ABC’s ‘The Hot Zone’ Starts Production on New Stages Built in Toronto

Production on Global Television’s gritty new medical drama, “The Hot Zone” (working title; formerly known as “Combat Hospital”), has begun. Commissioned by Global’s original content team and recently picked up by the ABC Television Network, the 13 one-hour episodes will be shot in Toronto until July 2011. Broadcast details will be revealed at a later date, but it will air this summer on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC News Announces Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Extended Coverage Plans

ABC News will provide viewers comprehensive coverage of the earthquake in Japan, the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history, and the aftermath of the tsunami that wiped out entire communities in Japan and reached the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

“This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, “World News” weekend anchor David Muir and ABC’s Clarissa Ward are en route to Japan to report on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir is currently reporting from Santa Monica, California, and Akiko Fujita, ABC News’ Tokyo-based digital journalist, has been reporting from Japan.

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ABC’s 20/20 Reports on Pop Culture Success of Reality TV Stars

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? The report airs on “20/20,” Friday, March 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:

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Jamie Oliver Takes ‘Food Revolution’ to Los Angeles, April 12 on ABC

Jamie Oliver, impassioned British chef, TV personality and best-selling author, will bring his Revolution to the nation’s second largest city — Los Angeles, California — and take on his biggest challenge yet when “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” returns for a second season to ABC, Tuesday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). In this inspiring series from Fresh One and Ryan Seacrest Productions, Jamie attacks the problems of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in this country — where our children are the first generation not expected to live as long as their parents — and invites viewers to take a stand and change the way America feeds itself at home, in schools and on Main Street. The series’ first season was just named as a recipient of the forthcoming Television Academy Honors, exemplifying “television with a conscience.”

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Photo: ‘Bambi’ Stars Meet for First Time on ABC’s ‘The View’

DONNIE DUNAGAN, PETER BEHN (ABC/Donna Svennevik)Among the guests on the March 4th edition of the ABC morning talkshow, ‘The View,’ were Bambi voice actors Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn who, as children, provided the voices of Bambi and Thumper respectively.

As opposed to live action films where actors do physically perform together for the most part, in animation, roles are usually performed and recorded separately. This allows for individual lines to be recorded over and over for optimal delivery choices, but inherently doesn’t allow the actors to play off of each other.

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Dave Salmoni Named Host of ABC’s ‘Expedition Impossible’

Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk taker Dave Salmoni has been named host of ABC’s epic summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” which features ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives.

Featuring high adventure and human drama, “Expedition Impossible” will feature 13 teams of 3, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.

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On ABC’s ‘The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,’ Former Bachelorettes Face Brad… And Eachother (Spoilers)

It’s an explosive reunion viewers won’t want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season – including Alli, Ashley H., Ashley S., Britt, Jackie, Madison, Melissa, Michelle and Raichel — return to confront each other and Brad one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story. Michelle, the season’s most controversial bachelorette, comes under fire from the other women. Will she fight back and be her fiery self, or will viewers see another, softer side of her? Will sparks fly when Melissa and Raichel face off again after their volatile argument that likely cost both a chance to be with Brad? A devastated Ashley H. admits she still has regrets about her last date with Brad, but what has she learned from her experience? And will Ashley S. find the closure she never got from the Bachelor after her disastrous two-on-one date?

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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Pairings Announced

The season 12 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In alphabetical order, with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their dancing debut are:

  • KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his tenth season.
  • “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, radio personality, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her fourth season.

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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 12 Celebrity Line-up Announced

Earlier tonight during an episode of The Bachelor: Second Chance at Love, ABC announced the list of celebrities in the upcoming spring 2011 season of Dancing With The Stars for the first time in press conference format. Announced by DWTS co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, the list of celebrities scheduled to appear is as follows:

  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Chelsea Kane
  • Romeo
  • Ralph Macchio
  • Petra Nemcova
  • Chris Jericho
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Wendy Williams
  • Mike Catherwood
  • Hines Ward
  • Kendra Wilkinson

Below are key dates for Season 12 (dates and times subject to change):

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Photo: DWTS’ Tony Dovolani Goes Dancing with the Princesses

Tony Dovolani with Belle (Matt Stroshane/Disney) Tony Dovolani, one of the professional dancers starring on the ABC-TV series “Dancing with the Stars,” joins Belle, the princess from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Feb. 23, 2011 for a dance at the France pavilion in the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Albanian-born dancer will be back on the reality show when it makes its season premiere March 21, 2011 on ABC-TV. Epcot is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Walt Disney World

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