‘General Hospital’s’ Damian Spinelli to be Featured in Novel from Disney Hyperion

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.

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ABC to Air Rascal Flatts Musical Concert Special on March 12

The ABC Television Network presents “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JCPenney.” One of the best touring acts in country music with over 6 million concert tickets sold, Rascal Flatts will film a live music special from the Xcel Energy Center this Friday, January 21st in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show is being filmed during a regularly scheduled date on their “Nothing Like This” tour, which launched this past weekend. “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented By JCPenney” airs Saturday, March 12 from  8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

George Flanigen will direct the special and Robert Deaton will executive-produce.

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Mystery, Fantasy, Fear and Jealousy Rule Next Episode of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ (Spoilers)

The drama continues to escalate as 14 fortunate bachelorettes try to stake their claim to Brad’s heart. But the week gets off to a mysterious start when one baffled bachelorette wakes up with a black eye – and has no clue about how she got it. Did she fall while sleep walking or is it just a disturbing ploy to get Brad’s attention? The Bachelor has an underwater fantasy in mind when he takes Chantal on a one-on-one date to beautiful Catalina Island, but the thought of submerging to the ocean floor has the nervous bachelorette wondering if she left her sense of adventure on shore. A group of the ladies have one of the most revealing dates of the season as they join Brad as guests on an emotional radio show where secrets are uncovered about the women’s love lives. And the bruised Michelle finds out she must take a courageous leap of faith with Brad or risk falling from his favor. Finally, Emily becomes the target of fiery jealousy among the women when Brad offers her a special picnic right before the rose ceremony, on “The Bachelor,” Monday, January 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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Diane Sawyer to Interview Shooting Victim Gabrielle Gifford’s Husband on 20/20 Special Edition

In his first interview since the tragic shootings at the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, Capt. Mark Kelly sits down one-on-one with Diane Sawyer to offer an intimate portrait of a modern American love story, and to talk about a great national tragedy and finding the strength to heal. Their emotional conversation took place one week after the tragic shooting.

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Regis Philbin Announces Retirement from ABC’s ‘LIVE!;’ Replacement TBA

Regis Philbin announced today that he will be retiring from the very successful, long-running talk show “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.”  Philbin made the announcement live on-air this morning during the Host Chat portion of the show.

As Philbin stated to the viewers this morning, “This will be my last year on this show. It’s been a long time, it’s been 28 years since I’ve been here… There is a time that everything must come to an end…”  Referring to his remaining time on the show he added, “We’ll have a lot of fun between now and then.”

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Enlists U.S. Marines Corps to Help Family of Deployed Serviceman

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is teaming with the Marines for the ultimate call to action in Beaufort, South Carolina to honor Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson’s family with a new home. Deployed to Afghanistan on November 5th, the soldier’s loving wife and five children are fighting a losing battle to save their home. The scenario is one far too common for many military families across the nation. In his absence, their home continues to depreciate due to spreading mold and flood damage. Despite the deplorable conditions, the family maintain and model their lives in the same way their father honors our country. His wife, India, volunteers on behalf of a military support group, and his oldest children, Grant (16) and Brianna (14), both plan to enlist in the Navy after they graduate from high school to serve and protect the nation. Volunteers and local military will be on hand to lend their efforts and some good old fashioned elbow grease to the Dickinson family.

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Sneak Peek: Emily Shares Her Story on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’

ABC has just released the following sneak peek at next week’s episode of ‘The Bachelor’ in which contestant Emily Maynard wrestles with the notion of revealing her heart-wrenching story to Bachelor Brad Womack. In the clip below, Emily shares her story with some of the women she’s competing against and shares her fears regarding letting Brad in on her tragic tale.

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Renewals for Popular Series

A solid mix of promising new series and proven returning hits helped the network achieve a strong start to the 2010-11 TV season. Season to date among Adults 18-49, ABC delivers 4 of the Top 10 highest-rated TV shows, the most for any network, including the Top 2 scripted programs. In fact among young adults, the network claims TV’s No. 1 comedy (“Modern Family”), the No. 1 drama (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and the No. 1 unscripted series (“Dancing with the Stars”). In Total Viewers, the network airs 2 of the Top 4 programs, including America’s No. 1 most-watched TV show overall with “Dancing with the Stars.” Led by Emmy-winning “Modern Family,” ABC’s 2-hour Wednesday night comedy block continues to resonate with viewers in its second year, surging by 15% in Total Viewers and by 14% in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic from the same point last season.

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Details for Final ‘ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Event Announced

“All My Children” stars Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes will co-host the Grand Finale Celebration of “ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares” in New York City on March 13, 2011. Mr. Willey and Ms. Eakes have been part of the benefit since the very first production in celebration of “All My Children’s” 35th anniversary show. Cameron Mathison had previously been announced as host but is now unable to travel to New York due to a scheduling conflict.

Following last year’s rousing musical performance of her rendition of the Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary,” Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View,” returns to the Broadway stage at the 7th annual event. Her headlining number will no doubt bring the audience to their feet once again.

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ABC.com Launches ‘Cougar Town’ Webisode Series, ‘Andy’s Dreams’

“Cougar Town” fans can now enjoy even more of the hit comedy series online with an all-new companion webisode series featuring Andy Torres (Ian Gomez) and his wacky dreams in a short-form web series entitled “Andy’s Dreams.”

Sponsored by Diet Dr. Pepper, the webisode series is centered on Andy’s dreams about himself and his friends. Every day he takes a ritual siesta, where he can let his mind wander into an escapist and over-the-top fantasy world, and each webisode explores a different dream. New webisodes will premiere on ABC.com each Wednesday evening for the next six weeks.

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