Ke$ha and Taio Cruz will perform live from Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011,” on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Both will make their debut performances as Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the show live in New York with Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. In 2010 alone, Ke$ha has dominated the charts with five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s. Her debut album Animal has been certified platinum, having sold over 1 million units in the U.S. and 2 million worldwide. Multi-platinum UK singer/songwriter/pop star Taio Cruz’s debut album, Rokstarr, spawned not one but two triple-platinum singles with “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris, and “Dynamite.” “Break Your Heart,” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and made history as the biggest ever jump to No. 1 by a newcomer to the chart.
The elite unit of elves from ABC’s Emmy Award® winning holiday special “Prep & Landing,” extends their adventures online this holiday season with more fun and games than ever before. ABC.com and Disney.com are the designated online command centers for all things Prep & Landing, offering streaming of the full-length special and new 7-minute short after they air on ABC; new Prep & Landing online creativity tools and activities on Disney.com’s Create; exclusive videos, online games and more. Disney Family.com is also offering a variety of Prep & Landing printable crafts, recipes and holiday activities the whole family can make and enjoy together.
She’s Armed…He’s Dangerous. Stick ’em up! Collect two new limited edition prints from ABC’s hit series “Castle.” Titled “The Perfect Murder” and “Shadow of a Doubt,” these images will be custom printed and numbered on high quality photo paper. Only 500 numbered reproductions of each 16×20 print will be available for purchase at $49.99 each, while supplies last. For a limited time, ABC is also offering prints of Richard Castle & Kate Beckett’s hottest moments through the seasons. Purchase your favorite 8×10 prints for $19.99 and 11×14 at $24.99 before they run out. Visit www.officialcastlephotos.com.
Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced a new licensing agreement between the two companies that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and – for the first time – ABC Family over the Internet.
The agreement, brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, will add significantly to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed from Netflix. Once made available to Netflix from Disney-ABC – which, for relevant programming, will be no earlier than 15 days after initial telecast – episodes can be streamed instantly with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 a month.
For the 39th consecutive year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011” will lead America into the New Year. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the special with recently announced Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. The show will begin at 10:00 p.m., ET on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Singer/songwriter Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas returns to host the Los Angeles-based party portions of the specials. The Los Angeles lineup includes performances by Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Far East Movement and Train.
Brick, better known as actor Atticus Shaffer, the youngest child in ABC’s hit comedy “The Middle,” is offering his unique and hilarious, unorthodox advice for the holidays and beyond in free, quirky personalized online video greetings, beginning on Monday, December 6 and available at ABC.com at http://GreetingsFromBrick.com.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscars telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.
“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons — fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
On November 16, the Brown family — Jeanne, Johnnie Mac and their 12-year-old daughter, Katrina — were giving a presentation to area high school students at Seagraves High School in their small hometown of Wellman, Texas (population 300). They were telling the teen-aged audience about the dangerous consequences of driving while talking on a cell phone, texting-while-driving and riding in a car without a seat belt. Sadly this family knows the topic too well, having lost their daughter, Alex, who was texting-while-driving and not wearing her seatbelt. While Amanda Billings, Alex’s best friend since childhood, was speaking about the experience of losing her best friend, she gave a cue to the 600-plus students who then reached below their seats and lifted up cards that read, “Good Morning, Brown Family!” Then the “EM: HE” bus rode onto the football field and the design team jumped out to let this deserving family know that they are the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Dick Button, the man known as the “Voice” of figure skating, Johnny Weir, an Olympian who, at age 26, is the skating world’s most unpredictable star, and Laurieann Gibson, the creative visionary behind Lady GaGa’s choreography, will serve as the judges for ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Skating with the Stars,” from BBC Worldwide Productions. Weir, Button and Gibson will make their debut as judges on the series’ premiere, Monday, November 22 (9:11-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On “Skating with the Stars,” six famous faces — Bethenny Frankel, Brandon Mychal Smith, Jonny Moseley, Rebecca Budig, Sean Young and Vince Neil — will take to the ice with their world class skating partners for the first time in front of a live audience on premiere night, as couples perform high-paced ice dancing moves and dazzling figure skating routines. It’s fast and it’s graceful, with the added danger from traveling across the unforgiving ice on blades of steel. The couple with the lowest ranking following the judges’ scores and votes from the public will be sent home the following week.
According to Mariah Carey tracker, MariahDailyJournal.com, future mom-to-be Mimi is scheduled to record a performance for the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at the Magic Kingdom on Friday, December 3. The Disneyland portion, which has already been taped, featured performances by Selina Gomez and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and hosted by Mr. Carey himself, Nick Cannon, making it truly a bicoastal event. There’s little doubt Mariah will be performing a track from her recently released holiday album Merry Christmas II You. She has also recently taped a holiday television special which is scheduled to air on ABC December 13 and one of her tracks will be featured in the ABC Family original movie Christmas Cupid which airs the prior evening.