ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: ‘500 Questions’ on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 pm; ‘The Whispers’ on Monday, June 1 at 10:01 pm and ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ on Sunday, June 21 at 8:00 pm, followed by ‘BattleBots’ on Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 pm on the ABC Television Network.
These series join returning shows ‘The Bachelorette,’ which premieres Monday, May 18 at 9:00 pm; ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 pm; ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00 pm; ‘Mistresses,’ with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 pm; ‘Rookie Blue’ on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 pm; and a two-night premiere of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 pm and on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 pm
Production is revving up on the animated series ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers,’ a madcap car-racing adventure for preschoolers featuring Disney’s #1 star, Mickey Mouse, and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald. Slated to debut in 2017 on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world, the series takes the Sensational Six and their uniquely personalized vehicles on humorous high-spirited races around the globe plus hometown capers in Hot Dog Hills. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
In a move that should bode well for the series currently in development, ABC and ABC Studios have applied for a trademark for ‘The Real O’Neals,’ a half-hour single-camera comedy that’s being executive produced by activist Dan Savage, creator of the ‘It Gets Better’ project. The series was formerly known under the working title of ‘Family of the Year.’ The official description for the series pilot is as follows:
ABC Family today announced plans to expand its reality slate with three new unscripted series: ‘Startup U,’ ‘Next Step Realty: NYC’ and ‘Monica the Medium. These unscripted series join recently greenlit series ‘Becoming Us’ (formerly ‘My Transparent Life’) and ‘Job or No Job,’ all of which premiere this summer.
Earlier this evening on Twitter, we shared that ABC plans on videotaping an episode of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ at the Disneyland theme park on April 18, 2015, with a planned audience of 400 (though according to the permit itself, it’s actually 399). Shortly thereafter, host Tom Bergeron responded back to us noting that it will be his last time hosting the show and that ‘those will be a very special 400 to me!’
Disney Junior will introduce ‘Muppet Moments,’ an entirely new short-form series, to Disney Junior beginning April 3, 2015. The new series will feature the Muppets interacting with young children, discussing ordinary, every day topics, like ‘apologies, favorite foods, Obamacare and manners’ — well, three out of four anyway.
To celebrate the announcement, two videos have been released. The first talks about the series itself, while the second features the Muppets in some never-before-seen audition tapes as they try out for some of the more popular and well-known roles of programs currently featured on the channel.
Sarah Michelle Gellar will join the talented voice cast that includes her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and David Oyelowo.
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ unfolds between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost, who together face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries and embark on thrilling adventures. In its second season, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano.
The LEGO Group today announced that Disney XD has acquired the five-episode ‘LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales’ mini-series to air later this year. The animated mini-series consists of five 22-minute episodes that will re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
According to the report in the Wall Street Journal, the series will feature Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Donald, as well as Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail ‘Webby’ Vanderquack.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
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