Executives

ANNE SWEENEY

Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney/ABC Television Group
 

ANNE SWEENEY


Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney/ABC Television Group

Anne Sweeney is co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company's global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.

In this role Ms. Sweeney oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. She also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 107 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands. Additionally, Ms. Sweeney's responsibilities include cable networks ABC Family and SOAPnet, and the company's equity interest in A+E Networks and Hulu.

In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. The group was the first to leverage iTunes, the first to introduce an ad-supported full episode player online, and the first to deliver an application for the revolutionary iPad.

Under her leadership, the Group continues to combine high-quality content with strategic use of traditional and emerging distribution platforms to deliver compelling news and entertainment viewing experiences to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Most recently, through its WATCH ABC service, ABC became the first linear broadcast network to provide authenticated viewers with live access to their favorite ABC shows and local market programming, as well as a variety of on-demand content, in more ways than ever before, at home and on the go.

From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide, where under her leadership Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base. In April 1998, she also oversaw the successful launch of the 24-hour channel Toon Disney (now known as Disney XD), and later the launch of SOAPnet in January 2000.

Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., since 1993. During her tenure there, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, entertainment-focused FX and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood's first studio-based movie network.

Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises. Among many accomplishments, she oversaw Nickelodeon's international expansion, including launching the channel in the United Kingdom, resulting in a joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting.

Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney has served as a board member of A&E Television Networks, the Paley Center for Media, the American Film Institute and the Special Olympics.

Since assuming her current role as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, Ms. Sweeney has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. In 2008 she was honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America's Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting, the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc., as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Ms. Sweeney was inducted into the Cable Center's Hall of Fame in October 2007 and recognized by the Producers Guild of America in 2006 with the President's Citation for her efforts on behalf of diversity across the Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005 she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable "Hall of Fame," and in 2004 received the Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television.

She has been honored repeatedly by Women in Cable & Telecommunications -- as Executive of the Year in 1994, Woman of the Year in 1997, and as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT's Southern California chapter in 1998. In 1995 she received the prestigious STAR Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement in 1996. In 2002 she received Women in Film's esteemed Lucy Award and has been awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association's President's Award.

Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.

PAUL LEE

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PAUL LEE


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Paul Lee is president, ABC Entertainment Group, a position he has held since July 2010. In this role Lee has oversight of all creative and business operations for ABC Studios as well as all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC Entertainment. He also oversees entertainment programming for syndication and daytime. He reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

For the 2013-14 season, Lee shepherded in new series with industry heavyweights and veterans, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel's first television series from executive producer Joss Whedon and starring Clark Gregg, who reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films; "Super Fun Night," with comedy sensation Rebel Wilson; "The Goldbergs," starring "Bridesmaid's" Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Jeff Garlin; "Mind Games," starring Christian Slater; "Mixology," executive-produced by Ryan Seacrest and "The Hangover's" Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; "Killer Women," starring "Battlestar Galactica's" Tricia Helfer and executive-produced by Sofía Vergara; and "Trophy Wife," with Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden.

Prior to becoming president of ABC Entertainment Group, Lee led ABC Family from 2004-2010, where he revitalized the cable channel with an ambitious slate of original and acquired programs. In conceiving the mission of the network, he launched a plan to target the young adult Millennial audience on multiple platforms with relatable programming like "Kyle XY," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Pretty Little Liars," "Greek," "Make It Or Break It" and "Huge." The network was also home to the biggest programming event on cable with "25 Days of Christmas." Under Lee, ABC Family had an amazing six+years of consecutive growth.

ABC Family also made the most of new platforms to connect viewers with content. The industry recognized this push for creativity and innovation on this front by awarding ABC Family a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media the following year.

Prior to joining ABC Family, Lee was chief executive officer and founder of BBC America, and was responsible for the development and launch of the company in March 1998, starting as general manager and then chief operating officer. During his tenure, the hit comedy series "The Office" (British version) garnered two Golden Globes. Other shows under his supervision included the BBC's "Changing Rooms," which formatted into TLC's signature show, "Trading Spaces," "What Not to Wear" and the "Graham Norton Show."

Before arriving stateside, Lee spent several years at the BBC, ultimately serving as channel editor for BBC Prime, the company's 24-hour entertainment channel.

He started his career as a reporter assigned to Belfast, Northern Ireland, at a particularly critical period in the conflict. Upon returning to London, he segued into entertainment, where he became a producer, director and showrunner, going on to earn a BAFTA and a BANFF Award for the BBC documentary series Arena for his portrait of Woody Guthrie.

In 1990 Lee branched out into drama, traveling to Moscow to direct and produce "Oblomov," starring George Wendt of "Cheers" fame. He also produced, directed and wrote TV movies. Before joining the BBC in 1984, Lee worked as an assistant production manager on novelas at the Brazilian national network Rede Globo in Rio de Janeiro.

Lee holds an MA in modern languages (Portuguese and Russian) from Oxford University in England.

GERI WANG

President, Sales & Marketing, ABC Television Network
 

GERI WANG


President, Sales & Marketing, ABC Television Network

As president of ABC Sales, Geri Wang leads a team of more than 275 executives and staff responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing initiatives. Promoted to this position in February 2010, Ms. Wang has been instrumental in extending advertising opportunities and value beyond the traditional broadcast network into innovative approaches to new media and digital applications. She oversees a business group generating multi-billion-dollar revenues annually, through offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Ms. Wang's senior executive role encompasses ABC Primetime, ABC Daytime, ABC News, ABC Late-Night, ABC Interactive/Digital and ABC Sales Development. She also guides the sales and integrated marketing efforts for Disney/ABC Unlimited, the cross-divisional sales unit of The Walt Disney Company; Disney/ABC Domestic Television Syndication Group; and SOAPNet. Ms. Wang reports directly to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

Since joining ABC in 1990, Ms. Wang has advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, gaining hands-on sales and management experience in all dayparts. Her wide-ranging expertise and advertising sales success led to her appointment as senior vice president of Primetime Sales in 2000 and, a decade later, to her current position as president of ABC Sales.

A self-professed "research and numbers fanatic who loves a good spreadsheet," Ms. Wang has long been recognized for her adept research and analytical skills, coupled with her ability to quickly adapt business metrics in an evolving media environment. While at the helm of ABC Primetime Sales, she is also credited with forging closer operational and creative ties with the Network's Primetime Entertainment Group. This has further expanded ABC's leadership in developing new branding and integration opportunities such as interstitial promercials, webisodes and ABC's pioneering advertiser-supported iPad app.

Ms. Wang is a board member of the American Advertising Federation, and she mentors young people through both the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communication and the ABC Media Networks programs. She has been honored as one of Advertising Age magazine's "Women to Watch" and has been named to the "Mediaweek 50" list of top media executives in the U.S. Ms. Wang began her career as a media research analyst at Grey Advertising and is a graduate of Ithaca College.

 

 
 
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New Drama Series

Betrayal

(Sundays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Betrayal

(Sundays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

Two lovers' worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in the provocative, sensual and gripping new drama, "Betrayal," premiering SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

A chance meeting between Sara (Hannah Ware), a professional photographer, and Jack (Stuart Townsend), a top attorney, leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sara's husband, Drew (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple have a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher's daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Elaine, secure in her relationship with Jack, is a smart, determined woman attempting to make her Chicago café a success on her own terms, as well as be a good mother to the couples' 16-year-old twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters). However Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they've met their soul mates in one another.

As Sara and Jack struggle with their feelings and their guilt about their families, Thatcher's brother-in-law, Lou, is murdered, and all evidence points to Thatcher's mentally challenged son, T.J. (Henry Thomas). Sara discovers she's in the middle of a nightmare when she learns that Drew will be the prosecuting attorney in this high-profile murder case, which can secure his political future, and that Jack will be the lawyer for the defense. The lovers find themselves in an impossible situation – on opposite sides of a murder investigation.

"Betrayal" stars Hannah Ware ("Shame," "Boss") as Sara, Henry Thomas ("E.T.," "Gangs of New York") as T.J., Chris Johnson ("The Vampire Diaries") as Drew, Wendy Moniz ("Guiding Light," "The Guardian") as Elaine, Elizabeth McLaughlin ("The Clique") as Valerie, Braeden Lemasters ("Men of a Certain Age") as Victor, with Stuart Townsend ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") as Jack and James Cromwell ("Babe," "American Horror Story") as Thatcher.

"Betrayal," based on the hit Dutch series "Overspel," was written by David Zabel ("ER," "Detroit 1-8-7") and directed by Patty Jenkins ("The Killing," "Monster"), and is executive-produced by Zabel, Lisa Zwerling ("ER," "FlashForward"), Alon Aranya ("Red Widow") and Rob Golenberg ("Red Widow"). "Betrayal" is produced by ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.

Killer Women

(Series Premiere Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
 

Killer Women

(Series Premiere Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)

Of all the notorious lawmen who ever patrolled the violent frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. Ballsy and badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer) is one of the first women to join this elite group of law enforcement agents. From executive producer Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and creator Hannah Shakespeare ("The Raven"), "Killer Women" takes us inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from a female perspective.

Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. She's even willing to break some rules to get it done. While she's surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, there are those within the Rangers who have her back including her boss, Company Commander Luis Zea. Molly also has the support of her loving family including her brother Billy and his wife Becca. On the verge of getting divorced from her smarmy husband Jake, Molly relishes her newfound freedom even as she begins an affair with a sexy, dangerously handsome DEA agent, Dan Winston.

"Killer Women" stars Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, Marc Blucas as Dan Winston, Marta Milans as Becca Parker, Michael Trucco as Billy Parker, and Alex Fernandez as Luis Zea.

"Killer Women" is produced by ABC Studios. Hannah Shakespeare ("The Raven") and Ed Zuckerman ("Law & Order") serve as executive producers/writers, along with executive producers Sofía Vergara ("Modern Family"), Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale"), Ben Silverman ("The Office"), and Luis Balaguer ("Viva Hollywood!") on the series.

Lucky 7

(Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Lucky 7

(Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

What would you do if you won the lottery? How would it change your life? Follow a group of seven gas station employees in Queens, New York, who have been chipping into a lottery pool for years, never thinking they'd actually win. They need to be careful what they wish for, because while the money could solve problems for each of them, it will forever change the close-knit bonds these friends have formed, in ABC's new drama, "Lucky 7," which will premiere TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Nestled in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Astoria, the Gold Star Gas N' Shop is home to a surrogate family of co-workers whose lives will be transformed by an unexpected lottery win. Aside from the money, relationships will change as the trust between two brothers will be uprooted, budding romances will develop and secrets will come to the surface.

Matt Korzak (Matt Long) could get his very pregnant girlfriend, Mary Lavecchia (Christine Evangelista), and their other child out of his mother's house with some desperately needed cash. Matt's brother, Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush), an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt and pursue the huge crush he has on co-worker Samira Lashari (Summer Bishil). Samira, a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and a talented musician, could finally afford to go to her dream school, Juilliard. Denise Dibinksy (Lorraine Bruce), the tender-hearted Gold Star cashier, is struggling to lose weight and regain her former glory, but the winnings could provide an opportunity for her to rebuild her crumbling marriage. Leanne Maxwell (Anastasia Phillips), a young single mother, will try to keep her past hidden despite the spotlight the lottery win puts on her. Bob Harris (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), the store's manager and quite possibly the nicest man in the world, wants to buy the Gold Star and make it into the perfect workplace he always imagined. And cheerful and charming Antonio Clemente (Luis Antonio Ramos) will discover ways to capitalize on the group's win in order to give his wife, Bianca (Alex Castillo), and their three kids a whole new life.

Now that their circumstances have changed, the "Lucky 7" will need to overcome obstacles, reach down deep to examine their values and find out who they really are if they're to enjoy their newfound wealth.

You'd think they have millions of reasons to celebrate -- but will they?

"Lucky 7" stars Summer Bishil ("Towelhead") as Samira Lashari, Lorraine Bruce ("Eden Lake") as Denise Dibinksy, Alex Castillo as Bianca Clemente, Christine Evangelista as Mary Lavecchia, Stephen Louis Grush ("Detroit 1-8-7") as Nicky Korzak, Matt Long ("Private Practice") as Matt Korzak, Anastasia Phillips ("Stoked") as Leanne Maxwell, Luis Antonio Ramos ("The Ruins") as Antonio Clemente and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. ("The Wire") as Bob Harris.

"Lucky 7," based on the British hit "The Syndicate," was written by David Zabel ("ER," "Detroit 1-8-7") and Jason Richman ("Detroit 1-8-7") and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Zabel and Richman. The pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan. "Lucky 7" is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Television and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

Joss Whedon, the creative genius behind the feature film "Marvel's The Avengers," one of the highest grossing films of all time, and the iconic television series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," has co-created "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a dynamic, action-packed one-hour drama that brings back Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) to lead a team of highly skilled agents to investigate extra-normal and super human people and events worldwide.

The series begins where the "Marvel's The Avengers" left off. It's just after the battle of New York, and now that the existence of super heroes and aliens has become public knowledge, the world is trying to come to grips with this new reality. Agent Phil Coulson is back in action and now has his eye on a mysterious group called The Rising Tide. In order to track this unseen, unknown enemy, he has assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division).

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team has a mission: To investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel's first television series, was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse," "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"), who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Lost," "Heroes") and Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias"). "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Mind Games

(Premieres Tuesday, February 25, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
 

Mind Games

(Premieres Tuesday, February 25, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)

With a little bit of science, a dash of con-artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks, brothers Clark (Steve Zahn) and Ross Edwards (Christian Slater) and can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients' dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in Edwards and Associates, an unusual business based on the belief that people's decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they're not aware.    

A former university professor and world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation, the frantic Clark has a checkered history, which stems from his bipolar disorder. Clark's academic career imploded when the university became aware he was having an affair with a 22-year-old undergraduate. He's still unable to reconcile losing the girl, and tries to focus his manic energy on Ross' new fortune-making plan.

Ross, a brilliant schemer recently out of prison after a two-year stint for fraud, has come up with a business model that he believes can make him and his team millions of dollars. The divorced, incurable ladies' man roiling with ideas, often confuses honesty with opportunism. Although his energy is infectious, his tactics can be questionable and his strategies border on the illegal. Now, if he can just keep his manic brother from going off the rails...

Their team of master manipulators includes the serious Latrell Griffin (Cedric Sanders), a talented young man from a tough neighborhood recruited by Ross, who saw a raw and untapped talent for business in him, and the geeky trust-fund-baby Miles Hood (Gregory Marcel), a promising behavioral psychology grad student with Clark's flair for the science and Ross' general disregard for ethics.

Samantha "Sam" Gordon (Jaime Ray Newman) is an ex-con who Ross met during his court-mandated group therapy and rehabilitation sessions. Sam's abilities to read people and improvise will serve her well, after she works her way onto the team.

Megan Shane (Megalyn Echikunwoke) is an actress who proves to be an invaluable asset to the team, using her beauty and acting skills to help them turn their scientific schemes into real world results. Beth Scott (Katherine Cunningham) is Clark's former undergrad student with whom Clark had the affair. She claims to still be in love with Clark, but Ross wonders if she can handle an actual relationship with his brother.

By using the hard science of psychological manipulation, the brothers commit to solving their clients' problems. With Clark's expertise and Ross's con artist ways, each believing to know what makes people tick, and with their unique staff to help them, the brothers will use psychology and science to offer clients an alternative to their fates.

"Mind Games" stars Steve Zahn as Clark, Christian Slater as Ross, Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megan, Gregory Marcel as Miles, Jaime Ray Newman as Sam, and Cedric Sanders as Latrell.

Written and executive-produced by Kyle Killen, the series is also executive-produced by Keith Redmon, Timothy Busfield and Donald Todd. "Mind Games" is a 20th Century Fox Television production.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

(Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

(Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

From the creative minds that introduced audiences to ABC's "Once Upon a Time," Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz ("Lost," "Tron: Legacy"), and Zack Estrin ("The River") comes a fantastical, epic adventure that offers an exciting new twist on the classic "Alice in Wonderland" story. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" will take you through the looking glass in a modern take on a beloved fable that's brimming with wonder, magic and unspeakable danger.

In Victorian England, young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells an impossible tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar and playing cards that can talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during her adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane. Her doctors intend to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget -- everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever, the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But in her heart Alice knows this world is real, and just in the nick of time the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from her fate. Together the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to a Wonderland where nothing is impossible.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" stars Sophie Lowe ("Beautiful Kate") as Alice, Michael Socha ("This Is England") as The Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot ("The Forbidden Girl") as Cyrus, Emma Rigby ("Prisoners Wives") as The Red Queen, with Naveen Andrews ("Lost") as Jafar and John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun") as the voice of The White Rabbit.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is executive-produced by Edward Kitsis ("Once Upon a Time"), Adam Horowitz ("Once Upon a Time"), Steve Pearlman ("Once Upon a Time") and Zack Estrin ("The River"). The pilot was directed by Ralph Hemecker. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is produced by ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Resurrection

(Series Premiere Sunday, March 9, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Resurrection

(Series Premiere Sunday, March 9, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)

The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago.

While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Lucille is overjoyed at the seeming miracle of her son's reappearance. Henry is reluctant to accept that Jacob is back. Those closest to the family want answers, including Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven), whose wife Barbara drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob, and Fred's daughter, Maggie (Devin Kelley), a local doctor. Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth) seeks a spiritual reason for what's happening in his community. When things take an even more shocking turn, Maggie's life-long friend, Elaine Richards (Samaire Armstrong), finds herself drawn into Arcadia's growing mystery.

Bellamy, an outsider in the town, joins forces with Maggie to figure out why the unexplainable is happening in Arcadia. As their investigation plays out, Maggie learns some unsettling truths about her own past. Will they be able to solve the mystery of Arcadia before the rest of the world catches on to events there? And will they be able to protect Jacob from forces beyond their control?

"Resurrection" stars Omar Epps ("House") as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher ("Titanic") as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven ("Crimson Tide," "A Few Good Men") as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley ("Chernobyl Diaries," "The Chicago Code") as Maggie Langston, Mark Hildreth ("The Tudors") as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage," "The O.C.") as Elaine Richards, Sam Hazeldine ("The Raven") as Caleb Richards, Landon Gimenez as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show") as Henry Langston.

"Resurrection" was developed by Aaron Zelman ("Damages," "The Killing"), who is executive producer. Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters and JoAnn Alfano are executive producers. Dan Attias is director and executive producer. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are executive producers for Plan B and Jon Liebman is executive producer for Brillstein Entertainment. The pilot was directed by Charles McDougall. "Resurrection" is produced by ABC Studios.

 

 
 
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New Comedy Series

Back in the Game

(Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

Back in the Game

(Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)

Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was an All Star softball player until life threw her a couple of curve balls -- a baby, a lost college scholarship and a cheating loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son, Danny (Griffin Gluck), move back in with her estranged father, Terry Sr., aka "The Cannon" (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut either as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle that corrupted her youth, Danny continues to be interested in baseball, if only to gain attention from his new crush, Vanessa (Kennedy Waite). Danny's stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn't even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the field, and of his grandfather's living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the local youth baseball team, coached by Terry's new rival, Dick Slingbaugh (Ben Koldyke), Danny's disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when Lulu (Lenora Crichlow), the wealthy parent of another child who didn't make the cut, volunteers to finance a new team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.

“Back in the Game” stars James Caan as Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, Sr., Maggie Lawson as Terry Gannon, Jr., Ben Koldyke as Dick Slingbaugh, Griffin Gluck as Danny Gannon, Lenora Crichlow as Lulu Lovette, JJ Totah as Michael Lovette, Kennedy Waite as Vanessa Leeds, Cooper Roth as David Slingbaugh and Brandon Salgado as Dudley Douglas.

"Back in the Game" was written by Mark & Robb Cullen ("Lucky," "Las Vegas"), who also executive-produce along with directors John Requa & Glenn Ficarra ("Bad Santa," "Crazy, Stupid, Love") and Aaron Kaplan ("The Neighbors"). "Back in the Game" is from 20th Century Fox Television/ Kapital Entertainment. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with a 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Goldbergs

(Tuesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., ET)
 

The Goldbergs

(Tuesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., ET)

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other -- just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, an overly emotional teen with severe middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it's enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

"The Goldbergs" stars Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille") as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile ("Good Luck Chuck") as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia ("The X Factor") as Erica Goldberg, with George Segal ("Just Shoot Me") as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Murray Goldberg.

"The Goldbergs" was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") and also executive-produced by Doug Robinson ("Rules of Engagement") and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses). The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses"). "The Goldbergs" is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.

Mixology

(Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m., ET)
 

Mixology

(Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m., ET)

One bar. One night. This high-concept comedy from the writers of "The Hangover" chronicles the misadventures of 10 people in search of love. Or sex. But mostly love. Okay fine, sex.

Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, the handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and wiseass Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom's first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who's as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. But the night is still young and the boys have plenty of people to meet in Mix's chic crowd, including Maya's engaged friend, Liv (Kate Simses), aggressive and sexy single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra), Jessica's gorgeous yet catty frenemy Fabienne (Frankie Shaw), bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies), hot and mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto), and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell). As the night unfolds and closing time approaches, some people may get lucky while others are destined to spend the night alone. The question of the season is...who's going home with whom?

"Mixology" stars Adam Campbell ("Epic Movie") as Ron, Adan Canto ("The Following") as Dominic, Alexis Carra ("Incredible Girl") as Jessica, Craig Frank ("8.13") as Cal, Ginger Gonzaga ("Legit") as Maya, Blake Lee ("Parks and Recreation") as Tom, Vanessa Lengies ("Glee") as Kacey, Andrew Santino ("Punk'd") as Bruce, Frankie Shaw ("Blue Mountain State") as Fabienne and Kate Simses ("What's Your Number") as Liv.

"Mixology" is created and executive-produced by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore ("The Hangover," "21 and Over"). Nina Wass, Ira Ungerleider, Ryan Seacrest and Adam Sher also serve as Executive Producers. "Mixology" is produced by ABC Studios and Ryan Seacrest Productions.

"Mixology" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Super Fun Night

(Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Super Fun Night

(Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET)

Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect," "Bridesmaids") writes and stars in an outrageous new comedy about what happens when you decide to live life outside your comfort zone.

For the last 13 years, Kimmie Boubier and her two best friends and roommates, Helen-Alice and Marika, have lived a sheltered life. Instead of going out on the weekends, they've had a standing date every Friday night. So while everyone around them is getting married and moving on (most painfully, at least to Kimmie, her younger sister, who just got engaged), all they have is each other and their "Super Fun Night" tradition.

That is, until junior attorney Kimmie gets a big promotion at her NYC law firm. Kimmie's moving on up at work (literally, to the 28th floor). There's her "frenemy" Kendall, a rival lawyer she's known since college. They'll clash on the job and after hours. She also meets handsome British attorney Richard Royce, the son of the firm's senior partner, who she thinks might be attracted to her, especially after he mentions that he likes girls with a "bit of chunk." It seems that suddenly Kimmie's whole life is opening up, but Helen-Alice and Marika are worried she'll leave them behind. Can Kimmie convince them that life isn't just for the pretty and the popular, and that it's time these three friends put themselves out there? And maybe even get a date? Future adventures will find the BFFs attempting a group date with some guys in their apartment building, and putting an end to "Cookie Prom." Kimmie will face off with Kendall in a dueling piano "sing off," and grow closer to Richard as they form a special friendship.

"Super Fun Night" stars Rebel Wilson as Kimmie Boubier, Liza Lapira ("Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23") as Helen-Alice, Lauren Ash ("Lars and the Real Girl") as Marika, Kevin Bishop ("Star Stories") as Richard Royce and Kate Jenkinson ("The Wedge") as Kendall.

"Super Fun Night" was written by Rebel Wilson, who also serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers are John Riggi ("30 Rock"), who also directed the pilot, Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger and Jeff Ross. "Super Fun Night" is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Conaco and Warner Bros. Television. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Trophy Wife

(Tuesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Trophy Wife

(Tuesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET)

They say the third time's the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each others' arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an instafamily complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what.

Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and overachieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Bailee Madison) and Warren (Ryan Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either, despite Kate's attempts to win her trust. And son Warren may have an erotic fixation on his dad's beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness.

Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support in the most unusual place - with her best friend, Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.

"Trophy Wife" stars Malin Akerman ("27 Dresses") as Kate, Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") as Pete, Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live") as Jackie, Natalie Morales ("Parks and Recreation") as Meg, Ryan Lee ("Super 8") as Warren, Bailee Madison ("Once Upon a Time") as Hillary, Albert Tsai ("How I Met Your Mother") as Bert and Marcia Gay Harden ("Into the Wild," "Damages") as Diane.

The series was created by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern and is loosely based on Haskins' real life. They serve as executive producers alongside Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky ("The Office"). Malin Ackerman is a producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect," "Avenue Q"). "Trophy Wife" is produced by ABC Studios and airs in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with stereo sound.

 

 
 
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New Alternative Series

The Quest

(Premieres Thursday, July 31, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
 

The Quest

(Premieres Thursday, July 31, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Great fantasy is filled with adventure, challenges, discovery, fish out of water and good vs. evil. Turns out another modern genre shares these exact same traits. Announcing "The Quest," a reality show that will literally take contestants and audiences to an amazing, imaginative realm, where the ogres are advancing in the woods, the dragons are stirring, agents of a dark lord are infiltrating the keep, and the only thing that stands between peace and chaos are 12 very unlikely heroes. From the producers of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, paired with the producers of "The Amazing Race," "The Quest" will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, our fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture and art direction. The narrative and mythology of "The Quest" is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of our contestants - fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series.

 

 
 
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New Special

Toy Story of TERROR!

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Premieres Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 - 8:30 p.m., ET

 

 

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ABC has set an airdate for Disney•Pixar's first special for television, "Toy Story OF TERROR!," a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the "Toy Story" films, airing WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET.)

What starts out as a fun road trip for the "Toy Story" gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this "Toy Story OF TERROR!"

The cast of "Toy Story OF TERROR!" includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.

"Toy Story OF TERROR!" is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Angus MacLane. The special is from Disney•Pixar.

 

 
 
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Returning Drama Series

Castle

(Mondays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Castle

(Mondays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

When viewers first met Richard Castle -- a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother -- he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive homicide detective with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Though they instantly clashed, sparks of another sort began to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle stepped in to help find the copycat killer. Once that initial case was solved, Castle and Beckett continued to investigate strange homicides in New York, combining Castle's writer intuition and Beckett's creative detective work.

Then, after four seasons of "will they" or "won't they," Castle and Beckett finally gave into their feelings for each other. Working together as a couple during Season 5, the crime-solving dynamic duo navigated new chapters in their lives, culminating in a cliffhanger in which Castle got down on one knee and asked Beckett to marry him. Season 6 will begin with her answer...

With Beckett as his muse, Castle has penned a series of bestselling novels featuring Nikki Heat, a tough, sexy and professional NYPD homicide detective, and he resurrected Derrick Storm -- the main character of his first set of books -- in a series of original eBook shorts and a full length novel. Castle's much anticipated fifth Nikki Heat thriller, Deadly Heat (September 17, 2013), goes on sale this fall. The previous four mysteries in the Heat series -- Heat Wave (September 2009), Naked Heat (September 2010), Heat Rises (September 2011) and Frozen Heat (September 2012) -- all spent multiple consecutive weeks on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. In addition, the newest Derrick Storm thriller, Storm Front (May 2013), and Castle's Storm eBook original short series -- A Brewing Storm (May 2012), A Raging Storm (July 2012) and A Bloody Storm (August 2012) -- all debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list.

In addition for the new season, a third graphic novel from Marvel Entertainment - Castle: Richard Castle's A Calm Before the Storm - recently debuted in hardcover format, written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David ("Hulk"). The first two graphic novels - Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm and Castle: Richard Castle's Storm Season, written by Brian Michael Bendis ("Avengers") and Kelly Sue DeConnick ("Captain Marvel") - continue to sell well since these graphic fiction adaptations debuted in 2011. All three graphic novels are on sale in comic shops, the Marvel Comics app, iBookstore, Nook Bookstore and everywhere books are sold.

"Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers.

"Castle," which is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P) with 5.1 channel surround sound, is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is the show's creator/executive producer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, David Amann, David Grae, and Armyan Bernstein.

Grey's Anatomy

(Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Grey's Anatomy

(Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, "Grey's Anatomy" is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama, now beginning its tenth season, follows the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

"Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Gaius Charles as Shane Ross, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards and Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy.

"Grey's Anatomy" was created and is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal," "Private Practice," "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"). Betsy Beers ("Scandal," "Private Practice," "Casanova"), Mark Gordon ("Saving Private Ryan"), Rob Corn ("Chicago Hope"), Tony Phelan and Joan Rater ("Law & Order: Trial by Jury"), Zoanne Clack and Stacy McKee are executive producers. "Grey's Anatomy" is an ABC Studios production.

"Grey's Anatomy" is broadcasted in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Nashville

(Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Nashville

(Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m., ET)

The critically acclaimed drama series "Nashville" returns for a second season. In last season's finale, Rayna and Deacon's final moments left their lives hanging in the balance. But one thing is certain... their relationship will never be easy. Rayna will continue to be driven by her desire to expand upon her music empire, signing new talent and going head to head with a new label chief. Juliette is poised for a fresh start after her success was briefly mired by her short-lived marriage, an extortion plot, and the shocking death of her mother. As she continues to work towards shaping her sound and style, she'll discover there isn't a lot of room for error as emerging artists continue to nip at her heels. Deacon's fall from grace will force him to evolve from his role as band leader to a position outside of his comfort zone. The question is whether or not there'll be enough time to commit to his most important role of all...being a father.

With Rayna's record label backing her, Scarlett is still seeking out that magic she harnessed with Gunnar. Is Scarlett a flash in the pan? Or will she self destruct before she's had her moment in the spotlight? Gunnar is tragically aware that his window to stardom is beginning to close and that he'd better get his head back in the game. Did he ever really have what it takes to be a headliner or songwriter? Avery has had it all and lost it all. This time he's made an unlikely ally, and nothing is going to keep him down or prevent him from getting back on that path to stardom. Teddy's life has been turned upside-down since his break with Peggy, but nothing prepared him for how far she would be willing to go to get what she wanted.

"Music City" can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storms driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame, others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad.

Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan are executive producers of "Nashville." The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.

Once Upon a Time

(Sundays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

Once Upon a Time

(Sundays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Lost," "Tron: Legacy") invite everyone to join Emma Swan as she struggles to understand whether she belongs in New York City, where she has begun a new life with Henry, or back in Storybrooke, where things have never been simple. As she works to provide a stable environment for her and Henry, she learns that there's no place like home. But the question remains: where is that for Emma?

Welcome to Storybrooke, Maine, a small town that probably won't show up on your GPS, but it's a magical place to visit. Reality and myth merged after Emma broke Regina's curse, which had deprived the fairytale characters of their memories and trapped them in our modern world. When they finally regained their identities, our heroes were dismayed to discover that they weren't transported back to Fairy Tale Land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin - aka Mr. Gold - decided to escalate his power struggle with Regina by introducing magic into the town. But this is our world, and magic always has a tendency to yield unfathomable consequences.

The first order of business this season was to save Henry, who had been kidnapped and transported through a portal to Neverland. But Neverland was a much darker place than one remembers, and our heroes had to face a foe more powerful than the Dark One himself - Peter Pan. After being tricked and led astray for days - and learning that he was also Rumplestiltskin's father - Pan was defeated and trapped inside Pandora's Box. Our heroes returned to Storybrooke, only to discover that Pan had switched bodies with Henry and was about to enact a curse that would have killed every living soul in town. But after discovering the switch and restoring Henry back into his body, Rumplestiltskin paid the ultimate price by sacrificing his life and killing Pan. In turn, Regina obliterated her original curse, which erased Storybrooke from existence and whisked its residents back to Fairy Tale Land, leaving Emma and Henry together back in our world with pleasant memories - but with no memories of Storybrooke or its residents, and with Storybrooke itself seemingly gone for good.

And they all lived happily ever after... Hardly!

All is not well back in the Enchanted Forest when Hook comes calling on Emma in New York City in an attempt to jog her memory so that she can once again help her fairy tale family and friends out of a desperate situation. Everyone she holds dear is in danger as a new foe emerges - the Wicked Witch of the West (Rebecca Mader, "Lost"). Hook now must enlist Emma in an epic struggle that spans worlds: with the highest stakes possible - the fate of her family. No one remembers how they were transported back or the past year they had spent back in Fairy Tale Land. But someone in town is responsible for this curse, and all clues point to the Wicked Witch of the West, whose agenda in our world is a mystery. In an attempt to break the curse, new fairytale characters will be revealed and old acquaintances will be revisited. But not everyone can be trusted.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

"Once Upon a Time" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are creators and executive producers. Steve Pearlman and David H. Goodman are also executive producers. The show is from ABC Studios.

Revenge

(Sundays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Revenge

(Sundays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

When Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) was the newest arrival in the Hamptons, she was, by all appearances, a sophisticated and friendly "girl next door." But the exclusive world in which she has immersed herself is tied to a dark family history and Emily is anything but what she seems. After her father was framed for a horrific crime by people he trusted and sentenced to a life in prison, Emily never saw him again. Having spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss and betrayal, Emily has returned to the Hamptons under an assumed identity with one endgame - REVENGE - and her every social overture has been carefully planned to chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies until their lives come crashing down around them. Now she must face the consequences of her actions and the havoc she has wreaked on those around her while she continues to avenge her father's death.

"Revenge" stars Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood") as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe ("We Were Soldiers," "The Last of the Mohicans") as Victoria Grayson, Henry Czerny ("Mission: Impossible," "Clear and Present Danger") as Conrad Grayson, Josh Bowman ("Prowl") as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler ("Roswell") as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann ("The Bourne Identity") as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen ("13 Going on 30") as Charlotte Clarke and Barry Sloane as Aiden Mathis.

"Revenge" is executive-produced by Sunil Nayar ("Body of Proof," "Oz"), Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey ("The Twilight Saga") and Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("GCB," "Mercy"). The series, created by Mike Kelley, is produced by ABC Studios.

"Revenge" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Scandal

(Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

Scandal

(Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

Everyone has secrets... and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope's team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these "gladiators in suits," who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand -- their own.

"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington ("Ray") as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short ("Stomp the Yard") as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz ("Half-Baked") as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn ("Ghost") as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry ("Grey's Anatomy") as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina ("West Wing") as David Rosen and Scott Foley ("Felicity") as Captain Jake Ballard.

The series is created by Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice"). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") and Mark Wilding are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. "Scandal" is produced by ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel sound.

Returning Comedy Series

Last Man Standing

(Fridays, 8:00 - 8:30 p.m., ET)
 

Last Man Standing

(Fridays, 8:00 - 8:30 p.m., ET)

Tim Allen returns for a third season as "Mike Baxter" in "Last Man Standing," a show about everything that families in America are dealing with today – all filtered through the blunt "man's man" comedy of an iconic American character. Mike continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to challenge his ideals on just about everything in which he believes.

Mike and his wife, Vanessa, a geologist working for an oil company, realize their family nest is getting a little smaller. As their three daughters grow up and move on, Mike and Vanessa confront that quintessential parenting dilemma about how much they can still influence their kids.

Mike especially feels that pain when his six-year-old grandson, Boyd, moves out of the Baxter home along with his mother, oldest daughter Kristin. Boyd is the real "last man standing," and Mike will persist in trying to save the boy from his liberal-thinking parents.

Kristin, in addition to wanting to become more independent, has moved into an apartment in downtown Denver with her son and baby-Daddy, Ryan (Jordan Masterson). The 24-year-old single mom no longer toils away at a greasy spoon diner, but is now the manager of an upscale restaurant.

Back home, it's an exciting time of broadening horizons for 18-year-old Mandy Baxter, a freshman attending UC Denver and trying to keep up in a competitive university atmosphere. Mandy struggles with her new college identity – does she go the sorority route and try to carry over her popular girl status from high school, or does she embrace her newly-blossoming intellect -- such as it is?

Like her older sisters, 15-year-old Eve Baxter is also spreading her wings a bit. And boys are taking notice – much to Mike's discomfort. He doesn't like having to watch his last daughter and "little buddy" turn into a woman. Eve is still a tomboy at heart and active in Junior ROTC at her high school, carrying this gung-ho attitude into every project she takes on, which makes papa Mike very proud.

As usual, Mike tries to escape any female drama at home in the warm, manly embrace of his job at the Outdoor Man store, an sporting goods store where he is marketing director. But lately this hasn't been so easy, with Vanessa increasingly encroaching on this safe haven and Mandy's steady boyfriend, Kyle, working there. Mike's long-time boss and friend, Ed Alzate, continues to provide a slightly warped sounding-board as Mike considers the various thorny issues confronting him at home.

Mike still revels in his Outdoor Man video-blog, which he delightedly uses as a pulpit for his opinions and a voice to appeal to those who agree that manliness is under assault. When he's supposed to be selling mountain bikes or kayaks, for some reason he always ends up spouting off about the environment, Obamacare, international politics or any other topic occupying his mind.

"Last Man Standing" stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.

"Last Man Standing," created by Jack Burditt and executive-produced by Tim Doyle, Tim Allen, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Kevin Abbott and Kevin Hench, is from Twentieth Century Fox Television. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

The Middle

(Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET)
 

The Middle

(Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET)

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Having been fired as the least successful sales woman at the town's only surviving car dealership, Frankie re-evaluated her career path and is now working as a dental assistant. Her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average - yes, most definitely average - family.

Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl, the oldest, is a jock slacker who eats them out of house and home and walks around the house in his boxers. But his lazy days are numbered as he prepares to enter college via a well-earned sports scholarship. Then there's Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now a junior in high school, she continues to navigate the raging waters of school life and, to Frankie and Mike's horror, will be driving on her own since recently passing her driver's test - on the sixth try. And last is Brick, their quirky son, who is entering middle school. He reads constantly, whispers and "whoops" to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer.

But through all the madness shines a loving family, and together the Hecks are putting THE MIDDLE on the map.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

"The Middle" was created and is executive-produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.

Modern Family

(Wednesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., ET)
 

Modern Family

(Wednesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., ET)

Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, "Modern Family" is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The recipient of four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series, "Modern Family" returns to the ABC Television Network for its fifth season.

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his young, vivacious second wife Gloria, who resists his old-fashioned ways -- an impulse that will become all the more interesting now that he and Gloria have a new baby of their own. This exciting addition will bring more adventures to the family just as Gloria's son, Manny, is about to embark on an adventure of his own as he enters high school. Jay's grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, also have their son, Luke, heading to high school; their middle daughter, Alex, is full steam ahead on the college track, and the eldest, Haley, is back home figuring out her future. With the kids all growing up, this new chapter means Claire can explore returning to the workforce, which will have its fair share of missteps and victories. And this will be a big year for Claire's brother and Jay's grown son, Mitchell, who alongside his loving partner, Cameron, and daughter Lily, will have a lot of reasons to celebrate. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

"Modern Family" stars Ed O'Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.

The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Prods. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are the creators/executive producers. Danny Zuker, Dan O'Shannon, Bill Wrubel, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman and Jeff Morton also serve as executive producers.

"Modern Family" is broadcasted in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

The Neighbors

(Fridays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

The Neighbors

(Fridays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)

Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wanted the best for his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their three kids, and moving from an apartment in Bayonne to Hidden Hills, New Jersey -- a gated community complete with its own golf course -- was a step in the right direction. Of course the fact that the entire community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron, and that the Weavers are the first humans who have lived amongst them, presents some challenges. But as the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things - the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and connect with your children - are universal... intergalactic even. Despite the fact that they're not even the same species, both humans and Zabvronians had a lot to learn from each other. The Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door.

"The Neighbors" stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.

"The Neighbors" was created by Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Tangled," "Crazy, Stupid, Love"), who is also an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan ("GCB," "Terra Nova") and Chris Koch ("Workaholics," "Modern Family"), who also directed several episodes in Season 1. "The Neighbors" is from ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Suburgatory

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET
 

Suburgatory

(Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)

Single father George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) was doing his best to raise his sixteen-year-old daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) in the big city.  But when he discovered a box of condoms in her bedroom, he moved her to a more wholesome and nurturing environment: the suburbs. Only behind the beautiful homes and perfect lawns of Chatswin lurk the Franken-moms and Red Bull-guzzling teens who have nothing in common with Tessa and George. It's a whole new world, one that makes George wonder if they haven't jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.
           
In seasons one and two, with the help of suburbanites like flirty hot mom Dallas (Cheryl Hines), alpha neighbors Sheila and Fred Shay (Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell), and awkward classmate Lisa (Allie Grant), George and Tessa learned to navigate the pitfalls of suburban life.  With time, they realized life in Chatswin wasn't so bad. Once you got past the plastic smell.
           
In season three, George and Tessa find themselves more at odds with bucolic Chatswin than ever before. George struggles to once again navigate life as a single suburban dad after a tumultuous breakup with Dallas. While Tessa, abandoned by her mother at the start of her senior year, no longer has any interest in trying to fit in. So she and George recommit to walking amongst the suburban hordes without becoming them. Only Chatswin's pull is stronger than they anticipated.
 
 Elsewhere, after the Shays' beloved son Ryan heads off to college, they welcome an unexpected new addition to the family, one that is a new thorn in Lisa's side. Luckily, she can focus her attention on Malik as they take their relationship to new heights. And Dallas deals with both the loss of a relation and her relationship with George. But no one suffers from the break-up more than Dalia. (According to Dalia.) And it only amplifies her feud with Tessa. And when a new, calm Noah (Alan Tudyk) emerges after intensive anger management therapy, it enrages George.
   
The show stars Jeremy Sisto ("Six Feet Under") as George Altman, Jane Levy ("Evil Dead") as Tessa Altman, Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Dallas Royce, Allie Grant ("Weeds") as Lisa Shay, Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live") as Sheila Shay, Chris Parnell ("30 Rock") as Fred Shay and Carly Chaikin ("The Last Song") as Dalia Royce.

Emily Kapnek ("Hung") writes and executive-produces this bitingly ironic single-camera comedy. Patricia Breen also writes and executive produces the series along with co-executive producer Andrew Guest. It is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

 "Suburgatory" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

 

 
 
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Returning Alternative Series

America's Funniest Home Videos

(Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET)
 

America's Funniest Home Videos

(Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET)

"America's Funniest Home Videos," the longest running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, enters its 24th season with the same mission -- giving families something genuinely funny to enjoy. Host Tom Bergeron is back, and funnier than ever, with an abundant supply of fresh clips to keep families laughing from coast to coast. There have been many imitators, but there is only one "America's Funniest Home Videos."

This season the show's $100,000 winners will compete at the chance to win a spectacular Grand Prize: A Disney Parks Vacation for four to the Disneyland® Resort in California and the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. The winner can experience all the magic the Parks have to offer including New Fantasyland(tm), the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom® Park history at the Walt Disney World ® Resort and at the Disneyland Resort, the re-imagined Disney California Adventure® Park featuring Cars Land.

In its 24 seasons to date, "America's Funniest Home Videos" has given away over $13 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million videotapes from home viewers. Viewers wishing to submit home videos to "America's Funniest Home Videos" should visit www.AFV.com for details. Vin Di Bona is executive producer, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway serving as co-executive producers.

"America's Funniest Home Videos" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Bachelor

(Premieres Monday, January 6, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
 

The Bachelor

(Premieres Monday, January 6, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy single father from Miami, Florida, is ready to find love. He'll have his own opportunity to find his wife and stepmother to his daughter when he stars in the 18th edition of "The Bachelor" which returns in January of 2014 on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new "Bachelor" was revealed tonight on the "The Bachelorette - After the Final Rose."

With his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and undying devotion for his daughter, Juan Pablo, 32, was a fan favorite. Sadly, Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock couldn't see a future with Juan Pablo and sent him home from Barcelona. Although he was blindsided by not getting a rose, the experience of being on "The Bachelorette" opened his eyes to the possibility of finding a real, everlasting love. He witnessed firsthand how it worked with Desiree, and has decided that he can't give up on love and on giving his daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else in the world - a brother and a sister to complete their family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he'll find love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family here on "The Bachelor."

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.

"The Bachelor" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with stereo sound.

Dancing with the Stars

(Mondays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Dancing with the Stars

(Mondays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)

"Dancing with the Stars" returns for Season 18 beginning MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In a first for "Dancing with the Stars," the competition will feature a new game changing twist called "The Switch Up." For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at one point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition. 

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Erin Andrews (sports host & "Dancing with the Stars" Season 10 finalist), "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. "Dancing with the Stars" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for various titles including the upcoming "Criminal Justice" (HBO) and "Intruders" (BBC AMERICA) as well as "Getting On" (HBO), "Top Gear" (HISTORY), "What Not to Wear" (TLC) and the cultural phenomenon, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC).

Shark Tank

(Fridays, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)
 

Shark Tank

(Fridays, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET)

"Shark Tank" is back for a fifth season, with the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The critically-acclaimed business-themed show that is as educational as it is entertaining has grown in popularity and appeal. Last season the series became a ratings force, regularly finishing as Friday night's No. 1 program on the major networks among Adults 18-49. In addition, "Shark Tank" grew 17% year over year to deliver its highest-rated season ever.

In 2012 and 2013, "Shark Tank" received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program. The series won the 2013 Summer TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Additional nominations include the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series and a 2013 Producers Guild Award.

The Sharks -- tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons -- will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make the American dream come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; "Queen of QVC" Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.

The entrepreneurs who dare to enter the Tank must try to convince the Sharks to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they desperately need to turn their dreams into million dollar realities. All of the good, bad, emotional and even absurd pitches help showcase the
"I wish I had thought of that" business ideas and products.

But the Sharks have a goal, too -- to get a return on their investment and own a piece of the next big business idea. When the Sharks hear an idea worth sinking their teeth into, they're more than ready to declare war and fight each other for a piece of it.

This season two guest Shark tycoon businessmen will be diving into the Tank for some episodes alongside the Sharks: Steve Tisch, Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants, partner at Escape Artists Productions and the only person who has both an Oscar and Super Bowl trophy; and John Paul DeJoria, best known as the mogul behind the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company. Plus, due to popular demand, fans will get to see Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner go head to head for the first time ever.

There will also be specially-themed episodes, including one featuring children, teens and college students, as well as a Christmastime episode showcasing businesses and products with a holiday theme. The episodes will continue to include follow-up stories, allowing viewers the opportunity to see how some investments led to success.

In Season 5, the Sharks are on track to surpass the amount of money offered each season in their investment deals. Over the past four seasons, the Sharks have offered more than $23 million to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs.

Viewers will continue to ride an emotional roller coaster this season, complete with heated fights between the Sharks, uncontrollable laughter and touching moments. Whichever way the wheeling and dealing may go, many people's lives will be better off -- because they dared to enter the unpredictable waters of the "Shark Tank."

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

The Taste

(Thursdays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
 

The Taste

(Thursdays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

One blind spoonful could change everything. Now in its second season, “The Taste” returns with a new two-hour format. In this exhilarating cooking competition series, “The Taste” puts 16 culinary competitors, who range from home cooks and professional chefs to everything in between, in the kitchen where four of the world’s most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste. In this pressure-packed contest, a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send them packing. “The Taste” features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and author, chef/restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. These four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. Each week the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors’ dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home. “The Taste” is from Kinetic Content and is executive-produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.

 

 
 
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Returning News Series

20/20

(Fridays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
 

20/20

(Fridays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

ABC News' acclaimed series "20/20" has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed news programs in broadcast journalism. Amid the heated, competitive environment of primetime entertainment, "20/20" has demonstrated its ability to consistently attract a significant segment of the viewing audience by offering viewers more choices and more chances to learn about the world around them. For over three decades, "20/20" has continued to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories that have changes lives.

The program is co-anchored by the broadcast team of Elizabeth Vargas and Christopher Cuomo, both award-winning journalists.

 

 
 
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