Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray star in ABC Family’s new holiday movie, “Christmas Cupid,” premiering during ABC Family’s annual 25 Days of Christmas on Sunday, December 12, at 8:00PM ET/PT. Milian (“Bring It On: Fight to the Finish,” “Snowglobe”) stars as Sloane Spencer, a high powered Hollywood publicist who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client Caitlin (Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”). With just days before Christmas, Caitlin takes Sloane on a journey to meet the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends from the past, present and future to try and guide her to true love in a modern day take on the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story A Christmas Carol.
With the anticipation of the holiday season steadily approaching, ABC Family launches the thirteenth year of its must see “25 Days of Christmas” event featuring over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1-25 – the biggest cable programming event of the year. Viewers will celebrate the season with an all-new original movie, specials and, of course, the return of Christmas favorites during primetime as well as a full week of all day holiday programming from Saturday, December 18 – Saturday, December 25.
This year, ABC Family proudly presents the new original movie, “Christmas Cupid,” starring Christina Milian, Chad Michael Murray and Ashley Benson, premiering Sunday, December 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client Caitlin, played by Benson. With just days away from Christmas, Caitlin takes Sloane on a journey to meet the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends from the past, present and future to try and guide her to true love, in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol.
In addition, in an ABC Family Premiere, “The Santa Clause,” starring Tim Allen, will air on Thursday, December 2 (7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), and the Academy Award®-winning animated film (Best Animated Feature Film) “WALL•E” will air on Monday, December 17 (8:30-10:30 PM ET/PT).
Harry Potter movie madness ensues during the network’s annual holiday marathon running on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5. The marathon features the first five installments of the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Other franchise marathons include “The Santa Clause” franchise on Saturday, December 11, including all three installments, as well as “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” airing back-to-back on Sunday, December 19.
An amazing cast of stars — including a Grammy®-nominated rock star, a bona fide “Housewife,” a daytime diva, an Olympic champion skier, a super-suave actor and an actress who has graced some of the most unforgettable films – will compete each week on a spectacular ice rink in the sensational two-hour series premiere of “Skating with the Stars,” Monday, November 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
From executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and executive producer/creator Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”) comes an uplifting medical drama that explores how far one has to go in order to truly heal. Six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place, on “Off the Map,” premiering Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Now, now, we all knew this day was coming. Here we get our first look at one of the key promotional tie-ins for Disney’s Tangled, that for Pantene’s line of hair care products. Although essentially a rather eclectic and frenetic compilation of snippets from the film, there is one slight element of new animation created solely for this advertisement.
Disney’s Tangled stars the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy and many more and opens nationwide on November 24. For more information on the film including featurettes, concept art, character art, fun facts, photos of the meet & greet characters at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and more, follow this bookmark.
From the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, ABC Television Network presents international superstar Mariah Carey in the music special, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You,” Monday, December 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The special will feature Mariah performing songs from her new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, available Tuesday, November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group.
Viewers are in for a special treat as Carey sings unforgettable renditions of yuletide classics and original tunes, including her new holiday hit, “Oh, Santa!” In the spirit of giving, the program will also feature Carey surprising some very special fans and helping to make their wishes come true.
ABC Family has cast Lea Thompson, Constance Marie and newcomer Katie Leclerc in the key role of Daphne, in “Switched at Birth,” a pilot that is currently in pre-production for the network.
“Switched at Birth,” a one-hour scripted drama, tells the story of two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and two brothers, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. Lizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”) will serve as executive producer and writer.
The six remaining couples celebrate the show’s 200th episode with the challenge of performing an iconic dance from the “Dancing with the Stars” history vault and competing in a team dance, on “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, November 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Six former “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities return as guest judges as they watch one of their iconic performances recreated on the dance floor. Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Mel B, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini and Emmitt Smith revisit the ballroom to act as a special ‘fourth judge’ in the iconic dance competition. The second element of the show will be a team competition. For the first time in the team competition, fan favorites and former Mirror Ball champions Apolo Anton Ono and Kristi Yamaguchi return as team captains.
Television, movies, living vicariously through others, Disney, rare and unique finds, whiskers on kittens and cheap and feeble attempts at humor by parodying Hollywood’s most beloved classic musicals: these are a few of my favorite things. So needless to say I was thrilled when I learned that Syfy would be introducing a new series titled ‘Hollywood Treasure’ in which we followed the path of Hollywood’s treasures from unearthing to ending up on the auction house block. And when Syfy reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the first two episodes from the 12-episode season, I would have ordinarily jumped at the chance, but what could Syfy (owned by NBC Universal incidentally) possibly offer me, someone who focuses on The Walt Disney Company? Apparently everything (but more on that later).
In the longstanding tradition of showcasing groundbreaking artists, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” welcomes Atomic Tom, the band that became an instant viral sensation following their revolutionary performance using iPhones as instruments while riding the New York city subway. Playing their hit song with traditional instruments as well as iPhones, it’s an event you definitely will not want to miss, Thursday, October 28 on the ABC Television Network.
Check out the video below that made the band famous, an iPhone rendition of their single “Take Me Out,” which is at almost 3 million views on YouTube since posting on October 15th. Atomic Tom’s debut album, “The Moment,” hits stores November 23rd and is available now for download.