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.
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.
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.
Be 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.
In this gripping special conclusion, Ashley, who began her search for love with 25 bachelors, has survived a shocking and emotionally taxing journey and found herself falling in love with two very different, but wonderful men, Ben F. and J.P. As she prepares to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, she invites the two remaining bachelors to tour more of the breathtaking island country of Fiji to meet her family. Ashley hopes her family will offer some crucial input about which incredible man they believe will make the better match for her. Then the men have one last chance to lay their hearts on the line, each trying to guarantee that he will be the one to get Ashley’s final rose. Once fearful that none of the men would be drawn to her, she now has two men in love with her. But which man will she choose to leave paradise with and to share her life, and who will go home with a broken heart? The Season Finale of “The Bachelorette” airs Monday, August 1 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
During X Games 17, fans will be able to consume original X Games content on more platforms than ever before. ESPN will televise 25 hours of live HD programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC, July 28-31. In addition to the nine live competition shows, X Center will air nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will televise 21 hours of X Games 17 live. ESPN3.com will stream 29 total hours, including more than six hours of original X Games content. The event will also be televised in more than 192 countries and territories to more than 232 million homes.
It’s an explosive reunion viewers won’t want to miss, as the most memorable bachelors from this season – including Constantine, Ryan P, Ames, Mickey, William and Jeff “The Mask” — return to confront each other and Ashley one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story. The men will discuss the difficulty of competing for Ashley and focus on the most controversial bachelor of the season – Bentley. William and Ben C. have a heated face-off about their dramatic two-on-one date and its aftermath. Ryan P. shares how he has changed since being on the show; and Ames, the bachelor who charmed America, explains his tactics for winning Ashley’s heart. Finally, Ashley offers her very frank assessment about her experience on the series, remembering the good and bad times. Sensational unseen moments from one of the most dramatic “Bachelorette” seasons ever will also be featured, as will a special preview of Season Two of “Bachelor Pad,” on “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All,” Sunday, July 31, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
The Black Eyed Peas front man/entrepreneur/tech wizard, will.i.am pairs up with inventor/FIRST founder Dean Kamen for “i.am.FIRST — Science is Rock and Roll,” a groundbreaking, one-hour special promoting education, science and technology. The first of its kind, the special takes an inside, up close look at the 20th Annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, a worldwide science and robotics K-12 competition that celebrates technology and features live performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith, as well as special appearances from a host of high profile celebrities speaking out to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. “i.am.FIRST — Science is Rock and Roll” airs Sunday, August 14 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on The ABC Television Network.
Did you know that some of America’s biggest singing sensations started with karaoke? Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and others began that way. Who will be the next singer to leap from the karaoke circuit to superstardom? “Karaoke Battle USA” shines the spotlight on the best karaoke singers across the country in six one-hour episodes, hosted by Joey Fatone (*NSYNC, “Dancing w/the Stars”) and premiering with a two-hour episode, Friday, August 12 at 9:00 pm ET/PT (the show will regularly air in the same time slot, but as a one hour show) on the ABC Television Network.
Superpowers are usually associated with action superheroes like Superman or Batman. And right now, from movies like “Captain America” to weekly fan conventions across the country, superheroes are bigger than ever. ABC invites viewers to meet some real people with superpowers that they’ve developed by dedicating their lives to the basic human urge to overcome limitations, to soar by unlocking abilities hidden deep within. “A Special Edition of 20/20: Super Powers, Super Humans” airs Friday, July 22 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.