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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the new season of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” draws closer, fans are seeing evil doer, “A,” in the most unusual places: on their bus rides to school, in the clouds, on mountains, in their food and even on their pets!” Inspired by fan photos of these unexpected sightings, ABC Family is launching the “A is Everywhere” photo contest on ABCFamily.com/AisEverywhere and Facebook.com/prettylittleliars beginning Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PST. The person who submits the photo that gets most votes wins a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of “Pretty Little Liars.”
-Millions of viewers were shocked, along with Ben Flajnik (pronounced Flannick), 29, the handsome winemaker from Sonoma, when, after summoning the courage to get down on one knee and offer his heartfelt proposal to Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, she rejected him, sending him off heartbroken and angry. But Ben isn’t giving up. He is back as the Bachelor and ready to risk it all again for another chance at love. He begins the search for his soul mate, choosing from among 25 beautiful bachelorettes, when “The Bachelor” premieres Monday, January 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network. This will be the 16th season of ABC’s hit romance reality series.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced its nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation.
Pixar Animation Studios finds itself competing for the top honors in the categories for Best Animated Feature, with Cars 2 and La Luna for Best Animated Short Subject. Interestingly enough, although La Luna won’t be formally released until it opens with Brave in 2012, it has been screened enough to satisfy requirements for many awards including the Annie and the Oscar (for which it has been shortlisted for a nod). This means that it’s also competing against The Ballad of Nessie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which played before Winnie the Pooh (which does not find itself nominated).
The Disney/ABC Television Group today announced the formation of Times Square Studios, an integrated current entertainment programming and development division, following the announcement that Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, will depart the Company at the end of his contract in January 2012. Through that date Mr. Frons will assist in transitioning to the new structure and will be available to provide counsel to the management team.
-Five celebrity couples — including an evangelical pastor, a rapper, a rocker, a professional wrestler and award-winning singers and actors — will put a new spin on the critically-acclaimed reality series, “Wife Swap,” in “Celebrity Wife Swap,” premiering Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
In this new series, the mothers in two celebrity families with vastly diverse values switch homes (but not bedrooms) — embarking on a journey like no other and revealing the various ways some controversial celebrities live their lives. The two moms are given the chance to see how another celebrity raises their children and deals with life in the spotlight, while allowing both couples the opportunity to re-discover why they love each other and decided to get together in the first place. It’s a mind-blowing experiment that will change their lives forever.