“Dancing with the Stars” celebrates “Ballroom Greats” week, Monday, May 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, on The ABC Television Network. Serving as guest judge, alongside Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno, is Donnie Burns MBE, the most decorated Latin dancer of all time and head of the World Dance Council. Each couple, who will dance a style they have yet to perform, will have received a “master class” from one of ballroom’s best, either former Latin World Champion Shirley Ballas or Luca Baricchi, former Ballroom World Champ.
“NBA Fit,” a series encouraging health and fitness for kids and families, and featuring a roster of NBA stars, shows what it takes for an NBA player to train for optimal performance on the court. Hosted by Daniel Curtis Lee (“Zeke and Luther”), the series includes Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, among others. Produced by NBA Entertainment, “NBA Fit” premieres Friday, April 29 at 4:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD, followed by multiple presentations throughout the week.
Hanson perform their new song, “Give a Little,” during the one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals,” Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Within the live hour, the remaining couples will look ahead, through live interviews and video, to what it will take for each of them to reach the finals. Past “DWTS” celebrities and the judges will also provide their commentary on each couple.
Also performing in the “Road to the Finals” special is the cast of the five-time Tony Award®- nominated musical “Rock of Ages.” Starring Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis and Rebecca Faulkenberry, the cast will sing a special medley of the show’s hits created specifically for “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Dancing with the Stars” celebrates Guilty Pleasures Night as each of the seven remaining couples compete — with either a latin or ballroom style they have yet to perform — set to the tunes of some of their favorite musical “guilty pleasures.” Monday night’s show also features the first-ever Monday night performance by a live band when pop music sensations Hanson sing their fan favorite, “MmmBop,” Monday, April 25 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on The ABC Television Network.
BC Family continues to be the television destination for all Harry Potter™ fans, this time by airing the U.S. premiere of the new “Harry Potter™ and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” trailer on Wednesday, April 27th. The trailer will air during a showing of “Happy Gilmore,” which airs 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT.
The premiere of the new trailer will give fans a glimpse at the epic finale of the “Harry Potter™” film series, including moments from such scenes as Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping from Gringotts bank, the Room of Requirement fire storm, Mrs. Weasley taking on Bellatrix Lestrange, and Harry and Voldemort’s last stand. To get fans ready for the trailer, ABCFamily.com will be releasing one exclusive new photo from “Harry Potter™ and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” in support of the trailer’s premiere on ABC Family.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”