As part of its expansion in the unscripted arena, ABC Family announced today that it has picked up a new docu-series, ‘My Transparent Life,’ direct to series from Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Disney Publishing Worldwide and ABC Family today announced a companion novel to the hit series, ‘The Fosters,’ titled ‘The Fosters: Keep Your Frenemies Close,’ scheduled for release on January 27, 2015. Based on characters from ABC Family’s hit TV series ‘The Fosters,’ written by former Wall Street Journal reporter and non-fiction author Stacy Kravetz. The book cover will be revealed today in five pieces via an online scavenger hunt on ‘The Fosters’ social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter, with the first piece of the puzzle shared here.
Disney Theatrical has announced that ‘Glee’ alum Darren Criss, Toni Braxton, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell has joined the already all-star cast that will be featured on the upcoming ‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years’ special airing on the ABC Network on Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 pm ET/PT. According to an announcement by Criss via video (seen below), he will be performing alongside Elton John.
The newly announced talent joins a wealth of theatrical talent including host Jesse Tyler Ferguso and musical performances from Sir Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, Ashley Brown (‘Mary Poppins’) and Adam Jacobs (‘Aladdin’). Braxton once starred in the Broadway production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Belle.
Nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards were announced earlier today, honoring the best animation in film, television, video games and beyond for the previous year. The Walt Disney Company made a strong showing, as one might expect, with Big Hero 6 and ‘Disney’s Mickey Mouse’ cartoons, but Craig McCracken’s ‘Wonder Over Yonder’ on Disney XD is also respectable in its showing, while new series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ struggled to make an impact with just one nomination, as did ‘Sofia the First’ which failed to show at all.
Set in outer space, the series charts the missions of the Callisto family – 7-year-old Miles, big sister Loretta and their scientist parents Phoebe and Leo, who work for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Each episode features two 11-minute adventure-filled stories as Miles and his family explore strange new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a journey that fuels kids’ natural interest in the universe, and at the same time reminding them that what matters most is what lies closer to home – the family bond.
In an upcoming episode of Disney Channel’s ‘Girl Meets World,’ titled ‘Girl Meets Home for the Holidays,’ it’s Christmas at the Matthews, and Cory’s best friend Shawn Hunter, Riley’s grandparents, and Uncle Joshua are coming over for a holiday dinner. Meanwhile, Topanga works on executing the perfect meal to put her mother-in-law at ease while Shawn sees his likeness in Maya and forms a bond with her and Riley. Guest starring are Rider Strong as Shawn Hunter, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, William Russ as Alan Matthews and Uriah Shelton as Joshua Matthews.
On December 2, ABC will premiere the second half-hour television special from Pixar Animation Studios, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot.’ A follow-up to the Halloween-ish ‘Toy Story of TERROR,’ ‘Time Forgot’ is billed as a holiday special, taking place a couple of days after Christmas.
ABC Studios has released new images from next week’s episode of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ which features Hayley Atwell and Reed Diamond in their respective roles of Agent Peggy Carter and Daniel Whitehall.
In the November 18 episode, titled ‘The Things We Bury,’ Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.
If you have your DVR set to record the ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,’ you may want to take a few minutes to reprogram it. ABC has confirmed what has already been reported at both the Walt Disney World Resort via it’s Very Merry Christmas Party map and the Disneyland Resort — which is filming its half today — that the annual holiday program will in fact be dubbed the ‘Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.’ The official program description is as follows:
ABC announces premiere dates for two of its highly anticipated new midseason shows – “Galavant,” a comedy extravaganza and “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” the second action packed series from the creative minds at Marvel, inspired by the feature films “Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” “Galavant” will premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and will run two episodes in the one-hour block each week, and “Marvel’s Agent Carter” premieres on TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).