ABC News Announces Hurricane Irene Coverage Plans

ABC News is providing viewers with comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Irene as the storm makes its way toward the U.S. mainland – delivering the information people need to prepare appropriately and to make well informed decisions heading into the weekend.

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ABC Refreshes Ban on Literal Potty Humor with ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Ad

The Weinstein Company announced earlier today that ABC has refused to air the commercial for Our Idiot Brother, which stars Paul Rudd. Noting other networks have aired the same ad, at contention for the ABC network are drug-related references and simulated urination using a juice box.

In response to the ban by ABC, a profanity-laden extended clip was released on the internet via AOL’s Moviefone which has appeared to removed it (but now available elsewhere).

The film company is owned by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who created Miramax prior to its purchase (and subsequent sale) by The Walt Disney Company, also the parent company of ABC.

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ABC to Bring ‘Pan Am’ ‘In-Flight Experience’ to New York City, September 8 – 14

ABC is bringing an in-flight experience without having to leave the ground to New York’s Fashion Week attendees, September 8 -14. “Pan Am”-inspired stewardesses will be stationed at coffee carts offering up coffee and tea each morning to local New Yorkers and attendees of some of the biggest fashion shows in New York City.

In addition to providing beverages, stewardesses will also be handing out the must-have bags of the season – the highly coveted “Pan Am” Explorer bag, as well as “Pan Am” track bags — that people have been buzzing about since their debut at San Diego’s Comic-Con.

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‘Karaoke Battle USA’ Announces Online Contest

Millions can play along at home as America’s most talented karaoke singers take the stage Friday, August 12 on “Karaoke Battle USA.” “Karaoke Battle USA’s” panel of all-star judges and show producers will select finalists from the best video submissions from aspiring amateur karaoke stars. Then viewers will pick a winning At-Home King and Queen online. Contestants should visit www.karaokebattleusa.com or the “Karaoke Battle USA” Facebook page and follow the directions to enter, starting at 9:00 a.m., ET on August 12. A karaoke version of either “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” or “Unchained Melody” will be available upon registration, and eligible contestants can upload a video of their solo performance using Facebook or YouTube.

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D23 Expo: New ‘Once Upon A Time’ Posters Revealed

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In anticipation of the ‘Once Upon A Time’ pilot screening and Q&A with show creators and executive producers, Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, at Disney D23 Expo on Saturday, August 20 at 12:45 pm, ABC has provided us with newly updated character posters from the series. The most obvious difference between these posters and those previously released at San Diego Comic Con is the updated logo for the show.

For those who haven’t caught the buzz of these new drama, here’s a sneak peek (posters below):

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cast to be Announced During ‘Bachelor Pad,’ August 29

The spectacular celebrity cast for the new season of “Dancing with the Stars'” will be announced live on ABC, Monday, August 29, during that evening’s episode of “Bachelor Pad.” Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke once again host the live unveiling of the all-star cast.

The stars, the drama, the glamor and the glitter are back on ABC! “Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 13 on Monday, September 19 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET/PT with a sensational two-hour season premiere.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Help Large Family in Small, Run-down Ohio Home

Earlier today, August 4, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Columbus, Ohio to surprise a family with the door knock that can change lives. Christmas is coming early to the hard-working, loving, joyous Rhodes family – a tight-knit family who have lived in their neighborhood for more than five generations. The Rhodes have always put family first. So when Grandpa James and Grandma Jackie’s (also known as the neighborhood’s beloved “Big Momma”) adult daughter, Makia, was diagnosed with a potentially deadly brain tumor, making her unable to work and in need of daily care, they did not hesitate to take Makia and her kids into their 941 square foot home.

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Review: ‘Take the Money and Run’ Poised to Steal Time Slot; Premieres Tonight at 9 on ABC

The premise is astoundingly simple and fresh: two civilians are given custody of a briefcase, the contents of which represent $100,000 and have one hour to hide it anywhere in a metropolis (the City of San Francisco, in tonight’s premiere). Then, after 48 hours have passed, if the briefcase is still where the civilians hid it, they receive the grand prize of $100,000. That’s a whopping $50,000 each and all they have to do is hide a briefcase for two days.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Help Veteran with PTSD Return Home to Family

Yesterday, July 31, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Ottawa, Kansas, to surprise the Hill family with the door knock that can change lives. Staff Sergeant Allen Hill was almost killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. He has recovered from the physical wounds, but is still haunted by injuries that we can’t see. Environmental triggers such as loud noises, dimly lit spaces and long hallways can bring about episodes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of these episodes are particularly dangerous, as they can send the Sergeant running for cover; one of his family’s greatest fears is that he will run into the street during an episode and be killed. The Sergeant has just completed years-long inpatient PTSD treatment far from home, and is ready to return. Unfortunately, environmental triggers abound in his former home: The house he once lived in is near a rock quarry, where there are constant dynamite blasts, and there’s a train yard that is a perpetual source of terrifying noises and vibrations. For Sergeant Hill to be reunited with his family, he needs a new home — one built in a suitable location.

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D23 Expo: ABC Announces ‘Prep & Landing,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ Screenings, Q&A Panels

Disney D23 ExpoBe among the first to watch ABC’s most anticipated new fall series and animated holiday special and have a chance to learn the secrets behind how they were made. Fans will have those opportunities at the D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney comes together, August 19 and 20, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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