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TV: Rosie O’Donnell to Guest Star on ABC Family’s Hit Series "The Fosters"

(press)— Rosie O’Donnell has signed on for a recurring role on ABC Family’s hit drama series, “The Fosters.”

O’Donnell will play Rita Hendricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and becomes a mentor to a member of the Foster family. She will appear in three episodes when the series returns in January 2014. Production on the second half of the show’s first season will begin in October.

O’Donnell said, “I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful, heartwarming show. My kids and I never miss it.”

“When Rosie O’Donnell tweeted that she loved ‘The Fosters,’ we knew we had to reach out and try to snap her up! Having witnessed her support of foster children and blended families, we knew she would be a perfect fit for the show,” said the show’s creators and Executive Producers Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg.

“The Fosters” is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams Foster, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a guarded teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie and her younger brother Jude into their home hoping to provide them with the guidance and nurturing they so desperately need.

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ABC Family Acquires Network Premiere Rights To Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

ABC Family has acquired the Walt Disney Pictures film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, it was announced today by Tom Zappala, executive vice president, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group. The deal gives ABC Family the first-window rights to the network television premiere. The film is slated to premiere on the network in 2013.
“‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ is one of this summer’s most highly-anticipated movies,” said Zappala. “Audiences love this franchise the world over for its excitement, charm and all-out sense of good fun. We’re thrilled to add this installment, in addition to the first three ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, to our theatrical slate.”
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more, Blackbeard or Angelica — with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade, Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. 

"Birthday Surprise" Eighth Episode of Huge To Air Monday August 18

In the eighth episode of “Huge,” Chloe (Ashley Holliday) and Allistair (Harvey Guillen) celebrate their birthdays – separately — until Chloe’s “popular kids only” party brings the two together under some unfortunate circumstances, causing Chloe to get upset. What happens to trigger such intense emotions? Find out Monday, August 16th (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), on the new ABC Family original one-hour scripted series, “Huge.” The episode, entitled “Birthdays,” was directed by Elodie Keene and written by Lucy Boyle.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rand (Gina Torres) and her new suitor go on an unusual date that gives insight to Rand’s past and her present demeanor. By allowing this man into enter her personal and secret life, it seems that falling in love at summer camp is not just for the campers.
“Huge” is a heartwarming drama that focuses on a group of teens from different backgrounds attending a weight loss camp as they embark on their individual journeys of self discovery. The series will follow the campers as they deal with issues including self-esteem, friendship, rivalry, romance and body image.

Get Ready For The ABC Family Premiere of Huge, Monday June 28

The Drama Stars Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”), Hayley Hasselhoff, Ashley Holliday, Harvey Guillen, Stefan Van Ray, Ari Stidham, Raven Goodwin, Gina Torres and Zander Eckhouse “Huge” is heartwarming drama that focuses on seven teens from different backgrounds attending a weight loss camp as they embark on their individual journeys of self discovery. The series will follow the emotional journey of the campers as they deal with issues including self-esteem, friendship, rivalry, romance and body image. In the premiere episode of “Huge,” Willamina (Nikki Blonsky), aka Will, reluctantly begins her journey at weight loss camp, making quite an impression on her fellow campers at the “before” photo shoot, and later stirring up trouble by selling her stash of food to the other campers. What happens when Dr. Rand (Gina Torres), the head of Camp Victory, finds out about Will’s undercover dealings? Find out in the premiere episode of the new ABC Family original one-hour scripted series, “Huge,” premiering Monday, June 28, 2010. The episode, entitled “Hello, I Must Be Going,” was directed by Allison Liddi-Brown and written by Savannah Dooley and Winnie Holzman.