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160 ABC Stations Poised To Launch Clearinghouse Initiative!

Disney/ABC has announced that over 160 ABC stations have signed on to launch an over-the-top steaming streaming service through its Clearinghouse initiative.

The vast majority of stations are now opted into one or more new internet-delivered programming services from DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and/or CenturyLink. Additionally, with the participation of affiliated stations, the ABC Owned Stations and digital distribution services, ABC’s overall TV Everywhere and OTT footprint is significantly expanded with programming now live – or poised to go live – on the ABC app, MVPDs and OTT access points in 90 percent of US TV households.

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Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett Nmaed Hosts of CMA Fest 2017!

Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will host the three-hour CMA Fest 2017 – featuring the highlights of the CMA Music Festival – when the special is broadcast on ABC this summer.

Filmed during CMA Music Festival June 8-11 in Nashville, the special features many of today’s most exciting country music stars, as they hit the stage during the four-day celebration of America’s music.

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ABC Announces 2017 Summer Premiere Dates!

STILL STAR-CROSSED – ABC’s “Still Star-Crossed” stars Wade Briggs as Benvolio, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline and Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus. (ABC/Ed Herrera)

ABC has announced the premiere dates for its 2017 summer slate – with Shonda Rimes’ drama series Still Star-Crossed picking up where Romeo & Juliet left off on Monday, May 29th; and limited series Somewhere Between – about a working mom who knows the exact time and place her daughter will be murdered – premiering Monday, July 24th.

Existential comedy series Downward Dog premieres on Wednesday, May 17th – after being a hit at SXSW.

On the alternative side, The Gong Show, Boy Band, Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME, alongside returning game shows  ‘To Tell the Truth,’ ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ and ‘The $100,000 Pyramid – and Bachelor in Paradise and Music Specials Billboard Music Awards, CMA Fest 2017 and ESPN’s The 2017 ESPYS – constitute a solid summer of fun.

Full series descriptions and ABC’s summer schedule of premieres follow.

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Imaginary Mary: Imaginary Friends Can Be Big Trouble!

IMAGINARY MARY – ABC’s “Imaginary Mary” stars Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

ABC’s new comedy series Imaginary Mary (Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C) marks the return of Jenna Elman to series television. This is a Good Thing because she’s a gifted comic actor with a knack for both physical humor and comic reactions.

The series premieres with an episode that sets up the reason for Alice’s childhood imaginary friend, Mary – to deal with a crisis when she was six – and her reappearance now that Alice has apparently found the right guy and it’s time to meet his kids.

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Downward Dog Premieres Following Modern Family Season Finale!

Downward Dog – Allison Tolman – Photo by Craig Sjodin/Courtesy of ABC

ABC’s Downward Dog will premiere following the Modern Family season finale on May 17th.

The series follows the life of Nan (Allison Tolman, Fargo) – as seen through the eyes of her ‘increasingly lonely and philosophical’ dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges).

Following its premiere, Downward Dog will move to its regular timeslot of Tuesdays at 8/7C.

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Fred Savage To Host Ricky Gervais Game Show Child Support!

Fred Savage will host Ricky Gervais’ new game show Child Support on ABC. The one-hour game show will feature adult contestants and priceless interactions between funny man Gervais and a group of five kids, ages 6–9 years old, who say the most unpredictable things.

Contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

Savage commented, “When I’m stumped, I turn to Google and my kids. I had no idea there was a television show in that, but now that there is, I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

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Pity The Fool Who Misses So You Think You Can Dance!

Mr. T is one of the new competitors on Dancing with the Stars – ABC’s long-running (24th cycle) dance-off that pairs celebrities with professional dancers.

Other new faces include original ‘CuchiCuchi’ girl Charo, free agent NFL safety Rashad Jennings and 19-year old gymnastics phenom, Simone Biles.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ returns with a live premiere on Monday, March 20 (8/7C).

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