‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Returns for Four Holiday Specials

The heart-tugging, original feel-good series, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” returns to ABC with four special holiday-themed episodes. The first episode will premiere Monday, November 26 at 9:01 pm ET, immediately following the ‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Performance Finale on the ABC Television Network. The remaining three episodes will air on the following three Mondays, December 3, December 10 and December 17.

Guest host Jenny McCarthy visits the Watson Family of Knoxville, TN in a special Thanksgiving-themed show. The Watson family has adopted children and runs a home for single mothers in need called Restoration House. The episode features a visit to the ‘Wipeout’ set and an appearance by UFC Champion fighter Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

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‘The Mistle-Tones’ ABC Family Original Movie Musical to Premiere December 9

ABC Family will premiere The Mistle-Tones, an all new original musical starring Tori Spelling (‘Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood’) and Tia Mowry (‘The Game’) on Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The movie will air as part of the network’s annual ’25 Days of Christmas’ programming event.

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‘Socio’ Begins Production for ABC Family, Adding Sam Robards to Cast

ABC Family began production today on the drama series pilot “Socio,” starring Avan Jogia (“Victorious), Maddie Hasson (“The Finder”), Kylie Bunbury (“Prom”), Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers”) and Denise Richards (“Two and a Half Men”). Also recently cast in the project is Sam Robards (“Treme,” “Gossip Girl”). Kathy Najimy (“Make it or Break It”) and Grey Damon (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”) have also been cast as guest stars.

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ABC Family Announces Season Premiere Dates for Returning Favorites

ABC Family will kick off the New Year with all new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favorites “Switched at Birth,” “Bunheads,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the second week of January 2013, with two nights of original programming. Viewers can also catch up on all their favorite shows leading up to the January premieres on abcfamily.com.

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‘The Taste’ Adds Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey

Famed culinary experts Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey are confirmed to join no-holds-barred chef Anthony Bourdain and British food star Nigella Lawson as Mentors on eight episodes of ABC’s innovative new cooking competition show, “The Taste.” Bourdain and Lawson are also executive producers. The new one-hour alternative series from Kinetic Content will premiere in 2013 on the ABC Television Network.

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Target, Neiman Marcus Seek ‘Revenge’ for Holiday Collection with Original Content Airing November 11

Target and Neiman Marcus have partnered with ABC for a ground-breaking integration in conjunction with the critically acclaimed series “Revenge.” As part of the highly anticipated reveal of the retailers’ holiday collection, Target and Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive show sponsor in the episode airing Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. In lieu of commercials, the retailers are working directly with the creative team of “Revenge” — a series known for its flair for fashion and high style — to create original content incorporating the Target+ Neiman Marcus holiday collection.

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‘Phys Ed’ on ABC Family to Star Ryan Sypek, Kate Lang Johnson

Ryan Sypek (“Wildfire”) and Kate Lang Johnson (“Persons Unknown”) have been cast in the lead roles of the ABC Family comedy pilot “Phys Ed.”

“Phys Ed” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school’s star jock, Ed (Sypek), who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. Johnson will play Janie, a teacher at the school who was ignored by Ed in high school and is now the object of his affections.

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‘The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP’s Wedding’ to Air on ABC in December

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, the second “Bachelorette” couple to ever walk down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding on “The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding” onĀ  December 16 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

The couple, who became engaged in beautiful, exotic Fiji at the end of Ashley’s edition of “The Bachelorette” in August 2010, will let viewers in on all the exciting festivities – from her dress fitting for her dazzling custom-made gown to Ashley and J.P. planning the big day with their wedding planner. Then it’s on to their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the next stage of their romantic journey with a beautiful wedding ceremony in the perfect location.

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Denise Richards to Star in ‘Socio’ on ABC Family

ABC Family has cast Denise Richards (“Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Two and a Half Men”) to star in drama series pilot “Socio,” as Karen Ryder. Also cast is Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers,” “House”) as Tess. They join the previously announced Avan Jogia as Danny, Maddie Hasson as Jo and Kylie Bunbury as Lacey in the project. The pilot is currently in preproduction.

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‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ Begins Final Season in March

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will premiere its final season in March 2013, closing out five seasons of the groundbreaking drama. The exciting final season will include a proposal and a wedding. Fans will also see Amy, Ricky, Ben, Adrian, Grace and Jack make plans for their lives after Grant High School. Will Amy and Ricky stay together in the end?

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