Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’ to Feature Teenage Kids of Classic Villains, Premiere in 2015

Disney's DescendantsCasting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A..

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ABC to Continue Airing ‘Peanuts’ Animated Specials Through 2020

The ABC Television Network proudly announced today that it has extended its relationship with the popular ‘Peanuts’ animated specials by Charles M. Schulz in a deal with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions until 2020. The beloved Emmy Award-winning specials created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez began airing on ABC in December 2001. The ‘Peanuts’ animated holiday specials include ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and the iconic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which first aired on television in 1965, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.

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ABC Announces 2013-2014 Midseason Premiere and Return Dates for Series

The ABC Television Network announced midseason premiere dates today for new series ‘The Assets,’ ‘Killer Women,’ ‘Mind Games’ and ‘Mixology.’ In addition, the network has scheduled premiere dates for the new season of ‘The Bachelor’ with Juan Pablo Galavis, critically acclaimed comedy ‘Suburgatory,’ and the cooking competition series ‘The Taste,’ now expanded to two hours. Previously announced new drama series ‘Resurrection’ will now premiere at 9:00 pm on Sunday, March 9 and ‘Revenge’ will move into the 10:00 p.m. time slot on that date.

Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times ET):

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

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ABC Family’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ 2013 Schedule

ABC Family’s annual ’25 Days of Christmas,’ cable’s biggest programming event of the year, will return with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1–25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.

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‘Bachelor’ Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Wedding to Air Live in January

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, the latest to join other ‘Bachelor’ couples who have walked down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding — live, on ‘The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding,’ Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. This will mark the first time ever a ‘Bachelor’ wedding has been telecast live.

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‘Chuggington’ Kicks Off New Season with Primetime Special on Disney Junior

Ludorum plc announced today that its hit train-based preschool series, ‘Chuggington,’ will make its fourth season debut on Disney Junior on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm ET/PT with its first-ever primetime Chuggington special, ‘Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue!’ The newest season of the vibrantly-colorful animated series promises to deliver even more action and adventure with everyone’s favorite trainees — Wilson, Brewster and Koko — along with exciting new characters and locations.

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David Blaine’s ‘Real or Magic’ Special to Air on ABC in November

David Blaine returns to primetime television in a groundbreaking new special ‘David Blaine: Real or Magic,’ this November on the ABC Network.

David Blaine’s signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen, and Robert DeNiro, to name a few. He goes into the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. He visits Stephen Hawking at his office in Cambridge University. Blaine also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-before seen, inconceivable magic.

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‘Lucky Duck’ to be Disney Junior’s First Original Film; Debuts Summer 2014

Production has begun on the first Disney Junior Original Movie, Lucky Duck, a music-filled, animated adventure at sea starring the voices of Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanaugh. The movie follows a plucky rubber ducky named Lucky (Borle) who, after accidentally being tossed off a cargo ship, sets off in search of the perfect home. Along the way, he teams with a group of misfit tub toys including a sassy hippo, Flo (Hilty) and an apprehensive turtle named Snap (Cavanaugh). The movie is slated to premiere in summer 2014 on Disney Junior in the U.S. and thereafter on Disney Junior channels around the world. The announcement was made today by Joe D’Ambrosia, Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Junior.

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Marvel Launches ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Line of Merchandise

S.H.I.E.L.D. Tee Manufacturer: Mad Engine SRP: $20.50 Retailers: Hot Topic Available: October 2013 Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division- This S.H.I.E.L.D. Tee will be a great addition to any aspiring Agent's ensemble.

Following the initial ratings success of Marvel Television’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ airing on ABC, Marvel Entertainment, LLC has launched the first wave of official licensed merchandise inspired by the series co-created by Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon. To meet fan demand, Marvel has unveiled a range of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ consumer products including T-shirts, accessories, and posters which are immediately available for purchase at ABC.com, Marvel.com, Hot Topic and other specialty retailers.

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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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