ABC Announces New and Returning Series for 2015-16 Primetime

ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

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FIRST IMAGE: ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Mockumentary Series

KERMIT THE FROG, GONZO THE GREAT (ABC/Eric McCandless)After filming a pilot for the new series, ABC has gone ahead and ordered ‘The Muppets’ to bring back to network television. The first official still for the series has been released, seen here, featuring Kermit the Frog and Gonzo. The official series treatment is as follows:

‘The Muppets’ return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that, for the first time ever, will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.

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‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Season Premiere to Feature Traci Lords, Jackee Harry

Season Four of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on ABC, featuring actress Jackee Harry swapping lifestyles with pop icon Traci Lords.

Emmy-Award Winning actress Jackee Harry, best known for roles on the hit comedy ‘227’ and ‘Sister, Sister,’ lives in Los Angeles, CA with her ex-husband Elgin Charles. Even though the couple is divorced, they still share a home and life in which Jackee and Elgin enjoy the finer things, frequently going out for drinks, dinner and dancing with friends late into the evening.

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‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ to Premiere on ABC June 18

ZOE BOYLE, AZURE PARSONS, ERIN CUMMINGS, JOANNA GARCIA SWISHER, DOMINIQUE MCELLIGOTT, YVONNE STRAHOVSKI, ODETTE ANNABLE (ABC/Cook Allender)A new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ premieres Thursday, June 18 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ ‘Disney Night’ Episode Details

‘Dancing with the Stars’ marks the halfway point of the competition with its biggest show yet, ‘Disney Night,’ with all new celebrity performances on Monday, April 13 (8:00 pm – 10:01 pm ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The show will begin with an opening number featuring all your favorite live action and animated Disney characters dancing with the entire cast. Each couple will then perform to songs from Walt Disney Animation Studios films including Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The evening will also showcase fun and exciting animated elements of Disney animation, with nods to memorable moments from Disney films. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy will be kicking up their dancing shoes throughout the show. One couple will face elimination at the end of the night.

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ABC Announces Summer 2015 Schedule with New and Returning Series

ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: ‘500 Questions’ on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 pm; ‘The Whispers’ on Monday, June 1 at 10:01 pm and ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ on Sunday, June 21 at 8:00 pm, followed by ‘BattleBots’ on Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 pm on the ABC Television Network.

These series join returning shows ‘The Bachelorette,’ which premieres Monday, May 18 at 9:00 pm; ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 pm; ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00 pm; ‘Mistresses,’ with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 pm; ‘Rookie Blue’ on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 pm; and a two-night premiere of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 pm and on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 pm

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ABC Trademarks Dan Savage Comedy Series, ‘The Real O’Neals’

'The Real O'Neals'In a move that should bode well for the series currently in development, ABC and ABC Studios have applied for a trademark for ‘The Real O’Neals,’ a half-hour single-camera comedy that’s being executive produced by activist Dan Savage, creator of the ‘It Gets Better’ project. The series was formerly known under the working title of ‘Family of the Year.’ The official description for the series pilot is as follows:

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Tom Bergeron to End ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Career at Disneyland in April

TOM BERGERON (ABC/Kevin Foley)Earlier this evening on Twitter, we shared that ABC plans on videotaping an episode of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ at the Disneyland theme park on April 18, 2015, with a planned audience of 400 (though according to the permit itself, it’s actually 399). Shortly thereafter, host Tom Bergeron responded back to us noting that it will be his last time hosting the show and that ‘those will be a very special 400 to me!’

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Repeat After Me’ Featuring Guest Ellen Pompeo, Premiering February 17

ABC today announced the premiere date today for the new half-hour reality series ‘Repeat After Me,’ hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey of ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,’ and inspired by a highly successful signature segment from the Emmy-winning daytime talk program ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ ‘Repeat After Me’ will premiere on Tuesday, February 17 at 8:30 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

In ‘Repeat After Me,’ McLendon-Covey will instruct her celebrity friends, via a remote ear piece, to interact with everyday people in high-energy, comedic hidden-camera situations. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be crowned in front of a live studio audience. The pilot episode stars Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr.

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ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ to Get Original Novel, ‘Red’s Untold Tale’

Although ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time,’ has already enjoyed a previous book release, Reawakened, which is essentially a retelling of the popular fairy tale series’ first season, it’s Ruby/Red who will receive the spotlight for the new original novel inspired by the series. Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale will provide some backstory to the character based on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. The official publisher’s description is as follows:

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