ABC to Air 2010 ‘Scripps National Spelling Bee’ Finals in Primetime on June 4

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Will it be the most dramatic spelling bee competition ever? Find out when Chris Harrison (host of “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor”) hosts live television coverage of the final championship rounds of “The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee,” FRIDAY, JUNE 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live from Washington, DC, as 273 spellers from around the world compete. Semifinal rounds air live earlier in the day on ESPN, which has televised the Bee since 1994. ESPN’s live telecast (simulcast on ESPN3.com) is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET. ESPN3.com will provide coverage of Round Three of the preliminaries from 1:15 – 5:15 p.m., ET on Thursday, June 3.

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‘Rookie Blue’ to Premiere on ABC June 24

Five young, ambitious cops, fresh out of the Academy, are plunged into the world of big city policing on their very first day on the job, a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences, coupled with some serious emotional fall-out. Andy McNally is the soul of this close-knit group. She and her uniformed family of boyfriends, best friends, mentors and competitors will undergo extreme trials and tribulations, share their triumphs, cherish their camaraderie and revel in their competition. These rookies are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for life on the street, in the premiere of “Rookie Blue,” THURSDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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U.S. Department of Education Gives ‘Conjunction Junction’ a Whole New Function

vABC News reported late last week that after a negotiation period lasting several months, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to let the Department of Education use ‘Conjunction Junction’ from the ABC Schoolhouse Rock! series as part of its music-on-hold offerings for one year at a hefty price tag of free.

So the next time you’re feeling nostalgic, give the Department of Education a ring and ask to be put on hold. Or just go to YouTube.

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JoBros and Demi Lovato of ‘Camp Rock 2′ Kick Off GMA’s 2010 Summer Concert Series

“Good Morning America” today announced its sizzling 2010 Summer Concert Series lineup with the hottest chart-topping acts in the country, including mega-watt stars Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys; pop sensations the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus; country superstars Sugarland and Lady Antebellum; and the best nostalgia as The GO-GO’s perform for the final time on television. The 2010 Summer Concert Series returns for the second straight year to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Walgreen’s (first seven concerts) and John Frieda(r) Frizz-Ease(r) Hair Care (final eight concerts).

“GMA’s Summer Concert Series” kicks off on May 21 with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato performing songs from the highly anticipated “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”

Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00am when the park opens to the public. For more information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park, click on the “GMA” web site at www.abcnews.com.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer. Concerts scheduled-to-date include the following:

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ABC News’ Provocative ‘What Would You Do?’ Series Returns May 7

ABC News’ highly-rated newsmagazine series, “What Would You Do?,” is back!  Using hidden cameras and actors to see how people react when placed in provocative situations, “What Would You Do?” takes real-life situations, some of them straight from the headlines, and records the everyday dilemmas that test character and values. Are people compelled to act or mind their own business? ABC News correspondent John Quiñones reports on peoples’ split-second – and often surprising – decision-making process in this “Primetime” series launching three new episodes beginning FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The series will also air three additional episodes: June 29th; July 6th and 13th.

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ABC Gives Lane Bryant Lingerie Ad a Big Beautiful Woe, Man

According to Lane Bryant, the retailer catering to plus-sized women, ABC initially rejected a television advertisement featuring a new line of intimate apparel that it had hoped to air during an episode of Dancing with the Stars. Lane Bryant claimed that the ad for its Cacique line was no more provocative than other commercials from retailers such as Victoria’s Secret and bra manufacturer Playtex that are routinely aired on network television during the same or similar time periods. Although Playtex does run ads for fuller-figure women (although not quite as daring), Lane Bryant called foul on the basis of size discrimination.

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‘LOST Live: The Final Celebration’ Event to be Hosted at UCLA May 13; Tickets Available April 23

“LOST LIVE: The Final Celebration” will feature appearances by “Lost” cast members — including Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson and Jorge Garcia — and be performed by Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino, who will conduct a live orchestral performance featuring the iconic music of “Lost” at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 13, to celebrate the upcoming series finale.  In addition, a special preview of the penultimate episode will be screened immediately after the concert.

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‘The View’ Scores Interview with International Sports Star David Beckham

David Beckham is synonymous with international soccer. He leaves women panting and crowds chanting. Now, for the first time, he is a featured guest on ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show “The View,” live, Monday, April 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). The announcement was made today by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers.

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ABC Offers Opportunity to Watch Premiere of ‘Happy Town’ Online

From now through April 25, viewers have the opportunity to watch the entire first episode of Happy Town before it makes its national network debut on April 28.

The residents of the sun-splashed town of Haplin, Minnesota — also known as “Happy Town” — have enjoyed an uneasy peace for the past five years — but that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, Haplin now faces a disturbing new crime that brings all of its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive “Magic Man” – who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions — returned to claim yet another innocent victim? As Haplin’s mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens’ motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time.

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National PTA and Jamie Oliver Create Toolkit Based on Chef’s ‘Food Revolution’ Series

Nearly one-third of American children are either overweight or obese, according to recent reports. That’s why National PTA® and Jamie Oliver, renowned chef and TV personality, created a toolkit for parents and families that features easy-to-use information on nutrition and physical activity.

“National PTA is working to mobilize parents and families to end the nation’s growing childhood obesity epidemic. By giving them the resources they need, like this toolkit, we are empowering families to eat healthy foods and to be active together,” said Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, National PTA President. “Now more than ever, it is important to act and provide solutions and tools for families to address this important issue.”

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