ABC Announces New and Returning Series for 2014-2015

ABC continues its commitment to world-class storytelling and new creative voices with the announcement of its 2014-15 slate of programming, including the addition of 12 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

‘Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,’ said Lee. ‘ABC is finishing the season with momentum — we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we’re extremely excited about the new slate.’

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‘Lucky Duck’ Disney Junior Original Movie to Premiere June 20

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Broadway and television stars Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanaugh lead the voice cast of the animated Lucky Duck, the first Disney Junior Original Movie. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, the adventure at sea tells the story of a trio of misfit tub toys in search of the kids who will love them just the way they are. Lucky Duck premieres Friday, June 20 on Disney Junior at 7:00 pm ET/PT and Saturday, June 21 on Disney Channel at 9:00 am ET/PT. It will be also available for verified users on the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets and on WATCHDisneyJunior.com beginning Friday, June 6.

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‘Sing Your Face Off’ Celebrity Competition Premiere Details

‘Sing Your Face Off,’ a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons, will premiere on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Over the course of the series, the 5 celebrities (Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row; Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors; Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer; China Anne McClain, actress, singer; and Lisa Rinna, actress will each take on the identity of a different and iconic music performer — the celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.

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‘Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast’ with Snow White on DVD August 5

'Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast' on DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that ‘Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast’ which featured Snow White will be released on DVD on August 5, 2014.

In the episode, the wicked fairy, Miss Nettle (voiced by guest star Megan Mullally), disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White, Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are. It features an original song titled ‘All You Desire’ as performed by Sascha the sorceress.

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‘Teen Beach Movie 2′ to Premiere on Disney Channel in 2015

Disney Channel announced it will begin production in July on Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to last summer’s Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie that ranks as cable TV’s all-time #2 movie in Total Viewers. Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their starring roles as Brady, McKenzie, Lela, Tanner and Butchy, respectively. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Teen Beach Movie 2 will premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.

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‘The 7D’ to Premiere on Disney XD on July 7; Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg Join Cast

Disney’s ‘The 7D,’ a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, will premiere Monday, July 7, at 10:00 am ET/PT on Disney XD and will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior later this year. Joining the voice cast are Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in the recurring roles of Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively. The series’ previously announced voice cast includes Kelly Osbourne as the comically evil villain Hildy Gloom.

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‘Shakespeare in Love’ Cast Announced; Performances Begin July 2 in London

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Disney Theatrical and Sonia Friedman Productions today announced its initial cast for ‘Shakespeare in Love’ which begins performances on July 2, 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London with an opening date of July 23.

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WATCH: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ First Clip Released at Wondercon

'Star Wars Rebels' Hera © LucasfilmEarlier today, Disney XD and Lucasfilm released the first clip from their upcoming animated series, ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ which begins later this year.

In the clip — embedded below with a an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall — Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…

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‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Couples to Include Robin Leach, Eric Roberts, Larry Birkhead and More

Season Three of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. featuring the ex-girlfriend of actor Daniel Baldwin swapping lifestyles with the wife of music legend Jermaine Jackson. The series features two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week. During that time the women – and swap families – learn what it is like to live in someone else’s shoes, but everything changes during the second half of the week when the women make their own rules and get the chance to run the household their way. At the end of the week, the couples reunite for a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views in which they make frank assessments of one another and discuss the experience.

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‘Sing Your Face Off’ Celebrity Reality Competition Debuts May 31 on ABC

ABC announced the premiere of new summer series “Sing Your Face Off,” on Saturday, May 31 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Two all-new episodes will air back-to-back in that two-hour time period each week. The show will be paired with “Bet On Your Baby,” which as previously announced, will debut that same night at 8:00 p.m., making for all-original programming on Saturday nights on the network.

In addition, new premiere dates were announced for returning summer drama “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 19 at 9:00 p.m., ET and new alternative series “The Quest,” on Thursday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m., ET (they had previously been announced as premiering July 17 and June 19, respectively).

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