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Disney Channel has ordered the Andi Mack TV show to series. The family and children's show, created and executive produced by Lizzie McGuire's Terri Minsky, stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role. Minsky developed the Finding Carter TV series which was cancelled after three seasons on MTV. She also created Less Than Perfect and The Geena Davis Show. Disney ordered the pilot in November 2015, which is titled Andiland on IMDb.Fans may recognize Lee as Violet, from the 2015 "Violet" episode of ABC's Scandal, and as the "Girl Soldier" in a trio of 2016 episodes of Shameless, season six on Showtime. The Andi Mack TV series cast also includes: Lilan Bowden as Andi’s sister Bex, Lauren Tom as Andi’s mother Celia, Joshua Rush as Cyrus, and Asher Angel as »
This morning, ABC announced that it has relaunched its streaming service with a new name and a ton of new shows. ABCd will not just have digital short series but also has full seasons of 38 "throwback" shows such as 8 Simple Rules, My So-Called Life, Felicity (which aired on The WB but is owned by ABC), Ellen, Ugly Betty, and more. ABCd also has a whole new interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV and access to full episode of current shows on demand (such as Modern Family and Quantico). One of the most interesting elements is its collection of original digital series. Per the press release, here are descriptions of each series. “All My Gay Friends are Getting Married” A celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of only mildly bitter single girl, Michelle Collins, who’s realizing that everyone is now getting married – except her. She’ll »
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ABC has relaunched its streaming service, complete with seven original digital short-form series — including ones starring former “View” host Michelle Collins and “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell — and full seasons of 38 older shows. Here are the dozens “throwback” series returning to the ABCd streaming service: “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” (pictured above), “The Neighbors,” »
- Tony Maglio
ABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.
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Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit 1-8-7, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect, »
ABC is not going down the subscription VOD route, at least for now: The Alphabet network is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service.
The network is launching the new digital shorts under the “ABCd” banner, an initiative that got under way last year as previously reported by Variety. Those, along with the “throwback” series, which include “Betrayal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “School House Rock,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty,” will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in. Other broadcasters, by contrast, have introduced Netflix-style pay services, like NBCUniversal’s Seeso and CBS All Access (while The CW’s CW Seed is also a free, ad-supported service with original series and library content).
“Our team has completely »
- Todd Spangler
The pact secures Adler’s exec producing and writing responsibilities on “Life in Pieces” for two years, plus allows him to bring development projects into the studio.
“‘Life in Pieces’ is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest rated new comedy of last season. Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs.
In its first season, “Life in Pieces” ranked as the 2015-16 season’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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