Michael Riley, president ABC Family, announced today that the network has picked up a third season of its hit original series “Pretty Little Liars.” The all new season will consist of 24 one-hour episodes that will start to air mid 2012. “Pretty Little Liars” is set to return on ABC Family with the rest of season two on Monday, January 2nd at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
‘ESPN Sports Saturday,’ a new one-hour show filled with timely news and information on the biggest stories in sports, will debut Saturday, December 10, at 5 pm ET on the ABC television network. The new show will anchor the ‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ block of programming on ABC with ESPN Films, among other ESPN programming, shown from 4-5 p.m.
‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ will combine live news updates with informative debate created exclusively for the show featuring commentators from ESPN programs such as ‘Pardon the Interruption,’ ‘SportsNation,’ ‘First Take,’ ‘Jim Rome is Burning,’ ‘NFL Live,’ ‘SportsCenter,’ ‘College GameDay’ and ‘Mike & Mike in the Morning.’ ESPN anchor Jay Harris will host ‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ in December.
During the Monday, November 28 episode of “The Chew,” ABC Daytime’s new lifestyle series announced the launch of “The Chew Holiday Cookie Swap,” a nationwide search for the most scrumptious and unique holiday cookie recipes. Hosted by “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, “Top Chef” alum Carla Hall, entertaining & style expert Clinton Kelly and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, “The Chew” brings viewers a daily dose of food, life and fun, along with information on how to live a more full and healthy life.
Calling all expectant moms! Today the Million Moms Challenge, in collaboration with ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, Disney Baby and Anne Geddes, launched Imagine Me & You, a photo contest to win a trip for two adults, plus baby, to Australia for a photo shoot with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes.
The contest, which was announced on “Good Morning America” today, Monday, November 28 is designed to celebrate the universal dream that mothers everywhere have for healthy, happy babies who will grow to reach their full potential. To enter the contest, expectant moms in their third trimester can upload a picture of their “baby bump” on www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge, along with an original, creative message written on their bellies capturing their wishes and dreams for life with their little one.
ABC Daytime kicks off the New Year with the highly anticipated, one-hour daily talk show, “The Revolution,” set to premiere Monday, January 16at 2:00 p.m., ET. “The Revolution” features a stellar ‘dream team’ of experts including Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, who will each provide life changing tips and essential tools to motivate viewers and transform all areas of their lives from the inside out. Additionally, each week the show will highlight one woman’s personal journey over the course of five months.
ABC.com will be offering two free downloads, exclusively, from their Music Lounge website this week. The single “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes will be featured on “Revenge” tonight, Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. “Hold On” will be available to download online for free beginning tonight at 10:00 pm ET through tomorrow, November 24 at 10:00 pm ET.
“Once Upon a Time” composer Mark Isham’s episodic score will be featured on “Once Upon a Time” on Sunday, November 27 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. A free download of the score will be available beginning tonight, November 23 at 10:00 pm ET through November 28 at 10:00 pm ET.
This week on “LIVE! with Kelly,” co-host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld announced that the popular nationally-syndicated show will travel to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, for five shows airing February 20-24, 2012. The “LIVE” broadcasts will be set against the backdrop of Aulani’s beautiful beachfront cove on the island of O‘ahu.
During the five shows, “LIVE” will showcase the best of O’ahu, and highlight all that Disney’s latest one-of-a-kind vacation destination has to offer. In addition to broadcasting from the stunning new resort, Ripa and Seinfeld also announced an exciting contest in connection with the trip. “LIVE” will fly one lucky couple and 30 of their guests to Aulani for the wedding of a lifetime.
Have you met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? If you have and you’re ready to pop the question, then you could have the chance to propose to your significant other during a commercial break on the Monday, February 6 or Monday, February 13 episodes of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
Visit www.abcmarrymemonday.com beginning November 22 through December 27 and tell us why you want to propose on national TV and what makes your love story so unique. Be as creative and detailed as possible, as two entrants will be selected based on the heartwarming and compelling stories they share about their relationship. See www.abcmarrymemonday.com for full details including terms and conditions.
GSN (Game Show Network) announced today that it has acquired the exclusive off-network rights to ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which will make GSN the only network on which previous seasons of the mega-hit dance competition can be seen. GSN has acquired seasons 4 through 13 (season 13 will air its final episode tonight on ABC), and will begin airing them in January 2012. The agreement also includes the upcoming 14th season.
ABC Family has begun production on their new pilot, ‘Intercept,’ filming in Los Angeles. ‘Intercept’ stars Danielle Panabaker (‘Shark’), Austin Butler (‘Switched At Birth’), Chloe Wang (‘The Nightlife’) and Nolan Gerard Funk (‘Aliens in America’).
‘Intercept’ is a one-hour technology and action driven drama about a group of college students who get roped into solving crimes when one of them creates a high-tech communication device that intercepts conversations throughout the West Coast. ‘Intercept’ will be executive-produced and written by Ray Wright (The Crazies, Case 39, Pulse), as well executive produced and directed by Kevin Hooks (‘Prison Break,’ ‘Detroit 187,’ ‘Bones’).