The morning of November 17, 2011 brought lots of mayhem to Times Square as well as the ‘Good Morning America’ Studio as ABC’s popular national morning program was taken over by its distant cousins, the Muppets for the duration of the show.
Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior unwrap a joyful slate of new holiday specials for kids and families beginning Friday, December 2. The festive fare includes the premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!,” worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performing his new holiday hit “Mistletoe” on “So Random!,” Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson guest starring in a seasonal special of “Phineas and Ferb” and more.
The semi-finals have arrived and the competition is nothing short of intense as the four remaining couples charm audiences with three routines. Their first performance is an Argentine Tango, their second dance is either a Paso Doble or Samba — one of which is a style dance they have not yet performed — and their third dance will be the Cha Cha relay, in which all couples will dance to the same song. Their Cha Cha will not be scored, but it will be ranked by the judges: The couple who takes first place in the ranking will receive 10 points, the second-place couple will get 8 points, the third-place couple will get 6 points and the fourth-place couple will take 4 points. Monday night’s show also includes a fierce Pro Argentine Tango performance choreographed by world renowned Argentine Tango master dancers and choreographers Sandor and Parissa. Pro dancers Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Kiki Nyemcheck, Sasha Faber and Oksana Dmytrenko will accompany Sandor and Parissa in this piece, live on “Dancing with the Stars,” on Monday, November 14 at 8:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
Disney Channel will debut a series of interstitial messages featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and popular young Disney stars China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”), Adam Irigoyen (“Shake It Up”), Doug Brochu (“So Random!”) and Chris Brochu (“Lemonade Mouth”) talking about their personal experiences with family members serving in the Armed Forces. The messages, debuting on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, are designed to recognize America’s military kids and are part of Disney’s ongoing support of the White House’s Joining Forces national initiative.
With only five remaining couples, the competition heats up as each couple performs two individual dances. They will first hit the dance floor performing a ballroom style dance that they have not yet performed, then will face their biggest challenge yet with the “Instant Dance” – in which they will have to master a jive to music they’ve been given during the live show — Monday, November 7 at 8:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas,” cable’s biggest programming event of the year, returns with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1 – 25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.
This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original holiday movie, “12 Dates of Christmas,” starring Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”). Premiering Sunday, December 11 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), “12 Dates of Christmas” follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past.
ABC Family will ring in the New Year with the world premiere of a new one hour drama, “Jane By Design,” and with all-new episodes of returning original hit series “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the first week of January 2012.
Disney Channel has shared with us this sneak peek of the music video for ‘Dig Down Deeper’ by ‘Shake It Up’ star Zendaya.
The theme song to the upcoming Pixie Hollow special, ‘Pixie Hollow Games,’ ‘Dig Down Deeper’ recently made its premiere on the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown and will be available for purchase on iTunes as a single beginning on November 8. The music video, from which you can see stills and clip below, will premiere on Disney Channel on November 5.
On November 21, 2011, the iconic morning talk show will begin a new era. On “LIVE! with Kelly,” Kelly Ripa will welcome as guest co-host comedy superstar Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld, a long-time friend of the show, will join Ripa for three shows, airing November 21-23, 2011.
Among the guests stopping by to join Ripa and Seinfeld are actor Jason Segel, actress Kim Cattrall, comedian and host Howie Mandel, “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver and the fabulous Miss Piggy from Disney’s The Muppets.
From the producers of “Deal or No Deal” and “Secret Millionaire” comes a new, heartfelt game show perfect for the holiday season, “You Deserve It,” hosted by Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor”) and co-hosted by Brooke Burns.
In this six-episode unscripted series, contestants aren’t out to win money for themselves, but are playing for someone else – someone they feel deserves it. Starting with a $ 10,000 round and going up to a $250,000 round, contestants purchase a series of clues to help them solve the puzzles and win money for their chosen recipient. But each clue will cost them — and the cost of each clue is randomly selected and won’t be revealed until after it has been purchased. The beneficiary, who is in another location under constant hidden-camera surveillance throughout the show, gets the surprise of a lifetime when family, friends, Brooke Burns and a camera crew burst in with life-changing news.