Disney Shuts Off ‘Power Rangers,’ Selling Them Back to Creator; New Season Goes to Nick

Originally acquired by Disney when it acquired then Fox Family Worldwide (the network channel now known as ABC Family) back in 2001, the Power Rangers have received mixed messages from its master. Despite its immense popularity and several seasons (‘generations’) being produced by Disney, the series struggled to find its way in the Disney family, mostly for its perceived portrayal of violence in fantasy fighting.

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ABC Reveals List of Suitors for ‘The Bachelorette’s’ Ali Fedotowsky

Ali Fedotowsky, the BacheloretteWhat do a handsome entertainment wrestler with an impressive alter ego, a weatherman from Texas who forecasts sunny skies ahead for the Bachelorette and himself, an aspiring screenwriter attempting to script the perfect Hollywood ending, a self-declared ladies’ man and a sensitive but strong-willed landscaper all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky, when the sixth edition of the female version of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelorette,” premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ali, 25, who most recently was an account manager in on-line advertising from San Francisco, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, “Episode 601,” 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win her heart. Kyle, the outdoorsman, tries to reel Ali in right from the start. Jason, a hunky skier, impresses the Bachelorette with a death-defying back flip off the limo, and John C. attempts to take all the other men out of the picture as he gets down on one knee and proposes.

Once inside, Ali lives every woman’s dream– surrounded by 25 handsome men – all there just for her. As the biggest night of her life begins, so does the competition between the men.  Frank, an aspiring writer, shares his inspiring story of how he left his high-paying career to move to Paris and follow his dream. Kirk scores points with a sentimental scrapbook he presents to Ali. But Hunter, a clever Texan, steals the show with a heart-felt hilarious song, accompanying himself on the ukulele.

Tensions mount and sparks fly as the bachelors vie for the first impression rose. Roberto, a romantic Latin bachelor, takes a moment to steal Ali away and teach her some sexy salsa steps. Justin doesn’t let a broken foot get in his way, as he rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestling alter ego. And Jesse offers a beautiful wooden heart necklace as an original token of his admiration. Finally, Ali must eliminate eight of the 25 men, leaving 17 to compete for her affections and, in the end, her heart.

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ABC’s ‘(T)He View’ to Feature Male Co-Hosts All Week Beginning May 17

They say it’s a man’s world, and normally the opinionated hosts of ABC’s “The View” would strongly disagree. However, they’ve collectively decided to entertain the idea, for one week ONLY, because the five men joining them at the semi-circular “Hot Topics” table on May 17-21 are friends. So, for the first time in the 13-year-history of “The View,” five men will consecutively co-host for the entire hour (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).

May 17 – Barbara’s friend, Bryant Renfroe (“The View”)
May 18 – Elisabeth’s friend/husband, Tim Hasselbeck (ESPN)
May 19 – Whoopi’s friend, André Leon Talley (“America’s Next Top Model” and Vogue)
May 20 – Sherri’s friend, comedian Vernard “Bone” Hampton (“All About Steve”)
May 21 – Joy Behar’s friend, Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”)

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Verizon Customers Offered Unique Opportunity to Say Goodbye to ‘LOST’

In celebration of the sixth and final season for “Lost,” ABC and Verizon will give fans a unique opportunity to participate and say goodbye to one of the most iconic shows of all time. Fans will need to watch “Lost” on Tuesday, May 18 (9:00-10:02 p.m. ET) in order to get a special short code to text in their farewell messages. Only Verizon customers are eligible to submit and all texts must be received within 30 minutes after the special short code is aired on ABC. Standard text/data rates may apply.

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Marvel Influences ABC’s Daytime Television with ‘What If…’ Webisodes

What if Spider-man joined the Fantastic Four? That was the topic of the very first ‘What If’ comic title from Marvel way back in 1977. Although there wasn’t ever likely to be a ‘What if Marvel joined the Disney family?’ title, we’re all beginning to catch our first glimpses of the new relationship, from Disney selling Marvel merchandise throughout its theme parks to awkwardly and backhandedly promoting the current slate of Marvel Studios films as they continue to be distributed by Paramount.

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‘LOST’ Series Finale ‘FINDS’ Extra Half Hour; Retrospective to Air Prior to Finale

The “Lost” series finale event just got bigger with a half-hour extension of the finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 from 9:00-11:30, p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. With so much story to tell, the timeslot needed to be expanded. Preceding the finale will be the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show. Additionally, Jimmy Kimmel bids farewell to “Lost” in his own indelible manner on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost,” airing from 12:05-1:05 a.m., ET.

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Drunk Prey, Bike and Lotto Thieves and ‘Shopping While Black’ on ‘What Would You Do?’ Premiere 5/7

Will strangers intervene when a man is about to take advantage of a seemingly drunk woman? How will people react when young shoppers are followed and harassed by the proprietors of a chic clothing boutique – simply because of their race? Will anyone stop a bike thief? Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quinones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on the Season Premiere of “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” FRIDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Bristol Palin to Appear Live on ABC’s ‘The View’ May 5

Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, who has often been a topic of conversation among the hosts of ABC’s “The View,” is confirmed to make her first guest appearance on the show, live, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. In July Palin will play herself during a guest spot on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’, Bare Naked Ladies and More Join Next Season’s ‘The Bachelorette’ May 24

Ali Fedotowsky, the beautiful, energetic and charismatic career-oriented woman from San Francisco is back. She has re-prioritized her life – and now is ready to find her soul mate. Ali will have her own opportunity to find true love, as the sixth edition of “The Bachelorette,” the female version of ABC’s hit romance reality series, premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ali, 25, has been a fan favorite from the moment she stepped out of the limo to meet Jake Pavelka on the last season of “The Bachelor.” She became the front-runner for Jake’s heart, but in a shocking turn of events, she was forced to make a heartbreaking choice between her dream job and continuing her relationship with Jake. Ali surprisingly chose her career – a decision she still regrets. But it’s not too late for Ali now. She’s left her home, her job, her stability behind – letting go of everything this time — to really make a life-changing commitment to put her heart first and take a second chance at finding true love.

This season’s premiere, “Episode 601,” begins with 25 eligible men arriving from all over the country to try and win Ali’s heart, including a real estate investor, a lawyer, a TV weatherman and even a professional wrestler. Each is more handsome than the next, with standout personalities. Tonight, as she returns to the mansion, nothing can prepare Ali for the lengths the guys will go to for her attention: one outdoorsman literally tries to reel her in, a hunky skier does a death-defying back flip off the limo and a one man even gets down on one knee and proposes.

Inside, the men are blown away about how incredibly gorgeous Ali looks in her slinky black dress – and the battle of the bachelors begins, as each tries to make the best first impression on the stunning Bachelorette. An aspiring writer is the first to snag some alone time with Ali, sharing his very inspiring story. One man scores some points with a sentimental scrapbook he made for her, but one clever guy steals the show and Ali’s attention with a heart-felt, hilarious song, accompanying himself on a ukulele.

The competition heats up when Chris Harrison brings out the first impression rose. A sexy Latin bachelor seizes the moment to take Ali outside and teach her some salsa steps. Another handsome suitor rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestler alter ego, and a rugged country guy gives Ali a beautiful hand-crafted wood necklace to make his point.

But Ali grows concerned when one of the men uses his one-on-one time to warn her – already – that there may be some men here for reasons other than love. Chris comes to the rescue as he brings in a ballot box and instructs the men to each write down the name of a guy they feel isn’t here for the right reasons. Tensions rise and tempers clash as the men size each other up and call each other out. As the men battle, Ali scoops up the first impression rose and offers it to someone who swept her off her feet. When the votes are tallied, one bachelor gets an overwhelming number of votes. But even though he is a marked man, Ali gives him some private time to convince her that his intentions are sincere. But will he have done enough to get a rose?

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

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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