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

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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.

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ESPN Remains Top Channel According to Cable Operators

In Beta Research Corp.’s 2010 Cable Operator Study, ESPN retained its number one status for the 11th consecutive year as the network with the most perceived value. ESPN2 placed second for the sixth straight year in this category with the Disney Channel in fourth and ESPNU tying with the NFL Network for seventh.

“From the depth of programming to the many platforms available for fans to consume content, the Disney and ESPN networks continue to help our affiliates drive their businesses,” said David C. Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. “To have four of our networks recognized in the top ten is an honor and we continue to look for new ways to innovative and provide value to our affiliate partners.”

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First Look: Regis Philbin on ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb’

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Television legend Regis Philbin assumes the role of guest (and host?) on the next episode of ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb.’ The episode is set to premiere around 9:15 pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel on February 25, 2011 with re-airings on Disney XD to follow.

Disney XD has provided us with these first look photos of Regis lending his decades of hosting experience to Phineas and Ferb.

Photos courtesy and © Disney XD

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Sara Rue and Barry Watson Star in ‘My Future Boyfriend,’ an ABC Family Original Movie

Sara Rue, Barry Watson, Valerie Harper and Fred Willard will star the ABC Family original movie “My Future Boyfriend,” premiering Sunday, April 10 at 8 pm ET/PT.

In “My Future Boyfriend” (former working title “Always & Forever”), P-A-X-497/341, aka “Pax” (Barry Watson), a curious young man from the well-ordered but loveless future, travels to present day New Orleans in search of romance novelist Elizabeth Barrett (Sara Rue) – whose book he has come upon during an archeological dig in the year 3127. Hoping Elizabeth can explain the concept of love to him, which is now nonexistent in his time, Pax embarks on an adventure filled with new discoveries. Elizabeth introduces Pax to life in the year 2011, filled with love, music and of course, destiny.

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‘The Lying Game’ Picked Up by ABC Family

ABC Family has picked up an additional one-hour scripted drama, “The Lying Game.” The drama is in addition to the three previously announced series pick-ups, the one-hour dramas “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” and “Switched at Birth,” and the half-hour multi-cam comedy series, “The Great State of Georgia.”

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Disney Channel Casts Pilot for Musical Comedy ‘Madison High’

A favorite star from “High School Musical” will be joined by six multitalented performers in a new music and dance-driven comedy pilot, “Madison High” (working title). The series pilot introduces a troupe of theater students led by the melodramatic drama teacher Ms. Darbus, a beloved character from the cultural sensation “High School Musical.” Production on the pilot begins in March in consideration for a Disney Channel series to premiere in early 2012.

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Disney Junior to Present ‘Imagination Movers in Concert’ March 6

Disney Junior, the new multiplatform destination for kids age 2-7, will present “Imagination Movers in Concert,” a 45-minute primetime special featuring more than a dozen songs from the Emmy Award-winning “Imagination Movers” television series. Premiering during Mardi Gras week, Sunday,March 6 at 6 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, the concert was filmed before a sold-out crowd at the Lakefront Arena in the Movers’ hometown of New Orleans. The special includes appearances by series guest stars Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) and Duff Goldman (Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”), along with Nina and Warehouse Mouse.

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Verizon FiOS Customers Now Able to Watch ESPN, ESPN2 and Others Online

As part of a wide-ranging agreement between the Walt Disney Company and Verizon, FiOS TV customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater live online beginning today.  To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to FiOS TV.

The online rights to the ESPN networks are part of a broader agreement, which also includes the full suite of cable services from the Walt Disney Company: ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD and the soon-to-be-launched Disney Junior, as well as retransmission consent for local ABC broadcast stations.

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Celebrities Line Up to Join Phineas and Ferb’s Third Season Beginning March 4

The remarkable lineup of stars who’ve recorded upcoming episodes of Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ includes iconic actor and producer Michael Douglas, who guest stars along with his 10-year-old son, Dylan Michael Douglas, when Danville’s scariest haunted house opens for the neighborhood kids; Jane Lynch guest stars as Jeremy’s mother, Mrs. Johnson; Tina Fey plays an eager buyer who seeks to purchase the building which headquarters Doofenshmirtz Evil, Incorporated; Michael J. Fox pays tribute to the cult hit “Teen Wolf” with the Werewolf Michael role; Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) again plays a star-crossed lover in a vampire/werewolf storyline; Joan Cusack guest stars as a train conductor whose can-do attitude just might convince Candace to give up trying to bust her brothers; and renowned chef Jamie Oliver (ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”) judges Danville’s meatloaf competition.

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On ABC’s ‘The Bachelor,’ Brad Sees Dead People (Spoilers)

The stakes are high for Brad as he leaves on an exciting, emotionally charged trip across the country to visit the final four women’s hometowns. How will he withstand the scrutiny of Chantal’s very successful entrepreneurial father? Will Ashley H.’s ambitious career goals stand in her way of finding love with Brad? Will Shawntel, the beautiful mortician, be able to stand up to her father and his long held, cherished plans for her to succeed him in the family business? Finally, will Brad get to meet Emily’s daughter, who she has never been introduced to anyone she has dated, and how will that decision affect their relationship? Everyone meets in NY as Brad makes another gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to the final three women, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, February 21 at 8 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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