Bloomberg: ESPN to Remove Poker Ads, Coverage Indefinitely due to U.S. Legal Action

Bloomberg is reporting that ESPN has decided to remove all advertisements and poker coverage events from its networks ‘pending further review’ in response to indictments against several online gambling websites, many of whom sponsor major poker events.

Although ESPN is apparently not involved in the investigation in any way, they have decided to distance themselves from the accused which includes sites such as Pokerstars.com, Fulltiltpoker.com, Absolutepoker.com, Ultimatebet.com and UB.com, all of which have been sized by the U.S. Government.

In total, 76 bank accounts have been frozen, preventing players from accessing any money they may have invested in the sites.

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Toby Keith to Perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ First-Ever ‘All American’ Week

“Dancing with the Stars” celebrates American Week as all eight remaining couples strut their stuff to classic American themed songs, Monday, April 18 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on The ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, a fourth couple will be eliminated from the competition and special musical guest country star Toby Keith performs two of his biggest hits. In a moving tribute to his country and U.S. Troops overseas, the Grammy-nominated artist will sing “American Soldier,” accompanied by “Dancing with the Stars” pros Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts, and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” with Maks Chmerkovskiy, Lacey Schwimmer and the “Dancing with the Stars” Dance Troupe. This week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” American week performance is a powerful number choreographed by Jamal Sims. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” airs Tuesday, April 19 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC Announces Cast of ‘Titanic’ Mini-Series for Disaster Centennial; Filming to Start May 9 in Budapest

April 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic. To commemorate this significant centenary, BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (“Bleak House,” “Warriors,” “The Way We Live Now”) has created “Titanic,” written by Julian Fellowes, Oscar winning screenwriter of the costume drama “Downton Abbey,” as well as “Gosford Park” and “The Young Victoria.” Jon Jones (“Going Postal,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Northanger Abbey”) will direct. Nigel Stafford-Clark and Chris Thompson (“Love Actually,” “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency”) are producers. The miniseries is produced in association with ITV Studios and Shaw Media, who are partnered with Deep Indigo Productions and Lookout Point in the UK, Sienna Films Inc in Canada and Hungary-based Mid Atlantic Films to produce this UK-Hungary-Canada co-production.

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Viva ‘The Revolution’ – ABC Pulls Plug on ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live;’ Announces Food and Health Program Replacements

Guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience, ABC is evolving the face of daytime television with the launch of two new shows, “The Chew,” which will premiere in September 2011, and “The Revolution” (working title), which will premiere in January 2012. These new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of “The View.”

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‘Cougar Town’ Cast to Take Phone Calls from Fans via ‘Penny Can’ Promotion

At long last, for “Cougar Town” devotees in need of their weekly fix of the cul-de-sac crew, the wait is almost over as ABC’s “Cougar Town” returns with a special episode on Monday, April 18 at 9:30 pt ET/PT following “Dancing with the Stars,” before settling into its regular timeslot on Wednesday, April 20.

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ABC Family Announces New Drama, ‘Jane By Design’ Starring Andie McDowell

Building on its most expansive programming slate ever, ABC Family has picked up an additional one-hour scripted drama, “Jane By Design.” The drama is in addition to the network’s four previously announced series pick-ups set to launch this summer, the one-hour dramas “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Switched at Birth” and “The Lying Game,” and the half-hour multi-cam comedy series, “State of Georgia” (formerly “The Great State of Georgia”). “Jane By Design” is set to premiere in early 2012.

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‘My Yard Goes Disney’ Airs on HGTV Beginning June 6

Late last year, we told you about new television program in development for HGTV in which Disney Imagineers from Walt Disney World would bring a little pixie dust to the backyards of Orlando area homes. The show, then tentatively titled ‘Magical Backyard’ is now known to be titled ‘My Yard Goes Disney’ and will begin airing on HGTV on June 6 at 8 pm ET/PT.

According to a newly released schedule from HGTV, the show has HGTV and Disney Parks joining forces to surprise lucky homeowners with a backyard makeover they never thought possible. Whether it’s a magical Mickey Pool, a topiary shaped like the family dog or a tree house inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, this half-hour series brings the fun and spirit of Disney Parks home.

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Demi Lovato’s Interview with ABC News to Air April 22

With her own hit television show and starring roles in popular movies, gold records and an international concert tour, Demi Lovato appeared to have it all. But during her tour last fall, the 18-year-old star slowly began to unravel and, after a family intervention, checked into treatment. Now Demi sits down for her first television interview since spending three months in treatment. She speaks candidly to ABC News Anchor Robin Roberts about her struggles with cutting and food addictions, and, for the first time, talks about the depression that has plagued her since childhood — and how she’s learning to find her smile again.

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ABC Announces Coverage of ‘Royal Wedding’ Including Animated Joint Venture with Disney Channel

This spring a modern day fairytale unfolds as Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange wedding vows after nearly a decade of courtship. ABC News will take viewers inside the Royal nuptials with nearly 20 hours of original programming on the ABC Television Network, as well as comprehensive coverage across all platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. Throughout its coverage the News division will work closely with its longstanding international partner, the BBC, the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In addition, ABC News will create a unique experience for its youngest viewers through partnerships with the Disney Channel and DisneyFamily.com.

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Katherine Jenkins, Jennifer Hudson and David Garrett to Perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars” Classical Week

“Dancing with the Stars” has its first-ever classical themed week, as the show’s nine couples try to outshine one another on the dance floor performing to traditional and modern classical music from world renowned musicians. Conducted by “Dancing with the Stars” band leader Harold Wheeler, a full 46-piece orchestra will be joined by multi-platinum mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and international violin virtuoso David Garrett, Monday, April 11 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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