Yesterday, July 10, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Madison, Georgia, to surprise the Rucker family with the door knock that can change lives. Anaiah Rucker is a smart, fun, athletic, sweet, straight-A student with the dream of attending Harvard and becoming a doctor or lawyer, though she will be a fifth grader this fall. That dream was threatened on February 4, 2011 when Anaiah, then just 9 years old, saved her 5-year-old sister, Camry, by pushing her out of the path of an oncoming truck. Anaiah was struck herself, leaving her with massive, life-threatening injuries. Undaunted by these injuries, she has endured the amputation of her left leg and grueling rehab to get her body back in shape so she can continue playing sports, singing in the chorus, and working hard at her studies. Happy to have her best friend and sister Camry safe and sound, Anaiah and her family are focused on her getting well and making her stronger than ever, which is a challenge because she is currently wheelchair bound.
ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. “Once Upon a Time,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle” and “The River” stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, “Pan Am,” will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:
Barbara Walters will sit down with Casey Anthony’s lead lawyer Jose Baez in his first network interview since the jury acquitted his client of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment charges yesterday in Orlando, Florida. In a wide-ranging interview, Walters will ask Baez about his courtroom strategy, his client’s demeanor, the reasons he thinks she was found not guilty, how he was ceaselessly second-guessed by trial watchers and the media during the six weeks of testimony, and his newfound fame, among other topics.
ABC will broadcast its final episode of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning drama series, “All My Children,” on Friday, September 23, 2011. The iconic series will end in a manner that respects the show’s legacy and honors its history.
Out of love and respect for the show, many beloved actors will be returning to Pine Valley, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler) and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery), among others yet to be announced. Final episodes will celebrate the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years.
The pressure mounts as Ashley must decide which four men will have the opportunity to take her home to meet their families. Taiwan, the “hidden jewel of Asia,” is the romantic city where Ashley will make her most important decision yet. She still has serious questions about some of the men, but must be ready to let two of them go forever. Will she make the right choice? And in a revealing, emotional tell-all update, Emily Maynard, the single mom who captured Brad Womack’s heart, will finally speak out about the state of her relationship with Brad, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, July 11 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
ABC announced the following Fall premiere dates for the 2011-2012 season today. All times listed are ET.
Friday, September 16
10:00 p.m. “20/20″
Monday, September 19
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Castle”
Tuesday, September 20
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Body of Proof”
Wednesday, September 21
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Middle” (special one-hour premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Modern Family” (special one-hour premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Revenge”
Thursday, September 22
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Charlie’s Angels”
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (special two-hour premiere)
Award-winning actress Carol Burnett will return to “All My Children” for a few episodes this September as Verla Grubbs. Verla Grubbs first appeared in Pine Valley in 1983 as the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, played by the late Louis Edmonds. Throughout her appearances on the show, Burnett played opposite legendary actresses Eileen Herlie (Myrtle Fargate) and Ruth Warrick (Phoebe Wallingford). In 1984, Burnett and Herlie teamed up with Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene on “All My Children.”
New Yorkers have the opportunity to get a taste of Morocco today as ABC brings a taste of its latest reality competition, ‘Expedition Impossible’ to the Big Apple. In the heart of Times Square, a few challenges and lots of sand put folks to the test in the quest to receive the greatest rewards of all: self gratification and a free ‘Expedition Impossible’ water bottle.
Breathtaking Hong Kong, where traditional Chinese customs and the mystique of the East reside side by side with contemporary urban life, opens its doors to the Bachelorette and the men. And the stage is set for another emotional explosion: Bentley flies half-way around the world to see Ashley, who still needs closure with this unscrupulous bachelor in order to move along with the other men. But why is he really there, and how will it affect Ashley and her relationship with the remaining bachelors? Lucas opens up about a very emotional time in his life – his difficult divorce – hoping to capture a rose. World famous Stanley Beach is the backdrop for a thrilling dragon boat race between the intensely competitive men. And sparks fly when J.P. and Ashley go on a special one-on-one date to Victoria’s Peak Park, but how will he take it when Ashley tells him about Bentley’s surprise trip? The news certainly doesn’t sit well with the other guys, and the tension-filled rose ceremony is thrown into an upheaval, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, June 27 at 8:00 pm on ABC (repeating on Monday, July 4).