ABC Family Has Sat. Night Plans

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After saying last month that a repurposed block of ABC fare would be one
of the components of a multipronged plan to revamp the network, ABC Family
president Angela Shapiro revealed the network's new Saturday-night lineup
Thursday.

ABC Family will showcase a quartet of episodes from ABC's Tuesday-night
roster, Life with Bonnie and Less Than Perfect, when it bows
'ABC+' Oct. 26.

Culling these episodes -- complemented by exclusive interviews,
behind-the-scenes-looks and other interstitial material -- will give ABC Family
viewers a chance to catch up with the ABC series.

Then Nov. 2, Shapiro said, ABC Family will trot out its regular ABC+ lineup:
a movie from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by Bonnie at 9 p.m. and
Perfect
at 9:30 p.m.

The network will conclude its Saturday with another two-hour film through
midnight.

'ABC+ offers great programming, as well as enhanced viewing experience,'
Shapiro said in a prepared statement. 'From talent interviews to
behind-the-scenes footage, ABC+ will offer viewers exciting extras not available
anywhere else.'

Other
programming gambits ABC Family is considering include: reality programming, anchored by My
Life as a Sitcom
; the rollout of up to 20 original interstitials weekly, some of which
could be developed into shows; and a 'trend ticker' that would run on the lower
third of the screen and provide viewers with pop-culture info.

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