‘Octonauts’ to Debut on Disney Junior, January 9

‘Octonauts,’ the BAFTA-nominated animated show for preschoolers, based on the popular children’s book series of the same name, will make its U.S. debut Monday, January 9 at 11:30 am ET/PT on Disney Junior on Disney Channel. Created by award-winning design team Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy of Meomi Design, the series follows the lively underwater adventures of Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin, as they explore the ocean and work to protect all of its unique sea creatures. Produced by Silvergate Media with animation by Academy Award-nominated Brown Bag Films, the animated series made its initial debut in the UK in October 2010.

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‘Pair of Kings’ to Resume Production as Adam Hicks Joins Cast

The hit Disney XD comedy series “Pair of Kings” will resume production for a third season and popular actor Adam Hicks (Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther,” Disney Channel’s “Lemonade Mouth”) will join the cast as a new character, a long lost brother, added to the story of the unusual island of Kinkow, it was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Pair of Kings” will continue without the character Brady played by Mitchel Musso. The actor, singer/songwriter will continue his role as the voice of Jeremy Johnson in Disney’s Emmy Award-winning series “Phineas and Ferb.”

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Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia the First’ to Feature Talents of Ariel Winter, Wayne Brady, Tim Gunn

Princess Sofia © Disney Junior. All Rights ReservedDisney will introduce a little girl princess to its celebrated legacy of princess fairytales in an animated television movie and series, “Sofia the First,” premiering in fall 2012 and spring 2013 respectively, on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world. While Disney princess fairytales have been enchanting audiences for more than 70 years, this is the first time a series has centered around a princess as a little girl. The stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children. The series and movie are productions of Disney Television Animation.

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‘Village People’ with Jennie Garth Begins Production on Pilot for ABC Family

ABC Family has begun production on their new pilot, “Village People,” filming in Los Angeles. The multi-camera half-hour comedy stars Jennie Garth (“90210,” “Dancing with the Stars”), John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld”), Sadie Calvano (“J. Edgar”), Sebastian Sozzi (“House”), and Rachel Cannon (“Two and a Half Men”).

“Village People,” from executive producer Meg DeLoatch (“Brothers,” “Eve,” “One on One”), follows Alexa (Garth), a single, high-powered career woman looking to start a family and ends up taking in the pregnant teenager (Calvano) she was planning to adopt from. Garth is also Executive Producer

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ABC to Make Full Seasons of ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Revenge’ Available Online for Holidays

ABC Entertainment is making all full episodes of two of its most popular new dramas, “Revenge” and “Once Upon a Time,” available to fans throughout the holidays on ABC.com and on the ABC Player for iPad. ABC.com regularly premieres ABC shows the day after they air, with up to five of the most current available at one time. This will make additional episodes available so that fans can view the entire season to date.

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‘Extreme Makeover’ to Help Firefighter Who Lost Home in Texas Wildfire

Earlier yesterday, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Smithville, Texas to surprise a family with the door knock that can change lives. “EM:HE” host Ty Pennington and the team of designers surprised the Zdroj family. When the largest wild fire in Texas history hit the area, many homes, including the Zdroj family’s, went up in flames.

It was fitting that the Zdroj family settled on a property next to The Heart of Pines Volunteer Fire Department. Mizzy Zdroj had long dreamed of being a firefighter just like her hero, her grandfather. The family practically lived off of the land, growing their own food and trying to live a “green” lifestyle. Mizzy kept a small art studio in a camper on the property. She made money by selling the dolls she crafted by hand.

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‘One Life to Live’ to be Feted by ABC’s ‘The View,’ Fans Wanted for Audience

The hosts of “The View” will commemorate “One Life to Live” (“OLTL”) with a special one-hour theme show, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon), hours before the show’s final broadcast. “‘The View’ Salutes ‘One Life to Live’” will celebrate 43 years of love, passion, drama and intrigue of the generations of families from fictional Llanview, PA. Erika Slezak (“Viki Lord”), the most honored actress in daytime television, the recipient of six Daytime Emmy Awards, will serve as the show’s featured guest co-host. Legendary creator Agnes Nixon is scheduled to appear.

Guests will be announced in the coming weeks on the show’s official website abc.com/theview.

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Bachelorettes Revealed for ‘The Bachelor’ with Ben Flajnik

What do a self-proclaimed relationship expert, a Southern sweetie, a vivacious animal lover, a mid-western huntress and a competitive model who knows how to work a catwalk — but may be prone to indulge in catfights — have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to San Francisco with the Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, when the 16th edition of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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First Look: ‘Frenemies’ Publicity Images, Stills

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Disney Channel has provided us with these publicity images and stills from its upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Frenemies, which premieres on Disney Channel on Friday, January 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Frenemies stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya (from Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’), Stefanie Scott (from Disney Channel’s ‘A.N.T. Farm’), Mary Mouser (from ‘Body of Proof’) and Nick Robinson (from ABC Family’s ‘Melissa and Joey’) in an anthology that follows three pairs of friends as they navigate the delicate balance when besties go to worsties, and back again.

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Photos: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular’ at Disneyland Resort

Tom Bergeron with Pluto, Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy Tom Bergeron (Photo/ABC)

ABC has provided us with these photos of emcee Tom Bergeron exploring Disneyland theme park as he hosts the ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular’ which premieres on the ABC television network on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

This holiday season, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ celebrates from the Disneyland® Resort in California, with host Tom Bergeron highlighting the best classic Christmas videos in ‘AFHV’ history, along with all-new clips. The exciting episode includes: videos featuring the hazards of decorating, as lights, mantels, trees and people all go down; videos of kids reacting to lousy gifts, or causing mayhem during recitals, or the hilarious things they say while sitting on Santa’s lap; and videos of cats and dogs getting in on the Christmas mischief as they investigate gifts and decorations.

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