Carol Burnett to Return to ABC’s ‘All My Children’

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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.”

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Report: ‘Expedition Impossible’ Challenges New York City

'Expedition Impossible' Challenge event in Times Square, New York City on June 23, 2011

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.

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On Next ‘Bachelorette,’ Bentley Returns (Dot Dot Dot) (Minor Spoilers)

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).

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‘Expedition Impossible’ Takes on Times Square in Promotional Event on June 23

What better way to introduce ABC’s exciting new summer adventure series, “Expedition Impossible,” than by descending on Times Square Military Island area? To kick off the reality show’s premiere, ABC will erect a sand dune in the iconic New York location and construct multiple physical challenges on Thursday, June 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. “Expedition Impossible” premieres Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.

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Watch ABC’s ‘Expedition Impossible’ First 15 Minutes Online

Expedition ImpossibleOn Thursday, June 23, at 9 pm, ABC will premiere one of the most highly anticipated reality competitions this summer — ‘Expedition Impossible.’ Created and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, producer of ‘Survivor,’ ‘Expedition Impossible’ pits 13 teams of three against each other in a race across the Kingdom of Morocco. Through the ten episodes, teams will journey across the desert, climb snow-capped mountains and paddle raging rivers all for a chance to win $150,000 in cash plus a brand new Ford Explorer for each member of the winning team.

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ABC Renews ‘Wipeout;’ Vanessa Minnillo Replaces Jill Wagner

ABC’s announces television personality Vanessa Minnillo as the new co-host of the popular hit reality series, “Wipeout,” beginning next season. The fifth season pickup includes Winter and Summer edition “Wipeout” episodes for 2011-2012. Next season will also feature new camera technology, bringing viewers even closer to the action to witness the best wipeouts to date. Minnillo will first appear during Winter “Wipeout.” Twenty-four energetic contestants of all shapes and sizes will compete on the world’s largest extreme obstacle course, highlighting contestants bouncing off the iconic Big Balls and falling head over heels throughout the qualifier until the final three make it to the ever challenging Wipeout Zone, providing laughs for the entire family. Wipeout is currently hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter,”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner.

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ABC News Receives Edward R. Murrow Award for Toyota Investigation

ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative Team have been awarded the 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Continuing Coverage for their exclusive investigation that revealed how Toyota had for years ignored complaints from hundreds of its owners about cars suddenly accelerating out of control. The reports aired first on “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

The ground-breaking ABC News reports exposed the automaker’s slow reaction over the years to serious safety problems and helped prompt the company to acknowledge defects, shut down sales and manufacturing, recall almost nine million cars and apologize to its customers.

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Sneak Peek: ESPN Explores Science Behind ‘Wipeout”s Big Balls

Later this week, ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus will gear up and attempt to tackle the course of ABC’s ‘Wipeout.’ Along the way, he’ll use equipment such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and sensors attached to his body as he takes on the daunting task of measuring rotational velocities, g’s of acceleration and more of the course’s most famous obstacle, the Big Balls.

The segment will premiere on ESPN2’s SportsNation on Thursday, June 16 at 4pm ET

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‘Bachelor Pad’ Season Two Cast Announced; Jake and Vienna Reunited; Premieres August 8

Hosted by Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”), “Bachelor Pad” returns Monday, August 8 at 8:00 pm ET/PT with its most controversial cast to date, as 18 unforgettable characters from the “Bachelor” franchise – those we love and those we love to hate — gather back at the mansion to live together and compete for $250,000 and possibly a second chance at love.

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On Next ‘Bachelorette,’ Bentley Haunts Ashley, Confessions and One Bachelor Hospitalized (Minor Spoilers)

The specter of Bentley still looms over Ashley’s chances for a happy ending as she and the final 11 men travel to the ancient city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Still a little shell shocked, Ashley is optimistic that she can prove to her suitors that she has moved on and gotten over her disastrous disappointment attached to Bentley’s departure. However, Ben F. has problems opening up to Ashley on their magical, romantic one-on-one date. The dreaded two-on-one date pits Ben C. and William on a scenic raft sailing down a majestic river, and Ashley has a jaw-dropping way to settle the whole decision about who goes home. But will it lead to more heartbreak? And eight brave bachelors get the workout of their lives as they train in Muay Thai boxing and fight each other in front of hundreds of people. The competition takes a frightening turn as one of the men ends up in the hospital. Meanwhile, Ashley realizes she is having trouble bonding with the bachelors, but there are roses to be given out, and the guys sense it is make-or-break time, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, June 20 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.

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