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'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic': Rainbow Dash is going for the gold -- EXCLUSIVE

In three weeks, human athletes from around the globe will gather in Sochi to compete in the ultimate competition: the Olympics. In Equestria, however, the pony equivalent of all that excitement begins tomorrow. This Saturday’s new My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic finds Rainbow Dash and her pals traveling to Rainbow Falls, where they’re set to compete in the qualifying round of the Equestria Games.

There’s just one problem: As The Hub Network’s official episode description puts it, Rainbow and company soon realize “that the competition definitely has a hoof up on them.” Things get even more complicated when the fast-flying pony gets a tempting offer to join Cloudsdale’s elite flying squad. Will she accept — and leave her friends in the dust?


'Sam & Cat' reunite with 'iCarly' & 'Victorious' pals in hour-long special -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP


This Saturday, Nickelodeon is airing an hourlong Sam & Cat that’s also something of a reunion special — several familiar faces from iCarly and Victorious, the pair of sitcoms where Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat (Ariana Grande) got their respective starts, are set to appear.

Which familiar faces? Well, for starters, two lovable nerds are on board: namely, iCarly‘s tech-savvy Freddie (Nathan Kress) and Victorious‘ amateur ventriloquist Robbie (Matt Bennett). And when these guys find themselves getting drawn into a love square with Sam and Cat, let’s just say the gloves come off:

'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic': It's all relative for Pinkie Pie and one of her pals -- EXCLUSIVE

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic isn’t just adorable — it’s also educational. Case in point: In this week’s new episode, Spike the dragon teaches Pinkie Pie all about genealogy, or the study of family history… right before Pinkie makes an astounding discovery that could link her own family to one of her closest pony pals.

Which pal, you ask? Well, you could read the episode’s title, which sort of gives away the secret — or you could just wait until the episode airs this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET on The Hub Network. And in the meantime, watch Pinkie have some fun with genealogy in this exclusive clip.


'My Little Pony Friendship is Magic': Rarity takes Manehattan -- EXCLUSIVE

My Little Pony meets Project Runway in this week’s episode, which finds poised unicorn Rarity traveling to the big city: Manehattan, the seat of Equestria’s high society. She’s come to show her collection at a big fashion show. Unfortunately, soon after arriving, poor Rarity finds herself clashing with a mean-spirited fellow designer named Prim Hemline — a devil in Pony-rada. (Or maybe Diane von Hoofstenberg? Calvin Rein? Dolc-neigh and Gabbana?)


'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.


'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.

'Degrassi' trailer: Scandal! Betrayal! Revenge! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


(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.)

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


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!


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.

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