ABC Family Announces Original Movie ‘Always and Forever’ Starring Sara Rue and Barry Watson

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.

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Medical Miracle Baby and His Family are Latest Recipients of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

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.

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‘Wasabi Warriors’ Starring Jason Earles and Leo Howard to Debut in 2011 on Disney XD

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.

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Host and Celebrity Pairings for ABC’s ‘Skating With The Stars’ Announced

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.

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ABC Special Goes Inside PEOPLE Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man of the Year’ with Kim Kardashian

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.

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ABC’s ‘No Ordinary Family’ to Host Live Tweet Chat with Kay Panabaker, November 9

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.

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Final ‘ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ to Take Place March 13 in New York City

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.

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Jack Black to Be First Guest on ‘Take Two With Phineas and Ferb’ on Disney Channel, December 3

Jack Black joins Phineas and Ferb on 'Take Two with Phineas and Ferb' © Rick Rowell/Disney ChannelIn the footsteps of the talk show greats, genial stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher will host their own animated/live action talk show, originating from a Danville set complete with a fake skyline, comfy guest chairs and the boys’ longtime friend, Isabella Shapiro-Garcia, as the stage manager. The mash-up show has already booked real life “A list” celebrity guests, a list that will rival morning, afternoon and late night talk show rosters. Movie star Jack Black (“Gulliver’s Travels”) is the inaugural guest on the wonderfully playful “Take Two with Phineas and Ferb,” premiering Friday, December 3 (between 9:00-9:15 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will also air on Disney XD.

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Disney Junior to Debut on Disney Channel February 2011 with New Shows

In February 2011, Disney Channel will debut Disney Junior, a new multiplatform brand devoted to children ages 2-7 and their families, it was announced today by Carolina Lightcap, president, Disney Channels Worldwide. Disney Junior will invite parents and grandparents to join their children in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and developmental themes. Disney Junior will launch content across the daily television block on Disney Channel, an integrated website, VOD, mobile and paid download platforms.

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ABC to Air ‘Beyonce’s I Am… World Tour’ Event Thanksgiving Night

On Thanksgiving night, NOVEMBER 25 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET), the ABC Television Network will air a 90-minute special, “Beyonce’s I Am… World Tour.” Travel the planet with one of the most dynamic forces in music, as Beyonce Knowles takes you on her 32-country, 6-continent tour. Viewers will hear her perform her biggest hits in the world’s greatest venues, and will see what it takes to mount an over-the-top mega-production, including backstage moments, choreography, costumes and life offstage. The special features guest appearances by Kanye West and Beyonce’s superstar husband, Jay-Z.

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