Television network ABC has just announced that they have just added six new short form shows to ABC.com and the ABC app. This is in addition to the network’s other ABC digital (ABCd) shows that were offered for the first time in July that you probably didn’t even knew existed. So, what’s going on? What are these shows and why should you care?
It’s no secret that America’s television viewing habits have changed in recent years with the advent of HULU, Netflix, and others original programming. Traditional networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS are all trying out new ways to keep viewers watching their shows and that includes boosting up their apps. CBS recently announced that it would premiere the new Star Trek: Discovery series first on CBS and then move the show to its “all access” app where any viewer can watch for an additional fee.
On July 13 of this year, ABC began revamping its ABC app by creating seven original digital short-form series and including a full library of “throwback” programming, otherwise known as reruns of old TV shows.
“Our team has completely re‑imagined the digital viewing experience for ABC fans,” said Karin Gilford, SVP of Digital Media, ABC Television Network last July. “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.”
The first seven digital shows added to the ABC app were a mix of scripted comedy, advice, cooking, and talk shows. The new shows added to the mix include more comedy, music, and even a spin-off of one of the first ABCd shows. Here is a complete list of new and current ABCd shows now available on the app and online.
A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus
Debuting on September 15, this show is said to be in conjunction with Marcus’ role as social media correspondent for the 2016 Emmys awards show.
All My Gay Friends Are Getting Married
Described as “a celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of single girl Michelle Collins” who sits down with gay couples to chat about how they met, fell in love, and talk about their weddings.
Modern Family’s Ty Burrell plays the star of a fictional TV series and goofs off with his “non-tourage” of best friends. It also stars Joel Spence, Mel Cowan, and Johnny Meeks.
A sitcom starring Iliza Shlesinger who struggles “with the indignities of dead-end jobs, hangovers, dating, infidelity, and all the rest of the absurdities of modern adulthood.”
I Can Find $3,000 In Your Home
Linda Lightman, an eBay millionaire, says that “everyone has at least 52 items totaling at least $3,000 in their homes” and she’s going to help you find them.
A sitcom created by Aurora Browne and Nadine Djoury, who also star in the show, who compare what type of moms that they would like to be versus the ones that they really are.
Dubbed as the “story behind the song” show, On the Record features songwriters who share the inspiration behind their tunes.
The founders of Dry Bar (Alli Webb), Mixed Chicks (Wendi Levy and Kim Etheridge), Sugar Paper (Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker), and Zhena’s Gypsy Tea (Zhena Muzyka) share professional advice to other entrepreneurs.
Chef Guy Turland goes on adventures finding the freshest local ingredients to create incredible food.
Tastemade’s “Get Cookin”
Erwan Heausaff, Lazarus Lynch, and Megan Mitchell, known as “tastemakers” give tips and tricks for cooking. It’s sponsored by Hefty Slider Bags, so expect to see a lot a new uses for the product.
This Isn’t Working
Lisa Schwartz stars in this sitcom about an inspiring actress who is stuck taking on an “endless stream of embarrassing part-time jobs” to help make ends meet.
What To Text Him Back
Matthew Hussey, relationship expert and New York Times best-selling author of Get The Guy, offers dating advice for women in the digital age.
Here Is the Full List of “Throwback” Shows Being Offered
8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Body of Proof, Brothers & Sisters, Commander in Chief, Detroit, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, Felicity, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect, Manhattan Love Story, Mixology, My Generation, My So-Called Life, The Neighbors, October Road, Off the Map, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Perception, Reaper, Red Band Society, The River, Samantha Who?, School House Rock, Secret Millionaire, Smart Guy, Sports Night, Trophy Wife, Ugly Betty and What About Brian?
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