History Creator / AbcFamily

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A Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as CBN Satellite Network, then CBN Cable Network ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to CBN Family Channel; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to The Family Channel, as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', or where obscure GameShows got rerun (and in turn, sometimes attracted a cult following). In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual [[NoBudget low budget]] family game shows found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the Fox Family Channel (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns they used to show, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept). Even adding MLB coverage (shared with Creator/{{FX}}) that had previously aired on Fox [=SportsNet=] didn't help.

That same year, the channel's name became ABC Family, the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the internal name of "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''Series/TheBachelor''.

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A Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as CBN the ''CBN Satellite Network, Network'', then CBN ''CBN Cable Network Network'' ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing right-wing pastor Pat Robertson. When it started as CBN Satellite, it originally focused exclusively on religous programming, but when it was rebranded as CBN Cable, it began to be modeled after the over-the-air independent stations CBN also owned at the time; this resulted in a mix of religious shows and secular, family-friendly programming, including older reruns and some original shows. In 1988, the channel was renamed to as ''The CBN Family Channel; Channel''; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to The ''The Family Channel, Channel'' [[note]]although it was often referred to as just ''Fam'' primarily in ''TV Guide'' listing, but by the mid 90s they had also begun branding programming as ''Fam TV'' or ''Fam AFTV'' (for afternoon programming)[[/note]], as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', or where obscure GameShows got rerun (and in turn, sometimes attracted a cult following). Outside of those shows, also in the mix were reruns of family-oriented sitcoms and drama, plus cartoons. In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual [[NoBudget low budget]] family game shows found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} Creator/{{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the Fox ''Fox Family Channel Channel'' (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons.revival). The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, network, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns and game shows they used to show, had before, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept). Even adding MLB Major League Baseball coverage (shared with Creator/{{FX}}) that had previously aired on Fox [=SportsNet=] didn't help.

That same year, the channel's name became ABC Family, ''ABC Family'', the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the internal name of there "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''Series/TheBachelor''.



The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.

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The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide coincide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.



* ''Series/MastersOfTheMaze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a TransAtlanticEquivalent to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]

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* ''Series/MastersOfTheMaze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a TransAtlanticEquivalent to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]Channel)



* ''[[Series/ShopTilYouDrop The New Shop 'Til You Drop]]'' (as The Family Channel)[[note]]previously ran on Lifetime from 1991-94, then on PAX from 2000-05[[/note]]

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* ''[[Series/ShopTilYouDrop The New Shop 'Til You Drop]]'' (as The Family Channel)[[note]]previously ran on Lifetime Creator/{{Lifetime}} from 1991-94, then on PAX [[Creator/IonTelevision PAX]] from 2000-05[[/note]]



* ''Series/BreakTheBank1985'' (as CBN Cable; Joe Farago episodes only [[note]]Mainly because of the embargo that Gene Rayburn had on the episodes he hosted because of issues he had with the producers.[[/note]])

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* ''Series/BreakTheBank1985'' (as CBN Cable; Joe Farago episodes only [[note]]Mainly because of the embargo that Gene Rayburn had on the episodes he hosted because of issues he had with the producers.[[/note]])



* ''Series/ChainReaction'' (as CBN Cable)

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* ''Series/ChainReaction'' (as CBN Cable)Cable; Cullen version)
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* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (as The Family Channel; 1984-86 run)

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* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (as both CBN Cable and The Family Channel; 1970s run for the former, 1984-86 run)run for the latter)



* ''Series/SplitSecond'' (as The Family Channel; Hall version)

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* ''Series/SplitSecond'' (as The Family Channel; Hall 1986-87 version)
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* ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' (as Fox Family)
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* ''Series/Beyond''

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* ''Series/Beyond''''Series/{{Beyond}}''
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* ''Series/Beyond''
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* ''Masters of the Maze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a TransAtlanticEquivalent to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]

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* ''Masters of the Maze'' ''Series/MastersOfTheMaze'' (as The Family Channel) [[note]]Sort of a TransAtlanticEquivalent to British kids' game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', but with more video game-style elements and an educational bent; the producer was [[Series/BreakTheBank1985 Kline]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky and]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Friends]], and the hosts were [[Series/FunHouse J.D. Roth]] in season 1 and [[Series/SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] in season 2; season 1 also had [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Renae Jacobs]] as the "Lady of the Maze"[[/note]]
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A Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as '''CBN Satellite Network''', then '''CBN Cable Network''' ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to '''CBN Family Channel'''; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to '''The Family Channel''', as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', or where obscure GameShows got rerun (and in turn, sometimes attracted a cult following). In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual [[NoBudget low budget]] family game shows found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the '''Fox Family Channel''' (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns they used to show, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept). Even adding MLB coverage (shared with Creator/{{FX}}) that had previously aired on Fox [=SportsNet=] didn't help.

That same year, the channel's name became '''ABC Family''', the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the internal name of "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''Series/TheBachelor''.

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A Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as '''CBN CBN Satellite Network''', Network, then '''CBN CBN Cable Network''' Network ("CBN" standing for "Christian Broadcasting Network"), owned by controversial Right-Wing pastor Pat Robertson. In 1988, the channel was renamed to '''CBN CBN Family Channel'''; Channel; two years later it was spun off and the name was changed to '''The The Family Channel''', Channel, as the channel had begun to make too much money for non-profit CBN to keep it around. Through all the CBN/Family Channel years, though, outside of the hours devoted to ''Series/The700Club'' and its surrounding programming it was probably known more for being the place your grandfather got his fix of [[TheWestern Westerns]] with ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', or where obscure GameShows got rerun (and in turn, sometimes attracted a cult following). In the early 1990s, the network started original programming such as ''Big Brother Jake'' (think ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', minus the hijinks of teenage hormones), and the television version of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', which owing to where it aired was severely [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]]. Soon, though, most of the network's original efforts devolved to the usual [[NoBudget low budget]] family game shows found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

The Family Channel, which was by this point co-owned with the library of MTM Enterprises, was bought by {{Fox}} in 1997, and renamed as the '''Fox Fox Family Channel''' Channel (or often just ''Fox Family'') the next year, and became primarily a hub for programming from Fox Kids and Saban, and programming imported or co-produced with Creator/{{Teletoon}}. The early look of the network, with the "twister" logo, was modelled after Canada's Creator/{{YTV}}, including an equivalent to YTV's ''The Zone'', known as ''The Basement''; other blocks included ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House'' (named after and featuring Saban's ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' revival) and ''Toon-A Casserole'', which was a medley of cartoons. The channel, along with FoxKids, was sold to Disney in 2001 because not only did Fox have no idea what to do with a network devoted to families but the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. This was thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran the net, mediocre reaction to their new programming, a mass exodus of older viewers who loved the Westerns they used to show, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network. An attempt to create two spin-off channels with sex-segregated children's programming, the [[XtremeKoolLetterz Boyz & Girlz Channels]], also failed because of a lack of interest and viewers questioning excluding one gender from an entire channel (though it could be said that these days, the Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept). Even adding MLB coverage (shared with Creator/{{FX}}) that had previously aired on Fox [=SportsNet=] didn't help.

That same year, the channel's name became '''ABC Family''', ABC Family, the FoxKids block met its end the next year, and its programming moved to ABC Family (and ToonDisney) as "Jetix" (the name was introduced in 2004; previous to that the programming had aired on ABCF under the internal name of "ABC Family Action Block"). The early ABC years were spent converting the network to a place to re-air ABC programs, which was botched by the network realizing that only programs from their internal studio could get a second ABC Family run, with other outside producers heavily objecting to the arrangement. By 2005, it had seemed to become a place for cheap reality programming and non-stop reruns of ''Series/TheBachelor''.



Finally, on October 6th, ABC Family management confirmed that the network would be renamed once again, to [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform '''Freeform''']]. The new name is an attempt to re-position the channel towards millen--. er, [[InsistentTerminology "becomers"]], and rid itself of any lingering presumption of wholesomeness implied by the use of the word "Family"; a programming strategy that led to ABC Family being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance. This move also debunked a prior rumor that a contractual obligation from network founder Pat Robertson was the reason the "Family" name was kept on the channel. (Sources, such as James B. Stewart's ''Disney War'', merely said that the name "Family" was written into previous contracts with cable companies.) However, the network will still be required to air ''The 700 Club'' twice a day.

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Finally, on October 6th, ABC Family management confirmed that the network would be renamed once again, to [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform '''Freeform''']].Freeform]]. The new name is an attempt to re-position the channel towards millen--. er, [[InsistentTerminology "becomers"]], and rid itself of any lingering presumption of wholesomeness implied by the use of the word "Family"; a programming strategy that led to ABC Family being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance. This move also debunked a prior rumor that a contractual obligation from network founder Pat Robertson was the reason the "Family" name was kept on the channel. (Sources, such as James B. Stewart's ''Disney War'', merely said that the name "Family" was written into previous contracts with cable companies.) However, the network will still be required to air ''The 700 Club'' twice a day.
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In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian counterpart in ABC Spark, which replaced Dusk ([[NetworkDecay formally, a horror film network called Scream]]). ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which was one of [[UsefulNotes/CanadianMultichannelNetworks MuchMusic's]] stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.

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In March 2012, the network gained a Canadian counterpart in [[Creator/CorusEntertainment ABC Spark, Spark]], which replaced Dusk ([[NetworkDecay formally, a horror film network called Scream]]). ABC Spark is bound by none of Robertson's requirements, and outside of some programs already claimed by other channels (like ''PrettyLittleLiars'', which was one of [[UsefulNotes/CanadianMultichannelNetworks MuchMusic's]] Creator/MuchMusic's stalwart shows), carries most of ABC Family's original shows, and even rerun shows.
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* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' (as CBN Family and Family up until the Fox takeover)



* ''Series/BullseyeUS'' (as CBN Cable)



* ''Series/ChainReaction'' (as CBN Cable)



* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (as Fox Family)

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (as Fox ABC Family)



* ''Series/{{Go}}'' (as CBN Cable)
* ''Series/GreenAcres'' (as CBN Cable)



* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'' (as Fox Family, from Canada)

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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' (as both The Family Channel and Fox Family)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'' (as Fox Family, from Canada)Family)


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* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (as The Family Channel; 1984-86 run)


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* ''Series/NameThatTune'' (as The Family Channel; Lange version)


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* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' (as The Family Channel)


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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsWithAndy'' (during tail end of Fox era and transition to ABC)


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* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' (as ABC Family)
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* ''Series/CardSharks'' (as CBN Cable; Perry version)



* ''Series/HotPotato'' (as CBN)

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* ''Series/HotPotato'' (as CBN)CBN Cable)
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