Bachelorettes Looking for Love with Brad Womack on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Announced

What do a good-natured funeral director, an emotional waitress, a sexy model who is a real vixen, a competitive hairstylist, a sweet children’s hospital event planner and a sassy divorcee have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to Austin with the Bachelor, Brad Womack, when “The Bachelor,” the 15th edition of ABC’s popular romance reality series, premieres Monday, January 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Brad, 37, a sexy, self-made successful entrepreneur, meets 30 potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the premiere, “Episode 1501,” Brad prepares for the night of his life, as the 30 bachelorettes, curious about who the new bachelor is, begin to arrive.

And what a beginning! Chantal wastes no time with pleasantries and, in the name of women everywhere, slaps Brad on the face. This sassy divorcee’s painful message for Brad leaves him wondering if she’ll ever give him a second chance at love. But there are those who have other things on their minds, as an emotional Melissa, a waitress who serves up plenty of drama, jumps into his arms and Ashley S., a sweet fun-loving girl, playfully grabs his rear end.

As the party begins, the women are impressed with the handsome Bachelor, but tough questions remain about how much he has changed. However Ashley S. is ready to move on and doesn’t care about Brad’s past. Things get serious and sparks fly when the “first impression” rose is brought out. Raichel, a self-proclaimed “manscaper,” not only leaves Brad speechless but hairless, as she demonstrates her talent. Keltie, a Radio City Rockette, teaches the Bachelor some slick dance moves and Madison, a mysterious model, reveals her odd orthodontics – fangs! Will it be love at first bite for her and Brad? But if Madison’s motives are somewhat suspect, Emily’s are not. The shy blonde seems ready to fall in love, but is she ready to tell Brad about her tragic past and the death of her then fiancé?

After Brad’s first rose ceremony, 20 women remain to compete for his affection and, in the end, his heart.

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ABC News’ Robin Roberts Interviews Sarah Palin in Alaska on December 17

ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Co-Anchor Robin Roberts travels to Alaska for an interview with Sarah Palin to air on Friday, December 17 on “Good Morning America.” Roberts will spend a day-in-the-life with the former governor and mother of five at her home in Wasilla.

In a wide-ranging interview, Roberts will talk to Palin about her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” plus all the major political news of the day, from taxes to health care and foreign policy.

A portion of the interview will also air on “Nightline” on Friday night (11:35 p.m., ET).

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‘Modern,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Toys’ Golden Globe Noms for Disney

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.

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ESPN Acquires Real-Time Virtual Image Technology from PVI Virtual Media Services

ESPN has acquired substantially all of the intellectual property of PVI Virtual Media Services, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The acquisition will augment ESPN’s innovative use of virtual technology across its multiple platforms. Under this agreement, ESPN will hire substantially all of the highly-talented staff of engineers who have developed many of PVI’s virtual innovations. As a result of the transaction, ESPN will hold the rights to substantially all of PVI’s intellectual property including intellectual property which relates to virtual insertion, player tracking, iTV applications as well as 3D graphics development. In addition, certain rights to PVI’s technology have been separately sold to a third party.

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‘Secret Millionaire’ to Premiere on ABC on March 6, 2011

“Secret Millionaire,” the one-hour alternative series that follows some of America’s most successful, self-made business people on a once-in-a-lifetime journey — as they spend a week in the country’s poorest areas and ultimately gift unsung community heroes with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money — will premiere Sunday, March 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will return to its regular time period with original episodes on Sunday, April 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

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‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure’ Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on April 19

'Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure' on Blu-ray/DVD Combo PackAmazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for the Disney Channel Original Movie, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, starring Ashley Tisdale who revives her role of Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical series. The movie will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy as well as a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD-only editions. The 3-Disc set will include a limited edition pink clutch purse.

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Ke$ha, Taio Cruz Added to Times Square Performances for ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

Ke$ha and Taio Cruz will perform live from Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011,” on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Both will make their debut performances as Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the show live in New York with Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. In 2010 alone, Ke$ha has dominated the charts with five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s. Her debut album Animal has been certified platinum, having sold over 1 million units in the U.S. and 2 million worldwide. Multi-platinum UK singer/songwriter/pop star Taio Cruz’s debut album, Rokstarr, spawned not one but two triple-platinum singles with “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris, and “Dynamite.” “Break Your Heart,” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and made history as the biggest ever jump to No. 1 by a newcomer to the chart.

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Disney’s ‘Prep & Landing’ Moves Operations Online; New Short Now Streaming

Disney's 'Prep & Landing' OnlineThe elite unit of elves from ABC’s Emmy Award® winning holiday special “Prep & Landing,” extends their adventures online this holiday season with more fun and games than ever before. ABC.com and Disney.com are the designated online command centers for all things Prep & Landing, offering streaming of the full-length special and new 7-minute short after they air on ABC; new Prep & Landing online creativity tools and activities on Disney.com’s Create; exclusive videos, online games and more. Disney Family.com is also offering a variety of Prep & Landing printable crafts, recipes and holiday activities the whole family can make and enjoy together.

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ABC Launches Photo Print Sites for ‘Castle,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

She’s Armed…He’s Dangerous. Stick ‘em up! Collect two new limited edition prints from ABC’s hit series “Castle.” Titled “The Perfect Murder” and “Shadow of a Doubt,” these images will be custom printed and numbered on high quality photo paper. Only 500 numbered reproductions of each 16×20 print will be available for purchase at $49.99 each, while supplies last. For a limited time, ABC is also offering prints of Richard Castle & Kate Beckett’s hottest moments through the seasons. Purchase your favorite 8×10 prints for $19.99 and 11×14 at $24.99 before they run out. Visit www.officialcastlephotos.com.

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Disney Channel Renews ‘Fish Hooks,’ Orders New Series ‘Gravity Falls’ from Disney Television Animation

Disney Television Animation has reeled in a second-season pick-up of Disney Channel’s animated comedy series “Fish Hooks” and an order for a new animated Disney Channel comedy series, “Gravity Falls,” each creator-driven series from noteworthy storytellers Noah Z. Jones and Alex Hirsch. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.

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