ABC relaunches streaming service with 7 original shorts, 38 'throwback' shows
ABC has relaunched its streaming service, complete with seven original digital short-form series and full seasons of 38 older shows.
Here are the dozens "throwback" series returning to ABC'd:
"8 Simple Rules," "Benched," "Betrayal," "Body of Proof," "Brothers & Sisters," "Commander in Chief," "Detroit," "Dinosaurs," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Ellen," "Felicity," "FlashForward," "Happy Town," "Hope and Faith," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "The Knights of Prosperity," "Less Than Perfect," "Manhattan Love Story," "Mixology," "My Generation," "My So-Called Life," "The Neighbors," "October Road," "Off the Map," "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," "Perception," "Reaper," "Red Band Society," "The River," "Samantha Who?," "School House Rock," "Secret Millionaire," "Smart Guy," "Sports Night," "Trophy Wife," "Ugly Betty," "What About Brian?"
Additionally, ABC has revamped its online interface and expanded its live broadcast feed 24-hours for pay-TV subscribers in select markets.
Below are the new shorts, all in the Disney broadcaster's own words. More than 40 more of these are on their way, ABC said on Wednesday — and all without having to sign in to a pay-TV service.
"All My Gay Friends are Getting Married"
A celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of only mildly bitter single girl, Michelle Collins, who's realizing that everyone is now getting married – except her. She'll sit down with the couples as they recount how they fell in love and relive their epic wedding ceremonies.
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After a life of obscurity, actor Ty Burrell has finally made it big with a starring role in the hit series "Wingbot." Now he and his "non-tourage" of best friends, Mel, Joel and Johnny, get to enjoy some of the perks of being a TV star. It's time for these 40-something husbands and dads to cut loose – mostly on weekends and during reasonable hours. Starring: Ty Burrell, Joel Spence, Mel Cowan and Johnny Meeks, all as themselves.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger and her friends struggle with the indignities of dead-end jobs, hangovers, dating, infidelity and all the rest of the absurdities of modern adulthood. Created by and starring Iliza Shlesinger.
Tastemade's "Get Cookin'"
Sponsored by Hefty, three popular Tastemakers – Erwan Heussaff, Lazarus Lynch, Megan Mitchell – arm viewers with the techniques, tips, and recipes to take their food game to the next level. In addition to showing mouthwatering recipes, these chefs will tell personal stories behind these dishes, why they matter, and why they should be the next things to devour.
"I Can Find $3,000 In Your Home"
eBay millionaire Linda Lightman believes that everyone has at least 52 items totaling at least 3,000 dollars in their homes. She's going to households around the country to find the treasure in their trash and show you how to make money with insider tips about the online resale value of your stuff.
"Newborn Moms" is the comedic story of what it's like to be a new parent struggling with sleepless nights, self doubt and swollen boobs. Created by Aurora Browne and Nadine Djoury, the series follows two moms, Rosie and Julia, as they reconcile the kind of mothers they thought they would be with the kind they actually are. Starring Aurora Browne (Rosie) and Nadine Djoury (Julia).
"On The Record"
"On the Record" provides an intimate "story behind the song" experience where songwriters perform an acoustic version of the song and share the inspiration behind it. The interviews will reveal the song's meaning, personal anecdotes of its evolution, and its impact on the artist's life and career. The first installment in the series features Hollywood Records recording artist Shawn Hook discussing his hit singles "Wonderful Surprise," "Million Ways" and "Sound of Your Heart." Future artists include Fancy Hagood and Yuna.
"Our team has completely re-imagined the digital viewing experience for ABC fans," said Karin Gilford, SVP of Digital Media, ABC Television Network. "In addition to the current ABC shows that fans know and love, we are introducing new ABCd original digital series that are fun, fresh and perfect for mobile, and we are making full seasons of all-time favorite shows available for binging. Fans on Apple devices will benefit from a dynamic new interface that makes it easier to find shows. All of this allows us to expand beyond the bounds of our linear schedule and extend ABC storytelling to viewers across screens and platforms."
"With our new digital comedy series, our creative team is able to experiment and push storytelling boundaries to create content that is daring, empowering, inclusive, emotional and true to life," said Samie Falvey, EVP, Comedy and International Scripted Development, ABC Entertainment. "We hope this will be an opportunity for our existing talent to flex their creative muscles, and also an opportunity for audiences to discover and champion new emerging content creators."
"Whether the topic is love, saving money, or food, ABCd's unscripted slate features some of today's most irreverent, fresh and authentic voices offering insight, humor and practical advice on the subjects our viewers care about most," said Lisa Hackner, EVP of Daytime and Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Network.
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