‘Ella the Elephant’ to Debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior on February 17

'Ella the Elephant'‘Ella the Elephant,’ a new animated preschool series about an adventurous elephant and her magic hat, will make its debut Monday, February 17 on Disney Channel (7:00 am ET/PT) and Disney Junior (1:00 pm ET/PT). Thereafter, the series will air weekdays on Disney Channel and Disney Junior as well as weekends on Disney Junior. The series is produced by DHX Media (‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’), a leading international producer and distributor of globally recognized children’s entertainment, in association with Canada’s TVO Kids and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.

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‘Gravity Falls’ ‘Mabel’s Guide to Life’ Short Form Series to Premiere in February

Disney Channel has announced that the week of February 3, it will be launching a new short-form series based on its popular ‘Gravity Falls’ cartoon, titled ‘Mabel’s Guide to Life.’ A new episode is set to premiere each night, February 3 – 7, at 7:55 pm ET/PT. The schedule and individual episode synopses follow:

Mabel’s Guide to Dating (Monday, February 3)
Mabel gives her thoughts on dating and puts her dating quiz to the test with three of Gravity Falls’ most eligible bachelors — Grunkle Stan, Dipper and Soos.

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ABC Announces Series Premiere Dates, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Pixar Special

Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today announced premiere dates for the new drama series ‘Black Box’ on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 pm ET, along with a new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Monday, March 17 at 8:00 pm ET and the pick-up of an all-new Disney/Pixar holiday special, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ for the 2014 holiday season, following the recent success of ‘Toy Story OF TERROR!’

The network also announced a special two-night “Bachelor” event featuring everyone’s favorite Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 at 8:00 pm ET  and new drama ‘Mind Games’ will now premiere on Tuesday, February 25 at 10:00 pm ET, following night two of the ‘Bachelor’ event.

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Disney Names Adam Sanderson as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Adam SandersonThe Walt Disney Company today announced the promotion of Adam Sanderson to senior vice president, corporate communications. The announcement was made by Zenia Mucha, executive vice president and chief communications officer of The Walt Disney Company. In his new role, Mr. Sanderson will oversee D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Disney Corporate Creative Resources and the Walt Disney Archives.

A 17-year Disney veteran, Sanderson most recently served as senior vice president, franchise management of Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was responsible for launching, building and sustaining franchises for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, ABC Family, ABC Entertainment Group and ABC Daytime. Previously, he served as senior vice president, brand marketing of Disney Channels Worldwide, helping to build High School Musical, ‘Hannah Montana’ and Disney Junior into franchise successes, managing all synergy initiatives.

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‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Young & Hungry’ Comedy Series Announced for ABC Family in 2014

ABC Family announced today the pick-up of two half-hour comedy series ‘Mystery Girls,’ starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, and ‘Young & Hungry,’ starring Emily Osment, from executive producer Ashley Tisdale. Production will commence on both series in Los Angeles in early 2014, and both will premiere in 2014.

ABC Family President, Tom Ascheim said, ‘It’s great to start the new year and my tenure at ABC Family with the pickup of these two funny original series. ABC Family’s comedy lineup continues to resonate with our audience and I’m thrilled to boost that momentum by adding “Mystery Girls” and “Young & Hungry,” which are sure to become fan favorites.’

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‘WATCH ABC Family’ Platform to Launch Monday, January 6

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands and content across multiple platforms and devices, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that the new WATCH ABC Family authenticated service will launch on Monday, January 6, 2014. Similar to DATG’s WATCH ABC and suite of WATCH DISNEY services, the new WATCH ABC Family offering will allow viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series as ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Switched at Birth,’ ‘The Fosters,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Melissa & Joey’ at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices.

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PHOTO: Nolan Gould of ‘Modern Family’ Spends Time with Goofy at Walt Disney World

Nolan Gould (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Actor Nolan Gould, 15, who portrays Luke Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy series ‘Modern Family,’ poses yesterday, December 30 with Goofy (dressed as ‘Father Time’ to celebrate the New Year) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

‘Modern Family’ returns with new episodes on January 8, 2014.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, Courtesy Walt Disney World

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‘Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters’ on DVD in January

'Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters'Welcome to the newest, happiest, most monster-rific spot on the map — the wondrous land of Roarsville — where five-year old Henry Hugglemonster lives, plays and learns something ‘roarsome’ every day! Together with his loving parents and grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he’s helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he’s always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend and monster he can be! Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork and adventure, Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters will make your preschooler roar for more every time.

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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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