ABC Studios and Big Machine Records, the leading independent Nashville-based record label home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, announced today an exclusive partnership to release and market music from the critically-acclaimed upcoming ABC series “Nashville.” Stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio are among the cast slated to sing original content created for the series by established and breakout songwriters. Grammy® Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett serves as the executive music producer. Dubbed one of fall’s most anticipated new TV dramas, “Nashville,” premiering Wednesday, October 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network, was shot entirely in Music City, and pulls back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of the music industry.
We first mentioned the ‘Summerween’ episode of ‘Gravity Falls’ in our coverage of the Disney Television Animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year and now the time to celebrate is almost here! This Friday, the ‘Summerween’ episode premieres on Disney Channel and we’ve been given this first look at some of the hilarity that is sure to ensue.
In honor of the second season’s premiere of ‘Once Upon A Time,’ which returns on Sunday, September 30, 2012, ABC and Bloomingdale’s teamed up to bring the experience to stores nationwide and to the famed window displays at its 59th Street flagship store in New York City To commemorate the windows’ unveiling, Jennifer Morrison — best known to her legions of fans as Emma Swan, Storybrooke’s reluctant heroine — was on hand to meet and greet with fans.
While fans eagerly awaited the opportunity to meet Morrison, they were treated to ‘Once Upon A Time’-inspired (read:primarily apple-based) hors d’oeuvre and drinks, along with other treats such as the cookie pictured below.
Starting today fans of reality hit “Dancing with the Stars” have even greater access to their favorite show, from the first cha-cha to the final waltz. ABC Radio has launched “Dancing with the Stars” Radio, giving listeners an interactive audio experience and unlimited access to the dance floor, whenever and wherever. Season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” premieres tonight on the ABC television network.
“We’re adding a new dimension to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ experience by offering on demand, digital audio content that compliments the viewing experience and increases engagement between the audience and the cast,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC News Radio. “When television programming stops, fans can hear highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes conversation that the camera cannot always capture.”
From former champions to fan favorites, including a celebrity voted in by fans, the All-Star cast along with their professional partners return to the ballroom on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” Monday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. All 13 couples will hit the stage performing either the Cha Cha or the Foxtrot to impress the judges and viewers at home, hoping they’re not the first couple sent home.
The inaugural season’s cliffhanger of ABC’s ‘Scandal’ seeking the real identity of Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is about to be answered when the series returns next week on September 27 at 10 pm ET/PT on the ABC television network.
To promote the big reveal, ABC has established a microsite at whoisquinnperkins.com which offers snippets of depositions from the employees at Pope & Associates in an attempt to answer that very question. Videos available to watch include Huck (Guillermo Díaz), Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and Harrison (Columbus Short). A deposition by Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is also teased but is unavailable for some reason, as is all of the depositions spliced together.
Disney Junior has quietly launched a microsite at sofiathefirst.com in anticipation of its first original Disney princess, ‘Sofia the First.’ An original movie is set to premiere on November 18, 2012 at 7 pm ET on Disney Channel, to be followed by a series commencing in spring 2013.
ABC Family, the millennial-skewing network, has greenlit three additional pilots to add to its production slate — “Terminales,” a one hour drama adapted from a successful Televisa series, and two new comedies, “Phys Ed” and “Continuing Fred.” The three pilots will go into production this fall along with the previously announced drama pilots “The Fosters” (working title), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Socio,” from executive producer Gavin Polone.
Disney/ABC Television Group will sponsor interactive activities for kids and families to celebrate creativity and innovation, at World Maker Faire 2012, a two-day exposition spanning science, technology and the arts at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), September 29-30. These next generation of thinkers and tinkerers are invited to take part in an inventive healthy cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s popular daytime series “The Chew”; participate in activities inspired by Disney’s hit series “Phineas and Ferb” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”; and use human-power to activate an eco-friendly Disney XD game.
J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most successful authors, embarks on a new adventure in her first novel in seven years. She invites ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Cynthia McFadden to Scotland for a rare interview and exclusive preview of The Casual Vacancy. This is Rowling’s first U.S. network television interview to discuss one of fall’s most anticipated novels. Her bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books has sold over 450 million copies worldwide.
The interview will air on ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ and ‘Nightline’ on Wednesday, September 26. More of the interview airs on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday, September 27.