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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Netflix to Stream Programming from ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel TV Networks

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced a new licensing agreement between the two companies that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and – for the first time – ABC Family over the Internet.

The agreement, brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, will add significantly to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed from Netflix. Once made available to Netflix from Disney-ABC – which, for relevant programming, will be no earlier than 15 days after initial telecast – episodes can be streamed instantly with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 a month.

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ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Offering Opportunities to Propose During Program

Have you met your perfect match? If you have and you’re ready to pop the question, then you could have the chance to propose to your significant other during an upcoming episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” That’s right — pop the question on national TV! ABC and Jared® The Galleria of Jewelry are looking for two creative and unique proposal stories to air during a commercial break on the Monday, January 31 or Monday, February 7 (8:00-10:01p.m., ET) episodes of “The Bachelor.”

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ABC’s New Year’s Eve Special to Feature Performances by Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Train, Others

For the 39th consecutive year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011″ will lead America into the New Year. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the special with recently announced Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. The show will begin at 10:00 p.m., ET on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Singer/songwriter Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas returns to host the Los Angeles-based party portions of the specials. The Los Angeles lineup includes performances by Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Far East Movement and Train.

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‘Mean Girls 2′ to Debut on ABC Family on January 23

ABC Family will present the worldwide premiere of Paramount Famous Productions’ Mean Girls 2, it was announced today by Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group. Mean Girls 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the 2004 hit film Mean Girls, will premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, January 23 at 8:00PM ET/PT. The film, which wrapped production in Atlanta in August, is directed by Melanie Mayron, and written by Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser and Allison Schroeder.

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Brick from ABC’s ‘The Middle’ Now Offering Free Personalized Video Greetings Online

Brick, better known as actor Atticus Shaffer, the youngest child in ABC’s hit comedy “The Middle,” is offering his unique and hilarious, unorthodox advice for the holidays and beyond in free, quirky personalized online video greetings, beginning on Monday, December 6 and available at ABC.com at http://GreetingsFromBrick.com.

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Photo: Ryan Seacrest with Minnie Mouse at 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Ryan Seacrest with Minnie Mouse (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Ryan Seacrest poses with Minnie Mouse Dec. 3, 2010 while taping the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The annual holiday telecast airs Dec. 25, 2010 on ABC-TV.  Seacrest hosts the special from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Nick Cannon hosts from Disneyland Resort in California.  Performers include Mariah Carey, Amber Riley, Selena Gomez, Lee DeWyze, Debby Ryan, Darius Rucker, Jackie Envancho and Sean Kingston.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort

For more of our coverage regarding the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, click here.

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