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Subject: ABC TGIF came back in 2002 on ABC FAMILY ?

Written By: the2001 on 03/31/17 at 7:27 pm

Can someone give me any info on this? Apparently when FOX FAMILY was renamed ABC FAMILY in 2001 it also
brought along the TGIF block on Friday Nights, a year after the normal TGIF block was canceled.

In the summer of 2001, Disney acquired Fox Family from News Corporation and Saban Entertainment, renaming the channel ABC Family. Disney head Michael Eisner hoped to use ABC Family to repurpose ABC network shows. To meet that end, he decided to revive the TGIF block on ABC Family to create additional revenue for ABC's family sitcoms. This effort hit a roadblock due to the fact that ABC did not own the syndication rights to all of its programs. As such, the "new" TGIF block, which debuted on March 1, 2002, consisted of the recently-acquired dramedy State of Grace, in addition to reruns of ABC's According to Jim and, unusual for what was meant to be a sitcom block, the drama Alias. Due to poor advertising sales, complaints from ABC affiliates, and show producers concerned that the new block would hurt syndication revenue, ABC Family's TGIF was pulled after a few short weeks.


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