REPORT: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Shorts Will Lead to Series (Spoilers)

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Animated SeriesWhile nothing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was shared at this weekend’s ‘Marvel Unlimited+’ members only panel at New Jersey’s first Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, footage from upcoming animated series was shared with the attending audience. Among the footage was an extended clip from the upcoming Disney XD animated series, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — or to be more precise, one of the shorts that will lead into the series. The shorts will actually help establish the Guardians for the viewing audience with origin stories and the like.

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ABC Announces New and Returning Series for 2015-16 Primetime

ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 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.

New series ‘The Catch,’ ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘The Family,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Of Kings and Prophets,’ ‘OIL,’ ‘Quantico,’ ‘The Real O’Neals,’ ‘Uncle Buck’ and ‘Wicked City’ will join the lineup.

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FIRST IMAGE: ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Mockumentary Series

KERMIT THE FROG, GONZO THE GREAT (ABC/Eric McCandless)After filming a pilot for the new series, ABC has gone ahead and ordered ‘The Muppets’ to bring back to network television. The first official still for the series has been released, seen here, featuring Kermit the Frog and Gonzo. The official series treatment is as follows:

‘The Muppets’ return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that, for the first time ever, will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.

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‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Season Premiere to Feature Traci Lords, Jackee Harry

Season Four of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on ABC, featuring actress Jackee Harry swapping lifestyles with pop icon Traci Lords.

Emmy-Award Winning actress Jackee Harry, best known for roles on the hit comedy ‘227’ and ‘Sister, Sister,’ lives in Los Angeles, CA with her ex-husband Elgin Charles. Even though the couple is divorced, they still share a home and life in which Jackee and Elgin enjoy the finer things, frequently going out for drinks, dinner and dancing with friends late into the evening.

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‘Phineas and Ferb’ 73 Hour Marathon to Lead to Series Finale, June 12; New Series ‘Mikey Murphy’s Law’ in 2017

After 126 episodes, five one-hour specials and a record-breaking Disney Channel Original Movie, the final episode of the Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated animated series, ‘Phineas and Ferb’ will air on June 12, following a 73-hour long marathon of every preceding episode. The series will continue to be presented daily on Disney XD and Disney Channels around the world and it will be followed up by a standalone hour-long special ‘The O.W.C.A.Files’ later this year.

Every ‘Phineas and Ferb’ story ever told will be presented in a 73-hour marathon beginning Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00 pm ET/PT leading to the ultimate story capper, ‘Last Day of Summer,’ which premieres on Friday, June 12 at 9:00 pm ET/PT, simulcasted on both Disney XD and Disney Channel.

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‘Best Friends Whenever’ Time Travel Comedy to Premiere on Disney Channel June 26

MATTHEW ROYER, GUS KAMP, LANDRY BENDER, LAUREN TAYLOR, RICKY GARCIA, BENJAMIN ROYER (Disney Channel/Craig Sjodin)When a science experiment goes awry, teen best friends Shelby and Cyd gain the power to travel back and forth in time, although they can’t quite control their powers just yet, in the new sitcom ‘Best Friends Whenever,’ debuting Friday, June 26 on Disney Channel. The series, starring Lauren Taylor and Landry Bender as time-traveling teen besties Shelby and Cyd, premieres immediately following the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

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WATCH: Disney ‘Descendants’ Trailer

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE (DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D'Amico)Disney Channel has has released the first full length trailer for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants.

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‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ to Premiere on ABC June 18

ZOE BOYLE, AZURE PARSONS, ERIN CUMMINGS, JOANNA GARCIA SWISHER, DOMINIQUE MCELLIGOTT, YVONNE STRAHOVSKI, ODETTE ANNABLE (ABC/Cook Allender)A new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ premieres Thursday, June 18 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC Family Orders Pilots for ‘Gorgeous Morons’ Comedy and ‘Beyond’ Supernatural Drama

ABC Family today announced it has greenlit pilots for ‘Gorgeous Morons’ and ‘Beyond.’ These two pilot greenlights come hot off the heels of the network picking up saga series ‘Shadowhunters’ and single camera comedy ‘Kevin From Work’ to series.

From ABC Signature Studios, ‘Gorgeous Morons’ is a half-hour multi-cam comedy that focuses on two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers — one is a model, the other a personal trainer — who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, a female literature PhD whose looks are, by their standards, in desperate need of help.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ ‘Disney Night’ Episode Details

‘Dancing with the Stars’ marks the halfway point of the competition with its biggest show yet, ‘Disney Night,’ with all new celebrity performances on Monday, April 13 (8:00 pm – 10:01 pm ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The show will begin with an opening number featuring all your favorite live action and animated Disney characters dancing with the entire cast. Each couple will then perform to songs from Walt Disney Animation Studios films including Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The evening will also showcase fun and exciting animated elements of Disney animation, with nods to memorable moments from Disney films. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy will be kicking up their dancing shoes throughout the show. One couple will face elimination at the end of the night.

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