Special Winter Edition of ‘Wipeout’ to Air on ABC in January

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Disney XD Revs Up to Visit Futuristic Detroit in ‘Motorcity’

Motorcity © Disney XD. All Rights ReservedProduction has begun on “Motorcity,” an animated series set in a futuristic Detroit after it has been purchased and built into Detroit Deluxe by evil billionaire Abraham Kane. Kane, having banned personal freedoms including automobile transportation, is ultimately challenged by a group of rebels who call themselves The Burners. Led by 17-year-old Mike Chilton, The Burners retreat to an underground city, customize their fleet of hot rods and pursue their quest to stop Kane from taking over the world. The series, created by Chris Prynoski and produced by Disney Television Animation and Titmouse, Inc., is slated to premiere next year on the burgeoning Disney XD, which offers a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.

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Multiple Emmy Award Winning ‘Prep & Landing’ Returns with All New Short and Half Hour Special

“Prep &Landing” returns this season with an all new 7-Minute animated short, “Operation: Secret Santa,” airing on ABC in December, while the half-hour animated special, “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice,” debuts in 2011. “Prep & Landing” became an instant favorite with viewers and emerged as TV’s number 1 holiday special in the 2009 season. It was also the highest kids rating (kids 2-11/ 7.5/23), for any primetime telecast on broadcast TV in 2009. The special went on to win four Emmy Awards.

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ABC Family Orders Four Additional Pilots, More ‘Melissa & Joey’

ABC Family has given the production greenlight to four more pilots and ordered additional episodes of its new hit comedy series, “Melissa & Joey,” it was announced today by Michael Riley, president, ABC Family.  The pilots are “Untitled Brenda Hampton Project,” “What Would Jane Do,” “The Lying Game” and “The Great State of Georgia.”

The network has also given a back-order to “Melissa & Joey,” starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, bringing its first season order to a total of 30 episodes. The original comedy series currently premieres on Tuesday nights at 8:00PM ET/PT.

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Variety: Disney Channel to Introduce ‘Disney Junior’ to Viewers on Monday

Variety is reporting that Disney Channel will begin touting its Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior transition Monday, October 11 during the ‘Handy Manny: Big Construction Job’ prime-time special. The ad will feature one of several different variations of the previously introduced Disney Junior logo, this one being the individual letters in ‘Junior’ stylized after the ‘sensational six’ characters featured in ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.’

Disney Junior 'Sensational Six' logoAccording to Disney Channels Worldwide senior marketing and creative VP Richard Loomis, “Each one has sort of a fun, play-along factor. Some of the letters of ‘Junior’ are very obvious in terms of which characters they express, and some are a little bit more subtle. It’s simple, but it does have another layer.”

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DisneyXD.com Invites Viewers to Vote on ‘Top 10 on 10/10/10′ Marathon

Disney XD's Top 10 on 10/10/10 EventOn October 10, 2010, Disney XD will air the ‘Top 10 on 10/10/10′ marathon beginning at 8:00 am ET/PT and ending at 11:00 PM ET/PT. The marathon will feature viewers’ favorite episodes of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ ‘Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil’ and ‘Zeke and Luther.’

Viewers can now go online at DisneyXD.com/tententen to cast their vote for Agent P’s Top 10 Saves for ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Top 10 Stunts for ‘Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil’ and Top 10 Funniest Schemes for ‘Zeke and Luther.’

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Sneak Peek: Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ Premiering Oct 8 on Disney Channel

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A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

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Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ to Premiere on Disney Channel October 8

A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

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20/20 Investigates ‘Reality Thriller’ ‘Catfish'; Exclusive Interviews Include Angela and ‘Megan’

It’s a story so unbelievable, it has everyone wondering what really happened. The documentary film “Catfish” bills itself as “a reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times… a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” But the media and moviegoers alike have questioned the validity and truthfulness of this Sundance Film Festival favorite. The film follows Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old New York City photographer who becomes entangled in an internet relationship with a Michigan family that includes an eight-year-old art prodigy, her beautiful older sister, Megan, and her mother, Angela. Nev’s filmmaker brother, Ariel, and friend Henry Joost document the budding virtual love affair between Nev and Megan and embark on a road trip to discover the shocking truth about the family.

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Sneak Peek: Disney XD’s and Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!’

Disney XD has shared with us these clips from an upcoming episode of their new cartoon action series, Marvel’ s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! which premieres October 20 at 8:30 PM ET/PT.

From the episode titled ‘Some Assembly Required,’ our first clip checks in on Thor, Hulk, Wasp, Ant-Man and Iron Man as they enter and explore the Avengers’ Mansion, gifted by Tony Stark himself.

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