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ABC Family Picks Up TV Rights to 'Blind Side,' 'Alice in Wonderland'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:45PM
The Blind SideStill haven't seen 'The Blind Side'? Well, if you can hold out a little bit longer -- two years, in fact -- you can catch it on ABC Family.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has acquired the television rights to the box-office and Best Picture-nominated sensation, which just won Sandra Bullock her first Oscar on Sunday. The film -- which made over $250 million, domestically -- will premiere sometime in 2012.

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Bristol Palin to Appear on 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager'

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 23rd 2010 6:00PM
Bristol PalinThe eldest daughter of former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be appearing on an episode of 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager.' She'll be playing herself, a role she is likely familiar with after all this time. The show itself centers around a teen pregnancy, which is a subject that Bristol is quite familiar with.

It's a pretty gutsy move on the part of Ms. Palin considering the anti-Hollywood rhetoric that Sarah has espoused again and again. In fact, this appearance is likely a response to that 'Family Guy' controversy with her mother, possibly to lend support to more "family friendly" programming found on channels like Disney and ABC Family.

The whole situation reeks of a public service announcement, albeit a fairly involved one. Of course, one could also argue that 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager' is an after-school special premise that was turned into a series.

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ABC Family Says Yes to More 'Greek'

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 22nd 2010 11:00AM
GreekTime to break out those pledge paddles, brothers and sisters!

'Greek' fans are guaranteed a rush following the news that ABC Family has renewed the college dramedy for a fourth season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show has been given a 10-episode order following ratings gains in most of the key demographics for its third season, including a 22 percent increase among adults 18-34.

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ABC Family Heading Back to College for a Fourth Season of 'Greek'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Greek castIt looks like ABC Family is heading for that awkward phase of high school and college-based dramas with 'Greek,' according to The Hollywood Reporter: the fourth year. This is when your freshmen are seniors and you have to figure out what to do with them, and your show, if you make it to five. Of course, you have a little bit of flexibility with college, as many students take longer than four years to graduate, and there's always post-graduate work.

But all of that's a problem for 2011. Right now, the cast and crew of 'Greek' can celebrate that with this fourth season pick-up, they will become the longest running original series currently on the air at ABC Family.

The other side of the coin is that it was only a 10-episode pick-up. The first two seasons ran 22 episodes each, while the third hit 20.

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Jonas Brother Will Not Be on 'Brothers and Sisters' After All

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 6th 2010 7:03PM
Joe JonasEarlier this week, we informed you that 'Brothers & Sisters' was considering casting Joe Jonas to play a younger version of Tommy in a special two-hour episode filled with flashback sequences and set to air in April.

Fan reaction from the news differed a lot. Some fans were glad at the idea of one of the Jonas brothers to be part of the series as Joe not only shared physical features with actor Balthazar Getty, which would have helped making this younger version of Tommy be believable, but also because the Jonas Brothers' following could have tuned in the show and help boost the ratings.

Other fans were outraged at the idea that Joe Jonas could land the role. Comments ranged from fans claiming that Joe did not look like Getty at all to them wondering if Joe Jonas had the needed acting skills to play such a role.

No matter what's your opinion, Jonas did not get the part after all. A young actor from 'Make It or Break It' was offered the role instead.

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Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence Reunite for ABC Family Sitcom

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 1st 2010 3:01PM
The chemistry between Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, who co-starred in the ABC Family movie 'My Fake Fiance' last spring, was apparently good enough to warrant its own show.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has just ordered 10 episodes of a new comedy series, aptly titled 'Melissa & Joey.' The upcoming sitcom is set to hit the small-screen airwaves sometime this year.

'My Fake Fiance,' in which Hart and Lawrence played two schemers who stage an engagement between them to collect wedding presents, garnered more than three million viewers when it premiered in April. In the new series, Hart will play an overwrought politician who hires Lawrence to help straighten out her family issues.

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'Greek' Set Visit: Stars Promise Love and War for Season 3.5

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 22nd 2010 12:00PM
Greek on ABC FamilyIt's been a long winter break for fans of ABC Family's 'Greek.' When we last left Cyprus Rhodes, our favorite ZBZ sisters were feeling guilty over possibly burning down rival sorority Gamma Psi's house; nerdy BFFs Rusty and Dale were on the outs after competition for a research prize drove a battling-robot-sized wedge between theml and fraternities Omega Chi and Kappa Tau were once again at war after a prank gone wrong resulted in three KTs being expelled.

Want to know how it all turns out? You'll have to tune in Jan. 25 at the show's new 10PM time slot to find out for sure, but in the meantime, check out AOL Television's exclusive visit to the 'Greek' set to see what's in store for the coming season, as we get the dirt from all your favorite brothers and sisters. Spoilerphobes, beware!

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ABC Renews 'Secret Life of the American Teenager,' 'Make It or Break It'

by Bryan Enk, posted Jan 13th 2010 9:35AM
It looks like ABC Family is going to 'Make It' after all.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that ABC Family has renewed two of its highly successful television series: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' for a third season and 'Make It or Break It' for a second season.

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'Make It or Break It' Season 1 Episode 11 'The Eleventh Hour' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 5th 2010 6:15AM
Make It or Break It, The Eleventh HourWhat happened on this week's 'Make It or Break It' season 1 episode 11, 'The Eleventh Hour' -- in 100 words or less.

The gymnasts are back, along with plenty of tears, anger, angst and love. After imploding at home, Payson puts on a brave face, returns to The Rock, and gives champion Kaylie a pep talk. "Never be sorry for winning!"

Razor interrupts a romantic evening between Damon and Emily, but the two lovebirds vow to keep their love strong while Damon's in L.A. Yeah, that's not gonna happen.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' Season 2 Episode 13 'You Don't Know What You've Got' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 5th 2010 5:47AM
Secret Life of the American TeenagerWhat happened on this week's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' season 2 episode 13, 'You Don't Know What You've Got' -- in 100 words or less.

'Secret Life' is back, which means more sex, lust, and awkward conversations! While Amy and Anne consider extending their getaway with the babies, Ricky grows a spine and tells Amy to bring John home.

Meanwhile, the teens ditch school and head for the beach. Grace and Jack play cat and mouse, while Ben welcomes (or not) his Italian squeeze Maria. New counselor Dr. Bink (Mayim Bialik from 'Blossom'!) wreaks havoc and tries to live down her own past (really? taking a kid to the prom?)

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ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

by Ji Hyun Lee, posted Dec 2nd 2009 2:20AM
abcs 25 days of christmas,frosty, santa clause 2, polar express, harry potter Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus and a slew of other seasonal characters are coming to town via ABC Family for 25 straight days of Christmas programming. The young, the sentimental and the young at heart can check out family classics like 'The Polar Express,' 'The Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Frosty's Winter Wonderland,' while more grown-up family members will enjoy recent hits like 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' 'The Incredibles' and 'Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.'

Get out the popcorn and the hot chocolate, and snuggle up on the couch with a loved one or two -- and don't forget to check out the holiday programming on other channels with our complete holiday TV schedule.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' Season 2 Return Date Set for January 4, 2010

by Lauren Metz, posted Nov 19th 2009 12:43PM
Secret Life of the American TeenagerTeens in couples therapy, teens with a baby, teens breaking up because one's pressuring the other to have sex. -- holy high school drama!

Well, get ready to see a whole lot more of it, because 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' is coming back a week earlier than expected, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The show -- which was originally scheduled to return on January 11 -- will now premiere Mon., Jan. 4, 8PM on ABC Family. Better yet: 12 new episodes have been ordered, which means there's plenty of nasty hallway glares to come.

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ABC Family Casts 'Gilmore Girls' Star Scott Cohen, More in New Pilots

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 12th 2009 10:30AM
It looks like ABC will need an extra turkey this Thanksgiving, because their family just got a little bigger. ABC Family has signed on four new actors for their upcoming slate of pilots,

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Scott Cohen and Stephanie Childers have signed on to appear in an untitled drama by 'Boy Meets World' mastermind Michael Jacobs. Cohen ('Gilmore Girls') and Childers ('Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip') will star as parents trying to raise two very different daughters in today's troubled economy.

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'Harry Potter' DVD/Blu-ray Extras to Premiere on ABC Family December 4-6

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 11th 2009 3:57PM
It will be a magical Muggles wonderland -- some of it never seen before -- the first weekend in December on ABC Family.

During a 'Harry Potter' weekend Dec. 4-6, new footage from the kids' movie mega-franchise will show scenes from 'Creating the World of Harry Potter,' an eight-hour documentary series of behind-the-scenes footage that'll be available on the 'Harry Potter Ultimate Edition' DVD and Blu-Ray starting Dec. 8.

Included are screen tests, cast and filmmaker stories, and directors' explanations behind critical decisions.

Also airing that weekend on ABC Family are two extras from the upcoming 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' two-disc special edition DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, which is in stores Dec. 8.

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For the rest of the month, TV is all Halloween, all the time

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 16th 2009 2:04PM
medium night of the living dead
I visited the pumpkin patch last weekend and totally massacred a 30 lb. pumpkin and feasted on its flesh, so I am officially in the Halloween spirit. Luckily, there's a crapload of TV to help sustain my ghoulish mood. TV Tango has compiled a pretty comprehensive list of Halloween-themed programming starting today and going through the rest of the month.

Some of the highlights include a Moonlight marathon starting today on SyFy, as part of their "31 Days of Halloween" programming. On Sunday, The Simpsons is airing their 20th "Treehouse of Horror" episode, while Monday has a some good kids' fare, with Halloween-themed America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC Family, and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie on Disney.

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