History Creator / ABC

23rd Jun '17 8:11:09 PM MadMan400096
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In [[TheNineties the 1990s]] and [[TurnOfTheMillennium early 2000s]], the network's only success story was its spectacular subversion of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the ''Franchise/TGiF'' comedy block on Fridays, which featured such shows as ''Series/FullHouse'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'' and ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Hits on other nights, such as ''Series/ThePractice'' and ''Series/{{Alias}}'', were few and far between, and attempts to launch a hit RealityShow (like Creator/{{CBS}}' ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and Creator/{{Fox}}'s ''Series/AmericanIdol'') proved to be embarrassments. It briefly enjoyed massive success with the hit GameShow ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', until they started marketing the show to death by airing it ''four nights a week'', turning it from a megahit into [[DeaderThanDisco a punchline]] almost overnight. Also during the 1990s, Capital Cities was bought by Creator/{{Disney}}, the network's current owner, who during the first few years of their ownership played this up significantly (ie. replacing the previous Saturday-morning schedule with the ''OneSaturdayMorning'' block, putting ads for ABC programs on Disney, Touchstone and Miramax VHS tapes; early fears of it being rebranded "The Disney Network" were never realized), but this has since cooled down.

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In [[TheNineties the 1990s]] and [[TurnOfTheMillennium early 2000s]], the network's only success story was its spectacular subversion of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the ''Franchise/TGiF'' comedy block on Fridays, which featured such shows as ''Series/FullHouse'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'' and ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Hits on other nights, such as ''Series/ThePractice'' and ''Series/{{Alias}}'', were few and far between, and attempts to launch a hit RealityShow (like Creator/{{CBS}}' ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and Creator/{{Fox}}'s ''Series/AmericanIdol'') proved to be embarrassments. It briefly enjoyed massive success with the hit GameShow ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', until they started marketing the show to death by airing it ''four nights a week'', turning it from a megahit into [[DeaderThanDisco a punchline]] almost overnight. Also during the 1990s, Capital Cities was bought by Creator/{{Disney}}, the network's current owner, who during the first few years of their ownership played this up significantly (ie. replacing the previous Saturday-morning schedule with the ''OneSaturdayMorning'' ''Creator/OneSaturdayMorning'' block, putting ads for ABC programs on Disney, Touchstone and Miramax VHS tapes; early fears of it being rebranded "The Disney Network" were never realized), but this has since cooled down.
14th Jun '17 6:01:07 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/CalvinAndTheColonel''
28th May '17 2:54:15 PM themisterfree
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Starting in the New Tens, ABC started making a concerted push to diversify its primetime lineup, primarily focusing on sitcoms, leading to the creation of shows like ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', ''Series/{{Cristela}}'', and ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat''. While ''Cristela'' struggled in the ratings, ''Blackish'' and ''Fresh Off the Boat'' did well enough to be renewed. This success led to the network committing itself to develop shows that feature minorities underrepresented in American television. [=ABC=] has also found immense success with its "[=TGiT=]" block (Thank God It's Thursday, echoing the old [=TGiF=] block). ''Unlike'' "[=TGIiF=]", "[=TGiT=]" is an all-drama block centered around ''Grey's Anatomy'', ''Scandal'' and ''How to Get Away With Murder.'' The block is also informally referred to as "Shondaland" as all three series come from the same executive producer, Shonda Rhimes. A ''fourth'' series, again from Shonda Rhimes, is set to arrive March 2016. It's also notable that the [=TGiT=]/Shondaland block also continues [=ABC=]'s march towards being the leading network in on-screen diversity, including down to Shonda Rhimes herself and most notably with ''[=HTGAWM=]'''s Viola Davis who won a Primetime Emmy for her starring role. They have also begun to revive classic game shows in the summer as part of their "Sunday Fun & Games" block (though some of the shows have also aired at other times), including ''Celebrity Series/FamilyFeud'', ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $100,000 Pyramid]]'', ''Series/MatchGame'' and ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' (the first two having aired on ABC for the much of the 70s, the third having been ABC's final daytime game from 1990-91); a revival of ''Series/TheGongShow'' is set to join them for summer 2017.

From 2004 until 2007 ABC's parent Disney operated a UK channel, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC1_(UK) [=ABC1=]]], carrying exclusively US-made programming, including some that had appeared on other networks.

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Starting in the New Tens, ABC started making a concerted push to diversify its primetime lineup, primarily focusing on sitcoms, leading to the creation of shows like ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', ''Series/{{Cristela}}'', and ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat''. While ''Cristela'' struggled in the ratings, ''Blackish'' and ''Fresh Off the Boat'' did well enough to be renewed. This success led to the network committing itself to develop shows that feature minorities underrepresented in American television. [=ABC=] has also found immense success with its "[=TGiT=]" block (Thank God It's Thursday, echoing the old [=TGiF=] block). ''Unlike'' "[=TGIiF=]", "[=TGiT=]" is an all-drama block centered around ''Grey's Anatomy'', ''Scandal'' and ''How to Get Away With Murder.'' The block is also informally referred to as "Shondaland" as all three series come from the same executive producer, Shonda Rhimes. A ''fourth'' series, again from Shonda Rhimes, is set to arrive March 2016. It's also notable that the [=TGiT=]/Shondaland block also continues [=ABC=]'s march towards being the leading network in on-screen diversity, including down to Shonda Rhimes herself and most notably with ''[=HTGAWM=]'''s Viola Davis who won a Primetime Emmy for her starring role. They have also begun to revive classic game shows in the summer as part of their "Sunday "Summer Fun & Games" block (though some of the shows have also aired at other times), including ''Celebrity Series/FamilyFeud'', ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $100,000 Pyramid]]'', ''Series/MatchGame'' and ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' (the first two having aired on ABC for the much of the 70s, the third having been ABC's final daytime game from 1990-91); a revival of ''Series/TheGongShow'' is set to join joined them for summer 2017.

From 2004 until 2007 ABC's parent Disney operated a UK channel, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC1_(UK) [=ABC1=]]], carrying exclusively US-made programming, including some that had appeared on other networks.
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20th May '17 7:33:28 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/LastManStanding''

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* ''Series/LastManStanding''''Series/LastManStanding2011''
16th May '17 6:43:21 AM Morgenthaler
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ABC's run at the top stretched into [[TheEighties the 1980s]], but began to slip midway through the decade. The once-moribund Creator/{{NBC}} was experiencing its resurgence under Brandon Tartikoff, and hit shows like ''Series/ThreesCompany'' and ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' were coming to an end. While ABC was still producing hit shows like ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', ''Series/TheWonderYears'', ''Series/GrowingPains'' and ''Series/MacGyver'', it was also producing bombs like ''[[Music/DollyParton Dolly]]'' and the Creator/LucilleBall {{sitcom}} ''Life With Lucy''. The network wound up being bought out by a media company only a tenth its size, Capital Cities Communications, in 1985 (they could not do it alone, though; Warren Buffett financed the purchase in return for a 25% stake in the company). After this, the network became more financially conservative (as its new owner had been known for prior to the purchase), tightening its purse strings and slowing investment in new series.

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ABC's run at the top stretched into [[TheEighties the 1980s]], but began to slip midway through the decade. The once-moribund Creator/{{NBC}} was experiencing its resurgence under Brandon Tartikoff, and hit shows like ''Series/ThreesCompany'' and ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' were coming to an end. While ABC was still producing hit shows like ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', ''Series/TheWonderYears'', ''Series/GrowingPains'' and ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver1985'', it was also producing bombs like ''[[Music/DollyParton Dolly]]'' and the Creator/LucilleBall {{sitcom}} ''Life With Lucy''. The network wound up being bought out by a media company only a tenth its size, Capital Cities Communications, in 1985 (they could not do it alone, though; Warren Buffett financed the purchase in return for a 25% stake in the company). After this, the network became more financially conservative (as its new owner had been known for prior to the purchase), tightening its purse strings and slowing investment in new series.



* ''Series/MacGyver''

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* ''Series/MacGyver''''Series/MacGyver1985''
9th May '17 5:07:17 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ''Series/AmericanIdol'' (2018 revival)
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* ''Series/HolmesAndYoyo''
12th Apr '17 7:00:01 AM Doug86
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Not to be confused with the [[Creator/TheABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation]] or with the Japanese network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (Creator/TVAsahi's Osaka affiliate), which both have the same abbreviations. Likewise the former {{ITV}} station Associated British Corporation [[labelnote:]](though their most famous series, ''Series/TheAvengers'', did air in America on ''this'' ABC -- the British ABC's name is spelled out in its VanityPlate)[[/labelnote]], as well as Associated Television (ATV), which was known as the Associated Broadcasting Company in its very early days until the ''other'' ABC complained.

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Not to be confused with the [[Creator/TheABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation]] or with the Japanese network Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (Creator/TVAsahi's Osaka affiliate), which both have the same abbreviations. Likewise the former {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} station Associated British Corporation [[labelnote:]](though their most famous series, ''Series/TheAvengers'', did air in America on ''this'' ABC -- the British ABC's name is spelled out in its VanityPlate)[[/labelnote]], as well as Associated Television (ATV), which was known as the Associated Broadcasting Company in its very early days until the ''other'' ABC complained.
4th Apr '17 8:06:00 AM VideoGamer
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* ''Series/{{Inhumans}}''


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* ''Series/{{Duel}}''



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' (1996-99, revival; part of ''Main/OneSaturdayMorning'')


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' (1996-99, revival; part of ''Main/OneSaturdayMorning'')


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* ''Series/{{Duel}}''
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