Disney Shuts Off ‘Power Rangers,’ Selling Them Back to Creator; New Season Goes to Nick

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Originally acquired by Disney when it acquired then Fox Family Worldwide (the network channel now known as ABC Family) back in 2001, the Power Rangers have received mixed messages from its master. Despite its immense popularity and several seasons (‘generations’) being produced by Disney, the series struggled to find its way in the Disney family, mostly for its perceived portrayal of violence in fantasy fighting.

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Disney Channel’s ’16 Wishes’ Starring Debby Ryan to Premiere June 25

 Debby Ryan stars as Abbey Jensen on Disney Channel's "16 Wishes." (MAR VISTA ENTERTAINMENT/SERGEI BACHLAKOV)The world premiere of “16 Wishes,” starring Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck”), is set for FRIDAY, JUNE 25 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The movie follows Abby Jensen (played by Ryan), a teenager who can’t wait to grow up, and when she’s handed the chance to make all her wishes come true, quickly learns the importance of being careful what you wish for.

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ABC Reveals List of Suitors for ‘The Bachelorette’s’ Ali Fedotowsky

Ali Fedotowsky, the BacheloretteWhat do a handsome entertainment wrestler with an impressive alter ego, a weatherman from Texas who forecasts sunny skies ahead for the Bachelorette and himself, an aspiring screenwriter attempting to script the perfect Hollywood ending, a self-declared ladies’ man and a sensitive but strong-willed landscaper all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky, when the sixth edition of the female version of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelorette,” premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ali, 25, who most recently was an account manager in on-line advertising from San Francisco, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, “Episode 601,” 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win her heart. Kyle, the outdoorsman, tries to reel Ali in right from the start. Jason, a hunky skier, impresses the Bachelorette with a death-defying back flip off the limo, and John C. attempts to take all the other men out of the picture as he gets down on one knee and proposes.

Once inside, Ali lives every woman’s dream– surrounded by 25 handsome men – all there just for her. As the biggest night of her life begins, so does the competition between the men.  Frank, an aspiring writer, shares his inspiring story of how he left his high-paying career to move to Paris and follow his dream. Kirk scores points with a sentimental scrapbook he presents to Ali. But Hunter, a clever Texan, steals the show with a heart-felt hilarious song, accompanying himself on the ukulele.

Tensions mount and sparks fly as the bachelors vie for the first impression rose. Roberto, a romantic Latin bachelor, takes a moment to steal Ali away and teach her some sexy salsa steps. Justin doesn’t let a broken foot get in his way, as he rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestling alter ego. And Jesse offers a beautiful wooden heart necklace as an original token of his admiration. Finally, Ali must eliminate eight of the 25 men, leaving 17 to compete for her affections and, in the end, her heart.

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ABC’s ‘(T)He View’ to Feature Male Co-Hosts All Week Beginning May 17

They say it’s a man’s world, and normally the opinionated hosts of ABC’s “The View” would strongly disagree. However, they’ve collectively decided to entertain the idea, for one week ONLY, because the five men joining them at the semi-circular “Hot Topics” table on May 17-21 are friends. So, for the first time in the 13-year-history of “The View,” five men will consecutively co-host for the entire hour (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).

May 17 – Barbara’s friend, Bryant Renfroe (“The View”)
May 18 – Elisabeth’s friend/husband, Tim Hasselbeck (ESPN)
May 19 – Whoopi’s friend, André Leon Talley (“America’s Next Top Model” and Vogue)
May 20 – Sherri’s friend, comedian Vernard “Bone” Hampton (“All About Steve”)
May 21 – Joy Behar’s friend, Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”)

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Verizon Customers Offered Unique Opportunity to Say Goodbye to ‘LOST’

In celebration of the sixth and final season for “Lost,” ABC and Verizon will give fans a unique opportunity to participate and say goodbye to one of the most iconic shows of all time. Fans will need to watch “Lost” on Tuesday, May 18 (9:00-10:02 p.m. ET) in order to get a special short code to text in their farewell messages. Only Verizon customers are eligible to submit and all texts must be received within 30 minutes after the special short code is aired on ABC. Standard text/data rates may apply.

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Marvel Influences ABC’s Daytime Television with ‘What If…’ Webisodes

What if Spider-man joined the Fantastic Four? That was the topic of the very first ‘What If’ comic title from Marvel way back in 1977. Although there wasn’t ever likely to be a ‘What if Marvel joined the Disney family?’ title, we’re all beginning to catch our first glimpses of the new relationship, from Disney selling Marvel merchandise throughout its theme parks to awkwardly and backhandedly promoting the current slate of Marvel Studios films as they continue to be distributed by Paramount.

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Disney XD to Premiere LEGO ‘Prince of Persia’ Mini-Film on May 7

Find out what happens when a video game begats a blockbuster action movie which begats a mini-adaptation featuring LEGO bricks and figures in this CG mini-film premiering on Disney XD May 7 at 8:09 pm ET/PT.

Check out the mini-film mini-trailer below:

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‘LOST’ Series Finale ‘FINDS’ Extra Half Hour; Retrospective to Air Prior to Finale

The “Lost” series finale event just got bigger with a half-hour extension of the finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 from 9:00-11:30, p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. With so much story to tell, the timeslot needed to be expanded. Preceding the finale will be the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show. Additionally, Jimmy Kimmel bids farewell to “Lost” in his own indelible manner on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost,” airing from 12:05-1:05 a.m., ET.

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Second Season of Disney Channel’s ‘JONAS’ Gets New Name, New Album; Premieres June 20

New Jonas Brothers music, a new So-Cal setting and a new serialized comedy format mark Season Two of the Teen Choice Award-winning series “JONAS,” newly named “JONAS L.A.,” premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It stars pop culture superstars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. The Jonas Brothers also star in the short-form series “Jonas Brothers Living the Dream 2,” which gives viewers unprecedented access to their lives on stage and off during their European tour, and in the contemporary movie musical, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” premiering Friday, September 3 on Disney Channel.

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Drunk Prey, Bike and Lotto Thieves and ‘Shopping While Black’ on ‘What Would You Do?’ Premiere 5/7

Will strangers intervene when a man is about to take advantage of a seemingly drunk woman? How will people react when young shoppers are followed and harassed by the proprietors of a chic clothing boutique – simply because of their race? Will anyone stop a bike thief? Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quinones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on the Season Premiere of “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” FRIDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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