What happens to a family when a child’s birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It’s extremely rare – occurring in only one in four to eight million births – and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13.
“Fish Hooks,” an imaginative, eye-catching and funny animated series revolving around three tweens, Milo, Bea and Oscar (who happen to be fish), as they navigate the choppy waters of high school, will premiere FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. An 11-minute preview of the series will get the coveted timeslot following “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” on Friday, September 3.
In the preview episode, titled “Bea Stays in the Picture,” Bea asks Milo and Oscar to help her get back a bad school photo from yearbook editor Clamantha before it’s published. Oscar distracts Clamantha by taking her on a date while Bea and Milo sneak into the yearbook office to retrieve the photo.
As part of its overall initiative to find and develop actors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds or with disabilities, the Disney/ABC Television Group Casting Project will hold its next New York Actors Showcase on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Ten promising actors will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to an audience of industry and network professionals during 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. performances at the Kirk Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.
Radio Disney, which Billboard magazine ranked twice among the Top 25 on its Maximum Exposure list of ways to get music noticed, will kick off its third season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing), beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the career of Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or by texting* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) — message & data rates may apply, kids under 18 must get parent’s permission first. The highest ranked “N.B.T.” artist will have the opportunity to have their single released by Disney Music Group and open for Allstar Weekend at a special holiday performance.
In the following featurette, Nikki Blonksy, the star of the ABC Family hit ‘Huge’ takes us behind the scenes with co-star Ari Stidham and Emmy® Award Winning Music Producer W.G. Snuffy Walden as they record Ghost to You, a song Will (Blonksy) pens in the season’s finale.
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In the final episode of the season, titled ‘Parents Weekend — Part Two,’ while Dr. Rand and the campers continue to face the challenges of connecting with the parents, hearts break as a shocking and unexpected romance develops. The season finale will air Monday, August 30th on ABC Family at 9 pm ET/PT.
On August 11, 1997, television viewers were introduced to a new and diverse menu of talk, entertainment and lifestyle programming each weekday, as ABC Daytime launched “The View.” The show, originally billed as “ABC Daytime’s lively and informative new talk show,” has flourished into one of the most popular and most talked-about programs, and celebrates its “3000th Show,” live, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).
CRUMBS Bake Shop has created the official “3000th Show” signature size cupcake that will be sold at all CRUMBS locations, as well as online (www.crumbs.com), beginning September 23 to coincide with its on-air debut during the “3000th Show.”
The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, “Disney Family Movies,” has partnered with content providers Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and Avail TVN Affiliates to offer customers a free preview of the service from Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6.
“Disney Family Movies” provides the ultimate in family entertainment from one of the world’s largest film libraries, giving customers unlimited access to a selection of classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. The one-of-a-kind movie service is entertainment the whole family can enjoy together from beloved hits to new popular favorites. Each title remains in rotation for about a month, with new movies added weekly.
The Creative Emmy Awards ceremony took place at the Nokia Theater LA Live in Los Angeles last night and although perennially-strong HBO took the top spot with 17 wins, the Disney/ABC Television Group finished strong with 16 between ABC and Disney Channel. The event leads up to the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29.
Leading the pack for Disney was its half-hour holiday special ‘Prep & Landing’ which took home a total of four awards including Outstanding Animated Program. The remaining three were awarded as part of the jury-awarded Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation in which a peer of animators select one, multiple or no winners. In this case, three of the winners came from the same program: Andy Harkness for art direction, William M. George III for background key design and Joe Mateo for storyboarding.
“Soul Survivors” and “The Sanctuary,” the final two collector photographs from ABC’s hit series “Lost,” are available for purchase beginning today while supplies last. Featuring the cast from the final season, only 815 numbered reproductions of each image will be custom printed on high quality photo paper. Pricing for the 10×37 “Soul Survivors” print is $69.99; “The Sanctuary” cast photo will only be available as an 8×10 print for $19.99. A certificate of authenticity will be included for each print.
This fall, there’s only one place where you’ll find a room full of scientists so darn good looking, you’ll half expect Tyra Banks to burst in and talk about the home cold fusion kit she’s created, not to mention Michael ‘The Thing’/’The Commish’/’The Guy’ on ‘The Shield’ Chiklis half-naked, and that’s on ABC’s new family melodrama, ‘No Ordinary Family.’