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Evolution of Freeform: From ‘700 Club’ to ‘Shadowhunters’ (Photos)

10 June 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Since its inception in the 70s, the network now known as Freeform has been bought and sold several times, and been re-named even more. With the exception of “The 700 Club,” the network today bears little resemblance to its earliest days. Cbn Satellite Service (1977) The network now known as Freeform was got its start in 1977 as part of televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, airing a mix of religious programming, family-friendly syndicated TV shows and classic westerns. “The 700 Club” (1966) Cbn’s flagship talk show “The 700 Club” helped launch the network among Robertson’s followers, and continues to air to this day. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ to Trample ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ ‘Brothers Grimsby’

9 March 2016 8:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zootopia” will tower over the competition for the second straight weekend, as the Disney animated hit looks to add $40 million to its grosses.

That will push the story of a plucky rabbit who becomes a cop past the $100 million mark, easily securing first place on the domestic box office chart. Critics have loved the film, and audiences seem to agree, handing it an A CinemaScore rating, which indicates it will show some endurance.

It’s been a real case of feast or famine this year. Over the first two months of the year ticket sales have been up nearly 10% over 2015 thanks to success stories such as “Zootopia” and “Deadpool.” While those films prove that blockbusters don’t have to debut in just the summer or holiday season, there’s a clear case of income disparity. The flops have piled up at a rapid pace — among the Doa are “Zoolander 2, »

- Brent Lang

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ABC Family Will Keep ‘The 700 Club’ When it Becomes Freeform

9 January 2016 11:29 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC Family will change its name to Freeform Tuesday. But though the network is shedding pat of its family-friendly legacy, one piece of its past is sticking around. The network will continue to broadcast televangelist Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” after the rebranding is complete. ABC Family began life as part of Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network before being sold to Fox and, later, Disney. The network is contractually obligated to continue to broadcast the the show. “Nothing about our name change affects our relationship with ‘The 700 Club,'” network preside Tom Ascheim said at a TCA panel Saturday. »

- Daniel Holloway

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ABC Family, No Matter What It Calls Itself, Can’t Get Rid of Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club

5 January 2016 7:36 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Yes, Pat Robertson's Christian talk show The 700 Club will continue to air even when ABC Family becomes known as Freeform. “The 700 Club will continue to air on Freeform,” the network said in a statement. “It was part of a longstanding agreement that was made when Disney first acquired the network." As a result, TV Insider went into the history of the deal: The network originally began as the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1977, which aired Robertson's show. There was a series of name-changes and deals throughout the years, with Disney/ABC buying the network in 2001, but throughout it all, the main stipulation was that The 700 Club would remain on air with a good time slot. According to an unnamed source, the network tried to buy out Robertson, but the price quoted was "astronomical." The 700 Club is valuable property for Robertson: Cbn’s most recent tax audit »

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