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Executive Producer Jeff Zucker today announced key production updates for Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie.” The live, weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country, and will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

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‘Duets’ Reality Singing Competition to Debut on ABC in Summer

ABC announced today a brand new music competition series, “Duets,” starring four of the music industry’s biggest Superstars, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke. The new series will debut this summer on the ABC television network.

“Duets” is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage. Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their protégés. Ultimately, each Superstar will choose two singers to be his/her duet partners. Together the Superstars and their protégés will take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts, and the winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

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On ‘The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,’ Ben F, Shawntel Confront All of the Bachelorettes (Minor Spoilers)

For the first time ever, one of the final two women who are vying for the Bachelor’s heart will make an appearance at “The Women Tell All.” Courtney, who has been the woman viewers and the other bachelorettes have loved to hate all season, will return to have her chance to defend herself. Will she apologize for her behavior? Will she fight back and be her fiery self, or will viewers see another, softer side of her? It’s an explosive reunion viewers won’t want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season – including Kacie B., Nicki, Jenna, Blakeley, Samantha, Emily, Monica and Rachel — return to confront each other and Ben one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story. And Shawntel vents about how the women treated her when she returned to see Ben. A sneak peek at the Season Finale and the final two bachelorettes – Courtney and Lindzi – will also be featured, on “The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,” Monday, March 5 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Lineup Announced; Season Premieres March 19

This season’s dynamic lineup of stars — including a Super Bowl champion, a telenovela star,
a tennis legend, a Disney Channel star, a classical singing star and a music legend – will perform either the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, March 19 at 8:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.

As announced today on ABC’s “Good Morning America” by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the 12 celebrities, with their professional partners, heading to the dance floor this season are:

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ABC’s ‘Titanic’ Mini-Series to Premiere April 14

From the creative minds of Julian Fellowes, Academy Award (Gosford Park), Emmy and Golden Globe winner (“Downton Abbey”), and BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (“Bleak House”) comes the highly anticipated ABC Premiere Event, “Titanic,” a four-part miniseries that will premiere Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 pm – 11 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Parts One-Three will air on April 14, and the miniseries will conclude with Part Four on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00 pm ET to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.

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‘LIVE! with Kelly,’ Air Wick to Give Away National Parks Vacation

Beginning February 27 and through March 30, residents of the United States and Canada (minus Quebec) will be able to enter to win a National Parks vacation for six provided by the nationally-syndicated ‘LIVE! with Kelly’ hosted by Kelly Ripa and Air Wick. Participants will be able to enter the drawing once per day and can elect to earn a bonus entry for each day within the contest period as well.

From the entries, one person will be chosen to win a vacation for up to six people to one of four national parks, at the winner’s choosing. The potential vacations are:

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

Nine excited bachelorettes travel to the exotic tropical country of Panama, but two nervous women – Blakeley and Rachel – face the dramatic two-on-one date where one of them will be sent home immediately. How will the Bachelor handle his heartbreaking decision at the end of the night? Ben soars in a helicopter with Kacie B. over Panama City and the Caribbean, landing on a deserted island where they spend the day, but she makes a stunning disclosure which demonstrates her ability to really open up to Ben. The six women on the group date trek with the Bachelor through the Panamanian jungle and end up at a small village, communicating with their inhabitants, the Emberas. But this week’s drama is ratcheted up when Chris faces off with Casey S. about a bombshell disclosure she has failed to reveal to anyone, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, February 6 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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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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