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ABC has relaunched its streaming service with full seasons of 38 older shows and seven original digital short-form series. All of that content will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in with a pay-TV subscription.
The service also features a redesigned user interface with improved navigation and discovery for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV.
The older series include 8 Simple Rules, Brothers & Sisters, Commander in Chief, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, Felicity, FlashForward, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, My So-Called Life, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Red Band Society, Samantha Who?, Schoolhouse Rock, Sports Night, Ugly Betty and What About Brian?
The short-form digital series feature former View co-host Michelle Collins, Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger. In All My Gay Friends are Getting Married, Collins will sit down with the couples as they recount how they fell in love and relive their epic wedding ceremonies. Boondoggle appears to feature Burrell playing a fictional version of himself, as an actor who made it big with a starring role in the hit series Wingbot. The short-form series follows him and his best-friends, all 40-something husbands and dads, as they enjoy the perks of being a TV star. Shlesinger created and stars in Forever 31, following her and her friends as they struggle with dead-end jobs, hangovers, dating, infidelity and more aspects of modern adulthood. The other ABC series are Tastemade’s Get Cookin‘, I Can Find 3,000 In Your Home, Newborn Moms and On The Record.
The digital series were developed in-house by ABC Comedy Development, ABC Daytime and ABC Digital Media. More than 40 additional series are in development and will roll out monthly.
ABC has also expanded the markets that can access its 24-hour network live stream. Pay TV subscribers with participating providers can now access ABC’s 24-hour feed in 14 Hearst Television ABC markets: Albuquerque – Santa Fe (KOAT), Boston (WCVB and WMUR), Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers (KHBS), Jackson, MS (WAPT), Kansas City (KMBC), Milwaukee (WISN), Monterey-Salinas (KSBW-DT2), Oklahoma City (KOCO), Omaha (KETV), Pittsburgh (WTAE), Portland-Auburn (WMTW), Savannah (WJCL), West Palm Beach-Ft Pierce (WPBF).
“Our team has completely re-imagined the digital viewing experience for ABC fans,” ABC’s svp, digital media, Karin Gilford, said in a statement. “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.”
ABC Entertainment’s evp, comedy and international scripted development, Samie Falvey added: “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. 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.”
ABC Entertainment’s evp, daytime and syndicated programming, Lisa Hackner, said: “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.”
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