Production Begins on ‘Austin & Ally’ Sitcom for Disney Channel

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Disney Channel has ordered “Austin & Ally,” an original, live-action comedy series chronicling the friendship of an unlikely duo whose lives unexpectedly enliven when one becomes an overnight Internet musical sensation. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood this summer for a scheduled late 2011 premiere on Disney Channel.

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Colbie Caillat, Jabbawockeez to Appear for ‘The Bachelorette’s’ First Kiss (Minor Spoilers)

Hearts are wild, as Ashley gambles hers in sizzling Las Vegas. The dates for this week have the 18 remaining bachelors dreaming of finding true love with the Bachelorette. Once at the mansion, they quickly learn that roses will be at stake on the one group date and on two individual dates with Ashley. However, the competition is revved up when they learn that not all the men will get dates before the next rose ceremony, so the bachelors must take advantage of every opportunity to score points with the Bachelorette. But after careful deliberation, Ashley must eliminate three men, as she tries to make her fairytale come true, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, May 30 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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HGTV’s ‘My Yard Goes Disney’ Episodes Inspired by Animal Kingdom, Disney Cruise Line

HGTV has debuted its page for its new show ‘My Yard Goes Disney,’ which begins airing on the network on June 6, 2011. Hosted by television and film star (not to mention host of HGTV’s own ‘Get Out, Way Out!’) Brandon  Johnson, the show sets out to bring a taste of Disney Parks to the backyards of Orlando-area families.

We previously shared with you a first look at some of the results of the first episode featuring the Blackburn family, but now HGTV has laid out the initial schedule and provides some details on what each episode will bring viewers, not to mention some very lucky homeowners.

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‘Gulliver Quinn’ Comedy Series Pilot Starring Jon Heder to be Produced for Disney XD

Actor, screenwriter and filmmaker Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Blades of Glory”) will star in and executive-produce “Gulliver Quinn” (working title), a comedy series pilot for Disney XD, it was announced today by Adam Bonnett, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels.

Set in present day, the comedy follows Gulliver Quinn, a grown man enrolled in the seventh grade after his family returns from a 15-year research expedition — and living in a cave in remote northwest India. There, mom and dad pursued their long held goal, creating a documentary film on a rare tortoise, and Gulliver grew up acquiring awesome skills such as lightning-quick reflexes and the ability to see in the dark.

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ABC Family Acquires Network Television Premiere Rights to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

ABC Family has acquired the Walt Disney Pictures film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, it was announced today by Tom Zappala, executive vice president, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group. The deal gives ABC Family the first-window rights to the network television premiere. The film is slated to premiere on the network in 2013.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is one of this summer’s most highly-anticipated movies,” said Zappala. “Audiences love this franchise the world over for its excitement, charm and all-out sense of good fun. We’re thrilled to add this installment, in addition to the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, to our theatrical slate.”

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Black Eyed Peas, Go-Gos Perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season Finale; Sara Evans Returns to Dance Floor

After 10 weeks of electrifying performances, heartbreaking eliminations and shocking moments of the most intense competition in 12 seasons, Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward will have one last chance to shine before the “Dancing with the Stars” champions are crowned. Next week, Season 12’s three finalists will try to impress the judges and viewers and emerge the victors on two final nights of dancing, Monday, May 23 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, concluding on the Season Finale, Tuesday, May 24 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.

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‘My Babysitter’s a Vampire’ Disney Channel Original Movie to Premiere June 10

“My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” a comedic spin on pop culture vampires and scary movies in general, tells the story of three teens who believe their new babysitter is a real bloodsucking creature of the night — and it’s now up to them to rid their sleepy little town of the menace. Produced by Fresh TV and distributed by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), it will usher in a summer series premiering Monday, June 27 at 7 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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ABC Announces New and Returning Series for 2011-2012 Season

NEW SERIES – DRAMA:

“CHARLIE’S ANGELS”
Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels…Charlie’s Angels.

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Sneak Peek at New ABC Dramas ‘Once Upon A Time’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’

ABC is gearing up to present its new fall lineup to advertisers this afternoon and we are privileged to be able to provide you with this first look at two of the most highly anticipated drama series coming to the ABC Television Network: ‘Once Upon A Time’ where the worlds of Fantasy and Reality collide and ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ an updated take on one of the most successful cop police dramas in history:

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Marvel to Publish ‘Castle’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce Castle: Richard Castle’s: Deadly Storm, an all-new hardcover graphic novel inspired by the popular “Castle” television series. This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere in September 2011. Fans can get a first look at the upcoming graphic novel when Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) reveals the cover on “Knockout,” the Season Finale of “Castle,” airing Monday, May 16 at 10:01 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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