Ashley Hebert Named ‘The Bachelorette’ for Season Seven

Ashley Hebert couldn’t admit she was in love with Brad Womack – and it might have cost her the final rose – but that’s all in the past. The energetic and vivacious Hebert, who is ready to start a new life with a soul mate she might soon meet, will get a second opportunity to find love when she stars in the seventh edition of “The Bachelorette,” which will premiere Monday, May 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new Bachelorette was revealed last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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ABC Announces ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ on May 30, ‘The Bachelorette’ on May 23

In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss – unlike anything seen on television – “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will document the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the eight one-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will premiere Monday, May 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC’s ‘The Hot Zone’ Starts Production on New Stages Built in Toronto

Production on Global Television’s gritty new medical drama, “The Hot Zone” (working title; formerly known as “Combat Hospital”), has begun. Commissioned by Global’s original content team and recently picked up by the ABC Television Network, the 13 one-hour episodes will be shot in Toronto until July 2011. Broadcast details will be revealed at a later date, but it will air this summer on the ABC Television Network.

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First Look: Neil Patrick Harris on ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb’

FERB, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, PHINEAS (DISNEY XD/RICK ROWELL)

Star of the hit sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on CBS, Neil Patrick Harris, shows off a few tricks on an upcoming episode of ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb.’ The episode is set to premiere around 9:30 pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel on March 18, 2011 with re-airings on Disney XD to follow.

Disney XD has provided us with these first look photos of Neil entertaining the boys on their show. We will add video as it becomes available closer to the air date.

Photos courtesy and © Disney XD

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ABC News Announces Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Extended Coverage Plans

ABC News will provide viewers comprehensive coverage of the earthquake in Japan, the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history, and the aftermath of the tsunami that wiped out entire communities in Japan and reached the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

“This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, “World News” weekend anchor David Muir and ABC’s Clarissa Ward are en route to Japan to report on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir is currently reporting from Santa Monica, California, and Akiko Fujita, ABC News’ Tokyo-based digital journalist, has been reporting from Japan.

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ABC’s 20/20 Reports on Pop Culture Success of Reality TV Stars

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? The report airs on “20/20,” Friday, March 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:

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Jamie Oliver Takes ‘Food Revolution’ to Los Angeles, April 12 on ABC

Jamie Oliver, impassioned British chef, TV personality and best-selling author, will bring his Revolution to the nation’s second largest city — Los Angeles, California — and take on his biggest challenge yet when “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” returns for a second season to ABC, Tuesday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). In this inspiring series from Fresh One and Ryan Seacrest Productions, Jamie attacks the problems of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in this country — where our children are the first generation not expected to live as long as their parents — and invites viewers to take a stand and change the way America feeds itself at home, in schools and on Main Street. The series’ first season was just named as a recipient of the forthcoming Television Academy Honors, exemplifying “television with a conscience.”

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Photo: ‘Bambi’ Stars Meet for First Time on ABC’s ‘The View’

DONNIE DUNAGAN, PETER BEHN (ABC/Donna Svennevik)Among the guests on the March 4th edition of the ABC morning talkshow, ‘The View,’ were Bambi voice actors Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn who, as children, provided the voices of Bambi and Thumper respectively.

As opposed to live action films where actors do physically perform together for the most part, in animation, roles are usually performed and recorded separately. This allows for individual lines to be recorded over and over for optimal delivery choices, but inherently doesn’t allow the actors to play off of each other.

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Dave Salmoni Named Host of ABC’s ‘Expedition Impossible’

Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk taker Dave Salmoni has been named host of ABC’s epic summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” which features ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives.

Featuring high adventure and human drama, “Expedition Impossible” will feature 13 teams of 3, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.

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‘TRON: Uprising’ Promotional Trailer Leaked

To be included with the home video release of TRON: Legacy, the trailer for the new Disney XD animated series ‘TRON: Uprising’ has made its way online.

Set to debut in summer 2012, the series centers around Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.

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