Disney/ABC Television Group and Time Warner Cable Announce Agreement, Expanded Services

Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN and Time Warner Cable today entered into a long-term, wide-ranging agreement that will provide Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable customers the programming of ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and SOAPnet, as well as WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, WTVG in Toledo, and associated HD cable networks. Subscribers will also have unprecedented digital access to online content and expanded Video On Demand services.

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ABC and CafePress Now Offer Fan-Designed Merchandise for Popular ABC Programs

ABC Entertainment Group and CafePress, a market-leading online destination for user-designed T-shirts and gifts, today announced a groundbreaking new merchandising agreement that builds upon the success of their existing relationship. CafePress will power a new, cutting-edge ABC Online Store, located at www.abctvstore.com, where fans of ABC’s popular shows will be able to buy official merchandise alongside merchandise designed by fellow fans. The new online store will fully leverage CafePress’ proprietary Print-on-Demand technology and product customization tools that facilitate real-time retail planning and high-touch consumer engagement.

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ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ to Open New York Television Festival; Michael Imperioli to Offer Q&A Session

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced the Primetime lineup for its sixth annual Festival, offering audiences a sneak peek at the networks’ most highly anticipated fall premieres on ABC, BBC America, FOX, IFC and NBC. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the red carpet premieres of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” with Michael Imperioli, IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, and “Running Wilde” with Will Arnett. The Primetime line up also features special screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo and BBC America’s US premiere of the mini-series “Luther.”

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‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ Renewed for Second Season

The Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” has received a second season pick-up and will premiere later this season on ABC. In the new season, Jamie Oliver, the impassioned chef, TV personality and best-selling author, will bring the revolution to the nation’s second largest city of Los Angeles, CA and take on his biggest challenge yet. The series, which recently won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, will run for six episodes.

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First Look: Phineas and Ferb Spoof Classic in ‘Wizard of Odd’

Isabella and Candace in Phineas and Ferb's 'Wizard of Odd' © Disney XD

In the new episode titled ‘Wizard of Odd,’ Phineas and Ferb build a contraption that spins their house around in an effort to paint it quickly, causing Candace to become so dizzy, she collapses. She soon finds herself in the magical land of Odd where their friends Isabella, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Jeremy, Buford and Baljeet are remarkably like the characters in L. Frank Baum’s book ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ When Candace follows the yellow brick sidewalk to Bustopolis (to find the Wizard who can help her finally bust her brothers), things aren’t what they seem.

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Video Sneak Peek: Disney Channel’s ‘Fish Hooks’

'Fish Hooks' © Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.Disney Channel has just provided us with these two sneak peeks at the upcoming preview of its new animated series Fish Hooks, the tales of three tween fish navigating the perils of high school. The series will premiere on Disney Channel beginning September 24, but viewers will get a chance to preview the series tomorrow night following the premiere of Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam.

In the preview episode, titled “Bea Stays in the Picture,” Bea (Chelsea Staub) asks Milo (Kyle Massey) and Oscar (Justin Roiland) 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.

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Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family Offer High-Definition TV Per-Episode Rentals via iTunes (Details)

iTunes 10As expected, Apple today announced that television programs in HD format will now be available for rent through iTunes 10, which is now available for download. Apple promises thousands of episodes, many of which will be available the day after broadcast. The Disney/ABC Television Group is well represented in the initial offering, with shows from ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel joining shows from Fox and BBC America.

Each episode rental costs $.99 and can be viewed on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV. You’ll have thirty days from rental to begin watching the episode and 48 hours from that point to complete watching it before the rental period expires.

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Handy Manny Meets New Tools During City Trip in Special Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Dandy Dan, Rusty, Spinner, Squeeze, Jack, Felipe, Stretch, Turner, Flicker, Pat and Manny in 'Handy Manny Big Construction Job' © Disney Channel“Handy Manny,” the Emmy-nominated Playhouse Disney series that celebrates Hispanic culture and language through its loveable handyman, moves into primetime with an all new special, “Handy Manny Big Construction Job,” premiering during Hispanic Heritage Month, MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 (7:00-7:55 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the fun-filled event for preschoolers and their families, Manny (played by Wilmer Valderrama) and the tools leave Sheet Rock Hills to work on a big out-of-town construction job where they meet new tool friends, Jack the jackhammer and Spinner the power drill.

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Pairings for Season 11 Announced

The celebrity and professional pairings for the fall 2010 season of Dancing With The Stars was announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America and are as follows:

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
  • Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
  • Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
  • Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
  • David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
  • Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower

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‘Camp Rock 2′ Featurette Compares Dance Styles Between Camp Rock and Camp Star

In this new featurette courtesy of Disney Channel, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Ella), Alyson Stoner (Caitlyn) and Meaghan Martin (Tess) of the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam join film choreographer Rosero McCoy as they explore and compare the different dance styles between Camp Rock and Camp Star.

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