ABC Family Announces Season Premiere Dates for Returning Favorites

ABC Family will kick off the New Year with all new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favorites “Switched at Birth,” “Bunheads,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the second week of January 2013, with two nights of original programming. Viewers can also catch up on all their favorite shows leading up to the January premieres on abcfamily.com.

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Target, Neiman Marcus Seek ‘Revenge’ for Holiday Collection with Original Content Airing November 11

Target and Neiman Marcus have partnered with ABC for a ground-breaking integration in conjunction with the critically acclaimed series “Revenge.” As part of the highly anticipated reveal of the retailers’ holiday collection, Target and Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive show sponsor in the episode airing Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. In lieu of commercials, the retailers are working directly with the creative team of “Revenge” — a series known for its flair for fashion and high style — to create original content incorporating the Target+ Neiman Marcus holiday collection.

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‘Phys Ed’ on ABC Family to Star Ryan Sypek, Kate Lang Johnson

Ryan Sypek (“Wildfire”) and Kate Lang Johnson (“Persons Unknown”) have been cast in the lead roles of the ABC Family comedy pilot “Phys Ed.”

“Phys Ed” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school’s star jock, Ed (Sypek), who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. Johnson will play Janie, a teacher at the school who was ignored by Ed in high school and is now the object of his affections.

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Denise Richards to Star in ‘Socio’ on ABC Family

ABC Family has cast Denise Richards (“Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Two and a Half Men”) to star in drama series pilot “Socio,” as Karen Ryder. Also cast is Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers,” “House”) as Tess. They join the previously announced Avan Jogia as Danny, Maddie Hasson as Jo and Kylie Bunbury as Lacey in the project. The pilot is currently in preproduction.

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‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ Begins Final Season in March

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will premiere its final season in March 2013, closing out five seasons of the groundbreaking drama. The exciting final season will include a proposal and a wedding. Fans will also see Amy, Ricky, Ben, Adrian, Grace and Jack make plans for their lives after Grant High School. Will Amy and Ricky stay together in the end?

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‘My Life as an NBA Rookie’ on Disney XD Focuses on Anthony Davis

“My Life as an NBA Rookie,” a special that gives audiences an inside look at some of today’s biggest NBA stars in their first year in the league, premieres Monday, October 29 at 7:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD as part of “Nothing But Net Marathon,” a sports-themed marathon featuring episodes of “Kickin’ It,” “Lab Rats” and “Crash & Bernstein” beginning at 5:00 pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Billy Unger, star of Disney XD’s “Lab Rats,” the special features exclusive footage of New Orleans Hornets’ power forward Anthony Davis practicing with the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team; takes fans behind the scenes at the NBA Draft Combine and NBA Draft; looks at how players mentally and physically prepare for training camp and opening night; and reveals entertaining rookie duties.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Renewed For Fourth Season on ABC Family

Michael Riley, president ABC Family, announced today that the network has picked up a fourth season of its hit original series “Pretty Little Liars.” The all new season will consist of 24 one-hour episodes that will start to air mid 2013. “Pretty Little Liars” will air a special Halloween-themed episode on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT, as part of the network’s “13 Nights of Halloween” programming event, and then will return with the rest of season three in January 2013.

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Cablevision to Add Disney’s WATCH Anywhere Service, ESPN 3D and ABC News/Univision

 

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a comprehensive distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to Cablevision TV customers across television, internet, tablets and handheld devices. The new agreement enhances the multichannel business model and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms.

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‘The Hive’ to Premiere on Disney Junior October 8

'The Hive' Disney JuniorAlready a top-rated series seen in more than 150 countries worldwide, hit pre-school animation property ‘The Hive’ is finally landing in the U.S. on the Disney Junior channel, debuting on Monday, October 8. The Hive will air weekdays at 1:00 pm ET/PT and weekends at 11:30 am ET/PT.

A fun and friendly kids TV series in beautiful CGI animation, ‘The Hive’ follows the fortunes of Buzzbee and friends in their fun-packed adventures in the Hive. Every day brings something new for the little bee as he explores the world around him with best friends Barnabee, Jasper the wasp, Debee and his sister, Rubee.

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ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Music to be Released Weekly on iTunes by Big Machine Records

ABC Studios and Big Machine Records, the leading independent Nashville-based record label home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, announced today an exclusive partnership to release and market music from the critically-acclaimed upcoming ABC series “Nashville.” Stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio are among the cast slated to sing original content created for the series by established and breakout songwriters. Grammy® Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett serves as the executive music producer. Dubbed one of fall’s most anticipated new TV dramas, “Nashville,” premiering Wednesday, October 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network, was shot entirely in Music City, and pulls back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of the music industry.

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