ABC Announces Series Premiere Dates for 2012-2013 Season

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Below are ABC’s Fall premiere dates for the 2012-13 season. Note “The Neighbors” will premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m., before moving to its regular time period at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

Friday, September 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “What Would You Do?”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “20/20″

Monday, September 24
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Castle”

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‘Shake It Up: Made in Japan’ To Premiere August 17 on Disney Channel

Rocky and CeCe win a trip to Japan to be part of a dance video game production and the world famous Blue Man Group performs in a madcap “Shake It Up” event that’s infused with Tokyo teen fashion and “J-Pop” music. “Shake It Up: Made In Japan” premieres Friday, August 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Zendaya and Bella Thorne perform three new original songs in the storyline: “Made In Japan,” “The Same Heart” and “Fashion is My Kryptonite.” The latter song will premiere on Radio Disney during a “Take Over” with Bella Thorne and Zendaya on Friday, July 20. Their music video for the song, guest starring Cat Deeley, will premiere on Disney Channel in August.

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‘Time Machine Chefs’ Competition Seeks ‘Greatest Chef in History;’ Premieres August 16

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D., or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens during the Tudor era? Well fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a journey through time when “Time Machine Chefs” blasts off, Thursday, August 16 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on ABC. With no modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces — and impress three esteemed judges — with only basic kitchen equipment, their imaginations and craftsmanship. Only one chef will be crowned The Greatest Chef in History.

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ABC Receives 48 Emmy Nominations

ABC received 48 nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards, covering the eligibility period of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. The nominations were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, California. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum presided over the nominations along with Kerry Washington from the ABC drama “Scandal” and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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SDCC: ‘Gravity Falls’ Dominates Disney Television Animation Panel

Alex Ritter, Jason Hirsch and Gary Marsh with 'Gravity Falls' fans

Moderated by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President of Original Series, Disney Television Animation brought the creative teams and talent from popular series ‘Fish Hooks’ and the upcoming ‘Wander Over Yonder’ to its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but it was newcomer ‘Gravity Falls’ that quickly dominated the show, as evidenced by the roar of the attending audience at its mere mention, let alone the number of fans dressed as characters from the cartoon.

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‘Crash & Bernstein’ Begins Production; Set to Premiere in Fall

Production has begun in Hollywood, California, on “Crash & Bernstein,” a live action comedy series — with hand puppetry — that follows Wyatt Bernstein, the only son among four kids, whose new puppet, Crash, comes to life and becomes his loud-mouthed surrogate brother who knows no limits. The multi-camera series is scheduled to premiere in fall 2012 on Disney XD. The puppet was designed and built by Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc, based in Burbank, California.  
       
Starring are newcomer Cole Jensen as 12-year-old Wyatt; Emmy-nominated puppet master and filmmaker Tim Lagasse (“Johnny and the Sprites,” “Between the Lions”) as Crash; Oana Gregory (“Lab Rats”) as Amanda, Wyatt’s popular 16-year-old sister; Landry Bender (“The Sitter”) as Cleo, the fashion-forward middle sister; and Aaron Landon (“New Girl”) as Pesto, Wyatt’s best friend. Recurring is newcomer Mckenna Grace as Jasmine, the 6-year-old and most assertive sister.
       
Wyatt Bernstein is a typical boy who enjoys hanging out at the local arcade with his friend Pesto. In a household full of females, Wyatt desperately wishes for a brother he could do fun guy stuff with and who would provide him much needed “male reinforcement” at home. When he is reluctantly taken to a Build-A-Bestie store by his family for his birthday, he creates a boy-filled version of a Bestie. Wyatt’s dream finally comes true when his creation, Crash, comes to life. Together, the new “brothers” help each other navigate life’s experiences – Crash helps Wyatt come out of his shell and Wyatt introduces Crash to life as a kid. Although they sometimes have their differences, like true brothers, they always have each other’s back. 

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ABC’s ‘The Neighbors’ to Land at Comic-Con #SDCC

A unique booth at Comic Con 2012 will showcase the world of “The Neighbors,” a new comedy series coming to ABC this fall. In the new series, the very human Weaver family of New Jersey is in for the shock of their lives when they discover that the exclusive community they just moved to is populated by aliens from the planet Zabvron, who are passing themselves off as humans. “The Neighbors” booth will take Comic Con attendees through an “Earth training session.” Like all good Zabvronians here on a visit, they’ll get a new Earthling name, special guidelines for co-existing on their new planet . . . and a free T-shirt! Con goers who stop by the booth will also get a sneak peek at the new series. The booth will be open during Exhibit Floor hours: from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, for Preview Night; from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14; and from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

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‘Code 9′ Hidden Camera Reality Series to Premiere on Disney Channel July 26

A hidden camera, a sense of humor and the help of Hollywood’s top special effects artists are all kids and their families need to pull the ultimate good-natured prank on their unsuspecting mom or dad in “Code: 9,” a new hidden camera reality series that’s comedy for the whole family, premiering Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Treasures of Walt Disney Archives at Ronald Reagan Library Preview (Video, Photos)

Country Bear Jamboree, 'Fantasmic!' Maleficent Dragon Head , Mickey Mouse animatronic

On Friday, July 6, 2012, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library will debut its newest rotating exhibit in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Library.’ This will represent the largest single, assembled collection of items from the Studio’s Archives ever on public display which is fitting as the Reagan Library’s Museum is the largest of its kind, welcoming more than half a million visitors annually and housing an actual Boeing 707 jet which served as Air Force One for several United States presidents, including Ronald Reagan, the last to use this specific plane.

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Perry the Platybus Hits the Road; ‘Where’s Perry?’ Special Airs July 26

Disney’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” TV’s #1 animated series among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, will put the summer spotlight on the hugely popular character Perry the Platypus — in a two-part cliffhanger on TV and online in which the boys’ domesticated pet/secret agent really goes missing, and in a new “Where’s My Perry?” mobile game inspired by the award-winning “Where’s My Water?” game from Disney Mobile Games. The hit TV property also expands at retail with new grocery and footwear licensees, and via a grassroots initiative that invites fans to be part of the Perry the Platy-bus tour in select cities across the country.

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