ABC News Announces Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Extended Coverage Plans

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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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On ABC’s ‘The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,’ Former Bachelorettes Face Brad… And Eachother (Spoilers)

It’s an explosive reunion viewers won’t want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season – including Alli, Ashley H., Ashley S., Britt, Jackie, Madison, Melissa, Michelle and Raichel — return to confront each other and Brad one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story. Michelle, the season’s most controversial bachelorette, comes under fire from the other women. Will she fight back and be her fiery self, or will viewers see another, softer side of her? Will sparks fly when Melissa and Raichel face off again after their volatile argument that likely cost both a chance to be with Brad? A devastated Ashley H. admits she still has regrets about her last date with Brad, but what has she learned from her experience? And will Ashley S. find the closure she never got from the Bachelor after her disastrous two-on-one date?

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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Pairings Announced

The season 12 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In alphabetical order, with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their dancing debut are:

  • KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his tenth season.
  • “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, radio personality, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her fourth season.

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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 12 Celebrity Line-up Announced

Earlier tonight during an episode of The Bachelor: Second Chance at Love, ABC announced the list of celebrities in the upcoming spring 2011 season of Dancing With The Stars for the first time in press conference format. Announced by DWTS co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, the list of celebrities scheduled to appear is as follows:

  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Chelsea Kane
  • Romeo
  • Ralph Macchio
  • Petra Nemcova
  • Chris Jericho
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Wendy Williams
  • Mike Catherwood
  • Hines Ward
  • Kendra Wilkinson

Below are key dates for Season 12 (dates and times subject to change):

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First Look: Jackie Evancho Guests on ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

JACKIE EVANCHO, SELENA GOMEZ (DISNEY CHANNEL/ERIC MCCANDLESS)In the episode of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ titled ‘Back to Max,’ America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jackie Evancho sings at Tribeca Prep’s ‘Spirit of America Play,’ giving Harper a run for her money as she takes the stage for the first time. Meanwhile, Alex and Justin have to find a way to change Max back to himself before Professor Crumbs discovers they accidently turned him into a little girl.

BILL CHOTT, JACKIE EVANCHO (DISNEY CHANNEL/ERIC MCCANDLESS)Disney Channel has provided us with these first look photos of Jackie Evancho who guest stars on the show along with Bailee Madison returns as Maxine Russo in the all new episode, ‘Back to Max,’ premiering on Disney Channel on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

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