On November 12, Carmen and Jim Simpson and their three children were enjoying a special Southern cooked breakfast from celebrity chef Paula Deen at her restaurant, located in Savannah, Georgia’s historic district. Deen was honoring the Simpsons, along with other families, for their volunteer and charity work when the family learned that they would be the latest recipients of a home makeover as design team leader Ty Pennington and “EM: HE” designers emerged from the kitchen with the exciting news.
Vernon Kay, host of ABC’s upcoming “Million Dollar Mind Game” and one of the most popular television presenters in the United Kingdom, and Olympian Tanith Belbin, the most decorated U.S. Ice Dancer in history, will serve as host and color commentator, respectively, of ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Skating with the Stars,” from BBC Worldwide Productions. The series premieres Monday, November 22 (9:11-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In addition, the following pro skaters will be paired with “Skating with the Stars'” amazing roster of celebrities: Bethenny Frankel & Ethan Burgess, Brandon Mychal Smith & Keauna McLaughlin, Jonny Moseley & Brooke Castile, Rebecca Budig & Fred Palascak, Sean Young & Denis Petukhov and Vince Neil & Jennifer Wester.
All six pairs will take to the ice with their professional partners for the first time in front of a live audience, with the pairs performing high-paced ice dancing moves and dazzling figure skating routines. The pairs will need to be perfectly in sync as they speed across the unforgiving ice. The pair with the lowest ranking following the judges’ scores and votes from the public will be sent home the following week.
How is PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” chosen? “25 Years of Sexy: PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive!,” a one-hour special hosted by Kim Kardashian, airs Wednesday, November 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network and celebrates the 25th anniversary of this successful franchise. The special goes behind the scenes of the “2010 Sexiest Man Alive” edition to reveal for the first time ever PEOPLE magazine’s selection process, and features highlights from the iconic issue since its debut in1985.
Fans of ABC’s extraordinary series “No Ordinary Family” can participate in a live Twitter chat with Kay Panabaker (Daphne Powell) and guest star Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale from the “Twilight” movie series) during the live broadcast of the show on Tuesday November 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Fans can submit questions and receive real-time responses that will appear on ABC.com at http://abc.go.com/shows/no-ordinary-family/live-chat during the East Coast broadcast from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET (5:00-6:00 p.m., PT). Fans can log into ABC.com to participate or follow Kay – who will be tweeting live from set – and Jackson on Twitter at @kaypandabaker and @NOF_JacksonR.
The curtain will rise one last time in New York City on March 13, 2011 in celebration of seven glorious years of the musical celebration benefit “ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” The event, which to date has raised over $1.6 million, will feature stars from ABC’s “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The View” who’ll join together in song and dance on Broadway for this final New York City-based gala concert in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
ABC has announced “Expedition Impossible,” the next evolution in high adventure and human drama. The series will feature teams of ordinary people doing the extraordinary as they compete in the biggest adventure of their lives.
In “Expedition Impossible,” teams of three will solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed. Will teams crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they work together to get through and complete their adventures? After ten stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.
An amazing cast of stars — including a Grammy®-nominated rock star, a bona fide “Housewife,” a daytime diva, an Olympic champion skier, a super-suave actor and an actress who has graced some of the most unforgettable films – will compete each week on a spectacular ice rink in the sensational two-hour series premiere of “Skating with the Stars,” Monday, November 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
From executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and executive producer/creator Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”) comes an uplifting medical drama that explores how far one has to go in order to truly heal. Six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place, on “Off the Map,” premiering Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
From the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, ABC Television Network presents international superstar Mariah Carey in the music special, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You,” Monday, December 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The special will feature Mariah performing songs from her new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, available Tuesday, November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group.
Viewers are in for a special treat as Carey sings unforgettable renditions of yuletide classics and original tunes, including her new holiday hit, “Oh, Santa!” In the spirit of giving, the program will also feature Carey surprising some very special fans and helping to make their wishes come true.
The six remaining couples celebrate the show’s 200th episode with the challenge of performing an iconic dance from the “Dancing with the Stars” history vault and competing in a team dance, on “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, November 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Six former “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities return as guest judges as they watch one of their iconic performances recreated on the dance floor. Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Mel B, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini and Emmitt Smith revisit the ballroom to act as a special ‘fourth judge’ in the iconic dance competition. The second element of the show will be a team competition. For the first time in the team competition, fan favorites and former Mirror Ball champions Apolo Anton Ono and Kristi Yamaguchi return as team captains.