Inspired by Latin cultures, Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior’s hit series ‘Sofia the First’ scheduled for a 2016 premiere. That exciting story arc will usher in the 2016 launch of the animated series ‘Elena of Avalor,’ a production of Disney Television Animation. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios have announced the future publication of Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past, a graphic novel follow-up to Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen. Inspired by the popular ABC television drama, Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past is an all new graphic novel slated for release in April (now available for pre-order).
Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past shares origin stores of four of Storybrooke’s most beloved residents:
ABC today announced the premiere date today for the new half-hour reality series ‘Repeat After Me,’ hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey of ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,’ and inspired by a highly successful signature segment from the Emmy-winning daytime talk program ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ ‘Repeat After Me’ will premiere on Tuesday, February 17 at 8:30 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
In ‘Repeat After Me,’ McLendon-Covey will instruct her celebrity friends, via a remote ear piece, to interact with everyday people in high-energy, comedic hidden-camera situations. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be crowned in front of a live studio audience. The pilot episode stars Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr.
ABC Family has begun production on the new procedural drama series ‘Stitchers,’ filming in Los Angeles. ‘Stitchers’ follows Kirsten (Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Working alongside Kirsten is Cameron (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuroscientist whose passion for the program is evident in his work. The secret program is headed by Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a skilled veteran of covert operations, and includes Linus (Ritesh Rajan), a socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician. Kirsten’s roommate, Camille (Allison Scagliotti), a gifted computer science grad student, is also recruited to use her skills to assist Kirsten in her new role as a ‘stitcher.’
Disney Channel has announced that ‘Bad Hair Day,’ starring Laura Marano and Leigh-Allyn Baker will premiere on Friday, February 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. ‘Bad Hair Day’ is described as a buddy comedy about a high school tech-whiz whose prom day abruptly shifts into a wild ride across town, thanks to a down-on-her-luck cop and a jewel thief.
The story unfolds with Monica on the morning of her senior prom. She’s eager to get ready that is until she realizes she can’t get her hair to cooperate. On top of that, she’s mistakenly enlisted by Liz, a police officer hot on the trail of missing jewels. Her prom day goes from bad to mad as a dogged jewel thief tries to outwit the pair.
ABC Family has greenlit two new comedy pilots, ‘Kevin From Work’ and ‘Tough Cookie,’ it was announced today by Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development. Both pilots are single-camera and will go into production later this month. These orders join the second-season pick up of comedy series ‘Young & Hungry,’ announced in September. Comedy favorites ‘Melissa and Joey’ and ‘Baby Daddy’ will premiere their fourth seasons on January 14 at 8:00pm ET/PT and 8:30pm ET/PT, respectively.
Disney Junior’s ‘Miles from Tomorrowland,’ an intergalactic adventure series, blasts off Friday, February 6 on Disney Channel at 9:00 am ET/PT. Launching with four back-to-back episodes, it incorporates unique space and science facts into the storylines that chart the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
Lucasfilm has released a couple of clips from its upcoming episode of ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ titled ‘Path of the Jedi.’ The first clip is titled ‘Yoda’s Guidance’ and features Kanan telepathically (?) receiving a message from Master Yoda — whom Kanan believed to have been long deceased — voiced in the January 5 episode by the legendary Frank Oz, who, of course, originated the role of Yoda.
The second clip, titled ‘Nothing and Everything’ has Kanan setting Ezra on a quest, which is probably what is hinted at by the episode’s official synopsis: ‘Ezra must face a great challenge as part of his growth as a member of the team.’
Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his ‘happily ever after.’ But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way. ‘Galavant’ will premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 8:00 pm ET/PT with two 30 minute episodes, back-to-back on the ABC Television Network. The eight episode series will run through Sunday nights in January.
ABC Family has picked up a new scripted drama to series ‘Recovery Road,’ announced today by Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family.
Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, ‘Recovery Road’ focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult decision to live with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility while facing the daily pressures of her teenage life.