ABC Family and Starz Media to Premiere ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ on November 28

ABC Family and Starz Media will once again celebrate the holidays together this season, with the network buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the new live-action holiday movie, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” as part of its November “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. A Starz Media presentation, the two-hour original movie, a sequel to last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” makes its worldwide premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz are executive producers on the film, which was written by Michael Ciminera, Richard Gnolfo and Peter Sullivan, from a story by Schenck, Sullivan, Ciminera and Gnolfo. Michael Feifer directed the movie.

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Sneak Peek: Shaquille O’Neal on Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Halloween Special

Shaquille O'Neal in 'Sonny With A Chance' (DISNEY CHANNEL/RANDY HOLMES)

In an upcoming episode of Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With A Chance,’ Shaquille O’Neal guest stars as himself, in a fully-produced, ghoulish “So Random!” Halloween special, along with special musical guests Allstar Weekend and a brand new song performed by Sonny Munroe.

You may have already seen the promotional clips of the episode which feature Shaq as ‘Shaqula,’ but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve met ‘Shakenzie’ who’s introduced to us in the following clip from the show shared with us by Disney Channel. Also featured in the clip are regular cast members Demi Lovato, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Doug Brochu and Brandon Mychal Smith.

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Sneak Peak: Wizards of Waverly Place Season Finale – ‘Wizards Exposed’

Disney Channel has just posted this extended sneak peek of  the season finale episode of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ titled ‘Wizards Exposed.’

When the Russos are captured by a government agency interested in studying them, they are at risk of being exposed as Wizards and must find a way to escape and save the other Wizards who have been captured. Find out what happens to them during the Season Finale Friday, October 15 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.

The Russo’s are taken away by a secrent department of the U.S. government!
Find out what happens to them during the Season Finale Friday, October 15 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel!
When the Russo’s are captured by a government agency interested in studying them, they are at risk of being exposed as Wizards and must find a way to escape and save the other Wizards who have been captured.

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ to Air ‘Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?’ Debate Live from New York City

In a special “This Week” town hall meeting taking place in New York City, Christiane Amanpour moderates a live debate “Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?” The town hall will feature contributions from panelists on both sides of the issue, including evangelist Franklin Graham, Daisy Khan — executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and one of the leading organizers behind the planned mosque and Islamic community center in New York City — Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Peter Gadiel of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation, and Donna Marsh O’Connor of the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The town hall meeting airs Sunday, October 3 on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

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ABC Introduces First-of-its-Kind Ad Inventory Exchange System with Television Affiliates

In an increasingly cooperative effort to create financial opportunities in the network/affiliate relationship, ABC Television Network and its Affiliate Board of Governors, which represents more than 200 affiliates, today announced the Inventory Exchange System (IES), a strategic and systematic way of exchanging ad inventory that creates shared revenue opportunities. For the first time in the history of the network, ABC, through the launch of IES, will create the opportunity to strategically offer ABC affiliates the option to purchase additional network ad inventory packages to sell locally at a profit.

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‘No Ordinary Family’ Contest Finalists Chosen; Voting Period Now Open

ABC and “No Ordinary Family” asked America to submit videos explaining what makes them stand out from the rest and why their families are extraordinary. The videos of the top five families have been chosen and now it’s your turn to cast your votes for the most extraordinary family in America.

The five families that have been selected are the:

  • Roberts family from Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ferrari family from Fairfax, Virginia
  • Parham family from Sutherland, Virginia
  • Jensen family from Fountain Valley, California
  • Jones family from Kinston, North Carolina.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Build Smart Home for Blind Parents in Cleveland

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team has ambushed the Anderson Family in Cleveland, Ohio, and is about to deliver the ultimate upgrade. The family of four have inspired their community by heightening awareness of the obstacles facing the disabled in their community. Diving headlong into their work, Andre and Jasmine have dedicated their time to supporting and counseling the disabled by connecting them with resources to help them live and lead more independent lives. Faced with some of their own challenges (Andre is blind and Jasmine is legally blind), the couple have pushed forward full steam to make Cleveland a more user-friendly environment.

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ABC Family Orders Pilots for Three New Original Dramas

In its first order for the season, ABC Family has given the production greenlight to three pilots, it was announced today by Michael Riley, president, ABC Family. The network just concluded a record-breaking summer that included the debut of its new hit series “Pretty Little Liars” and “Melissa & Joey,” and the return of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Make It or Break It.” The pilots are scheduled to go into production this fall.

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Brad Womack Returns for Second Chance at Love on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ in 2011

Brad Womack on ABC's The Bachelor (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)Brad Womack – once considered by many to be the “most hated Bachelor” in the series’ history – has spent the better part of the last three years going through a radical personal transformation after the shocking finale night that changed his life forever. Now he is really ready – healthier both in body and mind – to make a genuine commitment to a relationship, as he stars in the next edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” when it returns to ABC in January 2011.

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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Creators Awarded Additional $50M from Disney

According to the law firm representing Celador International, the creators of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,’ Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the United States District Court for the Central District of California has awarded $50 million in prejudgment interest to Celador International, Ltd. in addition to the already awarded damages of $269,431,798 awarded to Celador on July 7, 2010 bringing the judgment against Disney to a total of $319,431,798 pending the reward of any additional litigation costs.

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