‘Shark Tank’ Returns Early to ABC with Sneak Preview Episode, March 20

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ABC will air a special sneak preview episode of Season Two of its hit reality series, “Shark Tank,” Sunday, March 20 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. During its first season, the investors known as Sharks offered over $10 million of their own money in investment deals to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs. Season Two of “Shark Tank” will feature two guest Sharks: high tech billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and successful comedian and self-made businessman Jeff Foxworthy. They jump into the Tank with the other Sharks to appear separately in the show’s nine episodes. “Shark Tank” will air in its regular time slot beginning Friday, March 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

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Ashley Hebert Named ‘The Bachelorette’ for Season Seven

Ashley Hebert couldn’t admit she was in love with Brad Womack – and it might have cost her the final rose – but that’s all in the past. The energetic and vivacious Hebert, who is ready to start a new life with a soul mate she might soon meet, will get a second opportunity to find love when she stars in the seventh edition of “The Bachelorette,” which will premiere Monday, May 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new Bachelorette was revealed last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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ABC Announces ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ on May 30, ‘The Bachelorette’ on May 23

In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss – unlike anything seen on television – “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will document the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the eight one-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will premiere Monday, May 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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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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