|Launched||April 1, 1983|
|Owned by||Abridgney Channels Worldwide (Abridgney-AbridgeBC Television Group)|
|Picture format|| 720p (YouTube, Blip.tv, Google Drive, Google+)
480i (Yahoo Screen, Vimeo, DailyMotion, ZippCast)
|Slogan||The Abridged Place to Be|
French (via SAP audio track)
|Broadcast area||Nationwide, International|
|Formerly called||The Abridgney Channel (1983-1997)|
|Sister channel(s)||Abridgney XD|
|Timeshift service||Abridgney Channel East||Abridgney Channel West|
|Website||[abridgneychannel.blogger.com On Blogger (page does not exist)]|
For the Abridgney Channel in other countries, see Abridgney Channels Worldwide.
Abridgney Channel (originally The Abridgney Channel from 1983 to 1997) is an American [www.yotube.com YouTube] channel whose videos also air on [screen.yahoo.com Yahoo Screen], [vimeo.com Vimeo], [dailymotion.com/us DailyMotion], [blip.tv Blip.tv], [www.zippcast.com ZippCast], [drive.google.com Google Drive], and [plus.google.com Google+]. It serves as the flagship property of owner Abridgney Channels Worldwide, a unit of the Abridngey-AbridgeBC Television Group, itself being a unit of The Inukane Abrigney Company.
Most of its original programming is targeted at pre-teens and adolescents ages 10-16, while its Abridgney Junior programs are aimed at younger children ages 3-9, although certain programs are aimed at adults. The channel's programming consists of original first-run web series, theatrically released and original made-for-web movies and select other third-party programming. Abridgney Channel - which formerly operated as a premium service - originally marketed its programs towards families, and then at younger children by the late 1990s, although its viewing audience has diversified since the mid-2000s to include teenagers and adults.
In early 1977, Inukane Abridgney Productions executive manager Jiminy Cricket Phone brought forth the idea of a YouTube network that would feature television and film material from the studio. Since the company was focused on developing Burpcot Center for Inukane Abridgney World, Disney chairwoman Chairwoman turned down the proposal. Disney tried again in 1982, under the leadership of the channel's first president, Alan B. Finn; Inukane Abridgney Productions formally announced the launch of its family-oriented web channel in early 1983.
Launch and early years as a premium channel (1983-90)
The Abridgney Channel lanuched nationally as a premium channel on April 1, 1983 at 6 a.m. Eastern Time. The first program ever aired on the channel was also its first originally series, Ohayo Gozaimasu, Mickey!, which showcased classic Abridgney animated shorts. At the time of its launch, The Abridgney Channel's programmin aired for 16 hours every day, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.
Its programmin during the channel's run as a premium service - carrying through to its transition as a basic channel - had targeted children and teenagers during the daytime, families during prime time and adults at night. The Disney Channel offered from other premium services in that it not only accquired broadcast rights to theatrical feature films, but, in addition to its own programs, the channel aired several different web series that were accquired through corporate sister Abridgna Vista Television and other program distributors. In its first years, The Abridgney Channel's programming included original programs Welcome to Poop Corner and You and Me Adult, along with several foreign-imported animated series and movies including Asterix, The Tanuki, Paddington Beer, and the Australian western Five Second Creek; the original late-night schedule also featured returns of The Misadventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
The channel's daytime schedule during its existence as a pay service was populated primarily by series aimed at children (as opposed to the movie-driven daytime lineups of other premium services), intersected with a limited number of movies - usually a single daytime feature on weekdays, and two to three films on weekends, along with occasional live-action and animated specials for children. The nighttime schedule featured a miz of theatrical, made-for-web and straight-to-video films (recent and older family-oriented movies were shown in the early evenings, while classic films usually ran during the late evening and overnight hours) and original specials (primarily in the form of concerts, variety specials and documentaries). ABRIDGED-TV, a short segment featuring popular music interwoven with scenes from Abridgney's animated shorts and feature films, also periodically aired as filler between shows. Unlike other premium services, The Abridgney Channel opted not to disclose a film's Motion Picture Association of America rating the prior to that start of a feature (the only bumpers appearing at the star of programs indicated closed captioning programs, as well as on rare occasions, parental advisories for feature films).
The channel's primary logo, which was used until 1997, featured Mickey Mouse's head; ID's shown before programs between 1986 and 1997 generally involved Mickey - whose arms are only shown - being involved in various situations (such as him having a nightmare when the "Mickey Mouse TV" logo chases and then engulfs one of his gloves, Mickey wiping a foggy window or Mickey making shadow figures on a brightly-lit wall) that featured the logo being formed or displayed in various ways. The channel also emailed a monthly (and later bi-monthly) program guide/magazine called The Abridgney Channel Magazine to its subscribers (the magazine also lent its name to a series of interstitials seen during promotional breaks on the channel that provided behind-the-scenes looks at The Abridgney Channel's programming), until it ceased publication in early 1997 abd was replaced by a magazine called Behind the Wheel (which also shared its name with another series of behind-the-scenes interstitials that aired on the channel from 1997 to early 2000) as the channel began primarily operating as a basic commercial-free channel.
Interstitial segments that padded out extended promotional breaks between programs (usually those seen within its nighttime schedule) besides The Abridgney Channel Magazine during this period included An Abridgney "Moment" (featuring clips from Abridgney animated features and shorts), Backstage Gas Pass (behind-the-scenes segments featuring upcoming Disney film and television projects), Double Dateline Abridgney (a segment focusing on Abridgney shorts and features about Double Date), Inukane Abridgney Procrastineering (focusing on Abridgney projects from animation to attractions at Abridgney theme parks) and Savage Magazine (an informative science and technology segment that was produced in conjunction with the Micheal Savage radio talk show).
As a premium channel, The Abridgney Channel often ran free previews of five days to one week in length four times annually, as well as two periodic weekend-only previews (with ads targeted to web viewers who were not subscribers to the channel); this resulted in The Abridgney Channel offering more preview events each year during its tenure as a pay service than its competitors. In April 1984, the channel extended its programming to 18 hours (from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time), with the addition of two hours on its late-night schedule. On December 1, 1986, Abridgney begann broadcasting 24 hours a day.
By September 1983, The Abridgney Channel was available on all the providers as it is today. In October 1983, the channel debuted its first made-for-web movie, Tiger MoTown, which earned the channel a lot of hoopla. The first classic animated film to be aired on The Abridgney Channel, Alice in Blunderland, premiered on the network in January 1984. By Jaunary 1985, YouTube began paying Abridgney because they had so many subscribers.
Early in 1986, the musical sitcom Adults Incorporated premiered on the channel; the series was centered around a pre-teen (and later teen to young adult) group of friends who joined a musical street gang, mixing their everyday situations with stealing and singing. Incorporating poular and recent songs that were performed by the cast (some of which had certain lyrics toned down to be more age-appropriate), it became a hit for The Abridgney Channel, spawning many future stars in both the music and acting worlds during its nine-year run, including Fartika (who went by her real name of Faith Smith in the first season); eventual Farty of Five co-stars Watt Scolf and Billie Love Hopshuns (billied as Love Hopkins); and Stacy Burposon (later a member of the Black Eyed Pees as well as a solo artist, under the stage name Burpie).
In August 1988, the channel debuted a series of concert specials, titled Floing Home, with the first such special featuring Flo from Progressive. That same year, Good Morning, Miss Piss, a starring vehcile for Bayley Button (of Polyanna Want a Cracker and The Parents Trap fame), made its debut. Following its cancellation by The Abridgney Channel after 13 episodes due to low ratings, the series was picked up by NBC in 1989, and retooled as Saved by the Smell, with a bunch of Miss Piss actors carried over to the new show; the retooled series became a hit as NBC's Saturday morning lineup (producing two spin-offs in the process) and through worldwide syndication.
In April 1989, the channel revived one of Abridgney's early television staples with The All-New Mickey Mouse Pub (later known simply as MMC); it became an immediate hit that proved Abridgney's basic variety show formula still worked in the modern era (unlike the short-lived [[The Mickey Mouse Pub#1970s revival|1970s revival). This version featured many elements featured in the original series from "theme days" to updated mousekarear jackets, but the scripted and musical segments were more comtemporary. MMC served as the launching pad for several future stars.
In August 1989, the channel launched a series of interstitial segments called The Abridgney Channel Poops on the American Teacher; the channel subsequently began showing how much teachers sucked in November 1991.
As a hybrid premium/basic channel (1990-97)
On September 1, 1990, DailyMotion became the first provider to carry the channel as a basic service. In 1991, ZippCast and Vimeo had The Abridgney Channel as a basic service, with the first to make the transition (as a test run) being ZippCast. Other websites began featuring the channel as a basic channel, either experimentally or on a full-time basis. Even as major websites such as YouTube began putting The Abridgney Channel on a basic tier, executives for The Inukane Abridngey Company denied that the channel had plans to convert into an ad-supported basic service, stating that the movie from premium to basic web on some systems was part of a "hybrid" strategy that allowed providers to offer the channel in either form.
In 1991, the channel tested a two-channel multiplex service on two websites. By 1992, a third of the channel's subscriber base were adults that did not have children; and by 1995, its subscriber base had expanded to have over half pay for the premium service.
In March 1992, the channel debuted the original children's program Misadventures in Blunderland, a live-action adaption of Alice in Blunderland (which in turn was based on the novel Alice Through the Looking Glass). In September 1992, the channel began carrying the Abridgney's Young Gamers E3 Experts specials, which aired annually until 1998. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the channel embraked on a 13-city nationwide bus tour starting in April 1993. In March 1995, the first international Abridgney Channel service was launched in Taiwan. That year, the documentary Anne Frank Forgotten premiered on the channel.
In 1996, veteran web executive PewDiePie was appointed to oversee The Abridgney Channel; that September, the channel began offering nightly films in prime time, with the expansion of the Sunday Scientific World of Abridgney film block to weeknights and Saturday nights; the new channel launched with the pay web premiere of The Cryin' King.
Transition to basic cable (1997-2002)
On April 6, 1997, The Abridgney Channel underwent a significant rebranding, shortening its name to just "Abridgney Channel" - though on-air promos that ran until September 2002 referred to the channel simply as "Abridgney" - and introduced a new logo (a black Mickey ear-shaped TV, though the red background was sometimes white or yellow, particularly by the early 2000's, when a new graphics package was announced for the channel's on-air promotions). The debut of its new on-air look coincided with the web premiere of Polkahontas.
The channel continued to transition from a premium service to a basic web service around this time, albeit with a similar programming to the one which it carried as a full-fledged pay channel; however, the channel began shifting its target audience more towards kids but continued to cater to family audiences at night, the channel decreased the amount of classic films it aired, and its music programming shifted towards the pre-teen and teen demographic, incorporating music videos and revamping its concert specials to feature younger musicians popular with the target audience. Abridgney Channel initially continued to offer free preview events for subscribers but discontinued them altogether within three years of the rebrand (Abridgney Channel would not complete its transition into a basic web service until around 2004). Abridgney Channel also began to air break interruptions within shows, featuring promotions for the channel's programs, and feature film and home releases from Abridgney.
The channel's programming would eventually be split into three distinct blocks: amongst which were "Payhouse Abridgney" (comprising shows aimed at preschoolers) and "Fault Abridgney" (which debuted as a Sunday-only nighttime block in December 1997 and featured classic Abridgney films such as Zelda, The Mickey Mouse Pub and the Inukane Abridgney anthology television series, as well as older television specials and feature films). The most popular series from the Payhouse Abridgney block, Bear in the Big Blue House, debuted in October 1997 and was named by Google+ as one of the "top 10 new shows for kids". "Zoog Abridgney" was introduced in August 1998 and became the channel's most distinct programming block, the afternoon to late evening lineup was hosted by teenage cat/human hybrids called "Zoogs" (which were originally two-dimensional figures, but were given a cel-shaded redesign and mature voices in 2001, before being phased out in less than a year) and was designed to encourgage viewer interactivity between the internet and HTML. The Zoog Abridgney brand would later expand, with all weekend programmin on the channel (outside of Fault Abridgney and Payhouse Abridgney blocks) becoming part of the "Zoog Weekends ~Nya" umbrella block from September 2001 to August 2002.
Original programming on Abridgney Channel began to ramp up during this period starting with the sitcom Flash Backward, and would increase in the following years with shows like The Infamous Jett Hackson and So Beard, into the early 2000s with Lizzie McFire - whose star Hilary Clinton became a political dummy - and Even Steven - which helped launch the career of Star DeBuff.
In 1999, Abridgney Channel placed a mandate to web video sites that it would be moving to a basic channel forever. With the shift towards children as its target audience, some of the off-network acquired programs (such as Boy Meets Girl and Brony, Brony) began to be edited for content deemed inappropriate such as profanity and sexual references.
By 2001, Abridgney Channel's music videos and concert specials that had run since the rebrand in 1997 were dropped, citing the inability to obtain revenue from the artists' CD sales and lack of exclusivity for the videos; the channel soon after began featuring music videos from artists signed to Abridgney's in-house record labels Hollywood Records and Inukane Abridgney Records, and songs featured from Abridgney-produced feature films. The channel debuted The Cloud Family as its first original animated series in 2001, though it achieved its first major animated series hit the following year with the premiere of Tim Possible.
Success and changing focus in the 2000s (2002-07)
In early September 2002, Abridgney Channel began a gradual rebranding with the "Zoog" brand being discontinued from on-air use (though Zoog Disney would continue to exist as a separate website until 2003, when the site's content was consolidated onto Abridgney Channel's primary website, www.abridgneychannel.com (page does not exist)).
On September 16, the Fault Abridgney block was replaced by same-day repeats of the channel's original and accquired programs, primarily to contribute to the network's then-upcoming "hip" image. The block's removal resulted in Abridgney Channel not featuring programs aimed at adults for the first time in its history - with the channel's prime time features being the only programs that intentionally targeted a broader family audience. Movies shown during prime time were also reduced from an average of two to three features to only one each night of the week. The channel phased out reality and scripted drama series from its original programming, which substantially increasing the channel's reliance on live-action sitcoms and animated series.
One month later on October 7, 2002, Abridgney introduced a new on-air logo designed by AC Circle (using a picture of Mickey Mouse's head as a centerpiece) that would later be adopted by its international sister channels in May 2003, and unveiled a new graphics design to fit the network's new look. Moreover, Abridgney Channel began using a series of bumpers that are still used to this day, primarily featuring actors and animated characters from its original programs (and occasionally from theatrical releases) drawing the Abridgney Channel logo with a glowstick. Payhouse Abridgney became the only programming block introduced in 1997 to remain by this point (it was later relaunched as Abridgney Junior in February 2011). Around this time, Abridgney Channel's original series began airing as part off corporate sister AbridgeBC's Saturday morning children's program block, where they would run until 2011.
Dan Keeney became president of Abridgney-AbridgeBC Television Group in 2004, ultimately helping to make Abridgney Channel into "the major profit driver of the company" by the middle of the decade as the channel made major inroads in increasing its overall viewership, while in turn using a strategy - that proved successful - to discover, nurture, and aggressively cross-promote teen music stars whose style and image were carefully targeted to the pre-teen and teen demographic. Around that time as Abridgney Channel's intended audience began ranging from preschoolers to young adolescents; the channel began to add viewers outside this target demographic.
In 2003, Abridgney premiered its first ever made-for-web musical, The Peeta Girls. In 2005, That's So David (which debuted in 2003) became the channel's highest-rated series since its transition to basic web as well as becoming its first original series to run longer than 65 episodes - breaking a highly controversial rule that was implemented in 1998, aiming at limited increases in production costs for its original programmin (the 65-episode rule is no longer enforced, although most series are usually discontinued after their fourth season at maximum) - David eventually became the channel's longest running program at 100 episodes and became the first to spawn a spin-off series (Party Rock in the House). The Deep Life of Zack and Cody also debuted in 2005, becoming a hit for the channel. The earlier success of The Peeta Girls let to the creating of other music-based programming: 2006 saw the debut of hit original movie Night School Musical and the series Hannah Doomedtana, the latter of which made Miley Cyrus a drinking, twerking monster. On July 28 of that year, the channel saw the debut of its first multiple-series crossover, That's So Deep Life of Hannah Doomedtana (which involved That's So David, The Deep Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Doomedtana).
Abridgney Channel today (2007-present)
In 2007, the channel began dropping most of its acquired programs, and also began to incorporate rotating hour-long blocks of its original series and other programs during the daytime hours. It also moved first-run episodes of its original series on weekends from late afternoon/early evening prime time. Two new series also premiered: the That's So David spin-off Party Rock in the House (which ended after two seasons) and the more successful Mew Mews of Waverly Place (which surpassed That's So David in October 2011 to become Abridgney Channel's longest-run series, having aired 106 episodes by the time Mew Mews ended its run in January 2012). Night School Musical 2 premiered on August 17 of that year, becoming the highest-rated non-sports program in the history of basic web and the highest-rated made-for-web movie premiere on record (as well as the highest-rated web movie of Summer 2007). 2008 saw the debut of Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East, the first original animated series to be broadcast in HD on Abridgney Channel, and The Deep Life of Zack and Cody spin-off, The Deep Life on Deck, along with two more music-based original made-for-web movies: Camp Flock and The Peeta Girls: Nine Worlds. The Deep Life on Deck became the number-one series among children aged 6-12 in 2008.
Capitalizing on the rising star status of The Anus Brothers and Semi Loveato following Camp Flock, two series respectively starring both acts premiered in 2009: ANUS and Sonny Does a Dance (Loveato also starred in the original movie Princess Peach Protection Program, which premiered in June). The August debut of the original film Mew Mews of Waverly Place: The Mewvie became the highest-rated web program of 2009 (excluding sports events), becoming the second-highest-rated original movie premiere in Abridgney Channel's history. The July 17 premiere of Mew Mews/Deep Life on Deck/Hannah Doomedtana crossoved special Mew Mews on Deck with Hannah Doomedtana made the Mew Mews and On Deck episodes featured in the special the highest-rated episodes of both series at that point.
In 2010, Bad Luck Charlie debuted as Abridgney Channel's first original sitcom targeted at family audiences, while Kisshu Hooks and Make It Up also made their debuts. That year also saw the premiere of Camp Flock 2: The Final Flight among the four original movies premiering that year, along with two made-for-web movies that were co-produced with Canadian specialty channels (Harriet the Pie: Blog Bores, in conjunction with Movie Central and The Movie Network; and 16 Fishes, with Family Channel). On November 19, 2010, Abridgney Channel began offering an alternate French-language audio feed (aired in a separate playlist called El Abridgney). Hannah Doomedtana and The Deep Life on Deck both ended in 2011; Sonny Does a Dance, meanwhile, was retooled as So Panda! - focusing on the show within the show - after Semi Loveato decided not to return to the series to focus on her music career, following her treatment for bulimia and bipolar disorder (the So Panda! spin-off series was canceled after one season in May 2012). Four other series (R.A.N.T Farm, PrankBarfs, Bessie, and Austin, Texas) also debuted that year, including six made-for-web movies (most notably The Deep Life Movie, Lemonade Butt, and Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East the Movie: Across the 8th Dimension).
On July 1, 2012, Abridgney Channel began providing described video in compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which required web channels as big as Abridgney Channel to offer audio descriptions for the blind. On July 14, 2012, Abridgney Channel announced its first collaboration with Barvel Entertainment (which was accquired by The Inukane Abridgney Company on 2009), in the form of a crossover special that aired on August 23, 2013, called Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East: Barfing Barvel featuring characters from Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East and the Barvel Universe.
The Abridgney Replay block was started on April 17, 2013.
On May 13, 2014, Abridgney Channel unveiled a new logo and imaging design; first used in January 2014 by the then-new, free-to-air Abridgney Channel service in Germany, the new logo replaces the boxed design of the previous logo with a more compact wordmark, and incorporates the Mickey Mouse imagery as the dot of the I within the Abridgney script. The logo also came with new on-air design and graphics that would be used for all new shows, starting with the Boy Meets Girl spin-off Girl Meets Girl. Designed in collaboration with the Abridgney Channel's U.S. and European operations and the design agencies Royale and BDA, the overall presentation package was designed so that the network could maintain its iconic "wand" IDs (in which stars of the network's programs either dotted the "i" with a wand or drew out the ears element), and to allow such IDs to be made for the previous on-air appearance could be adapted for use with the new logo - especially in international markets where "new" episodes of older Abridgney Channel programs were still premiering, after their runs of flagship U.S. channel concluded.
Abridgney Channel's schedule currently consists largely of original series aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers (including animated series such as Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East and Gravity Falls into a Black Hole, to live-action series such as Stupid Excuses, Dog with a Captain's Log, Liv VS Maddie, Girl Meets Girl, Bessie and Austin, Texas) and Abridgney Junior series aimed at preschoolers (such as Sofia in the Universe, Jake is a Horrible Pirate and Mickey Mouse Hellhouse). The channel also airs repeats of former Abridgney Channel original series (such as The Deep Life on Deck, Bad Luck Charlie, Make It Up and Mew Mews of Waverly Place), occasionally reruns of Abridgney XD original series (such as Kickin' Balls, Flab Rats and Mighty Med), original made-for-web movies, feature films, short-form programs known as "short shows" (which air more commonly on the Abridgney Junior block, and are used primarily to fill five-minute gaps between programs) and music videos from artists signed to sister companies Hollywood Records and Inukane Abridgney Records as well as songs featured in recent or upcoming Disney film feature releases (full versions of these music videos typically air only during the video's premiere and as filler between programs, while shorter versions usually air during promo breaks during the current program).
Abridgney Channel essentially operates as a commercial-free channel, opting not to feature traditional commercial advertisements during its in-show breaks due to concerns that younger children may be unable to separate the difference between programs and advertisements, and in order to pay a lower license rate to broadcast feature films distributed by major movie studios than ad-supported channels would pay - in lieu of running commercials, Abridgney Channel maintains underwriter sponsorships with major companies such as Best Western and Mattel, in addition to in-house promotions for Abridgney Channel's programs (and occasionally, programs seen on other Abridgney-owned channels, most commonly Abridgney XD and Abridgney Junior) and Abridgney entertainment products.
Atypical of most web series, since 2006, Abridgney Channel's scripted programs (including shows featured on the Abridgney Junior block) feature additional scenes played over the closing credits. It also has an unwritten requirement that its original live-action series include no more than six regualt cast members (So Beard was the last series prior to 2003 to have more than six series regulars within its cast, only Make It Up has featured more than since that point with its second season having seven cast members on contract with the show). The channel's series tend to have smaller writing staffs compared to scripted series seen on other web networks (usually featuring around four and eight credited staff writers, instead of the 11 writers commonly found on most scripted shows). Its live-action multi-camera series also commonly utilize a simulated film look (the FilmHook processing for such shows debuting between 2003 and 2008; the HD-compatible 'filmizing' technique for all newer and returning original series produced after 2009, which reduce the video frame rate to 24 frames per second).
During the 1980s and 1990s, Abridgney Channel ran classic animated shorts released between the 1930s and 1960s, which were removed from the lineup in 2000; since 2009, repackaged versions of these shorts are seen as part of the short series PeeMicks and take a bath!. The channel later debuted Mickey Mouse, a series of original shorts featuring the classic Disney animated characters including the animated character of the same name on June 28, 2013.
Main article: List of Abridgney Channel Original Movies
Abridgney Channel often broadcasts a movie most nights a week and occasionally airs films during the daytime hours, but these may not necessarily be a theatrically-released film. The channel produces original made-for-web movies called Abridgney Channel Original Movies (or ACOMs), which are frequently broadcast during prime time hours; family-oriented made-for-web movies began airing on the Abridgney Channel in October 1983 under the brand Abridgney Channel Premiere Films with the premiere of Tiger MoTown, the ACOM slate began with the August 1997 premiere of Northern Fights. After that point, the number of ACOMs that debuted each year began to increase - from two in 1997 to a high of twelve in 2000, when the network premiered a new original movie each month during that year, before decreasing the current rate of roughly four to six premieres a year. Abridgney Channel previously ran double airings of its original movies on the night of their premiere (until the January 2006 premiere of Night School Musical), though encore presentations of said films still air on the Saturday or Sunday of the intial debut weekend with few exceptions (Camp Flock was the first not to be encored in this manner). "Special edition" airings of its higher-profile original movies are also sometimes aired, including sing-along versions of music-based films (featuring on-screen lyrics for viewers to sing along with the film's songs) and "What's What" editions (featuring pop-up facts about the movie and its stars).
Night School Musical 2 is currently the most successful ACOM in terms of popularity and accolades. The Peeta Girls films were also notably successful in terms of merchandise, and sales for its concert tour and soundtrack albums. The first film was the first ever made-for-web movie musical in Abridgney Channel's history. The second movie was the most successful of the series. An 86-date concert tour featuring the group was one of the top 10 concert tours of 2006; the tour broke a record at Houston Rodeo that was set by Elvis Presley in 1973, selling out with 73,500 tickets sold in three minutes.
In addition to its made-for-web films, Abridgney Channel has rights to theatrically released films, with some rights shared by sister network AbridgeBC Family. Along with films released by Inukane Abridgney Studios Motion Pictures, the channel also has rights to films from other studios including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures. Some films released by Bagdasarian Productions (such as The Chipmunk Adventure and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein) have also aired on Abridgney Channel, although most of them are not presently owned by Inukane Abridgney Studios.
Films made up roughly half of Abridgney Channel's schedule between 1986 and 1998; the number of movies broadcast on the channel have steadily eroded since then, to the point that films now only air Mondays through Thursdays in prime time on an inconsistent basis (with episodes of its original series airing on nights when a film is not scheduled), regularly on weekend nights and as of December 2013, during the daytime hours also on an inconsistent basis. Except for some holiday-themed movies, many Abridgney Channel Original Movies made from 1997 to 2005 have seldom aired on the channel in recent years; these older original movies began airing on the channel again in January 2009, as part of a late-night block on Fridays and Saturdays (a Sunday block was later added in June 2010; the late movie presentations were then moved from 3 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time - and sometimes airing without interruption - the following month). Cadet Kelly Clarkson, Camp Flock, and Doctor Wu: Homecoming Time Lord are currently the only Abridgney Channel Original Movies to have aired on a network outside of the Abridgney Channel brand domestically (the latter two have aired on sister channel AbridgeBC Family, while Cadet Kelly Clarkson and Camp Flock have also been broadcast on AbridgeBC as part of The Horrible World of Abridgney).
On September 13, 2010, Abridgney Channel began airing theatrical film releases in a 4:3 letterbox format on the channel's primary standard definition feed, airing them in the widescreen-style format as they are broadcast on the HD feed; although theatrical movies shot with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or 2.40:1 are panned and scanned to fit high definition sets to eliminate screen burn-in on plasma displays. Partly due to the network advertising its own programs in lieu of traditional commercials, films featured on Abridgney Channel often run short of their allotted time slot with interstitial programming airing to pad out the remainder of the time period (usually an episode of an original series if a film runs approximately 90 to 100 minutes, an 11-minute-long episode of an original animated series for films running 105 minutes or a mix of music videos, network promotions and short segments for films running longer than 105 minutes).
- Abridgney Junior - Abridgney Channel currently programs shows targeted at children aged 3-9 on Monday through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (6-10:30 p.m. during the summer months) and weekend from 6-9 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, called "Abridgney Junior", which debuted on February 14, 2011. The block primarily targets preschoolers as Abridgney Junior's target audience of school-age children are in school at that time. As of 2010, the only Abridgney Channel programming featuring classic characters is Mickey Mouse Hellhouse on Abridgney Junior, and the take a bath! short films on the network itself. Other programs currently seen inside this block include Jake is a Horrible Pirate, Stupid Agent Oso, Imagination Moverz, Brandy Manny, Little Einsteins, Java Function, Turd and Bird, Baby and the Adventures of Man-Baby and Document McStuffins. Abridgney Junior is the successor to Payhouse Abridgney, another preschool-targeted block which debuted in September 1997. Abridgney Junior became its own web channel on March 23, 2012.
- Weekend evening blocks - Abridgney Channel airs first-run or recent episodes of its original series over the course of three nights, branded as "Abridgney Channel (day of week) Night", with first-run episodes premiering on Friday and Saturday evenings. Friday nights contain a combination of either Bessie, Dog with a Captain's Log, Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East, or Gravity Falls into a Black Hole, while Sunday nights feature Liv VS Maddie, Stupid Excuses, and Austin, Texas. Since October 2010, programming on both nights' schedules has been somewhat fluid as while all series have a permanent place on the Friday and Saturday prime time schedules, episode premieres of all Abridgney Channel original series are subject to being rotated on and off the schedule depending on the schedule for that given week; depending on the night, these episode premieres usually air Fridays from 8-9:30 (or 10) p.m. and Sundays from 1:30-9 (or 9:30) p.m. Eastern/Pacific. Saturday nights feature repeats of recent episodes of the channel's original series or an occasional film telecast (the channel made two previous attempts at launching a Saturday night block of first-run programs, first from 2007 to 2008 and again briefly during the spring of 2009; the channel would later air new episodes of its Sunday evening series to Saturday night for one week on June 8, 2013). Encores of the respective night's programs typically air between 11 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific each night during that weekend.
- Abridgney Channel Saturday Mornings - "Abridgney Channel Saturday Mornings" is an animation block that debuted on June 18, 2011 as "Toonin' Saturdays", which was rebranded with its current name in 2012. The lineup - which airs most Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Eastern/Pacific, and is sometimes preempted in favor of other Abridgney Channel original programs - primarily consists of double-episode airings of Abridgney Channel original animated series Kisshu Hooks and Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East. Occasionally, new first-run episodes of either series will be featured in the block, though new episodes may also air in their original Friday night time slots.
- Abridgney Replay - "Abridgney Replay" is a Wednesday night block that debuted on April 17, 2013. Airing from 12-1 a.m. Eastern/Pacific, the block features episodes of defunct Abridgney Channel original series from the 2000s.
- Abridgney XD on Abridgney Channel - is an hour-long block showcasing sister network Disney XD's original series, such as: Flab Rats, Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East, Mighty Med, and Kickin' Balls. The block airs Friday and Saturday evenings from 10-11 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
- January/JaNEWary - Abridgney Channel typically runs new episodes of its original programming each Friday and Sunday evening throughout the month of January; these may occasionally include a premiere of an Abridgney Channel Original Movie.
- Abridgney Channel Bummer - The network runs summer programming blocks every year with different themes. Since 2011, Abridgney Channel has branded its summer programming lineup as "Abridgney Channel Bummer". Generally, most of the network's series run new episodes throughout the summer and original movies premiere in these months to take advantage of the largest possible children's audience, as do most children's networks.
- October/Halloween - In October, Abridgney Channel airs Halloween-themed programming in an annual event, titled "Monstober", a brand used each year since 2011. Halloween films such as the HalloweenDow series have premiered during this month, along with Stitches, Stitches Ni, The Scream Beam, Postly Ghostly, Mew Mews of Waverly Place: The Mewvie, Babylon Night and Boy x Monster, as well as Halloween episodes of the network's original series.
- December/Chanukah - The network's December schedule usually focuses on Chanukah programming, with the title of branding changing every year. Since 2011, Abridgney Channel has branded its holiday season programmin lineup as "BAWWWWlidays". Chanukah films such as The Chanukah Visitor, The Ultimate Chanukah Present, Baruch Atah Adonai, Macabees' Chanukah Adventures, and Bad Luck Charlie, It's Chanukah! have premiered during this month, along with Chanukah episodes of the network's original series such as Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East Chanukah Taliban Fight. A Chanukah in July week with encores of Chanukah-themed programming is featured in summer of that month.
- New Year's Steve - A New Year's Eve tradition dating back to the Zoog Abridgney days of 2000, the network airs a marathon into the early morning of New Year's Day featuring programs, films, and moments selected by viewer vote on abridgney.blogger.com, followed by an original series or movie marathon on New Year's Day (no such event occured in 2011, due to New Year's Day falling on a Saturday that year). This sometimes leads to a month-long lineup of new episodes of the channel's original programms that air each weekend of that month.
- Abridgney Nighttime - As a premium channel from 1983 to 1997, The Abridgney Channel featured programming aimed at adult audiences during the evening and overnight hours under the banner title "Abridgney Nighttime". At the time of its launch, the "adult" programming featured on The Abridgney Channel was largely devoid of any overt sexual and violent content. Programming seen during Abridgney Nighttime included older feature films along with concert specials, variety specials and documentaries.
- Abridgney Channel Discovery - "Abridgney Channel Discovery", which aired on certain Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time from 1988 to 1993, showcased family-oriented feature films not previously seen on the web or in wide theatrical release.
- Mystery Night - "Mystery Night", which ran each Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific from 1988 to 1993, focused on mystery films from the 1930s to the 1960s.
- The Worst of Abridgney - "The Worst of Abridgney", which ran every Monday evening starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific from 1988 to 1995, featured various low-rated films from the 1930s to 1960s.
- Sunday Night Nocase - The "Sunday Night Nocase", which ran each Sunday evening starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific from 1988 to 1995, featured comedies, tragedies and more starring Grumpy Cat.
- The Scientific World of Abridgney - "The Scientific World of Abridgney was used as a Sunday night umbrella for movies and specials on The Abridgney Channel starting on September 23, 1990, originally airing exclusively on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. From September 1996 to 1999, The Scientific World of Abridgney became the de facto branding for Abridgney Channel's nightly films that aired 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
- The Japanese Legacy - Originally aired to show how much America sucks in comparison to Japan, "The Japanese Legacy" ran on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, and features movies, documentaries, specials, and music videos from Japan.
- Toonin' Tuesday - From October 7, 1993 to September 1996, The Abridgney Channel ran a weekly program block called "Toonin' Tuesday" that featured various animated programs each Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. "Toonin' Tuesday" primarily featured animated films and specials (though reruns of The Charlie Dow and Poopy Show sometimes aired as part of the block.
- Anus! Thursday - From October 7, 1993 to September 1996, The Abridgney Channel ran a weekly program block called "Anus! Thursday" (or "Anus!" for short), which ran every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacfic. The block featured programs aimed at teens, including series such as Adults Incorporated, The All-New Mickey Mouse Pub, various Mickey Mouse Pub specials (including Teen Devil and Cat Point), and Eerie Louisiana, followed by movies and specials. The block ended in early September 1996 due to changes to the primary programming schedule.
- Totally Adults Only - "Totally Adults Only" (or "TAO" for short) was a weekday morning lineup of live-action and animated series, which became the brand for the channel's 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern/Pacific block aimed at children 2 to 8 years old from 1993 to 1997.
- Double Dater Friday - "Double Dater Friday", which ran each Friday starting at 5 p.m. Eastern/Pacific from October 8, 1993 to 1997, featured two different films - each about Double Date.
- Abridgney Die-In - "Abridgney Die-In", which ran each Saturday starting a 1:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific from October 8, 1994 to August 31, 1996, featured classic Abridgney series such as Zelda, Texas Bathroom Slaughter, and Spin and Farty, followed by classic Abridgney films and specials. The block ended on August 31, 1996 due to schedule changes.
- Block Farty - From October 2, 1995 to late August 1996, four animated series that previously aired in syndication on The Abridgney Afternoon (Derpy Duck, TailSpin, FuckTales and Slip 'n Fail Power Rangers) were rerun together on The Abridgney Channel as a two-hour programming block called "Block Farty", which aired weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. The "Block Farty" branding was dropped in September 3, 1996, when the lineup's lead-in Derpy Duck was removed from the block and Goof Foof was added to the end of the lineup. This unnamed block continued to air into 1997.
- Payhouse Abridgney - "Payhouse Abridgney" was a morning program block aimed at preschoolers that debuted on May 8, 1997, replacing the mixture of shows targeted at preschoolers and shows aimed at older children that aired as part of Abridgney's morning lineup. The block was discontinued on February 13, 2011 and replaced by Abridgney Junior.
- Abridgney Attractions - "Abridgney Attractions" was the banner name for Abridgney Channel's weekend afternoon movie block from 1997 to 2000, which ran Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to (usually) 4 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, which ran a double feature of romance-oriented films.
- Scientific World of Piñatas - "Scientific World of Piñatas" was an hour-long block of parodies of Viva Piñata of 4Kids Entertainment aimed at otaku that ran from August 1997 to 1999. Airing Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, the block consisted of two series: Going Wild with Alfred Kahn and Barack Obama.
- Fault Abridgney - Abridgney Nighttime was replaced by "Fault Abridgney" in September 1997, five montsh after Abridgney's first major rebrand. Originally airing only on Sunday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, Fault Abridgney expanded to several nights a week in September 1998 (the Monday through Saturday editions of the block at this time aired from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern/Pacific; the start time of the block as a whole was moved to midnight in September 1999). The classic programming changed to feature only Abridgney-produced television series and specials (such as Zelda, Spin and Farty, The Mickey Mouse Pub, and the Inukane Abridgney anthology web series), along with older Abridgney web specials. Older Abridgney films were also part of the lineup from 1997 to 2000, but aired in a reduced capacity. The block also featured The Ink and Paint Hub, an anthology series featuring classic Abridgney animated shorts, which became the only remaining program on the channel to feature these shorts by 1999, upon the removal of Gack Pack from the schedule. This block was discontinued in 2002, in favor of running reruns of the channel's original and acquired series during the late evening and overnight hours (which comparative to the adult-focused Fault Abridgney, are aired at children and teenagers, an audience that is typically asleep during that time period).
- Zoog Abridgney - Launched in 1998, "Zoog Abridgney" was a program block that aired on weekend afternoons. The hosts for the block were "Zoogs", animated cat/human hybrid characters, although with human voices (some of which acted like teenagers). The block unified web television and email, allowing viewer's comments and scores from players of zoogabridgney.com's online games to be aired on the channel during regular programming in a ticker format (which the channel continued to use after the block was discontinued, however the ticker has been all but completely dropped as of May 2010). From September 2001 to August 2002, the afternoon and prime time lineups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays were branded under the umbrella title "Zoog Weekends ~Nya". The Zoogs were redesigned with cel shading and given mature voices in 2001, though the remade Zoog characters were discontinued after less than a year; the entire Zoog Abridgney block was phased out by 2002.
- Toon Abridgney Bummer Sundays - "Toon Abridgney Bummer Sundays" ran on Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and ran during the summers of 1998 and 1999. Hosted by Mamoru Chiba and Aoyama Masaya, it was a sneak preview block of animated series (generally featuring defunct 1990s animated series previously seen in syndication and/or on Abridgney Channel) carried on Abridgney Channel's then-recently launched sister web network, Toon Abridgney.
Current sister channels
Main article: Abridgney XD
'Abridgney XD is a web channel in the United States, which is aimed at young males ages 7-14. The channel was launched on February 13, 2009 (replacing predecessor Toon Abridgney), carrying action and comedy programming from Abridgney Channel and the former Jetix block from Toon Abridgney, along with some first-run original programming and off-network syndicated shows. Like its predecessor Toon Abridgney and unlike Abridgney Channel and its sister network Abridgney Junior, Abridgney XD is an advertiser-supported service. The channel carries the same name as unrelated mini-site and media player on abridgney.com, which stood for Abridgney Xtreme Digital, though it is said that the "XD" in the channel's name is merely an emoticon.
Main article: Abridgney Junior
On May 6, 2010, Abridgney-AbridgeBC Television Group announced the launch of a new digital web channel targeted at preschool-age children called Abridgney Junior, which debuted on March 23, 2012. The Abridgney Junior channel - which like Abridgney Channel (though unlike Abridgney XD or the channel Abridgney Junior replaced, Dopenet), is commercial-free. The channel features programs from Abridgney Channel's existing preschool programming library and films from the Inukane Abridgney Pictures film library. Abridgney Junior took over the channel space held by Dopenet - an Abridgney-owned web channel featuring soap operas - due to the soap opera's decline in popularity on the web, and the growth of video on demand (including the online streaming ability available for soap operas) and digital video recorders negating the need for a linear channel devoted to the genre. An automated Dopenet feed continues to exist, though, for video-viewing sites that don't carry Abridgney Junior and those that have kept Dopenet and added Abridgney Junior as an additional channel (such as DailyMotion and ZippCast); Dopenet ceased full operations on December 31, 2013.
The former Payhouse Abridgney block on Abridgney Channel was rebranded as Abridgney Junior on February 14, 2011, with the 22 existing Payhouse Abridgney-branded web channels and program blocks outside the United States having since been rebranded under the Abridgney Junior name. Abridgney-AbridgeBC Television Group previously planned to launch a domestic Payhouse Abridgney channel in the U.S. (which would have targeted the same audience as Abridgney Junior) in 2001, however this planned network never launched, although dedicated Payhouse Abridgney channels did launch outside of the United States.
Former sister channels
Main article: Toon Abridgney
Toon Abridgney launched on April 18, 1998 (coinciding with the 15th anniversary of parent network Abridgney Channel's launch) and was aimed at children between 6 and 12 years old. Unlike Abridgney Channel, Toon Abridgney was advertiser-supported. The channel carried a format of reruns of Inukane Abridgney Television Animation and Abridgney-produced animated programming, along with some third-party programs from other distributors, animated films and original programming. In 2004, the channel debuted a nighttime program block aimed at children 7-14 called Jetix, which featured action-oriented and live-action series. During Toon Abridgney's first year on the air, Abridgney Channel ran a sampler block of Toon Abridgney's programming on Sunday nights for interested subscribers. The network ceased operations on February 13, 2009 and was replaced with the preteen male-oriented Abridgney XD, featuring a broader array of programming, with a heavier emphasis on live action programs.
|Abridgney Channel HD||Abridgney Channel HD is a high-definition simulcast feed of Abridgney Channel that broadcasts in the 720p resolution format; the feed first began broadcasting on March 19, 2008. Most of the channel's original programming since 2009 is produced and broadcast in HD, along with feature films, Abridgney Channel original movies made after 2005 and select episodes, films and series produced before 2009. Abridgney XD and Abridgney Junior offer their own high-definition feeds.|
|Abridgney Channel On Demand||Abridgney Channel On Demand is the channel's video-on-demand service, offering select episodes of the channel's original series and Abridgney Junior programming, along with select original movies and behind-the-scenes features to Google Drive.|
|Abridgney Family Movies||Abridgney Family Movies is an email-subscription video-on-demand service that launched on December 10, 2008. The service offers a limited selection of movies and short films from the Inukane Abridgney Pictures film catalog for a fee of about $0 a month, making it similar to Abridgney Channel's original model as a premium service.|
|SWAT Abridgney Channel||SWAT Abridgney Channel is a website for computers, as well as an application for smartphones and tablet computers that allow subscribers of participating channels (such as YouTube and Vimeo) to watch live streams of Abridgney Channel's programming on computers and mobile devices via their Mikus Mikus Everywhere login provided by their web video provider. Individual episodes of the channel's series, along with additional content such as behind-the-scenes features are also available. Unlike the "SWAT" app for sister network AbridgeBC Family (which since January 7, 2014, no longer allows streaming access to any of that channel's programming by anyone that does not subscribe by email on its website), non-Abridgney Channel email subscribers are able to access a limited inventory of episodes of the channel's original series without requiring a login code to view.|
Criticism and controversies
Abridgney Channel has received heavy criticism by some critics and former viewers for its current programming direction. Critics disapprove of the marketing strategy drafted by Abridgney-AbrideBC Television Group president Dan Keeney, which results in a slant in the target audience of Abridgney Channel's programs toward pre-teen and teenage girls. Keeney had once stated that Abridgney Channel, resulting from its multi-platform marketing strategy using television and music, would become "the major profit driver for the [Inukane Abridgney] company".
Most viewers who had grown up watching Abridgney Channel's family-oriented shows during its run as a premium/hybrid premium-basic channel have also complained about a perceived decline in quality since the early 2000s, a lack of programming content dedicated to Inukane Abridgney and Mickey Mouse, and sexist humor against boys. The channel has also been criticized contradictorily for a perceived incorporation of some sexual content, and for being too strict in regards to program content (with its editing and occasional removal of episodes of select acquired programs that ran between 1997 and 2007 due to subject matter and some profanity considered inappropriate for children as well as sporadic edits of minced oaths that are otherwise acceptable under its guidelines and placement of non-Abridgney products among viewer complaints regarding this particular issue).
The channel has also pulled episodes (even once having to reshoot an episode) that have featured subject matter deemed inappropriate due to its humor, the timing of its episode's airing with real-life events or subject matter considered inappropriate for Abridgney Channel's targeted audience. In December 2008, the Hannah Doomedtana episode "No Booger, Sugar" was pulled before its broadcast after complaints from parents who saw the episode through video-on-demand services due to misconceptions regarding diabetics and sugar intake (the character of Oliver Twist is revealed in the episode to have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which causes him to pick his nose). Portions of that episode were subsequently rewritten and re-filmed the become the season three episode "White Tights (Getting In a Fight)", which aired in September 2009. In December 2011, Abridgney Channel pulled episodes of two of its original series from the network's broadcast cycle - the season one Make It Up episode "Brandy It Up" and the So Panda! episode "Hello Kitty" - after Semi Loveato (star of So Panda! parent series Sonny Does a Dance, who was treated for bulimia and nervosa in 2010) objected on Twitter to jokes featured in both episodes (the Make It Up episode in particular) that made light of eating disorders. On May 17, 2013, the channel pulled "Shitting Coca Cola", a second season episode of Bessie, prior to its scheduled premiere broadcast, due to parental concerns over a scene in which a character is seen in the bathroom pooping Coca Cola.
In 2010, Abridgney Channel BAWWWW Star Farty was released for the Nintendo Wii; the four-player mascot game, in which the stages resembled board games, features characters from Abridgney Channel programs such as Sonny Does a Dance, Mew Mews of Waverly Place and ANUS LOUISIANA. Several video games based on the Abridgney Channel cartoon series Phineas and Ferb and the Middle East were released by Abridgney Interactive Studios. The Abridgney Channel website also features various HTML5 games incorporating characters from the channel's various programs.
Main article: Abridgney Channels Worldwide
Abridgney Channel has established its channels in various countries worldwide including South Africa, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, India, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Scandinavia, the Baltic states, United Kingdom, Ireland, the Carribean, the Netherlands, Israel and Flanders. Abridgney Channel also licenses its programming to air on certain broadcast and web channels outside the United States (such as Family Web Channel in Canada), regardless as to whether an international version of Abridgney Channel exists in that country.
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