‘Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja’ to Debut September 17 with Special Preview August 13

“Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” an action-packed, animated comedy series that follows the adventures of an unlikely hero who, with his super human ninja suit, the ‘NinjaNomicon’ (an 800 year-old Ninja guide) and the help of his best buddy Howard, finds himself as the one thing protecting his school and the world from certain destruction, is set to premiere on Disney XD. A special preview will air Monday, August 13 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with the series premiere on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 pm ET/PT. New episodes will premiere Monday through Thursday at 7:00 pm ET/PT.

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‘TV’s Most Dynamic Duos’ Special to Air September 2 on ABC

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts hosts a two-hour countdown of couples who have graced television with their amazing chemistry, hilarity, friendship and, in many cases, sexual tension. Whether it’s Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, Laverne and Shirley, Tony and Carmela Soprano, Homer and Bart Simpson, Mulder and Scully or Lucy and Ethel, there is no shortage of indelible duos on television. Who will be No. 1? Find out on “TV’s Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media,” airing Sunday, September 2 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.

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‘Jake and The Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky’ Sneak Peek

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On September 19, 2012 at 7 pm ET, Disney Channel will premiere the second primetime special featuring the Disney Junior favorite, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ (DVD available to own October 16, now available for pre-order).

According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever! Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race! But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon! With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook!

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ABC’s ‘The Chew’ to Feature Preview of New Primetime Series on September 2

Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel coast to coast — from California and New York to Hawaii and Nashville — to bring viewers a sneak peek at the ABC Fall Primetime lineup. Interviewing some of the network’s hottest new stars, the special has something for everyone. From diva-filled musical drama and deep and dark desires to quirky and “out of this world” comedies and thrillers, “The Chew Presents ABC’s Primetime Fall Preview Special” airs Sunday, September 2 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Highlights of the special include:

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Disney XD Stars Team with NFL, NBA, WNBA Stars and Fans for ‘Tryathlon’ Event

In an expansion of Disney XD’s ongoing “TRYit” initiative designed to inspire kids to get up, get outside and try something new, professional sports stars: the NFL’s Arian Foster (Houston Texans), the WNBA’s Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and the NBA’s Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) coach young stars Leo Howard and Olivia Holt (“Kickin’ It”), Billy Unger and Spencer Boldman (“Lab Rats”) and Doc Shaw and Adam Hicks (“Pair of Kings”) who team with three viewers (hailing from Georgia, Oregon and Texas) to compete in fun challenges that will test their skills and their teamwork, in Disney’s “TRYathlon” special premiering Monday, August 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT Disney XD. The special is hosted by Hal Sparks and Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Lab Rats”).

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ABC Announces Series Premiere Dates for 2012-2013 Season

Below are ABC’s Fall premiere dates for the 2012-13 season. Note “The Neighbors” will premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m., before moving to its regular time period at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

Friday, September 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “What Would You Do?”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “20/20″

Monday, September 24
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Castle”

Tuesday, September 25
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

Wednesday, September 26
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Middle” (special one-hour premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30-10:00 p.m. “The Neighbors” (series premiere)

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‘Time Machine Chefs’ Competition Seeks ‘Greatest Chef in History;’ Premieres August 16

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D., or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens during the Tudor era? Well fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a journey through time when “Time Machine Chefs” blasts off, Thursday, August 16 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on ABC. With no modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces — and impress three esteemed judges — with only basic kitchen equipment, their imaginations and craftsmanship. Only one chef will be crowned The Greatest Chef in History.

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ABC’s ‘The Neighbors’ to Land at Comic-Con #SDCC

A unique booth at Comic Con 2012 will showcase the world of “The Neighbors,” a new comedy series coming to ABC this fall. In the new series, the very human Weaver family of New Jersey is in for the shock of their lives when they discover that the exclusive community they just moved to is populated by aliens from the planet Zabvron, who are passing themselves off as humans. “The Neighbors” booth will take Comic Con attendees through an “Earth training session.” Like all good Zabvronians here on a visit, they’ll get a new Earthling name, special guidelines for co-existing on their new planet . . . and a free T-shirt! Con goers who stop by the booth will also get a sneak peek at the new series. The booth will be open during Exhibit Floor hours: from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, for Preview Night; from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14; and from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

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‘Code 9′ Hidden Camera Reality Series to Premiere on Disney Channel July 26

A hidden camera, a sense of humor and the help of Hollywood’s top special effects artists are all kids and their families need to pull the ultimate good-natured prank on their unsuspecting mom or dad in “Code: 9,” a new hidden camera reality series that’s comedy for the whole family, premiering Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Disney and ABC to Present Academy Awards Program Worldwide Through 2020

Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.

“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”

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