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August 8

August 8, 2001 – The Wayne Brady Show Premieres on ABC

“Anyway, I think you get the spoof here. It’s the Wayne Brady Show, premiering Wednesday on ABC.”

On August 8, 2001, the musical variety show The Wayne Brady Show premiered on ABC. Featuring comedian Wayne Brady as host, the show had special guests performing improvisational skits alongside selected audience members. Cast members included Brooke Dillman, Jonathan Magnum, J.P. Manoux, and Missi Pyle. The show lasted only a few episodes, ending on September 19, 2001.

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March 13

March 13, 1998 – The ABC Television Series Hiller and Diller Airs Final Episode

On March 13, 1998, the final episode of the ABC television sitcom Hiller and Diller aired its final episode. Premiering on September 23, 1997, the series explored the lives of sitcom writers Ted Hiller and Neil Diller, and the relationship between the writing pair. Ted feels that he owes his success to Neil, and essentially becomes a pushover for Neil’s actions, while Neil’s neurotic tendencies have a habit of pushing everyone away. The series was cancelled after twelve episodes, with four episodes left unaired. It starred Kevin Nealon as Ted Hiller, Richard Lewis as Neil Diller, Jordan Baker as Jeanne Hiller, and Allison Mack as Brooke Diller.

February 9

February 9, 1996 – Thomas Murphy Joins Disney Board of Directors

On February 9, 1996, Thomas Murphy joined the Disney Board of Directors. Murphy helped to build the company Capital Cities, working his way up the ladder until he was named chair and CEO in 1966. In 1985, Capital Cities merged with one of the network leaders, ABC; at the time, this was the largest merger of media companies, which was outdone ten years later when the company then merged with the Walt Disney Company. After this merger, Murphy was not only added as a member of the Board of Directors, but would also join the Executive Committee the following year.

January 6

January 6, 2015 – Marvel’s Agent Carter Premieres on ABC

“It’s just…during the war I had a sense of purpose, responsibility. But now, I connect the calls, but I never get a chance to make them. Do you know what I mean?”

On January 6, 2015, the live-action television series Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered on ABC. The series was based on the character of Peggy Carter from the Captain America film series, which in turn was based on the Marvel comic book series. It was set right after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, with the timeline of right after World War II, and shared continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show aired for two seasons, for a total of eighteen episodes; although it achieved high critical praise, viewership declined, and the show was cancelled at the end of the second season. It starred Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Roger Dooley.

The series begins in 1946’s New York City, with Agent Peggy Carter remembering the moment when she lost the love of her life, Steve Rogers (also known as Captain America). She reads the newspaper to find that her friend Howard Stark has been wanted for questioning in regards to the sale of weapons-grade technology to enemies of the United States. She continues to recall her life as she cleans up her apartment. She is greeted by friend Colleen, who urges Peggy to go out and start dating again, unaware of Peggy’s real occupation as an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). Peggy heads into work, and refuses to let her boss, Roger Dooley, assign her to phone duty. There, the agents are briefed more on Howard Stark, and his fall from grace. Six of Stark’s inventions have shown up on the black market, and he’s been branded as a fugitive from justice. Peggy objects to this, knowing her friend is not a traitor, but Dooley refuses to listen. Fellow agent Daniel Sousa stands up for Peggy when another agent makes a misogynistic comment about her, although she isn’t pleased, because she can handle it herself. The rest of the staff treats her like a secretary, but Peggy won’t let that phase her.

Peggy goes to a local diner, where she sees her waitress friend Angie. She then finds a mysterious note on her table telling her to head to the alley in five minutes, and there she finds a mysterious stranger who plans to take her, but Peggy defends herself, only to find that it’s her friend Howard Stark and his butler, Edwin Jarvis. Stark asserts his innocence, saying that he has a secret vault where he stashes his “bad babies,” the inventions he doesn’t even trust with his friends. While he was in Monaco, his vault had been broken into, with the inventions then ending up on the black market. He asks Peggy to clear his name, as he wants to find the person who did this, and he trusts her more than anyone. He offers her a “mission that matters,” and she is intrigued by the offer. Stark then leaves to retrieve some of his “bad babies,” and warns her that another will end up in New York the next day before leaving her in the care of his butler, Jarvis.

The next day, Peggy sets to work on her new mission, and provides Agent Sousa with some false information about Stark hating water to drive him off the trail. Sousa lets her know that Thompson is working on a lead from club owner Spider Raymond, with a team going in undercover. She asks for a sick day to deal with “ladies things,” which she is reluctantly granted by Dooley. That night, the deal for Stark’s invention goes down at Raymond’s club La Martinique, while Peggy arrives disguised as a blonde, Raymond’s weakness. She is able to make her way past his bodyguard to Raymond’s office, and inquires about Stark’s invention: molecular nitramene. She tries to seduce Raymond for the formula, but he kisses her and gets inadvertently knocked out by her lipstick, which doubles as a sedative. She then opens his safe to find that the formula has already been turned into a weapon. She calls Jarvis, and they both realize that the bomb is now ready to go off, and she now needs to deactivate it. As this occurs, Agent Thompson and his team arrive at the club. As Raymond’s bodyguard shows up to warn him about the SSR agents, Peggy overpowers him and sneaks out while a man in a green suit heads up the stairs to see Raymond. When Raymond wakes up, he panics when he sees the safe open, but is then killed by the man in the green suit. Peggy manages to sneak out past Thompson and heads home, unaware that she has been followed out by the man in the green suit.

When Peggy arrives at the apartment, she starts working to deactivate the bomb, and manages to do so. Unfortunately, when she steps out of the bathroom, she finds that Colleen has been killed, and the man the green suit is there with a gun. She notices he has a scar on his neck where his voice box is, rendering him unable to speak, and manages to push him out a window, but he disappears. The next day she reports the news of the night’s events to Jarvis, berating herself for getting Colleen killed. Jarvis consoles her, telling her she’s a credit to her profession and capable of doing such good. He takes her to meet Dr. Anton Vanko at Stark Industries, who informs them of what the bomb is made of, and where production can be traced: Roxxon Oil Refinery. He always warns them that the bomb, while no longer volatile, is still active, releasing Vita-Rays. This prompts Peggy to search for Steve Rogers’ file at SSR HQ, and is interrupted by Agent Sousa. He cheers her up, and she puts away Steve’s picture before pulling out what she was really looking for. Meanwhile, the man in the green suit tells his superiors about Peggy’s interference and requests permission to terminate her, which he is granted.

Peggy and Jarvis head to Roxxon Oil, and Peggy sneaks inside the facility alone. There, she discovers that the facility is mass-producing the nitramine weapons. Unfortunately, as Jarvis tries to warn Peggy via radio, it gives away her position in the factory, but she is able to subdue most of the factory workers, save for the silent Leet Brannis, who reveals a whole truck full on the nitramine bombs, as well as the same scar on his neck as the man in the green suit. He uses a special machine to speak to Peggy, informing her that he is just a businessman that sells to people who murder, and that Leviathan is coming. He then lets one of the bombs loose, giving her 30 seconds to get out of the way. She is able to escape into the car with Jarvis before the factory explodes, and the pair marvel at the destruction. Meanwhile, back at SSR HQ, Dooley and Thompson talk about Raymond’s murder when they get the call that Roxxon Oil has been blown up, and that the building is just gone. The next day, Peggy and Jarvis debrief on what she had been told about Leviathan, and Jarvis heads out to check Stark’s files. Afterwards, Peggy manages to stop Angie’s harasser from doing further damage, while Jarvis gets on the phone with Stark, and agrees that she will be an excellent choice.

December 25

December 25, 1999 – The Television Special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade Premieres on ABC

On December 24, 1999, the holiday television special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade premiered on ABC. This was the 17th annual holiday parade from the Florida parks. Although the parade had been a staple of holiday specials since the 1980s, this special was notable for deviating from the norm and airing at nighttime instead of the daytime. This parade was hosted by Mitchell Ryan, Susan Sullivan, and Wayne Brady, and featured musical performances by *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Harry Connick Jr., SHeDAISY, and James Ingram.

November 27

November 27, 1986 – The Animated Television Special Disney’s Fluppy Dogs Premieres on ABC

“A mythical beast able to speak like humans.”

On November 27, 1986, the hour-long animated television special Disney’s Fluppy Dogs premiered on ABC. It was intended to be the pilot for a new Disney animated series, in the same vein as The Wuzzles and Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Unfortunately, this special was the week’s lowest-ranked program, and the intended series was cancelled. The special was written by Haskell Barkin and Bruce Talkington, and directed by Fred Wolf. It starred Carl Steven as Jamie Bingham, Jessica Pennington as Claire, Marshall Efron as Stanley, Susan Blu as Tippi and Bink, Lorenzo Music as Ozzie, Hal Smith as Dink and Hamish, and Michael Rye as Wagstaff.

The special begins with the five Fluppy Dogs traveling alongside a dangerous cliffside, and use a magical key to open a door to escape. They end up in a beautiful garden, but quickly find themselves in danger. They open another door and find themselves in a grocery store, causing chaos before finding themselves outside on the street. As they flee, they get the attention of J.J. Wagstaff, a businessman who is intrigued that the dogs can talk. Though they try to escape, the dogs are soon captured and are taken to the pound. The five realize that they need to start acting like regular dogs in order to be saved, and Stanley, the leader of the Fluppy Dogs, gets himself adopted in order to come back and save the others.

Jamie is saved by the quick thinking of Stanley, and is amazed at his new dog’s skills.

It’s revealed that Wagstaff collects exotic animals and keeps them locked in cages in his office; he discovers that the dogs he saw were Fluppies, and gets his assistant Hamish to accompany him to capture the Fluppies. Meanwhile, a kid named Jamie comes home, excited to meet the dog that his mom picked out for his birthday. Although initially disappointed at the dog’s size, he takes Stanley for a walk to “get to know him.” Stanley escapes the leash and heads back to the pound, with Jamie in pursuit. Both end up in a construction site, and when Jamie ends up stuck, Stanley manages to save him. Jamie is astounded at Stanley’s actions, and Stanley opens up to Jamie about his friends. He says that they have a mythical key that opens doors to other dimensions, but the problem is that they may never end up back home.

Jamie offers to use his birthday money to get the other Fluffy Dogs to get out of the pound, but can only afford one: Tippi. Jamie’s mom tells him that they can’t keep another dog, and offers the solution of giving Tippi to Jamie’s neighbor Claire so that the dogs can be neighbors. Claire gladly takes Tippi in. Unfortunately, Wagstaff realizes that the Fluppies are at the pound, and uses his connections to get the others. Stanley tells Jamie that they’ll have to break in to get the other Fluppies, even though Jamie is against it. Stanley makes Jamie promise that he’ll never tell anyone about the existence of Fluppies, and that they left home for the sake of adventure. As Jamie scratches Stanley’s head, magic dust flies out, and Jamie’s bed goes flying across the night sky. As the bed careens around the sky, Jamie scratches Stanley’s head again and gets control of the bed again. The pair stop to pick up Tippi before they head to the pound, but not before Claire sees them, and Jamie makes her promise not to say anything. Tippi and Stanley break in, but Jamie sees Wagstaff with the pound staff and tries to warn Stanley. The five Fluppies manage to make a break for it, pursued by Wagstaff, but manage to get away.

Jamie says goodbye to the Fluppies as they set off to find their door.

The next day, Tippie confides in Claire, admitting that she wants to go home. Jamie wakes up and quickly hides Ozzie, Bink, and Dink from his mom, and says goodbye to Stanley as they find a way for the Fluppies to get home. Stanley promises that they will always be friends, no matter what happens. However, the Fluppies head to Jamie’s school to ask for his help to find the next door. The group sneaks into the sewer to find the way to the door. The group manages to find the door, but a torrent of water comes rushing out, sweeping them away. Jamie heads home to find Claire, and asks for her help. Wagstaff is frustrated with his lack of progress in finding the Fluppies, and decides to advertise on television a $1,000 reward for handing over a Fluppy.

The Fluppies find a door in Jamie’s basement, and once they open it, they find a beautiful garden – and a giant creature running through it. Unfortunately, although the creature is nice, they are unable to return him to the door. Attracted to flowers, the creature runs towards Jamie’s flower-patterned couch, but is terrified by everything in the house. The Fluppies help Jamie and Claire clean up the house after capturing the creature; unfortunately, Jamie is in trouble with his mom for cutting class. Jamie then sees the ad by Wagstaff, and goes down to warn the others. Ozzie, Dink, and Bink set out to find another door, and manage to find the door that will lead them home. The lights attract the attention of Wagstaff, and as he sets out to capture the Fluppies, the trio rush home to Stanley and Tippi. Wagstaff manages to capture Ozzie and takes him back to his mansion. Dink and Bink make it back to Jamie’s house, and tell Stanley about what happened. Stanley, realizing that they’ve caused Jamie enough trouble, have Claire help them rescue Ozzie. Jamie uses the creature to help take himself, Bink, and Dink to Wagstaff’s mansion to help.

Wagstaff threatens Ozzie to start talking and prove that he is, indeed, a mythical Fluppy.

Wagstaff threatens Ozzie to get him to talk and prove that he is a Fluppy, but his threats are interrupted by the arrival of Claire. Wagstaff is prepared for their arrival, and manages to capture Stanley and Tippi. Jamie arrives and demands that Wagstaff lets the Fluppies go, but he threatens Jamie and Claire. Stanley convinces Wagstaff to let the kids say goodbye, and asks Jamie for “one last scratch.” Jamie and Claire scratch the heads of Stanley and Tippi, and magic is released throughout the house, destroying it as it takes off in flight. The house takes the group to the library, the location of the door back to the Fluppie’s own world. Unfortunately, the key flickers ominously, but manages to let the Fluppies go back home. Stanley tells Jamie that he should come with them, but Jamie can’t go. Stanley and Jamie share a tearful goodbye, and as they head into their own world, Wagstaff follows. The door closes, leaving Wagstaff and Hamish trapped in the Fluppies’ world.

A few months later, Claire and Jamie have become good friends, and reminisce about times with the Fluppies, when Stanley and crew arrive back in their world. Jamie sees a door open, and many Fluppies running out. Asking Stanley why they’re all entering this world, Stanley answers with one word: adventure.

November 13

November 13, 2012 -The Cast of Newsies Performs on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars

“Wrongs will be righted, if we’re united, let us seize the day!”

On November 13, 2012, the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies performed the song “Seize the Day” on the hit ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars: All Stars. Based on the 1992 film, the Broadway musical officially premiered on March 29, 2012; this was the third time the cast of a Disney musical performed on the television program. The cast at the time of filming this episode featured Corey Cott as Jack Kelley, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.