‘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

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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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ABC’s NoOrdinaryContest.com to Award One Extraordinary Family Walt Disney World Vacation

The contest we first told you about when we gave you the key to watching the series premiere of “No Ordinary Family” is now live!

Even the most ordinary of families are extraordinary in their own special way. Now ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” is looking for the most extraordinary family to tell America what makes theirs stand out from the rest. Submit a video to ABC at www.NoOrdinaryContest.com telling us what makes your family extraordinary and we might send you on No Ordinary VIP vacation for five days and four nights to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dances Its Way to Disney Channel in Fall 2010

Disney Channel has ordered “Shake It Up,” a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show, created by Chris Thompson (“Laverne and Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies,” “The Naked Truth,” “Action”) and executive-produced by Thompson and Rob Lotterstein (“The War at Home,” “Ellen”). It stars 12-year-old Bella Thorne (“Big Love”) and 13-year-old Zendaya. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood, California, in July for a scheduled Fall 2010 premiere on Disney Channel. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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Video: ABC Announces ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrities for Season 11

Earlier tonight during an episode of Bachelor Pad, ABC announced the list of celebrities in the upcoming fall 2010 season of Dancing With The Stars for the first time in press conference format. Announced by DWTS co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, the list of celebrities scheduled to appear is as follows:

  • Brandy
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Margaret Cho
  • Audrina Patridge
  • Florence Henderson
  • Bristol Palin
  • Michael Bolton
  • Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Kurt Warner
  • Kyle Massey
  • Rick Fox

The press conference will be available for online viewing beginning tomorrow at abc.com

The next season of Dancing With The Stars begins September 20, 2010 on ABC with all 12 couples dancing live performing either the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home on Tuesday, September 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are slated to perform.

Other key dates this season include:

  • “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” regular time premiere, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” 200th Episode Celebration, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 and TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (Time is TBD)
  • “Dancing with the Stars,” final performance show, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (Time is TBD)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” season finale, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (Time is TBD)

(more…)

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Radio Disney’s Michael Riley Named President of ABC Family Network

Respected television and radio executive Michael Riley has been named president, ABC Family, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks & president, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report.

In this new position, Riley will have oversight of ABC Family’s original programming and acquisitions, franchise management, marketing, sales and operations, and be responsible for the overall strategic and creative direction for the channel.

In making the announcement, Sweeney stated, “Michael’s talent and drive are eclipsed only by the enthusiasm and passion he brings to every opportunity. I’m confident his unique set of skills and experience will help us further ABC Family’s amazing momentum.”

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Disney/ABC Television Group Takes Home 19 Emmys, Including Six for ‘Modern Family’

ABC Network’s critically acclaimed freshman hit comedy series, “Modern Family,” swept more categories than any other series with three wins, including the top comedy series prize, at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, presented last night. In addition to winning for Outstanding Comedy Series, “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet captured his first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and executive producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd took the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series prize for the pilot episode.

“Modern Family” won a total of six Emmys, with the other three awards for Casting, Sound Mixing and Picture Editing announced at the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 21.

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Disney Channel Gets Busted in Marblehead, MA While Filming New Series ‘My Family Tree’

Twelve year old Noah Gerry prepares to film Disney Channel's 'My Family Tree' (Leigh Blander/Marblehead Patch)A couple of related stories this morning caught my eye this morning courtesy of the Marblehead Patch in Massachusetts which reports on a recent visit from Disney Channel. According to this feature article, Disney Channel was in town to film an episode for a new series (possibly short-form) titled ‘My Family Tree’ expected to begin airing in November.  The highlighted subject of the episode is 12 year old Noah Gerry, a descendant of Elbridge Gerry, the Vice-President under James Madison. Noah doesn’t live in Marblehead, in fact this was his first visit to the town, but it was Marblehead where Vice-President Gerry was born and raised. Noah and his family toured the town, visiting and reporting on various locations important to the life of his famous ancestor including the home Elbridge Gerry was born in.

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‘A Year Without Rain’ by Selena Gomez & The Scene to Premiere on Disney Channel and Radio Disney Sept. 3

Disney Channel will present the world premiere of Selena Gomez & The Scene’s music video, “A Year Without Rain,” from their upcoming album of the same title, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (10:15 p.m., ET/PT), following the premiere of “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and a preview of the new animated comedy series “Fish Hooks.” The single will also debut on Radio Disney and will be available as a digital single and digital video that same day.

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Barbara Walters Returns to 20/20 with Special Report on Progeria: ‘When 7 Looks Like 70′

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.

Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal.

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