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ABC Studios
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Founded 1985 (as Touchstone Television)
2007 (as ABC Studios)
President Patrick Moran (Executive Vice President)
Notable Works Lost
Desperate Housewives
The Amazing Race
The Golden Girls
Scrubs

ABC Studios (previously known as Touchstone Television) is the Walt Disney Company's main television production arm.

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History

Founded in 1985 as part of Disney's at the time on-going change in business strategy to broaden its production beyond strict family entertainment, Touchstone Television was named after Touchstone Pictures, established in 1984.

Its first proper hit show was The Golden Girls, which spawned three spinoffs: The Golden Palace, Empty Nest, and Nurses. During the 1990's a number of Touchstone comedies enjoyed long lives; most notably Blossom, Herman's Head, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World and Ellen. By the turn of the millennium some hour long series had found audience as well: Felicity, Once and Again, Popular and Alias.

Disney had bought the ABC network in 1996, and during the next 10 years, a step-by-step merging of the ABC brand and the old Disney followed. In 2007 Touchstone Television finally changed its name to ABC Studios, and by then it was producing ABC's three biggest drama series: Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Additionally it found success with comedies like Scrubs (which aired on NBC) and According to Jim, reality show The Amazing Race, and late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy had all premiered during the 2004-05 broadcast season and remained the company's biggest performers for years to come. In the following years, other dramas like Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Castle and Grey's spinnoff Private Practice managed to draw some, albeit less, attention. As of the 2011-12 season, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Castle and Private Practice remain on-air, with Desperate... due to end in May 2012. Among the comedies of the later years, only Cougar Town has managed to build any larger audience.

On cable, drama series Army Wives, premiering in 2007, has remained a solid performer.

List of shows produced by ABC Studios

Title Format Network Years
The Amazing Race Reality competition CBS 2001–present 1 2
According to Jim Sitcom ABC 2001–2009 1
Scrubs Medical sitcom NBC 2001–2008
ABC 2009–2010 1
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Comedic talk show ABC 2003–present 1
Lost Mystery drama ABC 2004–2010 1
Desperate Housewives Dramedy ABC 2004–2012 1
Grey's Anatomy Medical drama ABC 2005–present 1
Criminal Minds Crime drama CBS 2005–present 1 2
Ghost Whisperer Paranormal mystery drama CBS 2005–2010 1 2
Kyle XY Sci-fi drama ABC Family 2006–2009 1
Brothers & Sisters Soap drama ABC 2006–2011 1
Ugly Betty Dramedy ABC 2006–2010 1
Dirt Drama FX 2007–2008 1 3
October Road Drama ABC 2007–2008 1
Army Wives Drama Lifetime 2007–2013 1
Reaper Paranormal dramedy The CW 2007–2009
Cane Drama CBS 2007 2
Private Practice Medical drama ABC 2007–2013
Dirty Sexy Money Drama ABC 2007–2009
Cavemen Comedy ABC 2007
Carpoolers Sitcom ABC 2007–2008 4
Samantha Who? Comedy ABC 2007–2009
Eli Stone Legal drama ABC 2008–2009
Miss Guided Comedy ABC 2008 5
Hopkins Documentary miniseries ABC 2008
Raising the Bar Legal drama TNT 2008–2009
Samurai Girl Drama miniseries ABC Family 2008
Gary Unmarried Sitcom CBS 2008–2010 2
Life on Mars Period crime drama ABC 2008–2009 5
Legend of the Seeker Fantasy drama First-run Syndication 2008–2010
Castle Mystery crime drama ABC 2009–2016
In the Motherhood Sitcom ABC 2009
Cupid Romantic comedy ABC 2009 6
Ruby & the Rockits Music sitcom ABC Family 2009
Cougar Town Sitcom ABC 2009–2012
TBS 2013–2015
FlashForward Sci-fi drama ABC 2009–2010
Sherri Sitcom Lifetime 2009
Happy Town Mystery drama ABC 2010
Scoundrels Dramedy ABC 2010
Detroit 1-8-7 Crime drama ABC 2010–2011
My Generation Dramedy ABC 2010
No Ordinary Family Superhero dramedy ABC 2010–2011
Off the Map Medical drama ABC 2011
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Crime drama CBS 2011 2
Body of Proof Crime drama ABC 2011–2013
Happy Endings Sitcom ABC 2011–2013 6
The Protector Crime drama Lifetime 2011
State of Georgia Sitcom ABC Family 2011
Ringer Thriller drama The CW 2011–2012 2 7
Man Up Sitcom ABC 2011
Revenge Drama ABC 2011–2015
Once Upon a Time Fantasy drama ABC 2011–present
The River Adventure drama ABC 2012
GCB Drama ABC 2012
Missing Thriller drama ABC 2012
Scandal Political drama ABC 2012–present
Perception Crime drama TNT 2012–2015
The Neighbors Sitcom ABC 2012–2014
Nashville Music drama ABC 2012–2016
CMT 2017–present 8
Malibu Country Sitcom ABC 2012–2013
Zero Hour Paranormal drama ABC 2013
Red Widow Drama ABC 2013
Family Tools Sitcom ABC 2013
Mistresses Drama ABC 2013–2016
Devious Maids Drama Lifetime 2013–2016
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Superhero drama ABC 2013–present 9
Trophy Wife Sitcom ABC 2013–2014
Lucky 7 Drama ABC 2013
Betrayal Drama ABC 2013–2014
Hello Ladies Comedy HBO 2013
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Fantasy drama ABC 2013–2014
Killer Women Crime drama ABC 2014
Intelligence Thriller drama CBS 2014 2
Mixology Sitcom ABC 2014
Resurrection Fantasy drama ABC 2014–2015
Red Band Society Teen medical dramedy FOX 2014–2015
Black-ish Sitcom ABC 2014–present
How to Get Away with Murder Legal drama ABC 2014–present
Manhattan Love Story Romantic sitcom ABC 2014
Galavant Fantasy sitcom ABC 2015–2016
Marvel's Agent Carter Period action drama ABC 2015–2016 9
Secrets and Lies Mystery drama ABC 2015–present
American Crime Crime drama ABC 2015–present
Daredevil Superhero drama Netflix 2015–present 9
The Whispers Sci-fi drama ABC 2015
The Astronaut Wives Club Drama ABC 2015
The Muppets Sitcom ABC 2015–2016
Quantico Thriller drama ABC 2015–present
Grandfathered Comedy FOX 2015–2016 5
Code Black Medical drama CBS 2015–present 2
Dr. Ken Comedy ABC 2015–present 6
Wicked City Period crime drama ABC 2015
Jessica Jones Superhero drama Netflix 2015–present 9
The Real O'Neals Sitcom ABC 2016–present
The Family Drama ABC 2016
Of Kings and Prophets Historical drama ABC 2016
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Crime drama CBS 2016–present 2
The Catch Drama ABC 2016–present
Uncle Buck Comedy ABC 2016 10
Speechless Comedy ABC 2016–present 5
Designated Survivor Political drama ABC 2016–present
Notorious Drama ABC 2016–present 6
Luke Cage Superhero drama Netflix 2016–present 9
Conviction Legal crime drama ABC 2016–present 11
American Housewife Comedy ABC 2016–present
Downward Dog Comedy ABC 2017–present 12
Imaginary Mary Comedy ABC 2017–present 6
Still Star-Crossed Period drama ABC 2017–present
Iron Fist Superhero drama Netflix 2017–present 9

1Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television.
2Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios.
3Co-production with FX Productions.
4Co-production with DreamWorks Television.
5Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television.
6Co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
7Co-production with Warner Bros. Television.
8Co-production with Lionsgate Television.
9Produced by Marvel Television.
10Co-production with Universal Television.
11Co-production with Entertainment One.
12Co-production with Legendary Television.

Shows in Development

Project Style Network Notes
Presence Detective drama ABC
Horrorstör Paranormal dramedy FOX
The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez Drama ABC
Hail Mary Comedy ABC Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Furst Born Comedy CBS Co-production with CBS Television Studios
Charity Case Comedy FOX Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television

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