Production has begun on the first Disney Junior Original Movie, Lucky Duck, a music-filled, animated adventure at sea starring the voices of Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanaugh. The movie follows a plucky rubber ducky named Lucky (Borle) who, after accidentally being tossed off a cargo ship, sets off in search of the perfect home. Along the way, he teams with a group of misfit tub toys including a sassy hippo, Flo (Hilty) and an apprehensive turtle named Snap (Cavanaugh). The movie is slated to premiere in summer 2014 on Disney Junior in the U.S. and thereafter on Disney Junior channels around the world. The announcement was made today by Joe D’Ambrosia, Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Junior.
‘Lights, Camera, Christmas!’ is a new competition series in which 16 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas — in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious — for a $50,000 Grand Prize. The series will air this December on ABC.
In the first nationwide Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 16 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. The four finalists will be flown to a surprise finale city to compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize.
Following the initial ratings success of Marvel Television’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ airing on ABC, Marvel Entertainment, LLC has launched the first wave of official licensed merchandise inspired by the series co-created by Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon. To meet fan demand, Marvel has unveiled a range of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ consumer products including T-shirts, accessories, and posters which are immediately available for purchase at ABC.com, Marvel.com, Hot Topic and other specialty retailers.
ABC and Facebook are partnering to bring real-time social conversations to the television screen, as ABC will be the first entertainment network to integrate Facebook’s newest tools for broadcast partners on primetime television with the season premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ tonight at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
Facebook will be bringing the conversations already taking place about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ online to the TV screen by enabling the audience to see how many people on Facebook are talking about the contestants, where the couples are generating the most buzz, whether they’re more popular among males or females, and where their fans live. Real-time conversations about the show from Facebook users will be displayed during the broadcast.
In ABC’s ‘Lucky 7,’ a group of lucky co-workers strike it rich when they win a mega million dollar lottery jackpot. Find out how lucky you are by entering ABC’s ‘Lucky 7′ Sweepstakes at www.ABCLucky7.com for the chance to win the Grand Prize of $100,000. Upon entering the sweepstakes, viewers will receive an online ticket with seven randomly assigned numbers that could potentially be the Grand Prize winner. There will only be one winner, and viewers can watch the series premiere of ‘Lucky 7′ live,Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 pm ET on ABC to see if their ticket contains the seven winning numbers — which will be revealed throughout the episode. The sweepstakes launched today, Friday, September 13 at 12:01 a.m., ET, and you can enter until Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m., ET. For the Official Rules including full details, visit www.ABCLucky7.com. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
ABC Family scares up the 2013 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN celebration, with programming filled with scares and frights as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, now in its 15th year, starting Saturday, October 19th, and concludes on Thursday, October 31st, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” and the highly anticipated premiere of spinoff series “Ravenswood.” The stunt will also include the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Men in Black,” the network premiere of “Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!,” and a ghoulish mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue’ will be coming to DVD on November 19, following its television debut on Disney Channel at 6 pm ET/PT on September 29. The special marks the first appearance of Tinker Bell on the popular Disney Junior series. In addition to the news, we have been provided with several stills from the special featuring Tinker Bell which we feature in our gallery below.
When Never Land begins to disappear, Jake must go on his most heroic mission ever to save the magical land in Disney Junior’s ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue,’ a primetime special premiering Sunday, September 29 on Disney Channel at 6:00 pm. ET/PT and Disney Junior 7:00 pm ET/PT. One of Disney’s most famous and beloved characters, Tinker Bell, makes her first-ever debut appearance in the action-packed family night special presentation.
Multi-talented actress, singer and dancer Zendaya (“Shake It Up,” “Dancing With The Stars”) stars in “Zapped,” a comedy adventure movie slated to premiere on Disney Channels around the world, as well as on Canada’s Family Channel in 2014. The storyline follows 16 year-old Zoey Stevens, a skilled dancer and straight-A student who is having a hard time adjusting to a new high school, a new and klutzy dance squad, a new step-dad, three new rowdy step-brothers and an unruly dog. But things change when a dog training app on her smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her.
ABC Family will produce three new comedy pilots, ‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Work Mom’ and ‘Young & Hungry,’ it was announced today by Michael Riley, President, ABC Family. These orders join the pick-ups announced earlier this year including the back-order greenlight of ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Twisted,’ the third season of ‘Switched at Birth’ and ‘Baby Daddy’ and the fourth season of ‘Melissa & Joey.’
‘We have seen great success with our comedy series and look to grow our comedy offerings. These pilots offer a great mix of humor and iconic characters,’ said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family.