ABC Christmas Day Parade – ‘Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration’ Taping Scheduled

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The taping days for the ABC Christmas Day Parade has been announced to be on December 8th and 9th at the Magic Kingdom.

Guests in the park during the filming days will be able to take part, although special tickets will not be made available to guests.

As reported earlier, this year’s parade marks a departure from previous years, and is expected to be heavily based around the ‘Frozen’ movie. The title for this year’s parade is “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.”

The Disneyland Resort in California filmed its segments last week.

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Reprise Roles in ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’

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From Entertainment Weekly

The toys are returning for another go-around on television.

ABC announced that they will be airing Pixar Animation Studios’ second Toy Storytelevision special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, following up on the last special, Toy Story of Terror!, which aired in Oct. 2013.  This time, the Toy Story gang gather after a post-Christmas play date and find themselves facing off against a group of action figures who turn out to be “dangerously delusional.” The gang will need the help of Trixie the triceratops if they ever hope to go back to Bonnie’s room.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, along with Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

ABC Announces This Season’s Dancing with the Stars Cast

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This season’s cast of celebrity dancers includes a fashion icon, a YouTube sensation, a NASCAR legend and a movie star, to name a few. The stars will grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs Monday, September 15 (8–10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the Dancing with the Stars results show the following day, Tuesday, September 16 (8–9 p.m. ET).

The 13 professional dancers teaching the celebrity cast how to bring heat to the dance floor are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. Two-time Mirrorball champion and movie star Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk.

As announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 13 celebrities (in alphabetical order) heading to the dance floor this season with their professional partners are:

Jonathan Bennett—Though his striking good looks may have made Jonathan Bennett an object of affection for the ‘plastics’ in Mean Girls, his talent and commitment are what have led him to become one of the most sought-after young actors in Hollywood.

Tommy Chong—Grammy®‎-winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to comedy and American counterculture as part of the legendary comedy team Cheech & Chong.

Randy Couture—As a six-time World Champion and Hall of Famer in the fastest growing sport in the world, Randy Couture is a true icon in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Betsey Johnson—Known for her over-the-top celebration of the exuberant and the embellished, Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960s.

Lolo Jones—Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Lolo Jones is one of the greatest track athletes of her generation and one of the greatest American hurdlers of all time. In addition to appearances at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics for hurdles, Lolo became just the 10th American in history to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, as a member of the U.S. Bobsled Team for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

Bethany Mota—In only five years, YouTube sensation, fashion designer and beauty expert Bethany Mota has become one of the most recognizable names on social media. Today, Bethany’s YouTube channel has more than seven million subscribers, and her videos have been viewed almost 500 million times.

Janel Parrish—Born in Hawaiʻi, Janel Parrish plays Mona in the top-rated ABC Family TV seriesPretty Little Liars.

Alfonso Ribiero—Alfonso’s interests and loves vary from acting, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to his active career today as a television director, host and voice-over.

Sadie Robertson—Sadie Robertson is well known for her dimples and engaging smile, but there is more to the 17-year-old charmer and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty than that. She’s also a high school athlete and motivational speaker.

Antonio Sabato Jr.—Antonio is widely known for his fan-favorite role as Jagger Cates on ABC’sGeneral Hospital and for playing Jack Parezi on Melrose Place. He was also featured in People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue. He’s also a fitness and auto-racing enthusiast and an accomplished author of No Excuses: Workout for Life.

Tavis Smiley—Tavis Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smileyon PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International.

Lea Thompson—Lea Thompson is perhaps best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future III and III and as the star of Caroline in the City.

Michael Waltrip—Michael Waltrip is a winning professional racecar driver, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, a widely recognized network racing commentator and author of a best-selling biography.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic to Air This Fall

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If the air feels crisp this September, it’s not just the cool fall breeze. Walt Disney Animation Studios and ABC are giving viewers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the making of FrozenThe Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The special will also offer a glimpse toward the next chapter for Anna, Elsa, and friends, as well as an exclusive sneak peek at Big Hero 6 which hits theaters this November.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic offers a look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster—now the biggest animated feature of all time. The special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, and artists, as well as Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a spectacular big-screen animated musical.

Viewers will journey to the breathtaking Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle, Frozen‘s fictional kingdom, and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec, and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of Frozen and a never-before-seen preview of the Frozen characters, who are set to appear on the ABC hit seriesOnce Upon a Time when the show returns Sunday, September 28. Members of D23 will get a special peek at what’s to come on Once Upon a Time in the Fall 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three.

The program will culminate with an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventureBig Hero 6, currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios—under wraps until now—as the team prepares for their next big-screen epic. Sounds like September 2 will be the perfect night to “chill out” at home.

Elizabeth Mitchell Joins ‘Once Upon a Time’ in Mysterious ‘Frozen’ Role

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TV geek goddess Elizabeth Mitchell is coming to Storybrooke.

Entertainment Weekly revealed today that Mitchell has joined the cast of ABC’s Once Upon a Time for a season 4 arc as part of the much-anticipated Frozen-inspired storyline. The move marks Mitchell’s return to ABC, where she became a fan favorite on Lost. Since then, she’s starred in ABC’sV and was most recently on NBC’s Revolution. Only this time, we hear Mitchell might be playing a villainous character.

Mitchell’s Once Upon role isn’t being revealed yet, but we’re told she is “possibly malevolent” with ties to royalFrozen sisters Anna (newcomer Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa (Fringe familiar Georgina Haig) as well as to Storybrooke and Arendell. The events in Once Upon are expected to take place after the events in last year’s animated Disney hit. Let the speculation begin!

ABC Cancels “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

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ABC has confirmed through various sources that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will not return after this season ends.

The fantasy-drama series, written by Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The spinoff of Once Upon a Time will come to an end on April 3.  This episode is being promoted as a “series finale”.

The show – starring Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Iggy Pop and Whoopi Goldberg – was originally developed as a 13-episode miniseries that was designed to fill downtime between seasons of the flagship series.  Instead, it began airing on Thursdays in October of last year, and failed to draw viewers in its tricky 8pm slot.

“I really had hoped that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland would work,” added ABC Studios chief Patrick Moran in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter yesterday (March 27), before the cancellation plans were announced.

“It was designed to be what they call ‘gap programming’… and it probably would have fared better as that,” he said.