Shaquille O’Neal Seeks to Conquer New Territories in Second Season of ‘Shaq VS’

ABC and Media Rights Capital today announced the challengers who will take on Shaquille O’Neal in the second season of “Shaq VS,” a reality competition series starring the NBA superstar. This season O’Neal will not only use his athletic prowess to challenge high-profile athletes, but also his energy and charisma to compete beyond the athletic arena in non-sports challenges. Season Two of “Shaq VS” will debut TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC Announces Early Renewal of ‘Rookie Blue’

ABC and Canwest jointly announced today the renewal of this summer’s No. 1 new scripted series, “Rookie Blue.” The drama was renewed for a second season just three weeks following its highly rated premiere on ABC.

“Rookie Blue” stands as the most-watched television show in summer’s Thursday’s 9:00 p.m. hour. Sparked by this positive viewer response to the series, the second season is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto later this summer.

“We’re very pleased that the show has connected with viewers, especially considering the challenge of finding an audience in the summer, and are excited to pick it up for a second season,” said Quinn Taylor, senior vice president, Movies, Miniseries and Acquisitions, ABC Entertainment Group.

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Disney/ABC Television Group Garners 69 Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 69 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.

The ABC Television Network received 63 nominations, including a first-time, first season Comedy Series nomination for “Modern Family,” which gathered a total of 14 nominations, including recognitions for Art Direction, Casting, Directing, Picture Editing, Guest Actor, Sound Mixing and Writing.

“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara all garnered nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series category.

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Marvel Television to Produce Live-Action Dramas for ABC, ABC Family

Jeph Loeb, who was recently appointed head of Marvel’s new Television department provides this Marvel.com exclusive clip in which he talks about current and new projects that fall under his watch such as Disney XD’s The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man and Cartoon Network’s Marvel Super Hero Squad, but he also hints at new hour-long dramas that are being planned for ABC and ABC Family, television networks also under the banner of The Walt Disney Company.

In the video, which you can watch above, Loeb vaguely talks about the future plans for the new dramas, but does say that more news will be released at the upcoming San Diego Comic-con in San Diego, California.

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J. David Davis Named President and General Manager of WABC-TV New York

J. David (Dave) Davis, executive vice president, ABC News, has been named president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, the ABC Television Stations Group’s flagship station in the nation’s largest television market, it was announced today by Rebecca S. Campbell, president of the ABC Television Stations Group. The appointment of Mr. Davis, an executive with 30 years experience in the station business, is effective immediately, and marks a return to the number one station that he successfully managed from 2003-07.

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D23 Members Receive Online Discount to ABC TV Store thru August

D23 has announced that D23 Members are now entitled to a 15% discount on all online purchases made at the ABC TV Store today through August 31.

To obtain the discount, members should use promotional code D23ABC to obtain the discount.

Source: D23

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ESPN Films’ FIFA World Cup Doc, ‘I Scored a Goal,’ to Premiere July 3 on ABC

Anchor Brian Kenny with legendary soccer player Pelé on ESPN's SportsCenter, May 25, 2010 © ESPNThe ESPN Films documentary I Scored a Goal will premiere Saturday, July 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ABC during the ESPN Sports Saturday programming block. The one-hour program represents one of ESPN’s most ambitious initiatives surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The documentary features interviews with most of the 34 living men who have scored a goal in the title match of the FIFA World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1930. Among those interviewed are Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia (1950), Brazil’s Pele (1958 and 1970) and Ronaldo (2002), Germany’s Gerd Müller (1974) and Rudi Völler (1986), Holland’s Dick Nanninga (1978),  and Argentina’s Mario Kempes (1978, now an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International), all of whom represent countries still competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Surprises Family at Packed Yankee Stadium

On Sunday, the Lutz family of East Setauket, New York thought they had simply been invited to attend an afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the New York Mets. Instead they were surprised to find out they would be the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” re-build via the Jumbotron screen at Yankee Stadium. In place of design team leader Ty Pennington’s traditional morning wake up call to the deserving family, he stormed the field and announced the good news just before the game.

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All-Star Cast of Former ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ Contestants on ‘Bachelor Pad’ Announced

Fan-favorites, arch-rivals, villains and the sexiest participants from the hugely successful “Bachelor” franchise reunite under one roof in a competitive reality series to compete for $250,000 and perhaps a “second chance” at love, on ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” premiering MONDAY, AUGUST 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The series begins with 19 of the most unforgettable characters from seasons past living together in the “Bachelor Pad” mansion. Each week they’ll square off in head-to-head challenges to compete for immunity and the opportunity to go on a date with contestants of their choice. The winner of the challenge will then grant immunity to one of his or her dates via the presentation of a rose. At the end of each episode, the contestants will vote amongst themselves to determine which cast members will be eliminated from the competition.

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Maura Tierney Joins Cast of ABC’s New Court Drama ‘The Whole Truth’

Emmy® Award nominee Maura Tierney (“ER”) has joined “The Whole Truth” as a series regular. The new drama series from Jerry Bruckheimer Television will air Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET this fall on ABC. With a unique alternative narrative structure that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and prosecution, “The Whole Truth” shows each side equally and keeps its audience guessing, shifting allegiances of guilt or innocence until the very final scene.

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