Barbara Walters to Interview Celebrity Heart Patients in ‘A Matter of Life and Death’

“I realized there was really no alternative, if I wanted to live, I had to do this,” President Bill Clinton

“I would find myself busting into tears and sobbing uncontrollably,” David Letterman

“…Stop the heart, work on it, restart it… good luck,” Robin Williams

“They’re going to put him on a gurney, roll him into the OR room and bust him open like a lobster!,” Regis Philbin

“It was hell,” Charlie Rose

“I probably would have had a heart attack and may very well have died,” Barbara Walters

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Reality Competition ‘Take the Money and Run’ Premieres April 14 on ABC

From the producers of “The Amazing Race” and the “CSI” franchise comes an entirely new heart-stopping competition show, “Take the Money and Run.” The six-episode unscripted series will premiere Thursday, April 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Combining all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales trying to outwit legitimate professionals, “Take the Money and Run” is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level. The cat and mouse format will pit everyday people against real life law enforcement for a $100,000 prize.

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First Look: Phineas and Ferb’s ‘Roller Coaster The Musical!’ Featuring Kenny Ortega

VANESSA DOOFENSHMIRTZ, DR. HEINZ DOOFENSHMIRTZ, JEREMY, IRVING, ISABELLA, PHINEAS, PERRY THE PLATYPUS, CANDACE, STACY, FERB, BALJEET, BUFORD in 'Rollercoaster the Musical' © Disney XD

In ‘Roller Coaster The Musical!,’ premiering Friday, January 28 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, Phineas and Ferb decide to re-create the first day of summer when they built their very own rollercoaster. This time around, however, Phineas decides it would be better if they spontaneously break out in song during the process. While Candace is set on busting the boys, Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to pull the Eastern Seaboard to the west using tinfoil and a giant magnet (again).

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‘Lemonade Mouth’ Disney Channel Premiere Pushed Back to April 15

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Disney Channel has just announced that the word premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, starring Bridgit Mendler (Olivia), Adam Hicks (Wen), Hayley Kiyoko (Stella Yamada), Naomi Scott (Mohini) and Blake Michael (Charlie) has been pushed back from its original date of March 25 to April 15.

The soundtrack to the film, which features nine original songs (plus a bonus track) will be released on April 12 in stores nationwide and on iTunes. Marking the first time a DCOM cast member has written a song, Adam Hicks has songwriting credits on three of the songs.

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‘General Hospital’s’ Damian Spinelli to be Featured in Novel from Disney Hyperion

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.

Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller’s stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli’s imagination.

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ABC to Air Rascal Flatts Musical Concert Special on March 12

The ABC Television Network presents “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JCPenney.” One of the best touring acts in country music with over 6 million concert tickets sold, Rascal Flatts will film a live music special from the Xcel Energy Center this Friday, January 21st in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show is being filmed during a regularly scheduled date on their “Nothing Like This” tour, which launched this past weekend. “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented By JCPenney” airs Saturday, March 12 from  8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

George Flanigen will direct the special and Robert Deaton will executive-produce.

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Mystery, Fantasy, Fear and Jealousy Rule Next Episode of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ (Spoilers)

The drama continues to escalate as 14 fortunate bachelorettes try to stake their claim to Brad’s heart. But the week gets off to a mysterious start when one baffled bachelorette wakes up with a black eye – and has no clue about how she got it. Did she fall while sleep walking or is it just a disturbing ploy to get Brad’s attention? The Bachelor has an underwater fantasy in mind when he takes Chantal on a one-on-one date to beautiful Catalina Island, but the thought of submerging to the ocean floor has the nervous bachelorette wondering if she left her sense of adventure on shore. A group of the ladies have one of the most revealing dates of the season as they join Brad as guests on an emotional radio show where secrets are uncovered about the women’s love lives. And the bruised Michelle finds out she must take a courageous leap of faith with Brad or risk falling from his favor. Finally, Emily becomes the target of fiery jealousy among the women when Brad offers her a special picnic right before the rose ceremony, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, January 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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Diane Sawyer to Interview Shooting Victim Gabrielle Gifford’s Husband on 20/20 Special Edition

In his first interview since the tragic shootings at the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, Capt. Mark Kelly sits down one-on-one with Diane Sawyer to offer an intimate portrait of a modern American love story, and to talk about a great national tragedy and finding the strength to heal. Their emotional conversation took place one week after the tragic shooting.

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Regis Philbin Announces Retirement from ABC’s ‘LIVE!;’ Replacement TBA

Regis Philbin announced today that he will be retiring from the very successful, long-running talk show “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.”  Philbin made the announcement live on-air this morning during the Host Chat portion of the show.

As Philbin stated to the viewers this morning, “This will be my last year on this show. It’s been a long time, it’s been 28 years since I’ve been here… There is a time that everything must come to an end…”  Referring to his remaining time on the show he added, “We’ll have a lot of fun between now and then.”

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Joe D’Ambrosia Named Vice President, Programming for Disney Junior

Joe D’Ambrosia has been named Vice President, Programming, Disney Junior, it was announced today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Disney Junior Worldwide, to whom D’Ambrosia reports. D’Ambrosia joins Disney after nearly two decades of writing, producing and developing children’s television programming and family films at companies including Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded, Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment.

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