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The Network Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Airs Tonight on ABC

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” airing on The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, FEB. 17 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST).

Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance – and unlikely heroes brought together by fate – are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producers with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”was released in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

New Season of ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Kicks Off With a Star-Studded Premiere Week

Last summer, the “American Idol” bus visited 24 cities across the nation in search of a superstar. As previously announced, viewers at home will be able to follow the inspiring journey starting SUNDAY, MARCH  3 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, when the first crop of Idol hopefuls audition for their shot at a ticket to Hollywood. The cross-country audition tour will move forward with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), rounding out a talent-filled premiere week. New episodes will continue on Sunday, starting MARCH 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), and adds Mondays for five consecutive weeks, starting MARCH 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT).

ABC revealed today a special look at the “American Idol” judges’ first-ever trip to Idaho in search of a star:

“American Idol” is returning to The ABC Television Network after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network during the 2017–2018 season. Helping to find the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones will take on the role of in-house mentor.

“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick and Industrial Media’s Chris Anokute.  Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

‘Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live’ to Stream Exclusively on Twitter

Emmy-winning “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live,” which features red carpet highlights and insider access to the biggest night in Hollywood, will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at 3:30 p.m. PST/6:30 p.m. EST for the first time. Hosted by actress Laura Marano, and television writer and entertainment journalist Louis Virtel, who will bejoined by returning favorite Chris Connelly, the show will bring the red carpet’s brightest stars, nominees, presenters and performers directly to the movie-going audience at home.

Twitter’s live stream will be available at or via @TheAcademy. This year, fans watching the “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live” live stream may also submit questions for nominees, presenters and performers via Twitter using #OscarsAllAccess for a chance to have them asked in real time. Sponsored by Walmart, “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live” features footage from up to 10 cameras strategically placed along the red carpet, providing fans with an immersive look at the year’s most high-profile and glamorous event.

“Twitter is the place to be during the Oscars. It’s where the conversation about everyone’s favorite films and actors unfolds, and where actors go to connect with their most passionate fan base,” said Sarah Rosen, head of U.S. Entertainment Partnerships at Twitter. “We are thrilled to be able to offer fans the chance to be part of that conversation by tweeting their questions and having the opportunity to have them answered live on camera during the award-winning live ‘Oscars All Access.’”

AddedMeghan de Boer, executive producer of “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live,” “‘Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live’ is the only Oscar show that engages in a direct conversation with the audience, and we are truly excited to partner with Twitter this year. By streaming on their platform, we can bring the fan conversation into the show in real time, creating a unique experience that makes viewers a part of the biggest event of the year.”

Laura and Louis will host from the main stage, where they will be interviewing the star-studded parade of attendees. Meanwhile, ESPN and ABC News correspondent Chris Connelly will return as the official greeter of “The Oscars” which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show as they hit the most famous red carpet in the world.

Laura Marano is widely known for starring as Ally in the Disney Channel’s international hit television series “Austin & Ally,” for which she won Best Actress on TV at the Kids Choice Awards and nominations for Choice Summer TV Star Female and Choice TV Actress Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards. The series has won Kids Choice Awards in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Columbia. Last year, Marano was seen in the highly acclaimed Greta Gerwig-directed high school drama, “Ladybird.” She can be seen this year in two films which include the Netflix romantic comedy “The Perfect Date” with Noah Centineo and Camila Mendes, set to be released on April 12; and the dramatic theatrical movie “Saving Zoe,” in which she stars and produced. Marano is also an established singer-songwriter. Her first single, “Boombox,” has 60 million views on YouTube. She wrote and performed the theme song to the latest video for “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,” which made its video debut at San Diego Comic-Con and has over 68 million views. Recently, she dropped her single “ME” and newest single and video, “Let Me Cry,” on Jan. 11, and another single “FEOU” on Feb. 15.

Louis Virtel is a television writer, comic and entertainment journalist who acts as co-host of Crooked Media’s popular podcast Keep It. His list of television credits includes “Billy on the Street,”  “Match Game” and TVLand’s “Throwing Shade.” Virtel also recently joined the writing staff of ABC’s late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” As a print journalist, his writing has appeared in Time, Vulture, The Advocate and HitFix. Virtel lives in West Hollywood, California, and thinks Rachel Weisz really killed it in “The Favourite.”

Chris Connelly is an award-winning sports and entertainment journalist who is a frequent contributor to ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” From 2000 to 2007, he was a co-host and interviewer for the official Academy Awards® pre-show and has served as the show’s official greeter for the last five years. He first covered the red carpet at the Oscars in 1989 for MTV, where he was the host of the network’s movie show, “The Big Picture.” From 1987 to 1996, he was an editor and writer for the movie magazine Premiere.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood and will be televised live on The ABC Television Network at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST. “The Oscars” also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’ & ‘A Charlie Brown Valentine’ Airs Tonight on ABC

“Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” the 1975 special produced and animated by the same team that gave us the now classic holiday specials and taken directly from the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s famed comic strip, will air with the classic “A Charlie Brown Valentine,” FRIDAY, FEB. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

In “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” hearts are fluttering on Valentine’s Day at Birchwood School, and Linus has brought a huge box of candy for his homeroom teacher. Thinking that the candy is for her, Sally reciprocates with a homemade card for Linus. Meanwhile, Lucy demands some affection from Schroeder, and Charlie Brown waits for his cards in the mail … and waits … and waits …

This special stars Duncan Watson (Charlie Brown), Stephen Shea (Linus), Melanie Kohn (Lucy), Greg Felton (Schroeder), Lynn Mortensen (Sally) and Linda Ercoli (Violet). “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” was executive produced by Lee Mendelson, produced by Bill Melendez and directed by Phil Roman. Music was composed and performed by Vince Guaraldi. It will air with Spanish audio via SAP.

“A Charlie Brown Valentine” marked the first newly created programming from the PEANUTS team in several years. In this special, Charlie Brown finally works up the courage to call the little red-haired girl to ask her to the Valentine’s Day dance. But once again he ends up broken-hearted and empty-handed when he dials the wrong number and reaches Peppermint Patty instead.

Cast members include Wesley Singerman (Charlie Brown), Lauren Schaffel (Lucy), Corey Padnos (Linus), Emily Lalande (Peppermint Patty), Jessica D. Stone (Marcie) and Christopher Ryan Johnson (Schroeder). Lee Mendelson was executive producer and Bill Melendez was producer and director of “A Charlie Brown Valentine.”

Emmy Award-Winning Comedy ‘Modern Family’ Picked Up for Its 11th and Final Season

Currently in its 10th season, ABC announced today that it has picked up the Emmy® Award-winning series “Modern Family” for an 11th and final season. This wonderfully large and blended family will continue to delight audiences for the 2019-2020 fall schedule with its honest and often hilarious look into the warm and sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family. Produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Steven Levitan Productions and Picador Productions, the series airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

“Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss.”

“For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of ‘Modern Family,’” said co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd.

“Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives,” said co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan.

ABC’s “Modern Family” ranks No. 1 in Wednesday’s 9:00 p.m. half-hour among Adults 18-49 (2.1/9) and places among TV’s Top 5 comedies this season (No. 4). A five-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, “Modern Family” remains one of the most heavily awarded comedy series on television, including a Golden Globe® win, four SAG Award wins for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, a Peabody Award, two GLAAD Media Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, six WGA awards, four PGA awards, a Television Critics award along with dozens of individual wins by the show’s award-winning cast.

The series stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria 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, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Jeff Morton, Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman, Elaine Ko, Bill Wrubel, Vali Chandrasekaran, Stephen Lloyd, Jack Burditt and Jon Pollak also serve as executive producers.