Sean Lowe Named Next ‘The Bachelor,’ Season Premiere January 7

A heavy sigh went out from millions of viewers as they shared Sean Lowe’s heartbreak when Emily Maynard – who all season long called him the “perfect man” — made him the last bachelor eliminated before the finale of the eighth edition of “The Bachelorette.” It completely blindsided Sean, who finally had been able to admit to Emily that he was in love with her. Now, after falling for Emily, Sean knows the time is right for him to make the ultimate commitment to the right woman and to start his own family, when the 17th edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” premieres Monday, January 7 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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‘Music of Nashville’ to be Released December 11

Big Machine Records will release the soundtrack for ABC Television’s new hit drama ‘NASHVILLE’ on 12/11 (now available for pre-order). The project features new music from the cast – Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio – who perform in each episode. Over 500,000 digital downloads from the breakout series have been sold to date.

In conjunction with the label’s exclusive music partnership with ABC Studios, Big Machine Records released the first official single, ‘Telescope,’ to Country radio a mere three weeks ago. Sung by Hayden Panettiere (aka Juliette Barnes), the debut single is already Top 40-and-rising and has contributed nearly 50,000 to the total sales.

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Taylor Swift to Perform Live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Ten-time American Music Award winner Taylor Swift will headline “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” performing live in front of a crowd of an estimated 1 million people in Times Square just before the ball drops on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. She headlines the biggest party of the year, fresh from the record-breaking success of her blockbuster new album, “RED.”

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‘The Fosters’ Begins Production for ABC Family

ABC Family begins production this week on the drama series pilot “The Fosters,” starring Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.

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ABC’s ‘Day of Giving’ Expands to Include Radio Disney, Disney Store, More Shows

The Disney/ABC Television Group’s “Day of Giving” continues to grow, with ABC Family, SOAPnet, Radio Disney, “General Hospital,” “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and the Disney Stores set to join previously announced network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late-Night this Monday, November 5, 2012. The “Day of Giving” will encourage the tens of millions of viewers and customers engaged throughout the day to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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ABC Names Monday ‘Day of Giving’ to Encourage Support for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Following the announcement made today by Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company of a $2 Million donation for Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts, the Disney/ABC Television Group today announced that it will designate Monday, November 5, 2012 as a “Day of Giving” across network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, encouraging the tens of millions of viewers engaged throughout the day to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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WWE’s The Miz to Star in ‘Christmas Bounty’ Original Movie for ABC Family

WWE Studios and ABC Family today announced that WWE Studios and ABC Family are developing an upcoming television movie, Christmas Bounty, for a 2013 world premiere during ABC Family’s popular ’25 Days of Christmas’ programming event. WWE Superstar The Miz is attached to star in a lead role.

Christmas Bounty is an action-filled comedy about a former bounty hunter turned elementary schoolteacher. Determined to have a normal life, and keep her bounty hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home for Christmas to help save the family business by catching the one bounty that got away. But when her fiancé follows her home for the holiday, she struggles to hide her wild family business and a bounty hunter ex-boyfriend she thought she’d left behind. Written by Andrew Black & Vivian Lee, and James Berg & Stan Zimmerman, the movie is scheduled to go into production in early 2013.

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‘DWTS: All Stars’ Country Night Features Little Big Town, Big and Rich, Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz

Put on your cowboy wear… It’s Country night, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple will be performing to a Country hit song where the celebrity will be required to perform a solo during his or her routine. Three-time CMA Award-nominated group Little Big Town will rock the stage, performing their smash hit, “Pontoon,” accompanied by The Troupe. The remaining eight couples will perform together in a Freestyle Group Dance. Accompanying the Group Dance, Country legends Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, will perform a medley of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “I Play Chicken with the Train,” two of the show’s most exciting freestyle songs from previous seasons. This is the first time the show’s Group Dance will be accompanied by musical guests.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Returns for Four Holiday Specials

The heart-tugging, original feel-good series, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” returns to ABC with four special holiday-themed episodes. The first episode will premiere Monday, November 26 at 9:01 pm ET, immediately following the ‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Performance Finale on the ABC Television Network. The remaining three episodes will air on the following three Mondays, December 3, December 10 and December 17.

Guest host Jenny McCarthy visits the Watson Family of Knoxville, TN in a special Thanksgiving-themed show. The Watson family has adopted children and runs a home for single mothers in need called Restoration House. The episode features a visit to the ‘Wipeout’ set and an appearance by UFC Champion fighter Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

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ABC Family Announces Season Premiere Dates for Returning Favorites

ABC Family will kick off the New Year with all new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favorites “Switched at Birth,” “Bunheads,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the second week of January 2013, with two nights of original programming. Viewers can also catch up on all their favorite shows leading up to the January premieres on abcfamily.com.

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