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‘Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,’ Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse, Airs Sunday, Nov. 4

ABC announced today a two-hour prime-time special celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the festivities to celebrate the birthday of the internationally beloved character on “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” airing SUNDAY, NOV. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

One of the most acclaimed producers and directors of television and live events, Don Mischer has signed on to produce and direct the special prime-time event. “I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” said Mischer. 

The 15-time Emmy® Award winner and his Don Mischer Productions partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, combine their extraordinary talents to help bring this once-in-a-lifetime celebration to life. “It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon,” said Haykel and Hare.

The list of stellar performances and special appearances will be announced shortly.

Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on Nov. 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” is produced by Don Mischer Productions. Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare are executive producers. Don Mischer will direct. 


‘The Story of the Royals,’ A Two-Night Television Event From People and Four M Studios, Debuts on ABC, Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 23

ABC, PEOPLE and Four M Studios will present “The Story of the Royals,” a two-night, four-hour prime-time television event documenting the fascinating lives of the British royal family. Featuring an extraordinary panel of experts and voices, “The Story of the Royals – Part One” airs WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), and “The Story of the Royals – Part Two” airs THURSDAY, AUG. 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

“The Story of the Royals” will explore pivotal moments in the crown’s history beginning with a simple question: How exactly did we get here? The multipart series captures the mystique of the monarchy through its many loves, losses, extravagances, challenges and charms. With Prince William and Kate’s new royal baby and Prince Harry’s recent marriage to Meghan Markle, the Windsors have truly begun to modernize and resemble a 21st-century family. “The Story of the Royals” will illustrate that evolution as well as examine the American obsession behind all things royal.

“The Story of the Royals” brings together an impressive company of friends, former staff members and royal experts to help illustrate this fascinating story (listed alphabetically by first name):

  • Aaron Korsh, creator of “Suits”
  • Alastair Bruce, Sky News correspondent
  • Andrew Morton, author of “Diana: Her True Story”
  • Anna Whitelock, author of “The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court”
  • Arianne Chernock, author of “Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism”
  • Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor
  • Cele Otnes, author of “Royal Fever”
  • Charles Anson, former press secretary to The Queen
  • Chris Connelly, ABC News contributor
  • Christine Knudsen, theology department chair at Immaculate Heart High School
  • Colleen Harris, former press secretary to Prince Charles
  • Cornelia Guest, goddaughter of Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson
  • Daniel Martin, Meghan Markle’s makeup artist
  • David Wiseman, The Royal Foundation
  • Dr. Harvey Young, Meghan Markle’s former theater professor
  • Dr. Sue Varma, professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone
  • Elizabeth Anson, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Emma Bridgewater, royal ceramics manufacturer
  • Gloria Allred, women’s rights attorney
  • Harry Benson, celebrity photographer
  • Hugo Vickers, royal biographer
  • James Deutsch, folklorist, curator
  • Jane Stevens, lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret
  • Jess Cagle, editor-in-chief, PEOPLE
  • Lady Jane Rayne, maid of honor at The Queen’s coronation
  • Laura Mayhall, author of “Women’s Suffrage in the British Empire”
  • Maria Pollia, theology teacher at Immaculate Heart High School
  • Mark Stewart, royal photographer
  • Myka Meier, etiquette instructor
  • Patrick Jephson, former private secretary to Princess Diana
  • Penny Junor, royal biographer
  • Phillip Norman, author of “Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation”
  • Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News correspondent
  • Robert Lacey, author of “Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II”
  • Sarah Bradford, royal biographer
  • Sarah Gristwood, author of “Game of Queens”
  • Wynne Frankum, chair of the Bucklebury Parish Council
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist

 

This marks the second time that ABC, PEOPLE and Four M Studios (formerly Time Inc. Productions) will partner on a two-night documentary event about the royal family. In August 2017, they teamed up for “The Story of Diana,” which marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic passing at 36 years old. “The Story of Diana” Parts One and Two debuted to impressive ratings, winning the two-hour timeslot over two consecutive nights.

“The Story of the Royals” is produced for ABC by Emmy® Award-winning Four M Studios and Maggievision Productions. Emmy Award-winning producer and director Maura Mandt is the executive producer, along with director Rebecca Gitlitz. Executive producers from Four M Studios and PEOPLE are Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Jess Cagle and Dan Wakeford. Four M Studios will distribute the documentary in international territories.


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return to Host ‘The 52nd Annual CMA Awards’ on ABC

Country Music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s Biggest Night, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. The beloved hosts return for the 11th time.

Two-time CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, four-time CMA Awards-nominated duo Dan + Shay and five-time CMA Awards Vocal Duo winner Sugarland will unveil the final nominees on “Good Morning America,” Tuesday, Aug. 28, live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan’s brand-new restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Nominees in select categories will be revealed on the top-rated morning news program. The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live.

Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as “Good Morning America”’s Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning America”’s YouTube channel.

CMA will then release and post the full slate of all CMA Awards nominees to CMAawards.com and service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP), which includes footage of the nominee announcements on “Good Morning America,” interviews and music video clips.

“The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which is the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in September.

The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

“The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer.

See Who Is Shaping America’s Future in ‘We Day’ With Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, John Stamos and More, Airing Friday, Aug. 17

WE, an organization that makes doing good doable, invites Americans to tune in to the fourth annual “WE Day” special on Friday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, on ABC. WE Day is a celebration of doing good, honoring youth and families across the country who prove that when they harness their belief, passion and energy, they are an unstoppable force for good.

Join host John Stamos for an unforgettable “WE Day” special featuring young world-changers, A-list celebrities and global thought leaders, including Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Cyndi Lauper, JD McCrary, Dr. Phil, Martin Sheen, Lilly Singh, Founders of the #NeverAgain movement and organizers of The March for our Lives Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, and more. Together with social entrepreneurs and WE co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger, “WE Day” celebrates an extraordinary community of difference-makers who are shaping America’s future by making a real impact in their communities and around the world.

“I am honored to be a part of a movement that brings Americans together to do good. These kids are bringing the passion and belief that they can create change, and that’s exactly what they are doing,” said Emmy®-nominated actor and producer John Stamos. “It is inspiring to see this generation celebrated at WE Day for using their voice to make positive impact and motivating us all to keep the momentum of real change alive.”

Featuring energetic and moving performances combined with motivating speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting remarkable young Americans who are making a difference, WE Day showcases how WE is giving Americans the tools to change the world.

“Now, more than ever, young people across America are at the forefront of a movement to create meaningful impact on issues they are passionate about,” said WE co-founder Craig Kielburger.

“The WE Movement is all about empowering the voices of young people and their families to create the change they want to see in their communities and beyond. All WE asks is that they bring the belief that they can change the world, and WE will provide the tools to help them do it.”
Released today, the official “WE Day” trailer can be viewed here. To download the trailer in high resolution, access high-resolution images, b-roll footage and the latest “WE Day” teasers, please visit our Electronic Press Kit.

“WE Day” is sponsored by title partner Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young, and is also sponsored by presenting partners Walgreens and Microsoft.

A catalyst to support the movement of young people leading change, WE Day is a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Caribbean. This past year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools attended WE Day events, alongside thousands who watched online and millions more through two national North American TV broadcasts. Students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day – youth earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice.

WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. As part of the program, educators and community leaders can access the free, interactive WE Schools Kit, which helps them collaborate with students as they create actions plans throughout the year. Globally over 3.8 million students are part of the WE movement, taking part in service learning programs and campaigns.
Beyond the classroom, WE offers free family resources, providing tools to help Americans create change together as a family. WE Families provides parents and caregivers the support they need to raise caring and compassionate children, and set them on a path for life success. Bonding together, families rally around causes that matter to them and, in turn, grow closer as a family unit.
Visit our Electronic Press Kit for photos, videos, the latest “WE Day” special teasers and more.


ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for 2018-19 Season

The ABC Television Network will launch an exciting 2018-19 season with a slate of returning hit shows and several new series, beginning with the premiere of the 27th installment of “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday, Sept. 24, immediately followed by the highly anticipated season premiere of last year’s No. 1 new drama, “The Good Doctor.”

This fall’s new dramas “A Million Little Things,” which is about a group of friends coping with an unexpected loss, premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26; and “The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion as one of the newest – and oldest – police trainees in Los Angeles, premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16. That same night, ABC will launch two new comedies – “The Conners,” a spinoff of the groundbreaking show “Roseanne,” and “The Kids Are Alright,” inspired by creator Tim Doyle’s Irish-Catholic upbringing in the turbulent ’70s. “Single Parents,” which is about a group of adults who lean on each other to raise their children while trying to hold on to their personal lives, rounds out the new comedy slate, and premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” which will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers, launches with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7. Rounding out the roster of new fall titles is “The Alec Baldwin Show,” featuring in-depth conversations with some of today’s most intriguing personalities. Starring the three-time Emmy® winner, the hour-long show, which first aired as a sneak preview last March, will premiere Sunday, Oct. 14.

Friday nights herald the return of TGIF on ABC, which first launched the iconic programming block nearly 30 years ago. The new TGIF premieres Oct. 5 and will feature “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” on their new night, followed by “Child Support” with Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage, at its new time.

“Shark Tank” celebrates its 200th episode and 10th season premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), before moving to its regular timeslot the following Sunday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT).

ABC’s longest-running prime-time drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy,” kicks off its record-breaking 15th season with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27, followed by the fifth season premiere of “How to Get Away with Murder.” “Station 19” returns to the TGIT lineup the following Thursday, Oct. 4.

“American Housewife” returns Wednesday, Sept. 26, at a new time (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT). Fan favorites “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “Splitting Up Together” complete the fall lineup.

Premiere dates are listed below. All times listed are EDT, and new shows are listed in bold.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24
8:00-10:01 p.m.                      “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 27 premiere)
10:01-11:00 p.m.                     “The Good Doctor” (Season 2 premiere)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
8:00-8:30 p.m.                         “The Goldbergs” (Season 6 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m.                         “American Housewife” (Season 3 premiere; new time)
9:00-9:31 p.m.                         “Modern Family” (Season 10 premiere)
9:31-10:00 p.m.                       “Single Parents” (Series premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “A Million Little Things” (Series premiere)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
8:00-10:00 p.m.                       “Grey’s Anatomy” (Season 15 premiere; two hours)
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 5 premiere)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
7:00-8:00 p.m.                         “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Season 29 premiere)

THURSDAY, OCT. 4
9:00-10:00 p.m.                       “Station 19” (Season 2 premiere)

FRIDAY, OCT. 5
8:00-8:30 p.m.                         “Fresh Off the Boat” (Season 5 premiere; new day and time)
8:30-9:00 p.m.                         “Speechless” (Season 3 premiere; new day)
9:00-10:00 p.m.                       “Child Support” (Season 2 premiere; new time)

SUNDAY, OCT. 7
8:00-10:00 p.m.                       “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” (Series premiere; two hours)
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “Shark Tank” (Season 10 premiere)

SUNDAY, OCT. 14
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “The Alec Baldwin Show” (Series premiere)

TUESDAY, OCT. 16
8:00-8:30 p.m.                         “The Conners” (Series premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m.                         “The Kids Are Alright” (Series premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m.                         “black-ish” (Season 5 premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m.                       “Splitting Up Together” (Season 2 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “The Rookie” (Series premiere)