ABC Announces New and Returning Series for 2014-2015

ABC continues its commitment to world-class storytelling and new creative voices with the announcement of its 2014-15 slate of programming, including the addition of 12 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

‘Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,’ said Lee. ‘ABC is finishing the season with momentum — we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we’re extremely excited about the new slate.’

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ABC Announces Series Premiere Dates, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Pixar Special

Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today announced premiere dates for the new drama series ‘Black Box’ on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 pm ET, along with a new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Monday, March 17 at 8:00 pm ET and the pick-up of an all-new Disney/Pixar holiday special, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ for the 2014 holiday season, following the recent success of ‘Toy Story OF TERROR!’

The network also announced a special two-night “Bachelor” event featuring everyone’s favorite Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 at 8:00 pm ET  and new drama ‘Mind Games’ will now premiere on Tuesday, February 25 at 10:00 pm ET, following night two of the ‘Bachelor’ event.

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Photo: Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Visits Walt Disney World

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at Walt Disney World (Photo by Matt Stroshane / Disney)Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (right) poses September 27, 2013 with fiancé Jionni LaValle (center) and one-year-old son Lorenzo (left) inside the Italy pavilion in the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Polizzi is currently a celebrity contestant on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season Premiere to Integrate Facebook Social Media Tools

ABC and Facebook are partnering to bring real-time social conversations to the television screen, as ABC will be the first entertainment network to integrate Facebook’s newest tools for broadcast partners on primetime television with the season premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ tonight at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

Facebook will be bringing the conversations already taking place about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ online to the TV screen by enabling the audience to see how many people on Facebook are talking about the contestants, where the couples are generating the most buzz, whether they’re more popular among males or females, and where their fans live. Real-time conversations about the show from Facebook users will be displayed during the broadcast.

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‘Family Dance Off’ with Derek Hough Airs August 25 on ABC

Hosted by Derek Hough, ‘Family Dance Off’ is a one-hour special featuring five families who love to dance and who get the chance of a lifetime to perform and compete on a Hollywood stage before a live studio audience. Five families with a variety of backgrounds and styles will perform, the studio audience will vote, and the favorite family will dance away with a grand prize of $10,000. ‘Family Dance Off’ airs Sunday, August 25 at 9:00 pm ET on The ABC Television Network.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cast, Pairings Announced; Season Premieres March 18

This season’s dynamic lineup of stars — including a country music legend, a figure skating champion, a boxing dynamo, an Olympic Gold medalist and the youngest contestant to ever compete on the show – will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MARCH 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

As announced this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the 11 celebrities, with their professional partners, heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

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ABC Announces Mid-Season Premiere Dates for New Series, ‘Dancing with the Stars’

ABC announced midseason premiere dates for new dramas “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” today, along with new comedies “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” and “Family TTools,” and new alternative series “The Taste” and “Celebrity Diving.” Returning series “Dancing with the Stars” and “Body of Proof” will rejoin the schedule will all-new seasons in the new year, and “Suburgatory” will move to Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m., beginning April 3, 2013.

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‘DWTS: All Stars’ Country Night Features Little Big Town, Big and Rich, Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz

Put on your cowboy wear… It’s Country night, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple will be performing to a Country hit song where the celebrity will be required to perform a solo during his or her routine. Three-time CMA Award-nominated group Little Big Town will rock the stage, performing their smash hit, “Pontoon,” accompanied by The Troupe. The remaining eight couples will perform together in a Freestyle Group Dance. Accompanying the Group Dance, Country legends Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, will perform a medley of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “I Play Chicken with the Train,” two of the show’s most exciting freestyle songs from previous seasons. This is the first time the show’s Group Dance will be accompanied by musical guests.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Channel Launched on Slacker Radio

Starting today fans of reality hit “Dancing with the Stars” have even greater access to their favorite show, from the first cha-cha to the final waltz. ABC Radio has launched “Dancing with the Stars” Radio, giving listeners an interactive audio experience and unlimited access to the dance floor, whenever and wherever. Season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” premieres tonight on the ABC television network.

“We’re adding a new dimension to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ experience by offering on demand, digital audio content that compliments the viewing experience and increases engagement between the audience and the cast,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC News Radio. “When television programming stops, fans can hear highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes conversation that the camera cannot always capture.”

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‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Premiere to Feature Justin Bieber, Pitbull

From former champions to fan favorites, including a celebrity voted in by fans, the All-Star cast along with their professional partners return to the ballroom on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” Monday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. All 13 couples will hit the stage performing either the Cha Cha or the Foxtrot to impress the judges and viewers at home, hoping they’re not the first couple sent home.

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