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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Alias,'
'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Dora the Explorer' Primetime Special and More

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 4th 2011 4:30PM
Dora is off on another adventure March 14. This time it's to find her ballet shoes.Welcome to the Family TV Roundup, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Dora the Explorer
and her menagerie of helpers continue their preschool domination with a new primetime special airing on Monday, March 14. In 'Dora's Ballet Adventure,' the pint-sized explorer is frantic after the ballet shoes she needs for her recital go missing. In their place is a pair of scuba flippers presented by the delivery duck. The rest of the 30-minute episode deals with Dora and Boot's quest to find the missing ballet shoes.

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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' Caused Family Problems

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 15th 2011 12:00PM
billy ray cyrus regrets hannah montanaBilly Ray Cyrus blames the Disney show 'Hannah Montana' for the problems his family has been experiencing, including his divorce from wife Tish.

Cyrus told GQ magazine that he harbors regrets about the show that made his daughter, Miley Cyrus, famous.

"I hate to say it, but yes, I do. I'd take it back in a second," he said of the show, which shot Miley to stardom.

Cyrus also said he worries about the people surrounding his daughter and helping her make career decisions.

"I'm scared for her," he said. "She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm."

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Britt Robertson Talks 'Avalon High,' King Arthur and Working for Disney

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 12th 2010 5:00PM
Britt Robertson in 'Avalon High'Playing the lead in Disney Channel's newest movie, 'Avalon High,' was like a mini vacation for Britt Robertson. Compared to her day job -- playing a foster child who reunites with her birth parents after 16 years in the system on The CW's 'Life Unexpected' -- the modern-day take on the Camelot legend was a whole lot more lighthearted, to say the least.

"['Avalon High'] was really very different," Robertson told TV Squad yesterday. "I've never done anything for Disney before. The genre in general is not something I'm typically pinned for. It's sort of like a realistic fantasy type movie -- it's a little more action-packed than I'm used to; it's a little more fun and playful. I started shooting after season 1 [of 'Life Unexpected'], so it was nice to be able to do something fun after that."

In the movie, which premieres tonight at 8PM ET on the Disney Channel, Robertson stars as a teenage girl who discovers that her new classmates at Avalon High are reincarnated versions of King Arthur and his court. She has to unravel the mystery of why, exactly, this is happening and stop Mordred, the traitor who killed Arthur (according to legend, that is), from doing it again.

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Jonas' No Longer, Disney Junior and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 12th 2010 11:30AM
'Jonas' will not be retruning to the Disney Channel schedule next year.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

A plethora of Disney related news this week, starting with the end of the 'Jonas' franchise on Disney Channel. After two years of 'Jonas' and 'Jonas L.A.,' the show has been canceled. In a statement the network said they were looking forward to working with the brothers on future projects.

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Casting News: 'Dexter' Actress Joins 'True Blood,' Ray Romano Gets a Girlfriend on 'Men of a Certain Age' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 12th 2010 11:00AM
Courtney FordIt appears the taste of blood Courtney Ford got when she guested on 'The Vampire Diaries' this season whet her appetite for more -- the actress just booked a recurring role on 'True Blood.'

According to Deadline, Ford will play Southern belle Portia Bellefleur, a lawyer who runs her own practice. She also happens to bethe sister of Bon Temps policeman Andy.

Season 4 of the HBO series is scheduled to begin shooting this month, and last week added actress Fiona Shaw to the cast as a medium who is possessed by a witch.

In other casting news ...

Newcomer China McClain will star in the Disney Channel's new live-action comedy series. 'A.N.T. Farm' follows Chyna Sparks, a preteen music prodigy who gets accepted to a special high school music program. [TV Guide]

Benita Robledo will star in the MTV pilot 'Patito Feo,' about a Mexican girl who moves to Florida with her mother. She'll have a run-in with the high school queen bee, setting off an in-school war. [Deadline]

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What's the Next Big Hit for the Disney Channel?

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 10th 2010 3:20PM
'Pair of Kings,' which premieres this Friday on Disney Channel, will spend most of its time on male-oriented DisneyXD.Every few years Disney Channel encounters a conundrum with their original, scripted series that puts its executives in a tizzy. It doesn't involve ratings or writing nor the overall quality of the programs. Rather, cast members reach adulthood and leave their series, which throws the executives for a loop.

This year the network higher-ups are being hit with a double-punch. The first swing was from 'Hannah Montana Forever' star Miley Cyrus. Despite being one of the top 2 shows amongst kids and tweens, Cyrus decided to end her run on the program this season and move as far away as possible from the hand that fed her over the last few years.

The follow-up hook came from Selena Gomez, who told folks earlier this summer the next season of 'Wizards of Waverly Place' would be her last.

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'Camp Rock 2' Premiere Tops Labor Day Weekend Ratings

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 7th 2010 2:30PM
Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers have something to smile about as 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' topped holiday weekend ratings.Disney's domination of the cable universe continued this Labor Day weekend as the premiere of 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' broke all sorts of records.

The website tvbythenumbers reports the made-for-TV musical, starring Disney Channel staples Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers, brought in 8 million total viewers on Friday night. While not as high as the 8.9 million the original 'Camp Rock' touted during its 2008 premiere, nor the astronomical 17.2 million of 'High School Musical 2' in 2007, the total made 'Camp Rock 2' the top cable TV movie for 2010.

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'Hannah Montana Forever' - 'Sweet Home, Hannah Montana' Recap (season premiere)

by Rich Keller, posted Jul 11th 2010 11:30PM
Though a typlical plot for the season premiere of 'Hannah Montana Forever,' there are enough changes to make it interesting. I need to clear the air about one thing before I begin. By no means is this review written by a 40-something year old guy who lives alone in a one-bedroom apartment above his parent's garage. I'm actually a father of five -- four of them girls and three of them being of 'Hannah Montana' age. Needless to say, I probably know more about the show than the producers do.

With that out of the way, we now present the fourth and last season premiere of 'Hannah Montana;' now titled 'Hannah Montana Forever.' Seems like an ironic title since the theme of this season will be Miley's decision to continue her dual role as Hannah Montana or chuck it all for a normal life and more mature movie roles. Perhaps the title should've ended with a question mark to signify this change.

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Disney Channel Sweet on 'Lemonade' Musical

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 30th 2010 11:39PM
The Disney Channel is puckering up for what the network hopes is another 'High School Musical'-type franchise: 'Lemonade Mouth,' an original movie based on a novel about five Rhode Island high school students who meet in detention and decide to form a garage band.

Casting for the project, which is based on the 2007 young adult novel by Mark Peter Hughes, is now underway, with Disney hoping for a 2011 release date, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Disney Hopes Tweens Thirst for 'Lemonade'

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:45PM
With Troy and Gabrielle having been replaced by Edward and Bella in the hearts (and wallets) of gazillions of tween/teen girls, Disney has pounced on what it hopes will be its next 'High School Musical.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the next coming will be an original made-for-TV movie based on Mark Peter Hughes' cult fave, 'Lemonade Mouth.'

The novel, about 5 outcast "freaks" at a New England high school whose chance meeting in detention leads to them form what becomes "Rhode Island's most influential band," has been adapted by April Blair ('Christmas Caper') and will be produced by Debra Martin Chase ('The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' 'The Cheetah Girls').

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Demi Lovato Gets Serious on 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:10PM
Demi Lovato will guest star in an upcoming episode of Grey's AnatomyOr maybe the title should be 'Another Disney Star Sees the Writing on the Wall.' Lately, a number of Disney Channel mainstays like Miley Cyrus and Ashley Teasdale are seeing their lucrative teeny bop days ending and they're moving towards different roles. Makes sense, of course. It just seems every time this happens, these actors go in the totally opposite direction (I'm looking at you, Ms. Elizabeth 'Showgirls' Berkley).

Hopefully, Demi Lovato doesn't head down that road. It doesn't seem likely, since she's been acting for years (she was in the cast of 'Barney & Friends' with Selina Gomez). Plus, she already had a taste of dramatic acting with a role in FOX's 'Prison Break' back in 2006.

With that accumulated experience, her guest stint as a schizophrenic patient on an upcoming May episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' should work out. Look for ratings to skyrocket as tweens ask their parents to stay up late on a school night to watch (and ask why everyone is having sex with everyone else at Seattle Grace).

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Hollywood Reporter says Apple can't kill cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 26th 2009 10:04AM
The world might be all moonbeams and rainbows about the prospects of a TV-less show world thanks to Apple's possible deal with Disney and CBS, but The Hollywood Reporter has swooped in to crush everyone's dreams.

A commentary from THR's Andrew Wallenstein states rather bluntly in the headline that "Apple can't kill cable."

His argument is varied and well-thought-out in several areas, from a lack of adequate company backing to fill Apple's show roster to basic economic principals that I could have understood if my college economics professor didn't make brains bleed with the power of his voice.

Then again, never-say-never. For instance, a certain entertainment newspaper once said in 1955 that rock 'n roll music would be "gone by June." Do you know which newspaper that was? Well, it was ... um, Variety, but that's beside the point.

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Apple talking to CBS, Disney for its TV project

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 23rd 2009 9:30PM
Any attempt to break new barriers in television accessibility is nothing without content and Apple's latest attempt to corner TV has two big names in its front pocket.

CBS and Disney are in talks with Apple to join their latest iTunes TV project, a monthly subscription that would give viewers access to a whole range of TV shows.

Of course, none of these deals are set in stone and everything can fall apart at a moment's notice, but imagine the effects this project would have on television. Are you excited about it or does it scare you down to the very core of your being?

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Viewers to Choose Disney Channel's New Years Eve Lineup

by Lauren Metz, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:13PM
Miley CyrusHappy 17th Birthday, Miley Cyrus! When this megastar blows out the candles on her cake today, will she wish for:

A Porsche? Nah, got that already.

A kiss from Nick Jonas? Been there.

A spot on Disney Channel's 'New Year's Eve Star Showdown' lineup? Ding, ding, ding!

Beginning this Friday, Nov. 27, the Disney stars will duke it out for a spot on the Disney Channel's Dec. 31 evening lineup, the Hollywood Reporter confirms. Fans will be able to vote for their fave episodes and music videos at DisneyChannel.com. The winning shows will run on New Year's Eve from 6PM to 12:30AM, while songs from the 10 favorite music videos will play on Radio Disney, starting at 12PM on Jan. 1.

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