ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Announces ‘Primetime Nightline’ Series; Includes ‘Beyond Belief’ Investigations

ABC News’ 13-week primetime summer series, “Nightline Prime,” premieres WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, with a five-part investigation into the realm of the extra-sensory, the spiritual and the experiences many call “beyond belief.”

“Sometimes the most interesting trips are the ones that take you places you never thought you’d go. These are mysteries in the most profound sense,” says “Nightline” executive producer Jeanmarie Condon. “Stories that defy proof and perception are the ultimate adventure – and perfect for summer – to kick off our 13 specials.”

The five installments of “Beyond Belief” begin airing Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and continue on the four subsequent Wednesdays (through July 20):

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Production Starts on ‘Jessie’ for Disney Channel, Starring Debby Ryan

Production has begun in Hollywood on “Jessie,” a new comedy series starring 18-year-old Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck,” “16 Wishes”) as an idealistic teen from rural Texas who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny for a high-profile couple with four kids. The series is scheduled to premiere in fall 2011 on Disney Channel.

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’101 Ways to Leave a Game Show’ to Premiere on ABC June 21

“You Fuse, You Lose” – “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” kicks off its wild series premiere Tuesday, June 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on the ABC television network. The stakes are high as players match wits in a series of multiple choice questions, with one person being eliminated every round. The eight contestants must avoid giving a wrong answer that could get them eliminated from the show by either being strapped down to the wing of a soaring bi-plane, dropped off the side of a speeding 18-wheeler, flipped upside down in an exploding car, or launched sky-high by a crate of dynamite. Only the final four contestants who survive will have a showdown — atop a ten-story drop from The Tower — for a chance at taking home the $50,000 prize.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension’ (May Contain Spoilers)

So you’ve discovered your pet is a secret agent.

When Phineas and Ferb accidentally help the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz complete his latest creation that will finally take control of the Tri-State Area, they get zapped into a new dimension, where they meet their alternate selves! In this new dimension, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is the leader of the Tri-State Area, and even worse—summer vacation doesn’t exist! Will Phineas and Ferb figure out a way to get back to Danville, or will they be stuck in this alternate dimension forever?

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On Next ‘Bachelorette,’ Tensions Rise in Thailand (Minor Spoilers)

Ashley hopes that southern Thailand will be the perfect place to start over and move forward in her search for a happy ending, as she begins her round-the-world journey with the 12 remaining men. How will she be affected long term by Bentley’s deceitfulness and game playing? One of the best ways to help mend a broken heart is to get involved in helping others, so Ashley takes 10 of the bachelors to assist in the renovation of Baan San Fan orphanage, which houses children who lost parents in the devastating 2004 tsunami. The Bachelorette also explores some astonishing sea caves off the coast of Thailand with Ames, as she attempts to delve into their relationship. And will a cancelled first date with Constantine lead to something more romantic and exciting? Everything has changed for Ashley. Still shaken from the raw emotions she felt about Bentley, she needs to make sure these guys are all here for her. Finally, two men face off as nerves are fraying before the dramatic rose ceremony, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, June 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.

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Phineas and Ferb to Kick off ‘Perry the Platy-bus’ Nationwide Tour; Original Movie Premieres August 5

Phineas and Ferb 'Perry the Platy-bus' TourThe popular chattering character Perry the Platypus of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” meets the distinctive, 27-foot rounded aluminum body of a customized Airstream trailer when Disney launches the “Perry the Platy-bus On Tour” originating Monday, July 11 in New York City.  Outfitted stem-to-stern as Phineas’ and Ferb’s teal-colored pet platypus, Perry the Platy-bus will explore the adventures of the road on a coast-to-coast journey to San Diego’s Comic-Con International (July 21-24) and then slips through the wind, all the way to the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim (August 19-21).

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ABC News ’20/20′ Investigates World of Reality Television on Special Edition, June 8

The phenomenon of reality television… We are amazed by its allure and longevity. As viewers, we cringe with embarrassment as people stumble through their lives in public… but we don’t look away. Why do so many tune in? And why do some reality shows thrive on their stars’ sometimes toxic behavior? “Reality Rule$: When TV Gets Real,” a special edition of “20/20″ anchored by Deborah Roberts, airs Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00pm ET on ABC. Reports include:

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Katie Couric Joins Disney/ABC TV Group in Multi-Platform Deal

Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) has signed a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality, to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show and to join the ABC News team, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The program will be distributed by Disney/ABC Domestic Television and will premiere in September 2012.

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Bridgit Mendler’s ‘We Can Change the World’ to Premiere on Disney Channel, Radio Disney on June 10

“We Can Change the World,” the inspiring new pop/rock anthem for Disney’s Friends for Change — performed and co-written by 18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Lemonade Mouth”) — will premiere Friday, June 10 on Radio Disney at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT and Disney Channel in the 7:00 pm ET/PT hour. Beginning Saturday, June 11, the song will be available on Disney.com/ProjectGreen and the music video will be available at iTunes. Coinciding with its premiere, Disney will donate $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund benefiting global charities. “We Can Change the World” is the third Disney’s Friends for Change anthem. Previous songs have helped raise more than $800,000 for conservation projects around the globe.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dance Contest Awards Winner Role on Future Episode

Leveraging the success of the hit dance-driven series “Shake It Up,” Disney Channel will launch its first-ever talent competition exclusively for kids and tweens, “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition,” where kids will help decide the winner. Beginning Friday, July 1, with the consent of a parent, kids will have the opportunity to show off their “mad dance skills” by uploading their own short dance video, up to 45 seconds long, for a chance to compete in the ultimate dance off to air on Disney Channel this October. The Grand Prize includes a performance in an episode of “Shake It Up.”

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