ABC continues to set the industry standard for creative ingenuity, strong viewer retention and ratings success in primetime, delivering the No. 1 comedy (“Modern Family”), No. 1 drama (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and No. 1 freshman drama (“Once Upon a Time”) this season in the key Adult 18-49 demographic. Building on its momentum from the 2011-2012 season, Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will share ABC’s plans for next season and present the network’s 2012-2013 Fall schedule before the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
ABC has released the following excerpts from ‘The View”s exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, recorded today and airing tomorrow, May 15 on ABC at 11 am ET:
BARBARA WALTERS: Let’s move it along a little bit. You did make that historic decision to say that you’re in favor of gay marriage. There are 30 states which are not. But there are also federal laws that impinge on the rights of gays. They can’t file a joint income tax report; they don’t have social security that they can pass to each other. Will you now fight for a federal bill that gives the same rights to heterosexuals that the federal bill now does not give to gays?
After last week’s nerve-racking double elimination, the four remaining couples face off in the semifinals of “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, May 14 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The couples will perform one new Ballroom and one new Latin dance to determine which three couples will land in the finals.
The Disney/ABC Television Group received 68 nominations for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards announced today in New York City. “General Hospital” is the most honored show with 23 nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Drama Series. Executive producer of “The View” and “The Barbara Walters Specials” Bill Geddie will receive the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as writer, producer and director over his more than 30-year television career. “The View” received its 13th nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment. ABC News’ “Good Morning America” received its sixth consecutive nomination for Outstanding Morning Program; “GMA” has won the award in three out of five years since the category was created.
In anticipation of the exciting Season Finale of ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the series premiere of Disney XD’s upcoming animated series, ‘TRON: Uprising,’ master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the series creators/executive producers of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the consulting producers of ‘TRON: Uprising,’ will answer fan questions about the shows, LIVE and on-camera on Facebook, Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET/12 noon-1:00 p.m., PT. A pre-show featuring behind-the-scenes video from ‘Once Upon a Time’ will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT.
Disney theme park fans who frequent message boards are going to have a lot to chatter about come May 10 and that’s because the acclaimed ABC family comedy, ‘Modern Family’ will air its ‘Disneyland’ episode the night before, May 9. In the episode, the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan visits the theme park. And hilarity will ensue.
ABC has provided us with these photos from the episode as well as some behind-the-scenes photos of the cast with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (no indication yet if the characters appear in the episode itself) as well as a couple of clips from the episode which aren’t afraid to challenge many of the observations made online about other park guests.
The competition heats up as the remaining six couples hit the ballroom with two rounds of competitive dance performances, a ballroom dance and the Trio dance — both of which will be a style that they’ve not yet performed, Monday, May 7 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC. During the Trio dance, a “DWTS” first, each couple will be allowed to add an extra professional dancer to their routine. The second dancer will be chosen from a pool of eliminated pros and members of The Troupe. In addition to their regular criteria for judging dance routines, the judges will pay extra attention to how well each celebrity is showcased in the performance with an extra dancer in the mix.
Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars,” themed Classical Night, opens with a stunning live performance from classical music superstar Joshua Bell, who will be performing “Vivaldi’s Summer,” accompanied by the Troupe, MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC. Other special musical artists joining the evening are soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho and world renowned Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who will grace the stage, accompanying dance performances throughout the evening. Jackie Evancho will be performing “Dark Waltz” during a pro dance performance with Tristan MacManus and Karina Smirnoff. The seven remaining couples will compete to famous pieces of classical music and return to the ballroom floor later in the night for their always entertaining Team Dances. Team Paso’s Melissa & Maks, William & Cheryl, and Donald & Peta battle Team Tango’s Katherine & Mark, Maria & Derek, Roshon & Chelsie, Jaleel & Kym during Monday night’s show.
What do an athletic stud who says all the right things, a dashing Indy car driver who would like to take a victory lap, a skateboarding hipster who likes a good chase, a successful businessman who loves to make a huge first impression, and a single hunky dad whom you’d like to bring home to mother all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, when the eighth edition of the female version of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelorette,” premieres Monday, May 14 at 9:31 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.