‘Hairspray’s’ Nikki Blonksy Cast as Star in New ABC Family Series ‘Huge’

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Golden Globe®-nominated Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”) has signed to star in the new ABC Family original scripted drama series, “Huge,” which will begin production next month (April) and is set to premiere on the network in summer 2010. Funny, heartbreaking and provocative, “Huge” follows the lives of seven teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other.

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Hilary Duff Stars in ABC Family Original Movie ‘Beauty & the Briefcase’ April 18

They say a good man is hard to find, but one woman will make it her career goal to find love in the workplace in ABC Family’s new original movie, “Beauty & the Briefcase” (fka. “The Business of Falling in Love”), premiering Sunday, April 18th (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). The film stars Hilary Duff (“Gossip Girl”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle XY”), Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”) and Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”).

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Bristol Palin to Guest Star on ABC Family’s ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’

Bristol Palin, eldest daughter of former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, will make her acting debut on ABC Family’s hit original drama series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” The episode will shoot in Los Angeles and air this summer when the series returns for its third season on ABC Family.

Said Executive Producer Brenda Hampton: “Bristol Palin is the most famous teenage mother in America. We’re thrilled to have her join us, and I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we’ve been exploring for a couple of seasons now.”

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Whoa! Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence Return to Sitcoms in ABC Family’s ‘Melissa & Joey’

Lee, president, ABC Family, yesterday announced the pick-up of “Melissa & Joey.” The series has been given a 10-episode order and is scheduled to premiere in 2010.

“We love Melissa and Joey,” said Lee. “Melissa has a long history on the network, and she and Joey recently starred in the network’s original movie, ‘My Fake Fiancé,” which broke records for the network last year. They have fantastic chemistry and are just so relatable to our viewers. We knew we wanted to get them together again, and developed this comedy specifically with them in mind.”

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ABC Family Adds Two New Dramas to Line-up: ‘Huge’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Paul Lee, president, ABC Family, today announced the pick-up of two one-hour dramas, “Huge” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Each series has been given a 10-episode order and is scheduled to premiere in 2010.

“ABC Family is coming off another record year of growth,” said Lee. “We’re excited about the addition of these two new original series to the network’s already strong slate of programming. Both have their own unique voice that will speak to our Millennial viewers.”

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Disney to Kick Off ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Promotion Across Three Networks, Super Bowl Ad

Not quite mad as a hatter with anticipation for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland yet? You will be.

Beginning January 31, Walt Disney Studios will begin offering 60-second first looks across three networks, each providing its own exclusive sneak peek at the film, all culminating to a spectacular ad during the Super Bowl titled Tick-Tock.

You can catch ABC’s version during Desperate Housewives on January 31 and The Bachelor on February 1; ESPN’s version during the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl on January 31 and during the NBA Nuggets-Lakers game on February 5; and ABC Family’s during Greek on Febuary 1 and The Parent Trap on February 6.

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ABC Family Sets Premiere Dates for ‘The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice’ and ‘Business of Falling in Love’

ABC Family’s two upcoming original movies will have spring premiere dates. “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice,” starring Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Brendan Fehr, will premiere on Sunday, March 14 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT). “Business of Falling in Love,” starring Hilary Duff, with Matt Dallas, Michael McMillan and Chris Carmack, will premiere on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT).

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ABC Family to Offer Exclusive First Look at Toy Story 3, December 20

Burbank, CA (Friday, December 18, 2009) —  In its world broadcast premiere, ABC Family will give fans their very first opportunity to see a sneak peek from Disney?Pixar’s highly anticipated upcoming film, Toy Story 3. Woody and Buzz Lightyear return in this exclusive first-look, which debuts during the network’s telecast of The Incredibles this Sunday night, December 20, (8:30-11:00PM ET/PT) on ABC Family as part of the network’s 25 Days of Christmas Disney/Pixar Weekend television event.

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ABC Family to Premiere ‘Bring It On: Fight to the Finish;’ Fifth Installment in Series

Burbank, CA (December 16, 2009)Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, the fifth installment from the popular global hit movie franchise, starring Grammy®-nominated recording star and actress Christina Milian, will make its television premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, January 17 (8:00PM-10:00PM ET/PT). Turning the day into a BRING-IT-ON-A-THON, viewers can catch “Bring It On” from 2:00-4:00PM ET/PT, “Bring It On: In It to Win It” from 4:00-6:00PM ET/PT and “Bring It On: All or Nothing” from 6:00-8:00PM ET/PT.

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Jenny McCarthy, Dean McDermott Seek ‘Elves’ to Help Set Guiness Record in NYC December 7

Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – In support of its new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe,” and the network’s annual 25 Days of Christmas event – the biggest programming event on cable – ABC Family will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the largest gathering of Santa’s “elves” together in one place! ABC Family’s World Record Elf Party will take place in New York’s The Pond at Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) on Monday, December 7 from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM ET. “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” stars Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott will be on hand to help gather over 250 “elves” to set the new world record.

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