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Disney’s Media Networks Combine for 39 Emmy Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning from the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. ABC received 31 nominations—including six for Dancing with the Stars and five for black-ish—while Disney XD and Disney Channel added five, for a total 36 nominations for the Disney ABC television group. Together with Marvel Television’s three nominations, Disney programs collected a total 39 Emmy nominations.

The 2018 Emmy Awards will be presented live September 17, 2018. A complete list of every Disney Emmy nomination is included below. To view the entire list of Emmy nominees, visit Emmys.com.

ABC

American Koko
Outstanding Actress in A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, Diarra Kilpatrick

black-ish
Outstanding Contemporary Costumes
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Anthony Anderson
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Tracee Ellis Ross
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Wanda Sykes
Outstanding Comedy Series

Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Reality-Competition Series
Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
Outstanding Hairstyling For a Multi-Camera Series or Special
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series

Grey’s Anatomy: B Team
Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Cicely Tyson

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series

Modern Family
Outstanding Sound Mixing for A Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation

Once Upon A Time
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

The Oscars
Outstanding Production Design for A Variety Special
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
Outstanding Music Direction
Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series Or Special
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special

Roseanne
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Laurie Metcalf

Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Viola Davis

Shark Tank
Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
Outstanding Structured Reality Program

DISNEY CHANNEL

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, Russi Taylor

DISNEY XD

Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns
Outstanding Animated Program

Star Wars Rebels
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Children’s Program
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation

MARVEL TV ON NETFLIX

Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Marvel’s The Defenders
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Marvel’s The Punisher
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

ABC’s ‘Family Food Fight’ Is Cooking Up Some Competition, Nationwide Search Kicks Off for Culinary Competition Series

Prep your oven mitts and set your timers, ABC’s “Family Food Fight” is on a search for the most food-savvy families in the country and could be coming to a city near you! Don’t miss out on the opportunity for your family to serve up some delicious dishes and crazy competition.

Based on Australia’s hit format and hosted by restaurateur, food maven and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, “Family Food Fight” will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America’s No. 1 Food Family and take home a $100,000 cash prize. Family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama. Tapping into each family’s uniquely diverse cultural heritage, along with their countless culinary influences, “Family Food Fight” will take homestyle cooking to a new level as family recipes rich in tradition and shared over generations are put on display.

“Cooking is such an important part of my family life, and I can’t wait to find others from across America who share that passion for creating delicious dishes and have great stories to tell,” said Curry.

Calling all home cooks – do you and your family dominate in the kitchen? Whether you enjoy cooking delightful desserts or a fancy feast, incredible Italian food or a great tasting burger, we want to hear from you! If you think your family has what it takes to become America’s No. 1 Food Family, fill in the pre-registration form, cook your favorite dish and head down to an open call. Please visit familyfoodfightcasting.com for complete details on how to apply.

Families must consist of three or more members to participate. All family members planning to compete must be at least 18 years old and should be home cooks and related in some way. Must be a legal U.S. resident; other eligibility requirements apply.

OPEN CASTING CALLS:
Los Angeles, California
Sunday, July 29, 2018
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, August 11, 2018
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

New York, New York
Saturday, August 18, 2018
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Families must fill out the pre-registration paperwork in advance of the open call by visiting familyfoodfightcasting.com. We strongly encourage all family members to attend open call auditions; however, if somebody is unavailable, please refer to the official casting site for instructions. Don’t forget to bring your signature dish!

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS:
If you are unable to attend an open call, families must upload a video submission (via the pre-registration form at familyfoodfightcasting.com). Completed applications and video submissions must be received by August 17, 2018, to be considered. If selected, producers will reach out with additional information.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, “Family Food Fight” was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia and was recently renewed for a second season. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

ABC Makes an All-Star Return to Comic-Con International 2018 – #ABCxSDCC

As the home of today’s hottest hit series and the origin of countless iconic brands, ABC is a powerhouse in the realm of dynamic storytelling. This year, explore the world of ABC with an interactive fan experience spanning multiple genres. Meet the stars of hit series, immerse yourself in a high-tech multicam show environment and score limited edition collectibles. Visit the ABC guest counter for more details and to register for cast signings.

ABC will be bringing the star power to Comic-Con 2018 with talent appearances from some of the network’s most popular and exciting series. Meet and greet, and autograph signings will be taking place at the ABC booth (#4245) on the convention floor from Friday, July 20–Sunday, July 22; and exclusive merchandise will be available for purchase from Wednesday, July 18–Sunday, July 22.

Below is a schedule of exclusive signing dates/times (talent participation, subject to change):

FRIDAY, JULY 20

4:00 PM                      THE ROOKIE – Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”)
                                   
THE ROOKIE:
Facebook: @TheRookieABC
Twitter: @TheRookie
Instagram: @therookieabc
Hashtag: #TheRookie

SATURDAY, JULY 21

11:00 AM                    MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Henry Simmons, Jeff Ward and Ming-Na Wen, as well as executive producers Jeff Bell, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeph Loeb
                                   
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:
Facebook: @AgentsofShield
Twitter: @agentsofshield
Instagram: @agentsofshield
Hashtag: #agentsofshield

12:45 PM-1:45 PM      WHISKEY CAVALIER – Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”)

                                    WHISKEY CAVALIER:
Facebook: @WhiskeyCavalierABC
Twitter: @whiskeycav
Instagram: @whiskeycavalierabc
Hashtag: #WhiskeyCavalier

3:00 PM                      THE GOLDBERGS/SCHOOLED – Jeff Garlin, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Hayley Orrantia and AJ Michalka (“Schooled”)

THE GOLDBERGS:
Facebook: @TheGoldbergsABC
Twitter: @TheGoldbergsABC
Instagram: @thegoldbergsabc
Hashtag: #TheGoldbergs

SCHOOLED:
Facebook: @SchooledABC
Twitter: @schooledabc
Instagram: @schooledabc
Hashtag: #Schooled

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00 AM                    ONCE UPON A TIME – Lana Parrilla (“Evil Queen/Roni”)

ONCE UPON A TIME
Facebook: @OnceABC
Twitter: @OnceABC
Instagram: @onceabcofficial
Hashtag: #OnceUponATime

1:00 PM                      TGIF – Forrest Wheeler (“Fresh Off the Boat”), John Ross Bowie (“Speechless”), Cedric Yarbrough (“Speechless”) and Fred Savage (“Child Support”)

FRESH OFF THE BOAT:
Facebook: @FreshOffTheBoatABC
Twitter: @FreshOffABC
Instagram: @freshofftheboatabc
Hashtag: #FreshOffTheBoat

SPEECHLESS:
Facebook: @SpeechlessABC
Twitter: @Speechless_ABC
Instagram: @speechlessabc
Hashtag: #Speechless

CHILD SUPPORT:
Facebook: @childsupportabc
Twitter: @ABCChildSupport
Instagram: @abcchildsupport
Hashtag: #ChildSupport

In addition to the meet-and-greet opportunities, the ABC booth will offer fans the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise from such series as “Alias,” “Blossom,” “Dinosaurs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Golden Girls,” “Home Improvement,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scrubs” and “School House Rocks!” Among the exclusives available at the booth are the following:

  • “The Golden Girls” San Diego Exclusive Mystery Box
  • Limited edition “The Golden Girls” “Stay Golden San Diego” 3-inch enamel pin
  • Limited edition “The Golden Girls” “Stay Golden San Diego” 11-ounce mug
  • Limited edition “The Golden Girls” “Stay Golden San Diego” lanyard, featuring a detachable keychain and cheesecake charm
  • Limited edition “Once Upon A Time” Dark One Dagger 7-inch letter opener
  • Limited edition “Schoolhouse Rocks!” print poster (11 inches by 14 inches), autographed by co-creator George Newall
  • Limited edition “LOST” two-pack 1.5-inch enamel pin set, featuring the Dharma Arrow logo and Dharma Swan logo


ABC Picks Up ‘The Conners’ (Working Title) Straight to Series to Premiere This Fall

“The Conners” (working title), a spinoff of the groundbreaking family comedy “Roseanne,” has been greenlit to series with an order of 10 episodes for fall 2018. After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

The series, featuring John Goodman (“Dan”), Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”) as their beloved Conner characters, is set to air Tuesdays (8:00-8:30 p.m.). Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced later.

Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.

“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC shared in a statement.

In support of their new series, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman said, in a joint statement:

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan and Bruce Rasmussen are also writers. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment.

ABC Launches New ‘Castaways’ Reality Competition Series

“Castaways” is a revolutionary series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued. This visually stunning, new reality series follows 12 diverse individuals as they’re dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive among washed-up luggage, scattered resources and abandoned structures. “Castaways” premieres TUESDAY, AUG. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

The only way to leave the remote islands is to persevere long enough to be rescued or to quit. As dramatic situations unfold on an expanse of islands in the South Pacific, the series flashes back to the real lives of each participant in documentary fashion, demonstrating haunting parallels to the lives they left behind.

The 12 Castaways are as follows:

Angel Alvarenga – Chatsworth, California – Age 20
Angel grew up in Honduras and was raised by his grandmother after his mother immigrated alone to California. At the age of 15, he came to the United States to be closer to his mother. His brother was recently injured as a result of gang violence back in Honduras, leaving Angel feeling trapped in the U.S., trying to find ways to afford to return to his family and help his brother.

Terry Allen – Agoura, California – Age 62
Terry recently moved back home to California to help her aging parents and their growing difficulties with dementia. She’s about to send her youngest daughter off to college and has always seen herself as a caregiver. At this stage in her life, she feels conflicted by the fact that her greatest love is for her family but longs for a sense of independence.

Eric Brown – Glendale, California – Age 31
Eric’s childhood dream to serve in the U.S. Navy became a reality at the age of 19. After being in the service for seven years, Eric struggled with things he had witnessed while stationed in Iraq. He was able to pull himself out of that depression mainly because of his recent marriage to his girlfriend, Elise. Elise has been reluctant to share her wedding day news with her parents since she’s unsure of how they would react to her interracial relationship and fears they will contest her marriage.

Sawyer Brown – Willseyville, New York – Age 30
Sawyer is a devoted husband and father who is a sponsored obstacle-course racing athlete, but living a healthy, happy life hasn’t always been the norm for him. He struggled with drugs and alcohol while growing up in small-town America but was able to pursue a better life through fitness. He believes he can help those with similar issues including his brother Zach who struggles with substance-abuse issues and depression.

Tim Burke – Plant City, Florida – Age 50
Tim is a retired U.S. Army Green Beret who has spent much of his life fighting America’s conflicts on foreign battlefields. Retirement has not been a time of leisure as he often travels undercover around the world in order to rescue young girls from sex-trafficking rings. At times, his focus on issues abroad has caused him to neglect important issues at home.

Robbie Gibbons – Birmingham, Alabama – Age 42
At 390 pounds, Robbie is a caring husband and father of four who is beginning to feel the weight of his food addiction as the fear of an imminent heart attack looms. He is known for being an upbeat and positive middle school physical education teacher but feels the hypocrisy in not practicing what he preaches. Robbie is currently looking into his hereditary past for answers to find out if his estranged biological father has any addictive personality traits that could help explain his own addiction issues.

Reshanna Hearvy – New York, New York – Age 24
Reshanna’s bubbly personality is meant to distract people from her heartbreaking personal struggles. Her tight-knit family was evicted from their home without notice forcing them to split up and live in various homeless shelters across the boroughs of New York City. Every week, she looks forward to Sunday since it’s the only time her family is reunited during morning church services. She will not stop until she reaches her goal of living with her family under one roof despite her difficult situation.

Matt Jaskol – Las Vegas, Nevada – Age 32
Matt’s childhood dream was to become a professional race car driver and at the young age of 16, he went from amateur go-kart racing to racing Formula 4 cars around the world. His pursuit to be successful in racing came to screeching halt when the financial market crashed in 2008, which led to putting his racing career on hold. He currently tends to the family woodworking business and takes care of his parents.

Krichelle Kerbow – Haiku, Hawaii – Age 25
Krichelle defines what it means to live off the grid as she resides with her family deep inside the jungles of Hawaii. She enjoys what Hawaii has to offer but desperately wants to branch out on her own to travel around the world. However, she feels as though her loved ones at home could spiral out of control if she were to leave the jungle to follow her dreams.

Richard Rogers – Sequim, Washington – Age 35
Richard has a great amount of knowledge and expertise when it comes to fishing and hunting as a result of growing up in the Pacific Northwest on a salmon hatchery. At the age of 35, he’s finally looking to settle down with his fiancée, Libby. Not only will he learn what it takes to be a good husband but will also take on the responsibility of caring for Libby’s two children as he makes the transition from adult bachelor to a parental figure.

Kenzi Whittington – Nashville, Tennessee – Age 24
Kenzi is an aspiring country music recording artist who moved to Nashville after high school. She’s determined to make it in the music business but the demands of her career have taken their toll on several of her relationships. She often wonders whether or not her dreams of becoming a singer are merely a pipe dream or if they could end up becoming a reality.

Tracee Wnetrzak – Quartz Hill, California – Age 41
Tracee is a self-described super mom who has her hands full as the primary caretaker of five generations living under one roof while she attempts to maintain a job at a local restaurant. Her morning whirlwind routine consists of making sure her mother and grandmother take their medication as she tries to make sure the kids get to school on time. Her memories of growing up in a broken household have taught her invaluable lessons on how to keep a household together.

“Castaways” is produced by Nomad Entertainment which specializes in unscripted television and documentary features. Emmy®-nominated producer, Grant Kahler serves as showrunner. Kahler’s credits include serving as creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier” and History’s “Madhouse,” as well as serving as executive producer of the hit competition series “Alone” and “The Selection” for History.