For the second straight year, in 2010 ESPN and ESPN2 each posted their most-viewed year, as did the combination of ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes), according to Nielsen. ESPN capped the year with its most-watched quarter ever and for the year led all cable networks in total-day delivery in key male demos – men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
ESPN has launched its ScoreCenter application, popular on devices like the iPhone and iPad, to Internet-enabled televisions. ScoreCenter will first be available on Samsung Internet-enabled TVs via the Samsung Apps store, the world’s first HDTV-based application store.
The application provides fans with the ability to view scores and stats from a variety of sports with a touch of a button. Scoreboards and live game details can expand to include in-game stats, scores and schedules. Personalization features allow fans to customize their ScoreCenter experience by highlighting their favorite teams and leagues. Fans can also position the application to suit their preference, including across the top, bottom or sides of the screen. The video image adjusts accordingly, depending on the placement of the app.
The countdown to the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” on ABC-TV has begun! Disney Online launched today a dedicated online destination on Disney.com for the annual holiday special, featuring behind-the-scenes and performance videos of Selena Gomez and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as well as interviews with Debby Ryan, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and Ryan Seacrest. The site also includes television tune-in information, the parade telecast schedule, a Disney-themed holiday gift guide and great ideas for holiday recipes and crafts the whole family can enjoy.
- Behind-the-scene video segments with Selena Gomez and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will perform together live from Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011,” Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. They join previously announced acts Ke$ha and Taio Cruz in Times Square, as well as Los Angeles-based performers including Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Far East Movement and Train.
Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the specials from New York beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET on Friday December 31 on ABC and will be joined by Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas returns to host the Los Angeles party portions of the specials.
Quirky, funny, unique, different… what makes a family a “modern family?” Beginning today, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has teamed up with ABC’s hit show “Modern Family” in search of a real modern American family. Millions of fans tune in each week to “Modern Family,” and many see parallels to their own families. It’s time for them to tell “GMA” why their family stands out.
Starting today, viewers can log on to abcnews.go.com/gma and tell “GMA,” in 250 words or less, why their family is a one-of-a-kind modern family. Submissions can include family photographs. During the week of February 14, the top three families will be profiled on “GMA.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
“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).