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.
ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN for the 14th consecutive spine tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert, and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Monster House,” and “Poltergeist III,” and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.
What are the greatest television shows of all time? Who are our favorite TV mom and dad? Who is our favorite television host of all time? It’s America’s turn to decide, as a collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE Magazine gave TV fans the opportunity to vote online at www.bestintelevision.com for their favorites of all time. With more than one million votes cast, the results will be revealed during an unprecedented two-hour broadcast, a special edition of ’20/20,’ ‘Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters,’ airing Tuesday, September 18 from 9 – 11 pm ET on ABC, in conjunction with ABC’s broadcast of the Emmy Awards.
Disney Channel has quietly launched a micro site of its upcoming family comedy series, ‘Dog with a Blog,’ which announces the show will premiere on November 4, 2012 at 8 pm. The microsite can be found by visiting SEESTANBLOG.COM.
Disney XD’s “Crash & Bernstein,” a “bro-comedy” 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, premieres Monday, October 8 at 8:30 pm ET/PT.
In the premiere episode, “Crash Lands,” Wyatt Bernstein is reluctantly taken to a Build-A-Bestie store for his birthday and, while there, creates a boy-filled version of a Bestie, a puppet he names Crash, who comes to life as the brother he always wanted. Crash finds Wyatt living in a household full of sisters, including popular 16-year-old Amanda, fashion-forward middle sister Cleo and assertive 6-year-old Jasmine, so he comes up with a plan to help Wyatt get his own room. But, Crash’s plan soon backfires, jeopardizing the relationship with his new brother.
“Wipeout,” ABC’s popular reality series, has been picked up for a sixth season. The next installment of the hit game show will include its 100th episode milestone, set to air in 2012-13. Twenty-four adventurous players of all shapes and sizes will compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course designed to showcase the best body flips, biggest splashes and amazing wipeouts that the entire family can enjoy. Next season will also bring back Jill Wagner as co-host. “Wipeout” recently won the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in the Favorite Reality Show category. The series will be hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”).
Disney XD has teamed with ESPN to uncover sports’ biggest myths and mysteries, in the series “Disney XD ESPN Sport Science,” premiering Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 am ET/PT on Disney XD. Hosted by John Brenkus and Leo Howard, black belt martial artist and star of Disney XD’s hit series “Kickin’ It,” the short form series brings together professional athletes in state-of-the-art scientific facilities to test the limits of human athletic abilities, while challenging popular assumptions about athletes and sports.
Combining the best segments of ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning series “ESPN Sport Science,” each episode will feature three segments, with Brenkus and Howard using scientific experiments to test topics, including laws of gravity, momentum, size, speed, skill and stamina.
ABC has acquired the television rights to “BAD25,” a documentary film by the award-winning director Spike Lee. Airing at Thanksgiving (details to be announced at a later date), “BAD25″ shares fresh insights into the King of Pop’s creative vision that resulted in his landmark “BAD” album, this year marking its 25th anniversary.
“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” said Spike Lee. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘BAD’ album. Shamon.”
ABC Family, the millennial-skewing network, has greenlit two new drama pilots, “The Fosters” (working title), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Socio,” from executive producer Gavin Polone. Summer to date, ABC Family’s current crop of original series have made ABC Family cable TV’s #1 network in Prime in Women 18-34, and the #2 cable TV network in Females 12-34 and Female Teens.
“ABC Family continues to find and develop original programming that adds new dimension and depth to the storytelling we offer,” said Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family. “Both these shows are headed by wonderful executive producers who know the millennial space well and know how to connect with audiences.”