Kelly Ripa Returns to ‘All My Children’ January 4 and 5 for 40th Anniversary Special

ABC’s Emmy Award winning daytime drama, “All My Children” will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on January 5, 2010. In celebration of this milestone, the show will welcome the return of Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Eva La Rue in two special episodes airing on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 and TUESDAY, JANUARY 5.

“It is always great to come home,” says Kelly Ripa.

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Enter to Win a Sneak Peek at New Season of LOST’s Final Season

From now through January 17, you can enter to win the opportunity to see the first five minutes of the new season of LOST days before the final season’s premiere on February 2.

By answering a series of six trivia questions related to the show (you can answer until you get them all right), 815 winners will be selected at random and be mailed a message in a bottle along with a USB drive instructing them on how to view the footage of the new season.

For the official rules and to enter, visit LOSTTHEFINALSEASONSWEEPSTAKES.COM

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Update: WABC-TV Prepares for Cable Provider Standoff with StopCablevision.com

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Today, The Walt Disney Company registered a series of domain names revolving around one of its flagship television stations, WABC-TV in New York City. The domain names which include ILoveABC7.com, IWantMyABC7.com, SaveABC7.com and SaveABC7Now.com were also joined by StopCablevision.com

Unusual for Disney, the sites were already active, although it appears as though the content on the site — while not harmful in any way — was probably not meant for public consumption.

Under the title ABC/WABC Retransmission Consent, the page provides guidelines for how the company plans to address an upcoming negotiation with cable provider Cablevision beginning in January with a current contractual deadline of an unspecified date in March.

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Special Edition of 20/20 Looks at the Inspiration Behind ‘The Blind Side’

ABC News goes behind the motion picture “The Blind Side,” following the real life story of Michael Oher’s journey from the projects in Memphis, Tennessee, to realizing his dream of playing professional football. Today he is a rookie tackle with the Baltimore Ravens. Anchored by Deborah Roberts, the special includes Oher’s first sit down interview as well as interviews with the entire real life family – mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, husband Sean Tuohy and children Sean Jr., and daughter Collins.  Additionally, the hour will include interviews with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.

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‘FlashForward:’ Volume One on DVD February 23

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the first ten episodes of the smash ABC Television series, FlashForward, will be available on DVD on February 23, before the series resumes with the remainder of the season on March 4.

Chaos reigns in Los Angeles after a mysterious event causes everyone in the world to lose consciousness at exactly the same moment. Was it an act of nature? Something man-made gone wrong, or something even more sinister? Whatever it was, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.

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DIRECTV to Offer Exclusive ‘LOST’ Recap Content in Anticipation of Final Season

In anticipation of the sixth and final season of “Lost” on ABC, DIRECTV is offering fans the opportunity to re-live the excitement of the epic series when The 101 Network begins airing recap specials covering the first five seasons on Saturday, December 26 at 9:00 p.m., ET. Beginning with “Destination: LOST,” the six recap specials will air commercial-free on The 101 Network for the first time since they were originally presented on ABC. The specials examine the stories of the survivors of Oceanic 815 and explore the mythology that has made “Lost” one of the most compelling series of the decade.

Each of the recap specials, which previously aired before the series’ season premieres and finales, will feature exclusive interstitial elements such as DVD extras not previously seen on television, including behind-the-scenes footage and unaired scenes, as well as music videos that were created with the show. The airing of the specials is the first significant promotional partnership between ABC and DIRECTV’s The 101 Network. The culmination of The 101 Network’s “Lost” event on February 2 will directly lead into the premiere of the sixth and final season of the series on Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

“LOST” On The 101 Network – Descriptions of the six recap specials follow below: (more…)

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Disney/ABC Television Group Receives Three Golden Globe Award Nominations

The ABC Television Network’s “Modern Family,” the critically acclaimed comedy series that takes an honest and often hilarious look at the complexities of modern day families, received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical. The series has also been recently honored with an AFI Award as one of the Top 10 television programs of 2009, in addition to three Writers Guild Awards nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best New Series nominations.

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Photo: Celine Dion Performs at Disney’s Grand Floridian for Christmas Day Parade

Celine Dion Performs at the Grand Floridian (Matt Stroshane/Disney)When inclimate weather threatened — and even canceled — some performances for the disney Parks Christmas Day parade last week, the performance of Grammy Award winner Celine Dion moved into the nearby Grand Floridian Resort and Spa where Dion filled the main lobby with her voice as well as admirers as shown in this photo from Disney photographer Matt Stroshane.

For full details on the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, click here.

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ABC Announces Premiere of ‘The Deep End,’ New Legal Drama, in January

ABC announces the series premiere of new drama “The Deep End,” which brings to life the tragedies and triumphs of five earnest twenty-something first-year associates fighting to stay afloat in one of Los Angeles’ top law firms, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

In a city where wealth and power rule, everyone strives to make it to the top. For five eager and attractive law associates, being accepted into one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious law firms is the first step on their way up. But as they soon realize, the law offices of Sterling are far more cutthroat than they could have ever imagined and they must fight for themselves and their clients to stay afloat in these shark infested waters. These young and impressionable associates are immediately thrown into cases and forced to deal with the emotional and ethical decisions that come with the job they’ve worked so hard for.

In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Dylan (Matt Long, “Jack and Bobby”) is given an impossible pro bono custody case, Beth (Leah Pipes, “Sorority Row”) keeps mum when a 90-year-old man signs an agreement thinking that she’s his daughter, Liam (Ben Lawson, “Neighbours”) must get a client to sign with the firm under false pretenses, Addy (Tina Majorino, “Big Love”) finally gets some attention from her boss when she speaks her mind, and Malcolm (Mehcad Brooks, “True Blood”) gets off on the wrong foot when he’s hired outside of the firm’s traditional process.

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ABC Offers Recipe for Love: 5 Women, 30 Men, One Conveyer Belt

Following the season premiere of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” five women take a shot at finding love when 30 men are given the chance to impress them as they pass by on a moving conveyor belt, on “Conveyor Belt of Love,” MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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