Disney Television Stations to Launch New Network in April

The Houston Chronicle reports that the ten television stations that make up the ABC Owned Television Stations Group  (AOTS) will be launching a new network in late April to be carried by Comcast and other cable providers called LiveWellHD. The channel will feature original content created by the stations in the group which includes Houston’s KTRK ABC13. More details can be found in the article here.

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New ‘Hatching Pete’ Music Video to Debut Online March 20

Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”) perform the new high-energy pop dance song, “Let It Go,” from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, “Hatching Pete,” in a music video to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 28 (7:20 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Leading up to the television debut, the handclapping, chanting song will be available exclusively online at www.Disney.com/MusicVideos and mark its debut on Radio Disney on March 20.

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Avatars Reveal Fun Facts About ‘Aaron Stone’ During TV Marathon March 27

Disney XD’s signature series, “Aaron Stone,” will be seen in a seven-episode marathon that includes special trivia on-air and online, in “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition,” airing FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Disney XD avatars “Sk8r,” “Tekhed,” “INsdr,” “gthgrl,” “Hllywrd” and “gAmr” will present behind-the-scenes footage and trivia about the series’ special effects, the cast’s martial arts training and gamer jargon. The fun facts include that there are six custom-made Aaron Stone suits (three for actor Kelly Blatz and three for his stunt double), and that Kelly Blatz spent several weeks in martial arts training to prepare for his role as Aaron Stone.

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Disney XD Goes Green… for St. Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Disney XD presents a six episode-long block from 7PM-10PM EST/PST featuring your favorite green superheroes and villains. Be on the lookout for the Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk and the super-villain Green Goblin from the wildly popular animated series “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

The programming schedule is:
7:00 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Sins of the Fathers Chapter 4: Enter the Green Goblin”
7:30 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Partners in Danger Chapter 8: The Return of the Green  Goblin”
8:00 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Wedding”
8:30 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Innocent Blood”
9:00 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Doomed”
9:30 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Fantastic Fortitude”

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New Disney Channel Movie ‘Hatching Pete’ to Premiere in April

Three talented young actors, each a familiar face to Disney Channel viewers, Jason Dolley (“Cory in the House”), Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”), cross over to star in the comedy “Hatching Pete,” a Disney Channel Original Movie premiering Friday, April 24 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). The movie will be showcased across SVOD and mobile platforms, and via exclusive games on DisneyChannel.com.

The premiere weekend event will include a guided tour of the set of the upcoming comedy series “JONAS” by stars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, as well as an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Disney/Pixar feature film, “Up.”

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The View From Walt Disney Studios – Episode Details

[if you haven't yet, now would be a *great* time to check out Stitch Kingdom's tour of the Walt Disney Studios!]

Jimmy Kimmel (ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) and Calista Flockhart (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”) will make their first-ever appearances Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 13, respectively on ABC’s “The View,” as the popular talk and entertainment show broadcasts live from Disney Legends Plaza on the Walt Disney Studios lot, MARCH 9-13. Additional stars scheduled to appear include Patrick Dempsey (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Kyle MacLachlan and Doug Savant (ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”), Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”), Maurice Benard (ABC’s “General Hospital”) Miley Cyrus, Jay Leno (host, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”), Sally Field (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”), “The Hills'” Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt and musical guests Lady Gaga and Keysha Cole. (more…)

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Details on ABC Daytime Meet & Greet March 10 Revealed

In celebration of the “5th Annual ABC and SOAPnet Salutes Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS” benefit, the producers are proud to announce a second day for fans of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” to meet and greet and get signed autographs from some of their favorite ABC Daytime stars. (more…)

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High School Musical 4 Set to Debut on Disney Channel in 2010

East meets West in a classic love triangle set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights, in “High School Musical 4,” the fourth story in the celebrated franchise that became a cultural sensation, fueled unprecedented digital music downloads and underscored the strength of Disney Channel and Radio Disney’s connection to kids, tweens and families. (more…)

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More Guests Named for The View at Walt Disney Studios

[Editor's Note: Remember to check out our very own tour of Walt Disney Studios right here on Stitch Kingdom!]

Patrick Dempsey (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Kyle McLaughlin and Doug Savant (ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”), Maurice Benard (ABC’s “General Hospital”) and musical guest Lady Gaga have joined the lineup of guest stars scheduled to appear on “The View,” MARCH 9-13, as the popular talk show broadcasts live from Disney Legends Plaza on The Walt Disney Studios lot. They join previously announced superstars Miley Cyrus, Jay Leno (host, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”), Sally Field and Calista Flockhart (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”), Jimmy Kimmel (host, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) and “The Hills'” Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. (more…)

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Disney’s ESPN Faces Rising Rights Fees: Report

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ESPN cable sports network, which has broadcasting deals for events ranging from the National Football League to Nascar, is facing higher costs while renewing some of the contracts amid falling advertising revenue, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. (more…)

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