting event each week, will debut TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 (9:00- 10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Over the course of the series, O’Neal will challenge Olympian and World Champion Michael Phelps in swimming; Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in football; reigning U.S. Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams in tennis; championship fighter Oscar de la Hoya in boxing; two time NL MVP and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in baseball; and Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in beach volleyball.

“These athletes may be on top of their game, but I am up for the challenge,” said O’Neal. “I plan to train hard and win, so look out.”

“Shaq is the only one with the athletic skills and personality to carry this unique project,” said John Saade and Vicki Dummer, co-heads of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment Group. “It’s Shaq versus the best athletes in the world, competitors who aren’t afraid of the challenge… or Shaq’s humor.”

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‘Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana’ Smashes Ratings Records as Disney Channel Dominated with 9.3 Million Viewers

Making it the number one network from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm last night, the Disney Channel’s crossover event between Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana dominated with a whopping 9.3 million total viewers in 5.8 million households. Disney Channel defeated second-place CBS by over 4 million viewers.

The show became the number one scripted telecast in 2009 in all television in total key demographics of Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 and the number one scripted telecast on cable with total viewers. Only the Super Bowl surpassed the number of Kids 6-11 watching the event in 2009 across [i]all[/i] television. The same records were previously held by the Disney Channel Original Movie, the Princess Protection Program which debuted last month.

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Bye-bye, Spidey! There’s a New Hero in Town on the Next All New Episode of The Spectacular Spider-man

When Venom strikes and turns the town against web-slinger Spider-Man, it’s up to a new superhero to set things straight. But just what is the secret identity of the new Colonel Jupiter? Find out on the next episode of The Spectular Spider-Man premiering Monday night at 7:30 PM ET/PT only on Disney XD.

Check out a sneak preview of the episode titled ‘Growing Pains’ below. And be on the ear-out for Kelly Hu who makes her Spider-Man debut in this episode as Sha Shan Nguyen.

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