‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Help Fifth Grade Heroine Turned Amputee


Yesterday, July 10, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Madison, Georgia, to surprise the Rucker family with the door knock that can change lives. Anaiah Rucker is a smart, fun, athletic, sweet, straight-A student with the dream of attending Harvard and becoming a doctor or lawyer, though she will be a fifth grader this fall. That dream was threatened on February 4, 2011 when Anaiah, then just 9 years old, saved her 5-year-old sister, Camry, by pushing her out of the path of an oncoming truck. Anaiah was struck herself, leaving her with massive, life-threatening injuries. Undaunted by these injuries, she has endured the amputation of her left leg and grueling rehab to get her body back in shape so she can continue playing sports, singing in the chorus, and working hard at her studies. Happy to have her best friend and sister Camry safe and sound, Anaiah and her family are focused on her getting well and making her stronger than ever, which is a challenge because she is currently wheelchair bound.

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ABC Brings New Dramas to San Diego Comic-Con with Panels, Screenings and More

ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. “Once Upon a Time,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle” and “The River” stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, “Pan Am,” will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:

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‘TRON: Uprising’ to Find Genesis as Disney Channel Original Movie

TRON: UprisingBefore it finds life as an animated series on Disney XD in 2012, TRON: Uprising, the sequel prequel, will make its debut as a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) according to the publisher’s description of the junior novel of the same name.

Slated to be released on January 3, 2012, which is historically early relative for a movie it promises in the spring, the book’s description reads as follows:

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Barbara Walters to Interview Casey Anthony Lawyer Jose Baez Beginning Tonight

Barbara Walters will sit down with Casey Anthony’s lead lawyer Jose Baez in his first network interview since the jury acquitted his client of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment charges yesterday in Orlando, Florida. In a wide-ranging interview, Walters will ask Baez about his courtroom strategy, his client’s demeanor, the reasons he thinks she was found not guilty, how he was ceaselessly second-guessed by trial watchers and the media during the six weeks of testimony, and his newfound fame, among other topics.

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‘The Lying Game,’ a New Original Series on ABC Family, Premieres August 15

Separated at birth, identical twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer have led very different lives, each oblivious to the other’s existence until circumstances bring them back together. Yearning for the family she never had, Emma agrees to help Sutton with her plan to find their birth parents, setting in motion a web of secrecy and lies, in the ABC Family new original series, “The Lying Game,” premiering on Monday, August 15th at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

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Disney Channel, Disney XD Announce Plans for 2011 San Diego Comic-Con

“Phineas and Ferb” leads the charge for Disney Channel at Comic-Con International, as “Perry the Platy-bus On Tour” arrives on the show floor in celebration of the Emmy Award-winning series. After making its debut in Times Square on July 11, the Platy-bus will ride into San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24. This incredible, 4000-pound customized Airstream trailer comes complete with bill, tail and googly eyes inspired by Phineas and Ferb’s teal-colored pet platypus, Perry. The event marks a banner year ahead for the franchise, which is set for the fall debut of the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.” The Platy-bus officially opens for a three-hour preview night on Wednesday, July 20.

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‘The Chew’ Replaces ‘All My Children’ on ABC Daytime Beginning September 26

ABC will broadcast its final episode of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning drama series, “All My Children,” on Friday, September 23, 2011. The iconic series will end in a manner that respects the show’s legacy and honors its history.

Out of love and respect for the show, many beloved actors will be returning to Pine Valley, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler) and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery), among others yet to be announced. Final episodes will celebrate the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years.

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Disney Animation to Present First-Ever Panel at National Press Club; Event Open to Public

Disney Television Animation is slated to present the Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated series, “Phineas and Ferb,” and hit innovative comedy series, “Fish Hooks,” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 from 7:00 pm – 9 pm. This presentation marks the National Press Club’s first-ever animation panel.

“It’s an honor to be invited to present our panel at the National Press Club, and have the opportunity to showcase our top two animated series, as well as highlight our upcoming programming slate to the Young Members Committee,” said Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Television Animation.

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On Next ‘Bachelorette,’ Ben F. Spends the Night, Emily Maynard Gives Brad Update (Minor Spoilers)

The pressure mounts as Ashley must decide which four men will have the opportunity to take her home to meet their families. Taiwan, the “hidden jewel of Asia,” is the romantic city where Ashley will make her most important decision yet. She still has serious questions about some of the men, but must be ready to let two of them go forever. Will she make the right choice? And in a revealing, emotional tell-all update, Emily Maynard, the single mom who captured Brad Womack’s heart, will finally speak out about the state of her relationship with Brad, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, July 11 at 8:00 pm on ABC.

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ABC Family Original Movie, ‘Teen Spirit,’ Premieres August 7

Blind ambition and bad behavior have a queen bee headed for a fiery demise unless she can pull off a high school miracle — turning a shy, unassuming wallflower into Prom Queen material, in the ABC Family two-hour original movie, “Teen Spirit,” starring Cassie Scerbo (“Make It Or Break It,” “Bring It On: In It To Win It”), Lindsey Shaw (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Tim Gunn (upcoming “The Smurfs” feature, “Project Runway”), premiering Sunday, August 7 at 8:00PM ET/PT. The movie premieres as part of the network’s annual “Campus Crush” programming event.

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