ESPN Lays Out ‘X Games Everywhere’ Initiative; Includes 25 Hours of Live Coverage

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.

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‘The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All’ to Air July 31 (Minor Spoilers)

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.

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will.i.am to Present ‘i.am.FIRST’ Education Special on ABC, August 14

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.

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‘Karoake Battle USA’ with Joey Fatone to Premiere August 12 on ABC

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.

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20/20 Reports on ‘Super Powers, Super Humans’ on July 22

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.

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Next ‘Bachelorette,’ Constantine Confesses While Banished Bachelor Begs (Minor Spoilers)

Romantic adventures await Ashley and the final three bachelors – Ben F., Constantine and J.P. – as they travel to the tropical heaven of Fiji and the possibility of intimate overnight dates. There’s electricity and passion in the air during these sand & surf excursions, as Ashley continues to explore what her future would be like with each one of these potential partners, and is faced with extending an invitation to each bachelor to spend the night in a “fantasy suite.” However, one man – in a shocking return – asks Ashley to give him another chance to win her heart. But there is nothing that can prepare Ashley for the startling disclosure that Constantine makes, as her rollercoaster ride in search of a happy ending continues, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, July 25 at 8:00 pm on the ABC Television Network.

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Disney/ABC Television Garners 45 Primetime Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 45 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com, Disney Channel and Disney XD programming.

The ABC Television Network collected 42 nominations, including 17 nominations for “Modern Family,” topping all comedies. Nods for the sophomore series include categories of Outstanding Comedy Series, Supporting Actor/Actress, Guest Actor (Nathan Lane), Writing, Art Direction, Casting, Directing, Picture Editing and Sound Mixing.

“Dancing with the Stars” received 7 nominations in the categories of Reality-Competition (for the sixth consecutive time), Host Tom Bergeron (fourth consecutive), Choreography, Hairstyling, Lighting, Makeup, and Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to Help Homeless Female Military Veterans

Earlier today, July 14, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to surprise a family with the door knock that can change lives. The paratrooper team from the U.S. Army and service men joined “EM: HE” host Ty Pennington and the gang to surprise the Marshall family at The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House. Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, is fighting to end homelessness among her fellow female veterans. Barbara became passionately committed to her cause when she noticed that so many of our troops were living on the streets after risking their lives to protect their fellow Americans. Instead of just complaining about the situation, this formidable, no-nonsense woman decided to take action and established The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, using her own money.

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Video: ‘The Bachelorette’ Ali and Roberto Talk Bentley, Public Pressures

Ali Fedotowsky, the BacheloretteFollowing an emotional update from last season’s ‘The Bachelor’ winner Emily Maynard who discussed the break-up with second-chancer Brad Womack, host Chris Harrison sat down with former ‘The Bachelorette’ Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez to catch up with the couple and get an update on their relationship.

The video interview, just released by ABC, shows the couple still happily together as they discuss their thoughts on the Ashley Hebert’s season and Bentley, with Ali drawing parallels between Ashley’s experiences and her own, although hers yielding very different results. The couple also talks about the pressures felt by the public and rumor mongering, following the Maynard-Womack update, with Ali citing an example of not being married by when it was expected to occur and the assumptions made by the public when its expectations aren’t met.

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‘Rookie Blue’ Gets Early Renewal for Third Season by ABC

ABC and Global have jointly announced the renewal of the summer’s popular drama series, “Rookie Blue,” for a third season. Season Three is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto later this summer.

For ABC, the series ranks No. 1 in Thursday’s 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 this summer, finishing No. 1 in its time slot on each of its three original telecasts. Moving to the 10 o’clock hour in its sophomore season, “Rookie Blue” is producing year-to-year gains for ABC, improving by 8% in Total Viewers and by 14% in Adults 18-49 from the Net’s Summer ’10 averages in the hour. In fact, with viewers and young adults, “Rookie Blue’s” sophomore season premiere (on June 23) posted ABC’s best summer numbers in the hour with regular programming since August 2008 (August 7).

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