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ABC To Offer Hit Shows On-Demand… With A Catch

ABC on demand ABC is finally getting with the program and releasing some of its hit shows like and for free to various on-demand cable systems and not just in cities where stations are owned and operated. There is just one catch: viewers won’t be able to fast-forward through the commercials.

In this case though, programming would only have two to five minutes worth of commercial time versus the usual 18 or more minutes aired during hour long programs on network TV.

ABC’s parent company says this is just another way to drive people back to network television while expanding its digital strategy beyond what is already offered on its website ABC.com. The company can also make more money by selling ads within on-demand programming.

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Quarterlife Makes The Big Time on Network TV

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If you are a fan of “quarterlife,” you will be happy to know that the series, which is up to episode 24, has been picked up to run on network teevy, namely NBC. The series about neurotic twentysomethings was created by “thirtysomething’s” Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick and will premiere February 26. While we don’t see the show as exactly earthshaking, we recognize and note that other series (such as Lil’ Bush and TMZ) began on the Net and now have found a comfortable albeit moderately successful run on legitimate TV. Those that can, apparently do and literally get to capitalize their title.

 

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Is Network TV Avoiding Gay Issues?

ABC LogoA new report shows that seven stories on the five broadcast networks currently feature lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters this fall season. Last season, there were nine. According to a study by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the number has been steadily dropping for the past three years. Caitlin Down (played by Bonnie Somerville) on ABC’s Cashmere Mafia, which won’t even premiere until December, is the only non-heterosexual regular character to appear on a new show this year. According to the study, ABC features more non-heterosexual characters than any other broadcast network. Shows like Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty,  Desperate Housewives, and the new Cashmere Mafia all feature non-heterosexual characters. NBC’s The Office features one character to fit the gay and lesbian mold. The report shows that, currently, CBS and the CW have no non-heterosexual characters on any of their shows, but CBS does include gay and lesbian contestants on their reality shows. In sharp contrast, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender representation on cable is going through the roof, with 57 characters this year alone.

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