Executives

ANNE SWEENEY

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ANNE SWEENEY


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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

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GERI WANG


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

(Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)
 

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

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

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns for a dynamic, action-packed second season, with newly appointed Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) - now the keeper of the secrets -- charged with rebuilding and restoring government and public trust in S.H.I.E.L.D. in the wake of the events of "Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier," where it was revealed evil Hydra agents had infiltrated the organization.

Ever since the existence of super heroes and aliens became public knowledge after the Battle of New York, the world has been trying to come to grips with this new reality. Agent Phil Coulson, who had died at the hands of Loki during the battle, was resuscitated and brought back into action, assembling 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). S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission: to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive.

But the biggest threat was growing from within, as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s old enemy, Hydra - a dangerous extremist group Captain America fought against in World War II - had secretly infiltrated and infected the organization at the highest levels. Once revealed to the public, S.H.I.E.L.D., including Coulson and his team, was discredited and made to look like the enemy. The world now views S.H.I.E.L.D. as untrustworthy, and it's Coulson's job to change that opinion.

After helping to thwart Hydra, Coulson was appointed as Director and tasked with rebuilding the agency. This won't be an easy job to accomplish with the majority of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents either killed, secretly working for Hydra or free agents. Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot, martial artist and longtime friend, will continue to look after Coulson in the wake of the mysterious etchings he's been carving into walls. What do these etchings mean, and can Coulson be trusted? Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, was found to be a Hydra mole and a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D. and locked up away from the world and his former teammates. But this isn't the last we've seen of him... After being left to die in the middle of the ocean by Ward, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer, and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist, found a way to escape their watery grave. But all did not go well for Fitz, who was left in a coma and may never regain his full cognitive functions; a devastating blow to Simmons. And computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet), now a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, discovered her origins as a 0-8-4 -- an object of unknown origin - and that her parents were considered "monsters." Could Skye have darkness lying dormant inside of her? Also joining Coulson's core team is Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), a dashing mercenary sharp shooter with a quick wit. Since he didn't rise up through the ranks, does he have an ulterior motive for helping out the team?

Who can Coulson trust?

"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 Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. "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.

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Resurrection

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)
 

Resurrection

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

What if someone you had lost suddenly returned? The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear.

An 8-year-old American boy named Jacob mysteriously appears in rural China, oceans away from the world he knows. Chicago immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, finds himself in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri when he is tasked to return Jacob to his home. When they arrive, Agent Bellamy discovers the house is now occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry and Lucille Langston. The couple claims their son, Jacob, drowned in an accident more than 30 years ago. Stunned, the family and the community must deal with what seems to be the impossible - Jacob is returned from the dead - but, he is not the only one.

More deceased loved ones start to reappear, sending the town into turmoil, with Sheriff Fred Langston standing firmly as the voice of law and order. His daughter, Dr. Maggie Langston, is torn between her heart and her head, determined to look for a scientific explanation to all of this. Pastor Tom Hale struggles to help the community find spiritual guidance in such uncertain times, which is only further complicated with the return of his pregnant first love, Rachael. On the other end of the spectrum, Maggie's life-long friend, Elaine Richards, lets herself whole-heartedly embrace this miracle when her long-dead father, Caleb returns. But the dead tend to return with secrets, and Caleb's is a dark one.

Compelled to stay and protect Jacob and the people of this town, Bellamy teams up with Maggie to try to figure out why the unexplainable is happening in Arcadia. Agent Bellamy wishes to keep all this from his government bosses, fearing they will over-react. But despite his and Maggie's best efforts, they can't keep this phenomenon hidden from the outside world for long. The government steps in and leaves Bellamy shaken in its wake with the shocking discovery that he is himself, a returned. He struggles to understand not only how this is possible, but what it means on a personal level to discover he has died and come back.

This little town and Bellamy must now live in a new reality, but not without one more surprise, the return of Margaret Langston (Michelle Fairley, "Game of Thrones"). Margaret is the powerful matriarch of the Langston family and mother of Henry and Fred. Dead for over three decades, Margaret brings with her dark family secrets that will have consequences for the entire family and community.

"Resurrection" stars Omar Epps ("House") as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher ("Titanic") as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven ("Crimson Tide," "A Few Good Men") as Sheriff 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, Landon Gimenez as Jacob Langston 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 ("Marvel's Agent Carter," "Reaper") are executive producers. Christopher Misiano is executive producer/director. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are executive producers for Plan B and Jon Liebman is executive producer for Brillstein Entertainment. "Resurrection" is produced by ABC Studios.

 

 
 
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The Goldbergs

(Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m.)
 

The Goldbergs

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

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky and movie obsessed youngest child 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 more yelling. Mom, Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who loves her delicious kids, but still rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad, Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff and sometimes oblivious, parenting with half his attention span but all his heart. Sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is popular and terrifying, doing her best to cover up that she's the smartest of the clan. Barry (Troy Gentile) is a passionate dreamer, who maybe dreams a little too big and who always gets the short end of the stick.  Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's navigating first love, and growing up with his family. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather, Al "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's learning as much from his family as he teaches them.

 "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" is written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg "Breaking In," "Fanboys") and also executive-produced by Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon, Alex Barnow and Marc Firek. "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.

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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, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
 

The Quest

(Premieres Thursday, July 31, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

THE PURSUIT TO CROWN THE ULTIMATE HERO BEGINS THURSDAY, JULY 31 ON ABC'S NEW REALITY BASED COMPETITION SERIES," THE QUEST"

In a thrilling race against time, fantasy, reality and scripted drama will collide as good vs. evil on "The Quest, a new reality based competition series unlike anything else on television. The show premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network, taking 12 unsuspecting contestants to an imaginative realm, where ogres run free in the forest, dragons stir, agents of a dark lord infiltrate the keep, and the only thing standing between peace and chaos are one dozen very unlikely heroes. "The Quest" will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, the fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics 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 the contestants - fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series from the Executive Producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the Executive Producers of "The Amazing Race."

The 12 contestants who will rely on physical stamina, intelligence and resourcefulness to emerge as the one true hero are:

Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX) Shondo attributes his southern hospitality to his hometown of Houston, TX. The professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter is dedicated to mastering his craft but don't be fooled by his tough exterior because he is a softy when it comes to "The Lion King."

Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ) Her strict upbringing has made Lina a strong and independent woman. She grew up playing Street Fighter with her three older brothers and it wasn't long before she was beating all of them. The school counselor has aspirations of becoming a child psychologist and also enjoys helping to run her family's restaurant.

Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR) Jim grew up in the wilderness with his park ranger father. He is a member of a Hogwarts virtual choir and is also a member of the University of Arkansas Quidditch team.

Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT) One of Andrew's greatest joys are working with kids relating to their vivid imaginations. Halloween is his favorite holiday and he enjoys the opportunity to dress as his favorite video game characters.

Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA) Overcoming a major obstacle at an early age, Bonnie taught herself to walk straight after being born with her legs twisted. She is primed for an adventure having spent two months traveling with gypsies having to leave her home after Hurricane Katrina.

Ashley Guerrero (35, Horse Trainer from Murrieta, CA) Skilled in trick riding, archery and boxing, Ashley has been training for an adventure her entire life. From using her riding skills as a trail guide to exploring her competitive spirit when she hosts game nights with her friends, Ashley is ready to take on her fellow contestants.

Patrick Higgins (40, High School Math Teacher from Joliet, IL) ) Although his wife does not share the same enthusiasm, the Star Wars fanatic convinced her to walk through light sabers to the movie's theme song at their wedding. Patrick always strives to make a difference and considers his role as a teacher life's greatest reward.

Jasmine Kyle (31, Mother and Homemaker from Media, PA) Jasmine met her knight in shining armor at a Renaissance Fair. Obsessed with Tolkien growing up, the self-proclaimed horse geek writes her own "Lord of the Rings" fanfiction.

Adria Kyne (41, Marketing Director from Nashua, NH) Adria plans to use her life experience to outwit her competitors. The mother of a young son, she adapts well to new situations and has lived in numerous locations internationally. Always a child at heart, she has a passion for video games and feels that she is never too old to play.

Leticia Reyes (36, Executive Assistant from White Plains, NY) Leticia not only has the brains with a degree in business management information systems, but she also has a green belt in judo. Driven by her regret for not standing up for herself or others in the past, she is determined to emerge the hero.

Katherine "Katie" Smaluk (26, Bartender from Chicago, IL) The twin developed her own language with her sister as a young child enjoying their secret code. While she shares a bond with her sister, she is also fiercely competitive and a self-proclaimed hustler when it comes to pool and cards.

Christian Sochor (23, Server from New York, NY) The young New Yorker was drawn to comic book heroes at an early age. A skilled and imaginative competitor who has showcased his sword fighting talents in the New York Renaissance fairs, Christian has even created his own themed parties to watch the "Lord of the Rings."

"The Quest" was filmed on location in Austria and is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

 

 
 
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Returning Drama Series

Castle

(Season Premiere Monday, September 29, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)
 

Castle

(Season Premiere Monday, September 29, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

When viewers first met famous mystery novelist Richard Castle 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. 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. Over the years they did more than just solve crimes though -- they fell in love, started dating and then finally decided to get married.

But in the Season 6 finale, as Castle was driving to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Then, when he didn't show up at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene where she saw Castle's car in a ravine, engulfed in flames.

Who or what caused the car crash? Is there anyway Castle could have survived? Season 7 will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career.

Cast: 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.

Executive Producers: Andrew Marlowe (Creator), David Amann (Showrunner), Rob Bowman, Armyan Bernstein, Rob Hanning and Terri Edda Miller.

Grey's Anatomy

(Season Premiere Thursday, September 25, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)
 

Grey's Anatomy

(Season Premiere Thursday, September 25, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)

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 in its eleventh 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, 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, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, and Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards.

"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"), William Harper, Stacy McKee and Zoanne Clack 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

(Season Premiere Wednesday, September 24, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)
 

Nashville

(Season Premiere Wednesday, September 24, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

The critically acclaimed drama series "Nashville" returns for a third season. In the season two finale, Rayna was left at a crossroads with marriage proposals from both Luke, her superstar boyfriend, and Deacon, her first love and the father of her oldest child. Whom will she choose? And how will she navigate the turbulent road helming her own label, Highway 65? Juliette had lost the security of her newfound love with rising artist Avery, which foundered when she cheated on him with Jeff Fordham, the record label executive who has made no secret of his contempt for her. This season she will not only grapple with that heartbreak, but also with a pregnancy.

Will's sham of a marriage is cracking under the weight of his admission to his wife Layla that he's gay, and to the cameras of the reality show shadowing their every move. Will his burgeoning career be his salvation or an albatross? Scarlett, Gunnar and Avery continue to struggle to find their muses and voices within in the music industry, and the dynamics of their careers, friendships and search for love seems to shift continually.

Rayna's daughters, Daphne and Maddie, cope with their mother's engagement as well as her ever-increasing fame, while her ex-husband, Teddy, forms a shaky new alliance with Rayna's nemesis, Jeff Fordham.

"Music City" can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm 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, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad.

Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), "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

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)
 

Once Upon a Time

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Lost," "Tron: Legacy") invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairytale characters as they prepare to defend themselves against a magical force from the past that's too unpredictable even for Rumplestiltskin - Elsa, the Ice Queen from Arendelle.

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 fairy tale 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.

After defeating Zelena - the Wicked Witch of the West - Emma and Hook were pulled into her time portal, which brought them back to the Enchanted Forest of the past. When they accidentally thwarted the initial meeting of Snow White and Prince Charming, Emma and Hook had to find a way to fix the timeline and get them together, or risk altering their futures and possibly obliterating Emma and Henry's existence; not an easy task to undertake. When Emma was captured by The Evil Queen, she met a female prisoner scheduled to be executed. Upon finding a way to escape, Emma saved the prisoner's life by taking her along. But Hook believed the woman's fate was to die and feared that things could be altered by her continued existence. After successfully getting her parents back on track, Emma, Hook and the prisoner found themselves captured by Rumplestiltskin and imprisoned in a room that contained his most unpredictable magic. With no way to escape, Emma discovered that her own magic had returned, and she was able to whisk herself, Hook and the prisoner back to present day Storybrooke. Upon their joyous return, Emma learned that the prisoner was none other than Robin Hood's wife, Marian, who was presumed dead in the previous timeline. Regina and Robin Hood had begun to fall madly in love with one another, but with Marian's return, their relationship could be in danger. And, unbeknownst to anyone, Emma and Hook also brought back Elsa.

You never give up on the people you love...

The Storybrooke residents do not know what Elsa has in store for them. Back in the past, in Elsa's kingdom of Arendelle, we will discover what happened to her, her sister Anna and Kristoff, and how and why Elsa became a prisoner of Rumplestiltskin. And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood's wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina's relationship with him, will she return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? And newlyweds Belle and Rumplestiltskin continue to be deeply in love with each other. But Rumple is hiding a secret from Belle -- one that, if found out, could destroy their happiness - he continues to be the master of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level? Mary Margaret and David have a new baby, Prince Neal, and are looking forward to raising him into a proud, brave and loving adult. But they are still sad that they were not able to do this with Emma, instead helping her escape the curse when she was first born and not meeting her again until she was 28 years old. Henry is very happy to have both of his mothers back in Storybrooke. But with biological mom Emma and paternal grandfather Rumplestiltskin's blood running through his veins, he will be tested by both the light and the darkness. Finally, Will Scarlet (Michael Socha, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"), a former member of Robin Hood's band of Merry Men, has traveled across many lands to make his way to Storybrooke. He finds himself intertwined in the goings-on in town for the first time as his mysterious past pushes him to an unknown future.

As the season continues, new fairy tale 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 Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet 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

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)
 

Revenge

(Season Premiere Sunday, September 28, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

When Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) arrived in the Hamptons, she appeared to be nothing more than the friendly, sophisticated "girl next door." But Emily is more than what she seems. When she was a child, her father was framed then murdered by the people he trusted most, leaving her to be consumed by loss, betrayal and rage. Since then, Emily's every social overture has been carefully planned to bring the opulent lives of her enemies crashing down around them. But now, having achieved her goal of taking the Graysons down, a new truth has come to light... her father is ALIVE! How will she continue when the biggest motive behind her revenge is no longer true?

"Revenge" stars Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood") as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe ("We Were Soldiers," "The Last of the Mohicans") as Victoria Grayson, Josh Bowman ("Prowl") as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler ("Roswell") as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann ("Chavez," "The Bourne Identity") as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen ("13 Going on 30") as Charlotte Clarke, Karine Vanasse ("Pan Am") as Margaux LeMarchal, and James Tupper ("Men in Trees," "Mercy") as David Clarke.

"Revenge" is executive-produced by Sunil Nayar ("Body of Proof," "Oz"), Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey ("The Twilight Saga"). Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("GCB," "Mercy") and Alex Taub ("Hart of Dixie," "Drop Dead Diva") also serve as executive producers. 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

(Season Premiere Thursday, September 25, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)
 

Scandal

(Season Premiere Thursday, September 25, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Everyone has secrets...and Olivia Pope 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 as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as 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. "Scandal" is produced by ABC Studios.

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

Returning Comedy Series

Last Man Standing

(Season Premiere Friday, October 3, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)
 

Last Man Standing

(Season Premiere Friday, October 3, 8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tim Allen returns for a fourth season as “Mike Baxter” in “Last Man Standing,” a show about everything that families are dealing with today – all filtered through the blunt “man’s man” comedy of an iconic American dad. Mike continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to challenge his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes.

Mike and his wife, Vanessa, a geologist considering a career change, live with their three daughters in Denver, Colorado. They find themselves tussling with the ongoing parenting dilemma: How much can they continue to influence their kids as they grow up and move on?

Since his seven-year-old grandson, Boyd, moved out of the Baxter home with his mom, oldest daughter Kristin, Mike especially feels the pain of separation. Mike considers Boyd as the other “last man standing” in his life and persists in trying to save the boy from the liberal guidance of his young parents.

Kristin now lives in an apartment in downtown Denver with her son and her baby-daddy, Ryan. It can be a bit of a struggle financially but she and Ryan are determined to raise Boyd their own way, outside of Mike’s well-meaning influence.

As they plan for an upcoming wedding, Kristin and Ryan continue negotiating the terms of their own relationship – one that started off rocky with a high school pregnancy and Ryan skipping town. Ryan has since become a caring spouse and father, but Mike still often sees him as an irresponsible goofball.

Back home, it’s an exciting time of broadening horizons for 20-year-old Mandy Baxter, a sophomore at UC Denver and talented designer with her own clothing business. This new status as an entrepreneur adds to Mandy’s vanity and cheerful self-confidence. Mandy’s sweet relationship with Kyle, who works for her father, continues to blossom.

Like her older sisters, 16-year-old Eve Baxter is also spreading her wings a bit. She, too, is dating – much to Mike’s discomfort. Eve is still a tomboy at heart and active in Junior ROTC. She carries her cocky gung-ho attitude into every project she takes on, which makes papa Mike very proud.

Chuck Larabee, Mike’s frenemy neighbor, continues to take friendly pokes at Mike. Of course, Mike pokes Chuck right back, giving as well as he gets.

Mike tries to escape all the female drama at home in the warm, manly embrace of his job at the Outdoor Man store, a sporting goods emporium where he is marketing director. 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, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee 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, and is from Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The Middle

(Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m.)
 

The Middle

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

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 married wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and 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 is beginning his second year of college via a sports scholarship; moving this year from the dorm to a house with his friend and teammate Hutch. Now responsible for his own meals, it's a given that he will continue to come home often and eat his family out of house and home. Then there's the ever-optimistic Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now in her senior year of high school, this just might be the "year of Sue" as things may finally start going her way. And finally there's Brick, their quirky son, now navigating his way through his second year in the treacherous times of middle school. He reads constantly, whispers and "whoops" to himself and has always unapologetically marched to the beat of his own drummer. But now that he's getting older, he wonders if he might be missing something, leading him into a misguided effort to be more social.

Their hilarious struggles continue, 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.)
 

Modern Family

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

Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, "Modern Family" is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The recipient of a record five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying the Emmy record previous set by "Frasier," and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series, "Modern Family" returns to the ABC Television Network for its sixth 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 vivacious, younger second wife Gloria, and together they are navigating life with a new baby, Joe, and Gloria's teenage son Manny, who has taken to high school with the same charm and gusto he's had since he was little. Meanwhile, Jay's grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, are trying to keep up as their kids grow up right before their eyes with the youngest, Luke, now a sophomore in high school; middle daughter, Alex, is graduating this year and looking at colleges, and eldest, Haley, is living at home and pursuing a career. Then there's Claire's brother and Jay's grown son, Mitchell, who just married his longtime love Cameron. Both are enjoying life as newlyweds and raising their sassy adopted six-year-old daughter Lily. These three families are unique unto themselves, and together they 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 Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett.

The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Prods. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Danny Zuker, 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.

 

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Returning Alternative Series

America's Funniest Home Videos

(

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

 

America's Funniest Home Videos

(

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

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the same mission – to bring viewers America’s ‘real-life’ laugh-out-loud moments captured on video while giving families something genuinely funny to enjoy. Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron is back, in this celebratory season 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 for the chance to win a spectacular Grand Prize: A Vacation for 60 people to the Disneyland® Resort, including a visit to both Parks--Disneyland and Disney California Adventure--in honor of Disneyland® Resort’s Diamond Celebration, their 60th anniversary!

In its 25 seasons to date, “America's Funniest Home Videos” has given away over $13 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips 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 also serving as 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

(Returns January 2015)
 

The Bachelor

(Returns January 2015)

FAN FAVORITE CHRIS SOULES SEARCHES FOR LOVE AGAIN ON ABC'S HIT ROMANCE REALITY SERIES, "THE BACHELOR," WHEN IT RETURNS TO ABC IN JANUARY 2015

The Handsome Farmer Has Been Besieged by Women Clamoring to Move to Iowa for Love

Millions of single women had mixed emotions when Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette." One of the final three men, Chris was dismissed after he had emotionally confessed his love to Andi, but that meant the handsome bachelor was back on the market. Now, he is ready to put his heartache behind him to search for the one missing piece in his life - true love - when he stars in the 19th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor," which returns to ABC in January 2015. The announcement was made this morning on "Good Morning America."

The 32-year-old Midwestern bachelor and self-proclaimed romantic has been engaged once before. Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his fiancée was good, he didn't want to settle for "good." He wanted "great." While the humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427) has found it difficult to date, that hasn't stopped him from having faith that one day he will find the perfect woman for him. His experience on "The Bachelorette" made him realize that love really is out there, and he is confident that he will find it this time on "The Bachelor."

Since his stint on "The Bachelorette," Chris can't go anywhere without being swarmed by women vying for his attention, all super fans of the man with a subtle charm and a signature twinkle in his eye. One adoring admirer drove hundreds of miles to knock on his door, while yet another professed her love for him by placing an ad in his local paper.

A family man through and through, Chris counts his father, who is a farmer, too, as his role model. His all-American mom immediately made Andi feel like a part of their family on Chris' hometown date. And Chris' three older sisters originally submitted him for the show. When Chris starts his own family, he is hoping for a big one like his own: four to six children.

Chris, who actually could drive a tractor before he could drive a car, grew up on a farm in nearby Lamont, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, where he studied agronomy and agriculture. He brought his skills back to the family farm where he expanded the business and helped make it the multi-million dollar enterprise it is today.

This 6'1", blue-eyed bachelor loves football, camping and country music. He epitomizes what women look for in a man: successful, sensitive and sexy. He has almost everything he needs -- except his dream woman, who will be smart, motivated and confident. Oh, and she will need to know or learn how to drive a tractor!

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter 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.)
 

Dancing with the Stars

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

ABC ANNOUNCES THIS SEASON'S "DANCING WITH THE STARS" CELEBRITY CAST AND PROFESSIONAL PAIRINGS LIVE ON "GOOD MORNING AMERICA"

JULIANNE HOUGH IS BACK IN THE BALLROOM JOINING LEN GOODMAN, CARRIE ANN INABA AND BRUNO TONIOLI AT THE JUDGES' DESK

"Dancing with the Stars" Premieres Live on Monday, September 15 8:00-10:01 p.m., ET

One Couple will be Eliminated on the Live Results Show, Tuesday, September 16 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET

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 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the "Dancing with the Stars" results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples 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 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. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples 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, November 24th, 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(r) 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 multi-award-winning series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy(r)- Nominated choreographer Julianne Hough.

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, 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.)
 

Shark Tank

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

"Shark Tank," the critically-acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its sixth season on Friday, September 26.

 The Sharks -- tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons -- continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

The Sharks are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA champion 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, Nick Woodman, one of America's newest and youngest billionaires and founder and CEO of GoPro, will be a guest Shark in multiple episodes. Forbes magazine calls GoPro a "cultural phenomenon" and "America's fastest-growing digital imaging company."

There will also be guest stars and specially-themed episodes, including ones featuring all-college students as well as all-veteran entrepreneurs. Episodes will continue to include follow-up stories, allowing viewers the opportunity to see how some investments led to success.

The hit unscripted series, which will reach its milestone 100th episode in November 2014, continues to be a ratings force, regularly finishing as Friday night's No. 1 series. Last season, "Shark Tank" dominated its 9 o'clock time period and surged by double digits year to year with Total Viewers (+16%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%), marking the series' best-ever season on both Nielsen measures.

In 2012 and 2013, "Shark Tank" received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program. Additional recognitions include two Summer Television Critics Association (TCA) nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming (winning in 2013), three Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Reality Series (winning in 2014), and three Producers Guild Award nominations.

In Season 6, the Sharks are on track to surpass the amount of money offered each season in their investment deals. Over the past five seasons, the Sharks have offered more than $45 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, ingenious business ideas 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 One Three Media in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The Taste

(Season Premiere Thursday, December 4, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
 

The Taste

(Season Premiere Thursday, December 4, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

"THE TASTE" RETURNS TO ABC

Season Three Premieres Thursday, December 4

Season Three of ABC's "The Taste" premieres on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the search to find America's best undiscovered cook. Each week, in a fast-paced culinary competition, professional chefs and home cooks go head-to-head in "The Taste" kitchen, and the food is always judged blind. Returning this season to train the cooks is "The Taste's" all-star team of mentors: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. Tune in to ABC's "The Taste" to see who can stand the heat in this season's kitchen.

"The Taste" features no-holds barred Chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. "The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Kathleen Burns, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.

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

For more information on "The Taste," visit ABC.com/The Taste.

 

 
 
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Returning News Series

20/20

(Season Premiere Friday, September 26, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)
 

20/20

(Season Premiere Friday, September 26, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

The ABC News primetime news magazine "20/20" has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 36th anniversary this season, "20/20" continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. For over three decades "20/20" has offered viewers reports and stories that have changes lives.

 

 
 
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