On 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“You Fuse, You Lose” – “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” kicks off its wild series premiere Tuesday, June 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on the ABC television network. The stakes are high as players match wits in a series of multiple choice questions, with one person being eliminated every round. The eight contestants must avoid giving a wrong answer that could get them eliminated from the show by either being strapped down to the wing of a soaring bi-plane, dropped off the side of a speeding 18-wheeler, flipped upside down in an exploding car, or launched sky-high by a crate of dynamite. Only the final four contestants who survive will have a showdown — atop a ten-story drop from The Tower — for a chance at taking home the $50,000 prize.
So you’ve discovered your pet is a secret agent.
When Phineas and Ferb accidentally help the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz complete his latest creation that will finally take control of the Tri-State Area, they get zapped into a new dimension, where they meet their alternate selves! In this new dimension, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is the leader of the Tri-State Area, and even worse—summer vacation doesn’t exist! Will Phineas and Ferb figure out a way to get back to Danville, or will they be stuck in this alternate dimension forever?
Ashley hopes that southern Thailand will be the perfect place to start over and move forward in her search for a happy ending, as she begins her round-the-world journey with the 12 remaining men. How will she be affected long term by Bentley’s deceitfulness and game playing? One of the best ways to help mend a broken heart is to get involved in helping others, so Ashley takes 10 of the bachelors to assist in the renovation of Baan San Fan orphanage, which houses children who lost parents in the devastating 2004 tsunami. The Bachelorette also explores some astonishing sea caves off the coast of Thailand with Ames, as she attempts to delve into their relationship. And will a cancelled first date with Constantine lead to something more romantic and exciting? Everything has changed for Ashley. Still shaken from the raw emotions she felt about Bentley, she needs to make sure these guys are all here for her. Finally, two men face off as nerves are fraying before the dramatic rose ceremony, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, June 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.
The phenomenon of reality television… We are amazed by its allure and longevity. As viewers, we cringe with embarrassment as people stumble through their lives in public… but we don’t look away. Why do so many tune in? And why do some reality shows thrive on their stars’ sometimes toxic behavior? “Reality Rule$: 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: