History Creator / AbcFamily

31st Jan '16 11:41:24 AM themisterfree
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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}}''. 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 ''Series/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 family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.
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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}}''. 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 ''Series/ManiacMansion'', ''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 family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''.

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Cable channel owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. It started in 1977 as * ''Series/TicTacDough'' (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}}''. 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 ''Series/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 family {{Game Show}}s found on cable at that time, including the second iteration of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop''. Cable)
28th Jan '16 3:24:45 PM goldenroad
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13th Jan '16 10:41:46 PM Lirodon
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That same year, 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"; the new programming strategy led to the network being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance. This move 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. The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.
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That same year, 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, millen--. er, [[InsistentTerminology "becomers"]], and rid itself of any lingering presumption of wholesomeness implied by the use of the word "Family"; the new programming strategy led to the network being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance. 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. The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.
13th Jan '16 10:40:43 PM Lirodon
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The channel eventually [[LoopholeAbuse abused a loophole]] and changed their slogan to "A new kind of family", pretty much saying that they may have to keep "Family" in their network's name for now, but [[NetworkDecay that hasn't stopped them from turning it into a not-so-family-friendly channel]], featuring original series with sexual content and other edgy material you wouldn't normally associate with a network with "Family" in the name. Unfortunately, this has led to ABC Family being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who feel there is severe brand dissonance and are unaware the network would be more than happy to change its name if it could.
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The channel eventually [[LoopholeAbuse abused a loophole]] and changed their slogan to "A new kind of family", pretty much saying that they may have to keep "Family" in their network's name for now, but [[NetworkDecay that hasn't stopped them from turning it into a not-so-family-friendly channel]], featuring original series with sexual content and other edgy material you wouldn't normally associate with a network with "Family" in the name. Unfortunately, this has led to ABC Family being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who feel there is severe brand dissonance and are unaware the network would be more than happy to change its name if it could. name.

2015 is notable for bringing in two revolutionary events. Their original show ''Series/TheFosters'' gained some extra buzz for boasting what has been said to be [[http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/abc-familys-fosters-features-what-may-be-youngest-same-sex-kiss-tv-history030315 the youngest same sex kiss]] in television history. A few months later it started airing its' first RealityShow, ''Series/BecomingUs'' about a teen couple dealing with both their fathers [[{{Transsexual}} transitioning]]. That same year, 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"]], in an attempt to garner more younger viewers, beginning January 2016. This move 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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2015 is notable for bringing in two revolutionary events. Their original show ''Series/TheFosters'' gained some extra buzz for boasting what has been said to be [[http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/abc-familys-fosters-features-what-may-be-youngest-same-sex-kiss-tv-history030315 the youngest same sex kiss]] in television history. A few months later it started airing its' first RealityShow, ''Series/BecomingUs'' ''Series/BecomingUs'', about a teen couple dealing with both their fathers [[{{Transsexual}} transitioning]]. That same year, 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"]], in "Freeform"]]. The new name is an attempt to garner more younger viewers, beginning January 2016.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"; the new programming strategy led to the network being targeted regularly by moral guardians and viewers who felt there was severe brand dissonance. This move 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. The new branding launched on January 12, 2016 to co-incide with the premiere of ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''.
5th Jan '16 7:47:54 AM themisterfree
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* ''Series/BreakTheBank1985'' (as CBN Cable; Farago episodes only)
25th Dec '15 6:13:09 PM twilicorn
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* ''Thursday Night UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}'' (2000-2002; moved from Fox Sports Net and shared with Creator/{{FX}} (using FSN announcers), then moved to ESPN after Disney buyout; Division Series coverage)
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* ''Thursday Night UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}'' (2000-2002; (as Fox Family) [[note]]2000-2002; moved from Fox Sports Net and shared with Creator/{{FX}} (using FSN announcers), then moved to ESPN after Disney buyout; Division Series coverage)coverage[[/note]]
1st Dec '15 3:11:33 AM themisterfree
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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 ''The Captain's Treasure Hunt'' (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 DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).
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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 ''The Captain's ''Captain Kangaroo's Treasure Hunt'' 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 DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).
25th Nov '15 4:41:08 PM IncoG5nito
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That's My Dog
* ''That's My Dog!'' (as The Family Channel)
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* ''That's ''[[Series/ThatsMyDog That's My Dog!'' Dog!]]'' (as The Family Channel)
22nd Nov '15 6:21:57 AM themisterfree
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* ''Thursday Night UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}'' (2000-2002; moved from Fox Sports Net and shared with Creator/{{FX}} (using FSN announcers), then moved to ESPN after Disney buyout; Division Series coverage)

* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'' (as Fox Family)

* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' (as Fox Family)

* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (reruns started during the Fox Family era and continued up to 2009) * ''The Kids From Room 402'' (as Fox Family, from Canada)
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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (reruns started during the Fox Family era and continued up to 2009) * ''The Kids From Room 402'' ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'' (as Fox Family, from Canada)Canada) * ''WesternAnimation/LifeWithLouie'' (as Fox Family)

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' ''Series/StepByStep'' (reruns started during the Fox Family era and continued up to 2009) * ''The Kids From Room 402'' (as Fox Family, from Canada)2009)
19th Nov '15 6:42:56 PM themisterfree
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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 ''The Captain's Treasure Hunt'' (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 thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran it, no clear strategy, mediocre reaction to their new programming, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network, the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage. 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 DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).
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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 ''The Captain's Treasure Hunt'' (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 thanks to infighting between Fox and Saban over who ran it, no clear strategy, mediocre reaction to their new programming, and the restrictions of their contract for the purchase of the network, the network struggled in ratings- they needed to sell it to avoid further money drainage.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 DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD have the near-same concept).
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