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'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic' clip: Careful, Fluttershy! -- EXCLUSIVE

The Mane Six’s stockings were hung by the chimney with care during Wednesday’s special Friendship Is Magic-themed Yule Log presentation — but the next episode of My Little Pony trades holiday cheer for spirits of another kind.

Specifically: Vampires! More specifically: Vampire fruitbats! And they’re taking over Applejack’s orchard, causing tension between the down-home pony — who’s prepared to do whatever it takes to protect her crop — and her pal Fluttershy, who can’t bear the thought of hurting any creature great or small. The ponies will also have to cope with an orchard that’s much spookier than usual — and shiny red apples that look almost too good to be true…

Get some post-holiday chills by checking out an exclusive clip from the episode below.

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'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic': See the Mane 6 as comic book heroes -- VIDEO

Poor Spike the Dragon — always the sidekick, never the hero.

Spike’s luck could change, however, in “Power Ponies,” the next episode of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. In the show’s latest installment, Spike and his pony pals are transported into the city of Maretropolis — the place Spike’s favorite comic book is set. Though he’s initially relegated to sidekick status, everything changes when the Mane 6 meet a pony super villain — and it’s up to Spike to save the day.

First, though, Spike will have to contend with a world that seems set on keeping him on the sidelines: Example: Spike sniffs to Twilight Sparkle that the comic book character Humdrum “never stops the villain. He’s just there for comic relief.” And… well, FIM is meta enough that you can guess what happens next.
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'Degrassi' trailer: Scandal! Betrayal! Revenge! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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(And other nouns that don’t double as ABC dramas!)

Love. Heartbreak. Drinking. Eyeliner. Secrets. More secrets. Sexting. More sexting. Abuse. Hand-holding. Bras worn on top of a T-shirt.

All have a place in the next round of Degrassi episodes, which debut on TeenNick this January. Want more specifics? Here’s the network’s official description: “This winter on Degrassi, relationships are put to the test. Clare and Eli continue to go the distance after his infidelity nearly tore them apart, but what’s next for Clare and Drew after their kiss? When Leo is faced with deportation, Alli hatches a plan to keep her epic romance alive. And Maya reconnects with her old friend, Zig, but Miles doesn’t trust him.” Which makes sense — remember how Zig nursed feelings for Maya even though he had a girlfriend, then kinda-sorta helped to trigger Cam’s suicide? (This show, guys.)
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Hub Network to preempt Christmas morning programs for 'My Little Pony'-themed Yule Log

Congratulations, animated flame enthusiasts: The Hub is granting your dearest Christmas wish.

The network announced today that it plans to preempt all regular programming on the morning of Dec. 25 in order to feature its very own Yule Log. And not just any burning branch — one that’s My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic-themed. (Note the background — we’re at Pinkie Pie’s house! — and the stockings hung on the mantle with care, each of which is decorated with one of the Mane Six’s cutie marks.)

An official release (yes, of course this event is important enough to justify its own press release; why do you ask?) notes that the log will come complete with “songs of the season” playing in the background, as well as cameo appearances by “animated characters from a variety of Hub Network shows.” So wait — are we going to see some Decepticons try to steal Christmas, or what?

The MLPFIM Yule Log first appears at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and will keep burning bright through 10 a.m. ET. And if you miss out on all four hours of programming, don’t worry — a Brony somewhere will certainly be watching and editing together all the relevant pony bits.

Disney stars Debby Ryan, Olivia Holt & more talk holiday cheer -- EXCLUSIVE

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How do the headliners of Jessie, Dog with a Blog, Austin & Ally and more celebrate the holiday season? Simple: By dressing up their pets in festive outfits. (Even if the only pet in the house happens to be a goldfish.)

See how some of Disney Channel’s best-loved stars plan to adorn their dogs, cats, guinea pigs — and, yes, fish — in this exclusive clip, featuring Morgan Tompkins and Maddy Whitby from Radio Disney’s Morgan & Maddy in the Morning. Maybe they’ll inspire a Christmas-themed original dog movie called Bark the Halls for next year!

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Disney Channel casts Dove Cameron as Maleficent's daughter in 'Descendants'

Last week, Disney Channel announced that it had begun casting Descendants, a live-action original movie about the offspring of some of the company’s best-known villains (and heroes). Now the network has revealed who will play Maleficent’s daughter Mal: Dove Cameron, who currently stars (as twins, no less!) on Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie. And though Descendants is not a musical, we hear that there will be “a lot of singing” in the movie — including by Cameron’s character. (She’s certainly got the pipes for the job.)

“Dove is a multi-dimensional actress whose undeniable charisma allows her to conjure the many facects of Mal, the sharp-edged yet vulnerable daughter of one of Disney’s most wicked villains,” Disney Channels Worldwide senior VP Judy Taylor said in a statement.

The next episode of Liv and Maddie airs on Disney Channel in January. Cameron can also be seen in Cloud 9, an upcoming DCOM about the world of competitive snowboarding, which premieres Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

'Powerpuff Girls' celebrate 15th anniversary with new special, Ringo Starr

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are back and ready to rescue the world again, all before bedtime. The Emmy-winning series The Powerpuff Girls is returning for the redesigned and reimagined CG special Dance Pantsed, just after celebrating its 15th anniversary on Cartoon Network.

Perhaps the newest “dash of Chemical X,” the special will feature a guest appearance by the voice of Ringo Starr as Townsville’s flamboyant mathematician, Fibonacci Sequins, who is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo. The trio of heroines is ready to thwart his plan and will all be returning to reprise their roles, with Catherine Carvadini as Blossom, Tara Strong as Bubbles, and E.G. Daily (who was recently competed on The Voice) as Buttercup.

Starr will also be performing the original music video and song “I Wish I Was a Powerpuff Girl” for the Cartoon Network special. (Don’t we all, Ringo. Don’t we all.)

Dance Pantsed premieres in the U.S. on Monday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Get a glimpse at 'Turbo Fast,' Netflix's first original series for kids -- EXCLUSIVE

“Fast” isn’t just how Turbo the snail likes to travel — it’s also an acronym for the Fast Action Stunt Team, a.k.a. Turbo’s adrenaline-junkie pals. The cast includes Veep‘s Reid Scott as Turbo, stepping in for film star Ryan Reynolds, Community’s Ken Jeong reprising his role in the movie (as female nail salon owner Kim-Ly), and Canadian voice actor Eric Bauza as Chet, Turbo’s cautious older brother. (Paul Giamatti played the role in the film.)

Netflix plans to start streaming Turbo Fast‘s first five episodes on Dec. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PT — but you can get a sneak peek at the show in the clip below. The biggest takeaway: Bauza does a really good impersonation (in-snail-anation?) of Paul Giamatti.

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'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic': Can the Crusaders conquer two mean girls... er, ponies? EXCLUSIVE

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic‘s fourth season is in full swing (or should we say it’s moving at a fast gallop?), which means it’s about time we had an episode focused on the Cutie Mark Crusaders — three fillies who are still waiting to get the identifying symbols every grown pony sports on his or her haunches.

In this week’s episode, the CMC — a.k.a. Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle — join a competition to carry a flag at the upcoming Equestria Games. (Naturally, Rainbow Dash is their coach.) But thanks to taunts from snooty Diamond Tiara, the fillies’ confidence gets shaken. Can they get it together before the big day?

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The Hub Network's 'Spooksville' tackles autism in holiday episode: EXCLUSIVE CLIP

All is not as it seems in the town of Springville — a.k.a. Spooksville, where normal kid Adam Freeman (Keean Johnson) moves with his father after his mother mysteriously disappears. Adam’s adventures form the basis of The Hub’s new series Spooksville, which is based on a popular children’s series by kiddie horror master Christopher Pike.

But supernatural forces aren’t the only thing Adam and his pals have to grapple with. In the show’s very first holiday episode, viewers will learn that Adam’s brainy pal Watch (Nick Purcha) isn’t just a run-of-the-mill genius — he’s on the autism spectrum.

“We wanted to make clear in this episode, and throughout the series, that a person with differences is not a person who is lesser and that, quite often, the opposite is true,” Spooksville executive producer Jane Startz tells EW. “Watch veers from standard expectations. He is on the autism spectrum, is charismatic and appealing, and has much to offer to others. Watch is loved and admired by his two ‘more typical teen’ best friends. More importantly, he accepts and respects himself. His very valuable Christmas gift in this episode’s story line is that he is able to proudly say to the world, ‘I like me for exactly who I am.'”

Check out an exclusive clip from the episode below.

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