ABC Family celebrates the return of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, now in its 13th year, with a new holiday theme song featuring the talents of singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat. The song will make its ABC Family debut on Sunday, November 21 – the first day of the network’s “Countdown to 25 Days” event (November 21-30) — and will run throughout “25 Days of Christmas” (December 1-25). In addition, a full-length music video featuring Caillat (as part of the song’s new rendering) will make its worldwide premiere on the network the following day, Monday, November 22.
Dick Button, the man known as the “Voice” of figure skating, Johnny Weir, an Olympian who, at age 26, is the skating world’s most unpredictable star, and Laurieann Gibson, the creative visionary behind Lady GaGa’s choreography, will serve as the judges for ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Skating with the Stars,” from BBC Worldwide Productions. Weir, Button and Gibson will make their debut as judges on the series’ premiere, Monday, November 22 (9:11-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On “Skating with the Stars,” six famous faces — Bethenny Frankel, Brandon Mychal Smith, Jonny Moseley, Rebecca Budig, Sean Young and Vince Neil — will take to the ice with their world class skating partners for the first time in front of a live audience on premiere night, as couples perform high-paced ice dancing moves and dazzling figure skating routines. It’s fast and it’s graceful, with the added danger from traveling across the unforgiving ice on blades of steel. The couple with the lowest ranking following the judges’ scores and votes from the public will be sent home the following week.
Sara Rue, Barry Watson, Valerie Harper and Fred Willard have been cast in ABC Family’s upcoming original movie, “Always and Forever” (working title). The movie, which has begun principal photography in Atlanta, is set to premiere in Spring 2011 on ABC Family.
On November 12, Carmen and Jim Simpson and their three children were enjoying a special Southern cooked breakfast from celebrity chef Paula Deen at her restaurant, located in Savannah, Georgia’s historic district. Deen was honoring the Simpsons, along with other families, for their volunteer and charity work when the family learned that they would be the latest recipients of a home makeover as design team leader Ty Pennington and “EM: HE” designers emerged from the kitchen with the exciting news.
Disney XD has ordered “Wasabi Warriors” (working title), a live action comedy set at the Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy, a strip mall martial arts studio and worst dojo in the underperforming nationwide Bobby Wasabi chain. There, a ragtag crew of lovable misfits welcomes a hotshot skateboarder named Jack, who will teach a group of neighborhood goofballs about life, karate and how to just plain kick it. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood in January for a 2011 premiere around the world. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Vernon Kay, host of ABC’s upcoming “Million Dollar Mind Game” and one of the most popular television presenters in the United Kingdom, and Olympian Tanith Belbin, the most decorated U.S. Ice Dancer in history, will serve as host and color commentator, respectively, of ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Skating with the Stars,” from BBC Worldwide Productions. The series premieres Monday, November 22 (9:11-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In addition, the following pro skaters will be paired with “Skating with the Stars'” amazing roster of celebrities: Bethenny Frankel & Ethan Burgess, Brandon Mychal Smith & Keauna McLaughlin, Jonny Moseley & Brooke Castile, Rebecca Budig & Fred Palascak, Sean Young & Denis Petukhov and Vince Neil & Jennifer Wester.
All six pairs will take to the ice with their professional partners for the first time in front of a live audience, with the pairs performing high-paced ice dancing moves and dazzling figure skating routines. The pairs will need to be perfectly in sync as they speed across the unforgiving ice. The pair with the lowest ranking following the judges’ scores and votes from the public will be sent home the following week.
How is PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” chosen? “25 Years of Sexy: PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive!,” a one-hour special hosted by Kim Kardashian, airs Wednesday, November 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network and celebrates the 25th anniversary of this successful franchise. The special goes behind the scenes of the “2010 Sexiest Man Alive” edition to reveal for the first time ever PEOPLE magazine’s selection process, and features highlights from the iconic issue since its debut in1985.
Fans of ABC’s extraordinary series “No Ordinary Family” can participate in a live Twitter chat with Kay Panabaker (Daphne Powell) and guest star Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale from the “Twilight” movie series) during the live broadcast of the show on Tuesday November 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Fans can submit questions and receive real-time responses that will appear on ABC.com at http://abc.go.com/shows/no-ordinary-family/live-chat during the East Coast broadcast from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET (5:00-6:00 p.m., PT). Fans can log into ABC.com to participate or follow Kay – who will be tweeting live from set – and Jackson on Twitter at @kaypandabaker and @NOF_JacksonR.
The curtain will rise one last time in New York City on March 13, 2011 in celebration of seven glorious years of the musical celebration benefit “ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” The event, which to date has raised over $1.6 million, will feature stars from ABC’s “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The View” who’ll join together in song and dance on Broadway for this final New York City-based gala concert in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.