LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — dick clark productions (dcp) president, Orly Adelson, announced this year’s “2011 American Music Awards®” presenters. The roster includes, Alanis Morissette, Benjamin Bratt, Cheryl Hines, Gavin DeGraw, Heidi Klum, Hot Chelle Rae, Jane Levy, Jennifer Hudson, Jenny McCarthy, Joe Jonas, John Legend, Josh Kelley, Julie Bowen, Katherine Heigl, Katie Leclerc, Lionel Richie, Matthew Morrison, Nickelback, Queen Latifah, Robin Thicke, Sarah Hyland, Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston, Taio Cruz, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Marano, in addition to some surprise appearances.
“The 2011 American Music Awards” will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th (8:00-11) on ABC.
Katie tweeted some photos and fun stuff from this as well! It will air Christmas Day, and I’ll have the clip!
Christina Aguilera, former Mouseketeer, offered her rendition of the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” at Disney’s Grand California Resort & Spa.
Singer-songwriter Nathan Pacheco and vocalist Katherine Jenkins, who perform classical-popular music crossovers, sang “O Holy Night.” Joining them were Katie Leclerc and Sean Berdy, from ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” who interpreted the performance in American Sign Language.
ABC Family’s big summer hit, “Switched at Birth,” returns with all-new episodes on a new day and time, Tuesday, January 3, 8:00PM–9:00PM ET/PT. This season, the families must deal with the arrival of Bay’s biological father Angelo (Gilles Marini), inflaming old passions and creating new rivalries. All in all, everyone struggles to navigate family dynamics that seem to be getting more, not less, complicated. The series uses American Sign Language and explores deaf culture with an array of deaf and hard of hearing actors. The series was named the recipient of AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) 2011 American Scene “Crystal” Award®” — the top individual television program honoree in this year’s competition — “for its groundbreaking and seamless inclusion of performers with disabilities, storylines that showcase new assistive technologies, and ethnic diversity.” Most recently, Executive Producer Paul Stupin was awarded the 2011 Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award by the Media Access Awards. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Gilles Marini and Austin Butler are recurring guest stars.
Katie Leclerc is back at work on the second half of Switched At Birth’s freshman season and getting competitive.
The 24-year-old actress dished to JJJ about what’s happening with Daphne on the series.
“Daphne’s been really competitive. She got to play some basketball recently, a lot more basketball. And the Emmett-Daphne-Bay love triangle continues and yea, it’s been really cool. She’s starting to become this animal, like let her out of her cage,” she tells us.
So, is Katie a Daphne/Emmett fan or Bay/Emmett fan? “I think that there are arguments for both sides, but I think Bay and Emmett are adorable together.”
“Raj (played by Kunal Nayyar) gets a ton of assistance in talking to Emily, because he doesn’t speak sign language,” guest star Katie Leclerc, who like her Switched at Birth and Big Bang characters is in real life hearing-impaired, tells TVLine. Helping bridge the couple’s communication gap is Wolowitz, who “knows sign language in addition to five other languages,” Leclerc explains with a laugh.
That Wolowitz’s portrayer, Simon Helberg, and other Big Bangers were so quick to pick up on ASL thoroughly impressed the visiting actress, as did their ability to adapt on-the-fly to other circumstances.
“I’m more used to the one-hour drama set up, where we don’t get changes as much as sitcoms do, but Jim Parsons (Sheldon) had to forget his entire script and relearn a new one like two days before we shot,” she notes with more than a bit of awe. “That, and Simon with his sign language skills…. They are all so professional, and so talented.”
Katie’s guest spot on Big Bang Theory airs tonight!
Thanks Diana for the heads up!
From the studio that brought you “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” comes a groundbreaking new drama about the upheaval that two teen girls experience when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish, a talented graffiti artist with an edgy streak, grew up in a wealthy family with happily married parents and an older brother. Daphne Vasquez, an athletic teenager who lost her hearing at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. When the girls’ worlds collide, family bonds are tested, new romances are sparked, and they start to learn that it’s who they are inside that matters, not where they grew up.
Relive the girls’ journey and catch up before the mid-season premiere with “Switched At Birth: Volume 1.” Including all 10 episodes plus exclusive collectible iPod skins, this two-disc set is a must-own for every fan! Talent: Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”), Katie Leclerc (“Veronica Mars”), Constance Marie (“George Lopez”), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future, “Caroline In The City”), D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) and Lucas Grabeel (Disney Channel’s “High School Musical”). Guest Star: Marlee Matlin (“West Wing,” “The L Word”).
Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano step out in style at the 2011 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party held at Paramount Studios on Friday night (September 23) in Los Angeles.
The Switched at Birth costars reunited just a few weeks ago, filming promo spots for the new season of the show coming in January.
Katie, who wore a Raoul dress, tweeted, “Doing @ABCFsab promo shots for the continuation of the season Vanessa and I have matching pants! #switchednotseparated.”
Katie also just returned from NYC where she spoke with Tyler Blackburn on the Delete Digital Drama movement.
Katie Leclerc, star of the newly popular ABC Family series “Switched at Birth,” felt powerless when she was bullied as a younger student. But that changed when “one boy spoke up… and in that moment I knew that I was going to be okay. I knew that someone had taken notice that this was a problem and addressed the problem,” she said. Leclerc shared this personal story during the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, a gathering of those who have noticed and are addressing the problem, on Sept 21 in D.C.
ABC Family stars, such as Leclerc, are speaking out against bullying in the “Delete Digital Drama” campaign in partnership with Seventeen magazine. Focused on online bullying, the campaign includes print coverage in Seventeen, a teen star-studded PSA airing on ABC Family, a “Delete Digital Drama” badge that can be added to Facebook and Twitter profile pictures, Charlotte Russe T-shirts and partnerships with Verizon and the non-profit Stomp Out Bullying. “The delete part is the power. It’s not victimizing them. It says that there’s something you can do about this drama in your life… You can delete it and stop it now before it becomes something that is really damaging and destructive,” said Seventeen editor in chief Ann Shoket.
Thanks to the most AMAZING Deelightful for donating such an amazing thing – we’ve got a new layout in the gallery!