ABC Family

Knowledge Identifier: &ABC_Family


ABC Family

American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by ABC Family Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1975.

Countries: United States (80%), (8%), Canada (5%)

Main connections: Family, Pretty Little Liars (TV series), Pretty Little Liars

Linked to: ABC Family Worldwide, Disney XD, American Broadcasting Company, News Corporation




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The network was founded in 1977 as an extension of televangelist Pat Robertson's Christian television ministry, and eventually evolved into The Family Channel by 1990 add something


ABC Family launched on April 29, 1977, as the "'CBN Satellite Service"', an arm of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network , focusing mainly on religious programming add something


The channel's name was later changed to the "'CBN Cable Network"' in 1984 and its carriage grew to one million homes by that year add something


Allarcom and First Choice had first proposed using the "Family Channel" name in 1987 add something


Nevertheless, some American cable providers confusingly display Family Channel's 1988-1998 "Paint and Sun" logo as that of ABC Family's logo on electronic program guides, and occasionally the reverse has occurred with ABC Family's Robertson-era logo as The Family Channel appearing in some Canadian listings add something


The American channel did not adopt the "CBN Family Channel" name until August 1988 , and eventually dropped the CBN reference two years later in September 1990 add something


On August 1, 1988, the word "Family" was incorporated into the channel's name to better reflect the format, becoming "'The CBN Family Channel"' add something


By 1990, the network had grown too profitable to remain under the CBN banner without endangering CBN's non-profit status add something


Ray Austin (director) - He directed 50 out the 88 episodes of "Zorro" filmed in Madrid, Spain during 1989-1992 for the US ABC Family Channel


Helen Slater - She was a series regular on the half-season run of the 1990 ABC newsroom drama "Capital News" and the 2011-2013 two season run of the ABC Family series "The Lying Game"


CBN spun it off to a new company called International Family Entertainment Inc. , and the name was changed to simply "'The Family Channel"' on September 15, 1990 add something


The new schedule included reruns of the CBS Saturday morning series "Pee-wee's Playhouse", which had not been seen on television since 1991 add something


Chris Christian - In 1992 he founded HSH Educational Media and Executive Produced and wrote the music for the popular children's series "Gerbert" which aired on PBS and what is now ABC Family for over 10 years


This program block airs in primetime on weekdays and from noon through primetime on weekends from December 1 through 25th each year, and has run on the channel since 1996 as The Family Channel add something


Michael Burger - Also from 1996 to 1997, Burger hosted the &Family_Channel (ABC_Family)'s game show "The New Family Challenge", succeeding the previous host of "Family Challenge", Ray Combs, who had committed suicide in 1996


Michael Burger - He co-hosted The Home and Family Show with Cristina Ferrare, a two-hour show that was broadcast on the &Family_Channel (ABC_Family) from June 3, 1996, to August 14, 1998


Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Since 1997, reruns have been shown in syndication and on ABC Family , Ion Television , the Hallmark Channel, gmc, Eleven, CBS Drama, and INSP


International Family Entertainment, Inc. was sold to the Fox Kids Worldwide Inc. subsidiary of News Corporation in July 1997, and Fox Kids Worldwide Inc. was renamed Fox Family Worldwide Inc. The Family Channel was officially renamed "'Fox Family Channel"' on August 15, 1998 add something


Sesame Workshop - In August 1997, &Fox_Family (ABC_Family) started efforts to increase its quantity and quality of children's entertainment, "which could lead to an equity investment by Fox in the non-profit CTW in exchange for programs for its Family Channel


From 1998 to 2002, ABC Family secured cable rights to several films starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen add something


In 1998, it was sold to Fox Kids Worldwide Inc. and renamed Fox Family add something


The block was created in 1998 during the Fox Family era, as the "13 Days of Halloween", which was subsequently renamed the current "13 Nights of Halloween" in 2002 following Disney/ABC's purchase of the channel add something


Telethon - However, on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, CBN continues to produce a 12-hour telethon which airs on ABC Family and is syndicated to various television stations; the broadcast of the program on the cable channel was a condition inserted in a 1998 deal by International Family Entertainment to sell The Family Channel to News Corporation, and remained in place after the channel's 2001 sale to The Walt Disney Company


In 1999, Fox tried to spin off two digital cable channels from Fox Family, the Boyz Channel and the Girlz Channel, which both contained program content focusing on each gender; both networks were shut down a year later due to lack of demand and the controversy that developed over the gender-segregated channels add something


From 2000 to 2001, Fox Family broadcast a weekly Major League Baseball game on Thursday nights during the league's regular season , as well as select Division Series games add something


However, Fox Family became a cornerstone for syndicating foreign television series, such as the popular British S Club 7 TV series, which became the flagship series for the channel until the early 2000s add something


Since 2000, the network has aired several sitcoms that have aired on ABC's former TGIF block, including the Miller-Boyett produced "Step by Step" , "Family Matters" , "Two of a Kind" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" ; "Full House" and "Boy Meets World" are the only TGIF shows that currently air on the network add something


7th Heaven (TV series) - In the United States, the show began airing reruns in off-network syndication on September 25, 2000, but ceased to air in syndication in September 2008, while the series was still in first-run broadcast on The WB and later on The CW. The show aired on the ABC Family channel from the fall of 2002 until 2008


Kristin Davis - She performed in ABC Family channel's Christmas movie "Three Days" in 2001, and in a commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo


On October 24, 2001, Fox Family Channel and Fox Family Worldwide were sold to The Walt Disney Company, in a sale that included Saban Entertainment add something


The network was officially renamed "'ABC Family"' on November 10, 2001 add something


Those two game packages were moved to ESPN beginning with the 2002 baseball season, but the playoff games remained on ABC Family for one additional year due to contractual issues add something


The Sound of Music (film) - Since 2002 it has aired on ABC , and periodically on its sister cable network, ABC Family, where its most recent runs have been the full version in a four-hour time slot, complete with the entr'acte


A deal was made to move those playoff games to ESPN, which produced the games for ABC Family, starting with the 2003 season add something


The name was revisited at one point in 2003, serving as a program block entitled "The XYZ.", showing programs and movies aimed at the aforementioned groups add something


The programming block became one of the biggest successes for the network; however, it was not broadcast in 2003 as the channel's new programming executives simply decided not to air the block for reasons that remain unclear add something


Idalis DeLeon - As an entertainment reporter and anchor, DeLeón has worked for VH1, &Fox_Family (ABC_Family), Fox Sports, "Access Hollywood", and since 2003 as the weekend hostess for "Extra"


Brendan Leonard - "The Brendan Leonard Show" ran a total of 40 episodes during the summer of 2003 before it was cut from the ABC Family network in August


The "13 Nights of Halloween" returned in 2004, which included reruns of "Scariest Places on Earth" and the premiere of the original made-for-TV movie "The Hollow" add something


Nicholas Brendon - In 2004, he co-starred in his first ABC Family movie, "Celeste in the City


The block was rebranded as Jetix in February 2004, at the same time that a Jetix block launched on Toon Disney add something


The 2005 schedule provided a return to more traditional Halloween programming and scary movies add something


Amanda Bynes - Bynes appeared in another romantic comedy, "Lovewrecked", which was shot before "She's the Man" but released after it, showing in cinemas outside of the United States in 2005 and 2006 and debuting in the U.S. on the ABC Family network on January 21, 2007


Michael Piller - In 2005, "Wildfire", another series that Piller developed with his son, debuted on the ABC Family channel


Serena Williams - In April 2005, MTV announced plans to broadcast a reality show around the lives of Serena and Venus, which was eventually aired on ABC Family


On August 29, 2005, ABC Family changed the disclaimers before, during, and after the "700 Club" broadcasts from "The following/preceding program is/was brought to you by CBN" to "The following/preceding CBN telecast does not reflect the views of ABC Family add something


Although the games aired on Disney-owned networks, Fox kept the exclusive negotiation to renew the contract after the 2006 season add something


The block has broadcast some movies that are not necessarily holiday-related; in 2006, for example, movies from the Harry Potter film series were shown along with "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" add something


With the 2006 introduction of new shows to the network by Disney, many parents have reacted negatively to ABC Family's programming add something


Kyle XY - After the 10-episode debut season on ABC Family during summer 2006, news reported a total of 23 new episodes were ordered for the second season, which started on June 11, 2007, with rebroadcasts on ABC beginning on June 15, 2007


Bruce Thomas (actor) - He co-starred on the ABC Family original series "Kyle XY" as Stephen Trager from 2006-2009


Kyle XY - The show premiered June 26, 2006, on the ABC Family cable channel


In August 2006, an all new slogan and visual style premiered on ABC Family: "A New Kind of Family add something


" On August 31, 2006, ABC Family discontinued the Jetix children's block as a part of a plan by Disney to convert all Jetix telecasts to Toon Disney add something


The ABC Family Jetix block was discontinued in September 2006, though Jetix continued to air on Toon Disney add something


In 2007, "Kyle XY" gave the channel the highest viewership in the network's history, that record was later broken in 2008 by the series premiere of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" add something


Cory Hardrict - In 2007, he had a recurring role on the ABC Family series "Lincoln Heights" and executive produced the film "Neighborhood Watch", in which he starred


In October 2007, ABC Family completely redesigned its website, giving it a more modernized appearance add something


"'ABC Family HD"' is a high definition simulcast feed of ABC Family that broadcasts in the 720p resolution format, it was launched in early 2008 add something


Josie Bissett - In 2008, she began a recurring role on the ABC Family TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"


Soapnet - In late 2008, the network entered into a distribution agreement with Sony Pictures Television to air a package of recent films from the studio's library and some archived content on weekend evenings, along with several 20th Century Fox films and some in ABC and ABC Family's telefilm archive aimed at the network's target audience


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - In June 2008, Alloy noted that it was developing a "Pretty Little Liars" television pilot for ABC Family, with the novels adapted for television


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - It first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008 and ran until June 3, 2013


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008


Jamie Chung - In 2008, she starred in her first major role as well as the series lead in the ABC Family miniseries "Samurai Girl" which launched in September 2008


Candace Cameron Bure - After taking a break from acting Cameron returned to a television series in 2009 and was cast in "Make It or Break It", a teenage gymnastics drama on ABC Family, where she played Summer Van Horn


Peri Gilpin - In 2009, Gilpin appeared in the ABC Family drama "Make It or Break It", for which she received a Gracie Award in the category of "Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series"


Gilmore Girls - In its syndicated release in the United States, the show airs on the ABC Family Channel, and from 2009-2013, aired in weekend timeslots on their sister network SOAPnet, which closed at the start of 2014


Amy Lalonde - The first season aired in 2009 on ABC Family in the United States, as it was purchased by ABC in February 2008


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - Following the success of its first season, ABC Family announced on January 31, 2009, plans to renew "Secret Life"


The Jetix brand was discontinued in the United States outright on February 13, 2009, when Toon Disney was relaunched as Disney XD add something


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - The official press release was released on February 9 and was added to ABC Family's line up on April 7, 2009


Nico Tortorella - In June 2009 Tortorella was announced to star in the ABC Family Teen Drama television series "Make It or Break It


ABC Family has recently been generating high levels of viewers with its weekend movie events; the "Harry Potter Weekend" block in July 2009 generated some of the highest levels of viewers for its weekend events for the year to date add something


In July 2009, the network earned its best-ever ratings for the month of July in primetime and in total viewership due to returning series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and new series "Make It or Break It", "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Ruby & The Rockits" along with extended features from the "Harry Potter" film franchise and the TV debut of "Labor Pains" add something


Lindsay Lohan - It was originally planned for a theatrical release, but instead appeared as a TV movie on the ABC Family cable channel in July 2009, "a setback for the star" according to Variety.


Shay Mitchell - In December 2009 Mitchell was cast in the ABC Family planned adaptation of the book trilogy Pretty Little Liars


Ashley Benson - In December 2009, Benson was cast as Hanna Marin in the ABC Family Teen Drama television series "Pretty Little Liars" based on the book series by Sara Shepard


Bianca Lawson - In December 2009, Lawson was cast as Maya St. Germain in the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars" based on the book series by Sara Shepard


Candace Cameron Bure - As of 2010, she lives in Los Angeles , California, where her ABC Family series "Make It or Break It" was produced


India de Beaufort - At the end of 2010 India was cast in the ABC Family pilot "Jane By Design" as "India Jourdain"


Ashley Benson - In 2010 Benson starred in the Made-for-Television film "Christmas Cupid" with Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray which aired on ABC Family


Raven-Symone - In 2010, Raven-Symoné starred with Joanna Garcia in an ABC Family, made-for-TV film, "Revenge of the Bridesmaids"


Nia Peeples - Peeples has been cast in the 2010 ABC Family TV series "Pretty Little Liars", based on the book series by Sara Shepard


Hilary Duff - The film premiered on ABC Family on April 18, 2010.


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - "Pretty Little Liars" was called one of the most spectacular new shows of summer 2010 thanks to heavy promotion by ABC Family, including "spicy promos and hot posters"


Winnie Holzman - Holzman and her daughter penned a TV pilot based on the Sasha Paley novel "Huge", which ABC Family greenlit in January 2010 with a direct-to-series order


Shay Mitchell - In January 2010 the series was picked up by ABC Family


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On January 27, 2010, ABC Family picked up the series for 10 episodes, set to premiere in June 2010


7th Heaven (TV series) - Then, It was announced on April 1, 2010 that ABC Family had re-obtained the rights to the series, and would begin airing it at 11 a


On June 8, 2010, the premiere of the ABC Family original drama series "Pretty Little Liars", successfully broke series premiere ratings records for ABC Family, across all major viewing demographics of women and young people add something


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - The show premiered on June 8, 2010 on ABC Family


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - "Pretty Little Liars" premiered on June 8, 2010 the United States, becoming ABC Family's highest-rated series debut on record across the network's target demographics


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - After an initial order of 10 episodes on June 28, 2010, ABC Family ordered an additional 12 episodes for season one


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On June 28, 2010, ABC Family ordered 12 more episodes of the show, bringing its total first-season order to 22


ABC Family airs its original drama series on Monday and/or Tuesday nights, and since 2011, has aired its comedy series on Wednesday nights add something


CBS - As of 2011, "Rudolph" and "Frosty the Snowman" are the only two pre-1990 animated specials remaining on CBS; "Charlie Brown" and "The Grinch" moved to ABC, while cable network ABC Family owns the "Garfield" specials


Arden Cho - In 2011 she appeared in the role of Pru, a friend of Paige McCullers in Season 1, Episode 20 , of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars


Charisma Carpenter - In 2011, Carpenter landed a recurring role in ABC Family's drama "The Lying Game"


Raven-Symone - In 2011, Symoné starred in her first television series in four years as the main character of ABC Family's multi-camera comedy pilot "State of Georgia"


Raven-Symone - In 2011, Symoné starred in the short-lived "ABC Family" comedy series "State of Georgia" as Georgia Chamberlain, an aspiring actress with a huge ego who moves to New York City to try her hand at an acting career


Blair Redford - In 2011, he appeared in four episodes of ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" left the show to start filming ABC Family's The Lying Game


Skyler Samuels - In 2011, she starred as main character, Chloe King, on the ABC Family series, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King"


Lucas Grabeel - In the summer of 2011, Grabeel is starring in the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth", in which he plays the brother of one of the two girls who were mistakenly switched in the hospital at birth


Lea Thompson - Since 2011 she has co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series "Switched at Birth"


Lea Thompson - Since 2011, Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series "Switched at Birth", about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - On January 9, 2011, ABC Family announced the show would return for its fourth season on March 26, 2011


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On January 10, 2011, ABC Family picked the show up for a second season that premiered on June 14, 2011


Majandra Delfino - As of June 2011, she was starring with Raven-Symoné in the show "State of Georgia" on the ABC Family channel till its cancellation


Nearly three years later, the record was broken again with "Switched at Birth" premiering to 3,3 million viewers on June 6, 2011 add something


Robert Naylor (actor) - In May 2011, he filmed the TV movie Cyberbully which was shot in Montreal and premiered on ABC Family on July 17, 2011


The Lying Game - "'The Lying Game"' is an American teen drama television series that aired on ABC Family from August 15, 2011 to March 12, 2013


Raven-Symone - The season concluded August 17, 2011 with twelve episodes, and ABC Family cancelled the show on September 16, 2011


The Lying Game - On September 15, 2011, ABC Family gave the series a 10 episode back order bringing the first season to 20 episodes


On October 26, 2011, The Walt Disney Company and Toronto-based media company Corus Entertainment entered into a partnership to launch a Canadian version of ABC Family under the name "'ABC Spark"', which launched on March 23, 2012 add something


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On November 29, 2011, ABC Family renewed the show for a third season, which consisted of 24 episodes


Andie MacDowell - In 2012 she is co-starred in the short-lived ABC Family series "Jane by Design"


Melissa Peterman - In 2012, Peterman announced she was appearing in an upcoming ABC Family sitcom, "Baby Daddy"


Justin Bruening - In 2012, he began a recurring role on the &ABC_family (ABC_Family) drama, "Switched at Birth"


Johnny Pacar - Pacar portrayed Damon Young, a recurring role on ABC Family's "Make It or Break It", a series about teenage gymnasts striving for the 2012 Olympics


Johnny Pacar - Pacar starred as Damon Young on ABC Family's "Make It or Break It", a series about teenage gymnasts striving for the 2012 Olympics


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - On February 2, 2012, ABC Family renewed the series for a fifth season


The Secret Life of the American Teenager - On February 2, 2012, it was announced ABC Family renewed The Secret Life of the American Teenager for a fifth season


Soapnet - On March 1, 2012, it was announced that the network's operations would be taken over by ABC Family following the dismantling of the ABC Daytime corporate structure under Brian Frons, who had resigned in December 2011


Home Alone (franchise) - On March 15, 2012, ABC Family announced the development of the fifth installment in the "Home Alone" series


Marvel Television - By April 2012, Marvel TV had four shows in development: the Hulk project and "AKA Jessica Jones" for ABC, "Cloak and Dagger" for ABC Family, "The Punisher" for Fox and "Mockingbird"


The Lying Game - On April 24, 2012, ABC Family announced it has been renewed for a second season, slated for a winter premiere


Tricia Leigh Fisher - In July 2012, Fisher, her husband and children began appearing on the ABC Family reality series "Beverly Hills Nannies"


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On 4 October 2012, ABC Family announced that the show was renewed for a fourth season, again comprising 24 episodes


Shay Mitchell - On October 4, 2012, ABC Family announced that they renewed Pretty Little Liars for a fourth season


The Notebook (2004 film) - On November 11, 2012, ABC Family premiered an extended version with deleted scenes added back into the original storyline


ABC Spark Will be closed on Novembrer 16, 2013 add something


Nico Tortorella - He is best known for his roles in "Scream 4", the 2013 Fox series "The Following", and the ABC Family television series "Make It or Break It"


Mary Page Keller - In 2013 Keller was cast in ABC Family drama series "Chasing Life", set to air in early 2014


Melissa Peterman - In February 2013, ABC Family announced Peterman was the host of another upcoming competition, "Dancing Fools"


Denise Richards - In February 2013, ABC Family commissioned the drama for a full series


Ravenswood (TV series) - A spin-off of "Pretty Little Liars", ABC Family green lit the series on March 26, 2013


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - On March 26, 2013, ABC Family announced that a spin-off, "Ravenswood", would air in October 2013


Shay Mitchell - This was confirmed by ABC Family on March 26, 2013


Mary Page Keller - In April 2013, ABC Family picked up pilot to series, for air in 2014


Drew Seeley - The movie aired April 21, 2013 on ABC Family, where Seeley played the role of "Young Ryan"


Jennifer Lopez - The show premiered on ABC Family on June 3, 2013, and has since been a ratings success for the network


The Lying Game - On July 15, 2013, Chando revealed that ABC Family has canceled the series after two seasons


Mary Page Keller - In 2014, Keller began starring as the mother of lead character in the ABC Family drama series "Chasing Life"


Rebecca Schull - In 2014, Schull is a regular cast member on the ABC Family series "Chasing Life"


Prior to the launch of WATCH ABC Family on January 7, 2014, recent episodes of the channel's programs could be streamed by any internet user within the United States and its territories through ABC Family's website and mobile app, and Hulu for one week after their original broadcast; episode streaming is now restricted solely to those who subscribe to a participating cable or satellite provider that supports the service add something


ABC Family HD feed was place back on the lineup on March 18, 2014 add something


Pretty Little Liars (TV series) - It was announced on June 10, 2014 that "Pretty Little Liars" was renewed for two seasons, making the show ABC Family's longest running original hit series


As of November 2014 Boy Meets World continues to be the top rated syndicated program on ABC Family's schedual add something


In a December 2014 article in "Variety", reports suggested that ABC Family executives were proposing a reboot of the network that would occur in 2015, which may include a renaming of the channel, a redesigned graphics package or an expansion of programmming that appeals more toward a millennial-skewing audience, as opposed to families or teenagers add something


On April 16, 2015, Family Channel lost Disney Channel content to Corus Entertainment, who will be lanuching a Canadian version of Disney Channel add something


However as of August 8, 2015 nothing more has been said weather or not ABC Family will be renamed add something


The next major plan was to re-position the channel to market it to college students, young women, or to a more hip audience under the name "XYZ," a reverse reference to ABC; however, due to a stipulation thought to have been put in place by Robertson at the time of the original sale to News Corp, this concept was dropped; the existence of the stipulation was later dismissed as urban legend by ABC Family President Tom Ascheim at the announcement on October 6, 2015 of the network's re-branding to Freeform add something


The rebranding will occur on January 12, 2016, coinciding with the winter premiere of "Pretty Little Liars"s sixth season and the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" add something


On April 7, 2016, Freeform ordered a series based on Marvel's Cloak and Dagger comic book series, marking the first work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have been developed for the network add something


Freeform's "That's So Throwback" block was launched on May 2, 2016 add something