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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.


 

ABC Will Replace ‘The Chew’ With Afternoon ‘Good Morning America’

ABC News’ Emmy Award-winning morning show, “Good Morning America,” will expand to three hours. The new third hour of the program will air at 1 p.m. EDT, noon CDT/PDT.

After seven seasons, 1454 episodes, multiple Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards, “The Chew” will cease production at the end of this season but will continue to air as planned until September with all-new episodes airing in June.

“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”

He continued, “While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years ‘The Chew’ has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”

In telling his staff, executive producer and “The Chew” show creator Elliott saluted ABC’s bold move into a brand-new genre seven years ago. “Before ‘The Chew,’ no one had attempted a talk/food hybrid. Our hosts Clinton, Carla and Michael and the staff created television history executing the show as well as they did for all these years. I know I speak for all of the people who work on the show when I say it was the best television we have ever had the privilege to produce.”

Leading the competition season-to-date, “Good Morning America” has been the most-watched morning newscast in the country for six consecutive years and recently won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. The third hour of “Good Morning America” will feature even more news, pop culture, compelling interviews and the program’s signature, epic live events.

“’Good Morning America’ keeps finding new ways to inform and delight our audience. We recently expanded ‘GMA’ through our social channels and a newly launched website. Now we will build a whole new hour of compelling content that is true to ‘GMA’’s spirit,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News.

Additional details about the program, including the title and anchors, will be announced in the coming months.

Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, airs live Monday–Friday (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT) on ABC. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer.

ABC Unveils 2018-19 Prime-Time Schedule

Coming on the heels of a tremendously successful 2017-18 season that boasts the No. 1 show on television (“Roseanne”), the No. 1 new drama (“The Good Doctor”) and the No. 1 reality show launch (“American Idol”), ABC is set to announce a stellar slate of programming for the 2018-19 season. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City.

“We enter the new season bolstered by success and the stability that it affords us,” Dungey said. “The new shows we unveil today strengthen an already-vibrant schedule of some of the best television has to offer. These shows, with their compelling characters and aspirational storytelling, will keep our momentum going.”

A total of eight new series have been announced for ABC’s 2018-19 season, including the one-hour dramas “A Million Little Things,” “The Fix,” “Grand Hotel,” “The Rookie” and “Whiskey Cavalier,” and the half-hour comedies “The Kids Are Alright,” “Schooled” and “Single Parents.”

Additionally, “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” previously announced last year, will be on the fall schedule. A fresh take on an established favorite, the show will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel that will include renowned ballroom experts. “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” is produced by BBC Studios.

“The Alec Baldwin Show” (new title), which first debuted as a sneak preview in March, will also air this fall. Starring the three-time Emmy® winner, the one-hour show will showcase Baldwin’s in-depth conversations with compelling personalities. The show is executive produced by Jason Schrift, along with Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz via his El Dorado Pictures.

Fan favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “For The People,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Speechless,” “Splitting Up Together,” and “Station 19” will also return, joining previously announced series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Child Support,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Modern Family,” “Roseanne”  and “Shark Tank.”

On average since the conclusion of the Olympics in February, ABC is the No. 1 TV network among Adults 18-49. For the entire 2017-18 season, ABC ranks a strong No. 2 in entertainment programming, pacing within 100k Adults 18-49 of tying NBC for No. 1. The Network claims 3 of the Top 5 broadcast entertainment shows this season (“Roseanne,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor”), a network-leading 5 of the Top 10 comedies (“Roseanne,” “Modern Family,” “Splitting Up Together,” “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs”), the No. 1 freshman series (“The Good Doctor”) and the No. 1 TV show (“Roseanne”).

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up to series but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the 2018-19 season.

ABC’s fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold:

DAY                              TIME              SERIES

MONDAY:                  8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m.       “The Good Doctor”

TUESDAY:                  8:00 p.m.         “Roseanne”
8:30 p.m.         “The Kids Are Alright”
9:00 p.m.         “black-ish”
9:30 p.m.         “Splitting Up Together”
10:00 p.m.       “The Rookie”

WEDNESDAY:           8:00 p.m.         “The Goldbergs”
8:30 p.m.         “American Housewife” (new time)
9:00 p.m.         “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m.         “Single Parents”
10:00 p.m.       “A Million Little Things”

THURSDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00 p.m.         “Station 19”
10:00 p.m.       “How to Get Away with Murder”

FRIDAY:                      8:00 p.m.         “Fresh Off the Boat” (new day and time)
8:30 p.m.         “Speechless” (new day and time)
9:00 p.m.         “Child Support” (new time)
10:00 p.m.       “20/20”

SATURDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Saturday Night Football”

SUNDAY:                    7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”
9:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m.       “The Alec Baldwin Show” (new title)

NEW FALL AND MIDSEASON SERIES:

DRAMAS

“A MILLION LITTLE THINGS”
They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.

DJ Nash is writer and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers; and James Griffiths is the director on the pilot and an executive producer, from ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment.

“THE FIX”
Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios.

“The Fix” stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.

Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks are executive producers (Mandeville). Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot.

“GRAND HOTEL”
Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

“THE ROOKIE”
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.

“WHISKEY CAVALIER”
“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.

COMEDIES

“THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT”
Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.

The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William and Santino Barnard as Pat.

The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.  Randall Einhorn directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.

“SCHOOLED”
This spinoff of the hit series “The Goldbergs” will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

Story by Marc Firek and Adam F. Goldberg. Teleplay by Marc Firek. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson and Marc Firek are executive producers.

“SINGLE PARENTS” 
This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

The series stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.

The series is from 20th  Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether are creators and executive producers, and Katherine Pope is executive producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who is also an executive producer.

Watch ABC Tomorrow for an Inside Look at Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World

Tune in this Wednesday, May 2 to“Good Morning America” where they will kick off a full day of ABC special segments that will feature the much-anticipated Toy Story Land, opening June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The exclusive access starts with a live welcome from the all-new 11-acre Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” films, the new land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where they will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy.

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Viewers will hear from Walt Disney Imagineers and Pixar artists and will enjoy front-row access to Slinky Dog Dash coaster, Alien Swirling Saucers and the 4D carnival midway games on Toy Story Mania! Plus, awesome new merchandise, themed food and beverage and entertainment offerings.

Tim Allen will take viewers “To Infinity…and Beyond!” when he makes a special appearance on both “GMA” and “Nightline.”

Hosts Sunny Hostin and Sarah Haines will tour the Land on “The View.” Then, “The Chew” will showcase a few delicious treats from Woody’s Lunchbox – the eatery at Toy Story Land.

“Nightline” will wrap the special day with an in-depth look at “Toy Story” and how it and other Disney•Pixar stories come to life at Disney theme parks.

Be sure to tune in to ABC all day to learn more about Toy Story Land!

  • “Good Morning America” airs 7-9 a.m. Eastern
  • “The View” airs 11-12 p.m. Eastern
  • “The Chew” airs 1-2 p.m. Eastern
  • “Nightline” airs 12:35-1:05 a.m. Eastern


Check Out the Set List for Disney Night on ‘American Idol’

It’s Disney Night on ABC’s American Idol this Sunday!  Be sure to tune in and see all 10 contestants perform classic and modern Disney songs.

Also, Disney’s new a cappella group D Cappella will add even more Disney magic to the show with their own performances of Disney songs from animated classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, interspersed throughout the show.

Check out the set list below!

“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast

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Michael J. Woodard will be singing this timeless tune.

 

“Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty

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Catie Turner will enchant us with her vocals.

 

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

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Jurnee will be belting out one of our favorite songs.

 

“Circle of Life” from The Lion King

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Ada Vox will undoubtedly move us all with this performance.

 

“Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid

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Cade Foehner’s is definitely going to rock this.

 

“Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas

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Gabby Barrett will sing with all the colors of the wind!

 

“You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from Toy Story

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Caleb Lee Hutchinson will surely be singing this to his fans, the Hutch Puppies!

 

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King

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Dennis Lorenzo is going to be feeling the love from the judges after this performance.

 

“The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book

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 Maddie Poppe is going to bring a great spin to this, we just know it!
“Remember Me” from Coco
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Michelle Sussett is going to get us all emotional over here.

And don’t forget, for the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts at the same time. This means American Idol will be simulcast across the country for a three week span starting this Sunday, April 29, from 8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT and 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT on ABC. During this time, you’ll be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app. Voting results will be revealed in real time at the end of each episode! These episodes will then be rebroadcast in their normal time slot at 7:00 p.m. CT and 8:00 p.m. PT.

Be sure to tune in to Disney night on American Idol on Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and 5:00 p.m. Pacific on ABC to hear all of these amazing Disney tunes, and vote for your favorites!