Sneak Peek: Mason Returns to ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ in ‘Wizards Unleashed’ October 1

When Alex (Selena Gomez) sees a news report on TV about a dog in the Poconos who is painting portraits of her, she, Justin (David Henrie) and Max (Jake T. Austin) go to rescue Mason (Gregg Sulkin) from a family of country wizards. Meanwhile, Harper (Jennifer Stone) tries to get Zeke (Dan Benson) to kiss her.

‘Wizards Unleased’ premieres October 1 at 8 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel

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Report: Disney to Release Revolutionary iPad App That Synchronizes with Television Broadcasts

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney is teaming up with Nielsen to produce an app for the iPad which will allow the app to provide content in real-time along with the broadcast of its new drama ‘My Generation.’

According to the article, the app will provide interactive opportunities for the viewer who will be able to participate in polls, trivia, twitter feeds and the like, all in relation to the specific program they are watching, whenever they are watching it. The app takes advantage of technology developed by Nielsen called audio watermarking in which the app’s content is triggered by audio cues from the television program through the iPad’s built-in microphone, which means the app will work even if the viewer is watching the show on a DVR.

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ABC Family Details Schedule for 12th Annual ’13 Nights of Halloween’ Programming Event

For the 12th consecutive year, ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN with programming filled with ghosts, ghouls and a few laughs, too! The popular programming event, starting Tuesday, October 19, and concluding on Sunday, October 31, includes the basic cable premiere of “The Spiderwick Chronicles, the ABC Family premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and a special Halloween episode of ABC Family’s hit original series, “Melissa & Joey,” along with the massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing on the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

The following is a listing of programming thrills and chills taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween.

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ABC’s Music Lounge to Offer Free Download of ‘Change’ by Tu Phace from ‘My Generation’

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., ET on Thursday, September 16, ABC’s Music Lounge will launch the free download of the new single from Philadelphia-based Epic Records recording artist Tu Phace entitled “Change.” It will be available free for an exclusive window of 48 hours. This will the first glimpse of music that will both be inspired by and featured in the new fall drama series, “My Generation.” New songs and artists will be spotlighted on ABC Music Lounge throughout the season, culminating to the release of an original soundtrack for “My Generation” in December 2010.

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‘Phineas and Ferb: Holiday Favorites’ Features Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cast of Show

Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesSanta Claus is coming to town and Phineas, Ferb, their friends are fans will be ready with Phineas and Ferb: Holiday Favorites, an album that puts the popular characters’ unique and humorous twist on holiday tunes, releasing in stores and digitally September 21 on Walt Disney Records. The widely appealing album features all the tracks from last year’s popular digital-EP “Christmas Vacation,” in addition to 10 brand new songs. Five new music videos and the cleverly comedic “Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation” holiday special will be presented on Disney XD, Disney Channel, ABC Family and the ABC Television Network this year. Geared towards kids, tweens and families, the special posted record-setting ratings with its premiere last year on Disney XD (ranking as the channel’s #1 telecast of all time, across all demographics) and on Disney Channel (the series most-watched telecast with over 5 million Total Viewers).

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ABC’s ‘Wipeout’ Announces National Open Casting Call for Season Four

The producers of the ABC hit reality series “Wipeout” are on a nationwide search to find dynamic men and women to participate in the upcoming fourth season. Potential contestants should be fun, strong-willed, outgoing, and have a great sense of humor. We’re also looking to cast engaged couples, father/daughter teams, mother/son teams, co-worker teams, celebrity look-alikes and contestants with wacky hidden talents. You can apply by following either of these two steps:

STEP 1: Go to www.mysticartpictures.com and fill out an online profile and application. Be sure to upload a picture to your profile as well.

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Video: Sneak Peek at Season Premiere of ‘Modern Family’

ABC has just released this video promoting the upcoming second season of its Emmy Award-winning comedy, Modern Family. A clip from the season premiere is preceded by a small interview with cast members Eric Stonestreet (who also won an Emmy for his role on the show as Cam), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Julie Bowen (Claire) and Ty Burrell (Phil) as well as some red carpet interviews delivered by Rico Rodriguez (Manny).

Modern Family returns to ABC with all new episodes on Wednesday, September 22.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Rebuild Lighthouse School Devastated by Tennessee Floods

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team is taking the bull by the horns and heading to Tennessee, “The Volunteer State.” With their sights set on the city of Nashville, the designers are poised to honor a community that lives by the code that neighbors help neighbors. After the devastating 500 year flood on May 1st of this year, much of “Music City” was left under water, a number of people died and there was widespread property damage. At the center of the tragedy is the Lighthouse School and the family who’s been running it since 2003, the Sweatt family. The school became known nationally when news stations featured footage of one of their buildings floating down the interstate. Yet, despite the extensive damage to their own facility, the Sweatt family spearheaded recovery efforts, and to date have helped over 200 families.

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‘LIVE! With Regis and Kelly’ Seeking Participants for ‘Human Mattress Domino’ World Record Attempt in NYC

On Thursday, September 16, ABC’s ‘LIVE! With Regis and Kelly’ is looking to set a new Guiness World Record for the largest ‘human mattress dominoes’ attempt as part of the ‘Guinness World Record Breaker Week 2010.’

Participants will each be provided with a twin-sized mattress and arranged in the ‘human domino’ formation. When signaled, participants will fall backwards one-by-one just like a set of dominoes. Participants must be 17 years of age or older (17 year olds must be accompanied by someone 18 and over) and taller than 4’11″. Participants must also be able to provide ID and sign a release form.

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ESPN Debuts Nimble SpiderCam Technology During US Open Coverage

ESPN's SpiderCam at the U.S. OpenMaking its debut at a Grand Slam tennis event, ESPN’s SpiderCam at the US Open has taken viewers where they’ve never gone before for dramatic shots of Arthur Ashe Stadium.  The aerial camera system – which is exclusive to ESPN2 and its approximately 100 hours of US Open action – is suspended by four thin Kevlar ropes connected to large winches via pulleys high above the court surface on light poles at the four corners of the world’s largest tennis arena.  It moves in three dimensions, ranging from as low as one meter off the court to 33 meters high, from beyond one end of the court to the other and from side to side.  The camera can pan, tilt, zoom and focus, with the images sent via fiber optics wiring within the Kevlar roping.

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