The phenomenon of reality television… We are amazed by its allure and longevity. As viewers, we cringe with embarrassment as people stumble through their lives in public… but we don’t look away. Why do so many tune in? And why do some reality shows thrive on their stars’ sometimes toxic behavior? “Reality Rule$: When TV Gets Real,” a special edition of “20/20″ anchored by Deborah Roberts, airs Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00pm ET on ABC. Reports include:
Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) has signed a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality, to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show and to join the ABC News team, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The program will be distributed by Disney/ABC Domestic Television and will premiere in September 2012.
One jaw-dropping week is all it takes to put Ashley’s journey into a tailspin and threaten her opportunity for the future happiness she is seeking. It all starts with one of the largest orchestrated flash mobs in history, which serves as a backdrop for a wild individual date. Ashley chooses Ben C. to “trip the light fantastic” with her – and hundreds of strangers. However, the Bachelorette finds herself the target of a comedy roast when 10 men take playful aim at their heart’s desire. But William foolishly steps over the line and bring her to tears. Bentley rushes to comfort her – but little does she know that this is all a part of his huge, selfish ruse. And when he dishes out some devastating news to Ashley, she is shocked and destroyed. Will she be able to recover in time for another date, or will thing spiral even further out of control? On a tense night, Ashley provokes panic among the bachelors when she cancels the cocktail party, but will she be able to right the ship and move on to find love? “The Bachelorette” airs Monday, June 6 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
Hearts are wild, as Ashley gambles hers in sizzling Las Vegas. The dates for this week have the 18 remaining bachelors dreaming of finding true love with the Bachelorette. Once at the mansion, they quickly learn that roses will be at stake on the one group date and on two individual dates with Ashley. However, the competition is revved up when they learn that not all the men will get dates before the next rose ceremony, so the bachelors must take advantage of every opportunity to score points with the Bachelorette. But after careful deliberation, Ashley must eliminate three men, as she tries to make her fairytale come true, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, May 30 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
After 10 weeks of electrifying performances, heartbreaking eliminations and shocking moments of the most intense competition in 12 seasons, Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward will have one last chance to shine before the “Dancing with the Stars” champions are crowned. Next week, Season 12’s three finalists will try to impress the judges and viewers and emerge the victors on two final nights of dancing, Monday, May 23 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, concluding on the Season Finale, Tuesday, May 24 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.
NEW SERIES – DRAMA:
Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels…Charlie’s Angels.
ABC is gearing up to present its new fall lineup to advertisers this afternoon and we are privileged to be able to provide you with this first look at two of the most highly anticipated drama series coming to the ABC Television Network: ‘Once Upon A Time’ where the worlds of Fantasy and Reality collide and ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ an updated take on one of the most successful cop police dramas in history:
Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce Castle: Richard Castle’s: Deadly Storm, an all-new hardcover graphic novel inspired by the popular “Castle” television series. This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere in September 2011. Fans can get a first look at the upcoming graphic novel when Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) reveals the cover on “Knockout,” the Season Finale of “Castle,” airing Monday, May 16 at 10:01 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
Production has begun in Europe on “Missing,” ABC’s highly anticipated new drama series starring Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy,” “Kiss the Girls”). Exotic locations and thrilling twists will keep viewers riveted in this story of a mother whose son suddenly disappears while studying abroad, and of the surprising events that reveal just how far she’ll go to find him and bring him back home. The series will begin with 10 episodes, and comes from writer Gregory Poirier (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets”) and executive producers Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (“The Gates”).