Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family Offer High-Definition TV Per-Episode Rentals via iTunes (Details)

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iTunes 10As expected, Apple today announced that television programs in HD format will now be available for rent through iTunes 10, which is now available for download. Apple promises thousands of episodes, many of which will be available the day after broadcast. The Disney/ABC Television Group is well represented in the initial offering, with shows from ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel joining shows from Fox and BBC America.

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Pairings for Season 11 Announced

The celebrity and professional pairings for the fall 2010 season of Dancing With The Stars was announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America and are as follows:

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
  • Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
  • Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
  • Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
  • David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
  • Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower

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ABC’s NoOrdinaryContest.com to Award One Extraordinary Family Walt Disney World Vacation

The contest we first told you about when we gave you the key to watching the series premiere of “No Ordinary Family” is now live!

Even the most ordinary of families are extraordinary in their own special way. Now ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” is looking for the most extraordinary family to tell America what makes theirs stand out from the rest. Submit a video to ABC at www.NoOrdinaryContest.com telling us what makes your family extraordinary and we might send you on No Ordinary VIP vacation for five days and four nights to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.

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Video: ABC Announces ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrities for Season 11

Earlier tonight during an episode of Bachelor Pad, ABC announced the list of celebrities in the upcoming fall 2010 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:

  • Brandy
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Margaret Cho
  • Audrina Patridge
  • Florence Henderson
  • Bristol Palin
  • Michael Bolton
  • Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Kurt Warner
  • Kyle Massey
  • Rick Fox

The press conference will be available for online viewing beginning tomorrow at abc.com

The next season of Dancing With The Stars begins September 20, 2010 on ABC with all 12 couples dancing live performing either the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home on Tuesday, September 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are slated to perform.

Other key dates this season include:

  • “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” regular time premiere, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” 200th Episode Celebration, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 and TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (Time is TBD)
  • “Dancing with the Stars,” final performance show, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (Time is TBD)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” season finale, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (Time is TBD)

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Disney/ABC Television Group Takes Home 19 Emmys, Including Six for ‘Modern Family’

ABC Network’s critically acclaimed freshman hit comedy series, “Modern Family,” swept more categories than any other series with three wins, including the top comedy series prize, at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, presented last night. In addition to winning for Outstanding Comedy Series, “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet captured his first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and executive producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd took the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series prize for the pilot episode.

“Modern Family” won a total of six Emmys, with the other three awards for Casting, Sound Mixing and Picture Editing announced at the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 21.

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Photos/Video: Miss America 2011 Contestants Visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Miss Florida 2010 Jaclyn Raulerson, of Plant City, Fla., meets Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom.

All 53 contestants for the title of Miss America 2011 visited Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, August 27, 2010. Representing fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the ladies continued the Miss America tradition of walking together down Main Street USA toward Cinderella Castle. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Belle met the 53 contestants for photos before the women broke up into smaller groups to see the rest of the park. Through the day, guests may have spotted contestants on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and other attractions. The 53 Miss American 2011 contestants also recorded interviews that are scheduled to appear in the 2011 Miss America Pageant broadcast. Returning to ABC for the 90th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant, the competition will broadcast live from Las Vegas on Saturday, January 15 at 8 P.M. ET. As the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The 53 Miss America 2011 contestants are in the Orlando area to attend the annual Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition.

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Barbara Walters Returns to 20/20 with Special Report on Progeria: ‘When 7 Looks Like 70′

What happens to a family when a child’s birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It’s extremely rare – occurring in only one in four to eight million births – and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13.

Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal.

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ABC’s ‘The View’ Celebrates 3000th Show with Special Commemorative Cupcake from Crumbs

On August 11, 1997, television viewers were introduced to a new and diverse menu of talk, entertainment and lifestyle programming each weekday, as ABC Daytime launched “The View.” The show, originally billed as “ABC Daytime’s lively and informative new talk show,” has flourished into one of the most popular and most talked-about programs, and celebrates its “3000th Show,” live, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).

CRUMBS Bake Shop has created the official “3000th Show” signature size cupcake that will be sold at all CRUMBS locations, as well as online (www.crumbs.com), beginning September 23 to coincide with its on-air debut during the “3000th Show.”

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Final Two ‘LOST’ Cast Photos Now Available for Purchase

'The Sanctuary' LOST Cast Photo“Soul Survivors” and “The Sanctuary,” the final two collector photographs from ABC’s hit series “Lost,” are available for purchase beginning today while supplies last. Featuring the cast from the final season, only 815 numbered reproductions of each image will be custom printed on high quality photo paper. Pricing for the 10×37 “Soul Survivors” print is $69.99; “The Sanctuary” cast photo will only be available as an 8×10 print for $19.99. A certificate of authenticity will be included for each print.

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Watch ABC’s ‘No Ordinary Family’ Series Premiere Online Today

This fall, there’s only one place where you’ll find a room full of scientists so darn good looking, you’ll half expect Tyra Banks to burst in and talk about the home cold fusion kit she’s created, not to mention Michael ‘The Thing’/’The Commish’/’The Guy’ on ‘The Shield’ Chiklis half-naked, and that’s on ABC’s new family melodrama, ‘No Ordinary Family.’

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