Next ‘Bachelor,’ Chris Harrison Faces off with Casey S. on Her Secret (Minor Spoilers)

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Hallmark Hall of Fame’s ‘Firelight’ with Cuba Gooding Jr. to Premiere April 22 on ABC

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in a new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, Firelight, premiering Sunday, April 22 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. Darnell Martin (Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Lost Valentine) directs from a script by Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon).

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Dwayne Johnson (‘DJ’), a counselor at a youth correctional facility. The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled — often violent — backgrounds. Many of them belong to gangs and have been involved with illegal drugs – as users and/or dealers. In the words of DJ, ‘They come in [here] so broken…These are girls who’ve been abused and objectified their whole lives.’

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Help Hero Veteran Injured by IED

Today, Saturday, January 14, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Ty Pennington and the design team traveled to Wilson County, Texas to surprise the Harris family with the door knock that can change lives.

IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Iraq have killed far too many of our brave troops. For others, they’ve marked the end of the road in their service there and, as with SSG Shilo Harris, the beginning of another long, hard road ahead to recovery. On Feb 19, 2007, while on patrol in Iraq, a massive IED struck the vehicle Shilo was in – blasting it to pieces. Shilo’s face and more than 40% of his body were terribly burned. But despite his catastrophic injuries, Shilo’s only concern was for the safety of the men under his command, and he would not allow himself to be medically treated until he received confirmation that his troops were out of harm’s way.

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Extended Sneak Peek: Shawntel Returns to ‘The Bachelor’

In what’s already proven to be one of the most explosive seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ yet just two episodes in, ABC is going all out to tease the next stiletto to drop — the ghost of bachelorettes past. Jilted by Bachelor Brad Womack (on his second attempt no less), bachelorette Shawntel Newton is poised for her own second chance at love, this time with Bachelor-crush Ben Flajnik.

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‘Ball Boys’ Sports Memorabilia Reality Show to Premiere March 24 on ABC

From the producers of cable’s top rated “Pawn Stars,” “Ball Boys” follows the sports memorabilia business at iconic Robbie’s 1st Base in Baltimore, MD, and the charming family-like relationships of the sports fanatics who work there – Robbie Sr. and Junior, Sweet Lou and Shaggy. The 12 half-hour episodes will feature the never-before-seen negotiation of buying and selling unique sports merchandise, both at the store and at off-site locations. In addition, numerous sports legends – from football pioneer Jim Brown to baseball great Pete Rose to former NBA star and current ESPN commentator Jalen Rose – stop by the store to join in lively debates, smack talk and comical antics with the staff. The show premieres with two half-hour episodes, Saturday, March 24 at 3:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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‘One Life to Live’ Cast Members to Check Into ‘General Hospital’

Frank Valentini, executive producer of “General Hospital,” announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.

“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.'” 

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On Next ‘Bachelor,’ Ben Gets Rejected, Haunted by Past and Makes Shocking Announcement (Spoilers)

Fireworks erupt when a woman from Ben’s past makes a sudden dramatic appearance at the cocktail party to let him know she has feelings for him and wants to be in the hunt for his heart. However, Ben starts the unforgettable week by sharing his wonderful city of San Francisco with the women. It begins with a nerve-shattering adrenaline date with Emily climbing to the top of the Bay Bridge, continues with a group date where 11 women ski down a snow-covered street and culminates with Ben’s intimate city tour with Lindzi and a special exclusive concert by Matt Nathanson. But the women continue to surprise, as one bachelorette rejects Ben’s offer of a one-on-one date. The tension is so high that one woman faints during the rose ceremony. But Ben shocks all the bachelorettes as he makes an unusual decision to end the night, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, January 16 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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‘A Smile As Big as the Moon’ Hallmark Movie to Premiere January 29 on ABC

John Corbett (‘Sex and the City,’ Hallmark Hall of Fame movie November Christmas) stars in the inspiring story of a high school football coach and special-education teacher who worked to achieve an impossible dream — to take a class of special-education students to NASA’s Space Camp — in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, A Smile as Big as the Moon, premiering Sunday, January 29 at 9 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The movie is based on the memoir of the same title, written by teacher Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden.

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‘The View’ Dishes Up Details for ‘One Life to Live’ Tribute Episode

Filled with a recruited audience of self-professed fans of ‘One Life to Live,’ ABC’s daytime talk show, ‘The View’ has unleashed its roster of guests and segments for its tribute show to the long-running soap opera on which will air its final episode just hours later on Friday, January 13, 2012.

Just some of the ‘One Life to Live’ alum scheduled to appear on the special tribute are series creator Agnes Nixon, Judith Light (Karen Wolek), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jim DePaiva (Max Holden), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan). Serving as special co-host will be six-time Emmy Award winner Erika Slezak (Viki Lord). Even more guests are promised to be announced on The View’s website along with ‘surprise’ appearances.

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On ‘The Bachelor,’ Ben’s First Individual and Group Dates (Spoilers)

The 18 remaining bachelorettes travel to the lush vineyards of Ben’s hometown of Sonoma, California. Two lucky women – Kacie B. and Courtney –will get romantic one-on-one dates, but will it further their chances of being Ben’s dream woman, or will they be sent home? The group date will give 12 bachelorettes an unusual opportunity to show Ben another side of their personalities as they audition and perform roles for a community theater production – written entirely by children. However, it doesn’t take long for the women to get under each other’s skin and ramp up the drama, ending in uncontrollable tears for some of the bachelorettes, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, January 9 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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