Conan (talk show)
Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday at 11,00 p. m. eastern time on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8,2010, and is hosted by writer and performer Conan OBrien, accompanied by his long-time sidekick Andy Richter. Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, Conan draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, on May 14,2014, TBS renewed the show through 2018. The show opens with Richter proclaiming Coming to you from Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, its Conan. and introducing OBrien, The Basic Cable Band, as well as the episodes guests. For the first several seasons of Conan, each episode had a title, the titles were in the style of old fashioned murder-mystery radio shows, television sitcoms, or other assorted jokes. The episode titles were dropped in early 2014, the title sequence was designed by Rob Ashe, Dan Dome and Eric McGilloway. There were several different variations of the credits, with the final product being inspired by graphic designer Saul Bass.
The opening design process was described by Ashe as utilizing organic-looking textures made of paper, soak them in soda. OBrien opens each episode with a drawing from current news stories and issues. The monologue is sometimes accompanied by clips and brief comedy skits, one or more comedy bits follow the monologue. Following the monologue, some bits are presented from the monologue stage. Following the first commercial break, additional sketches are typically presented from the desk area. Some sketches are original and appear only once, occasionally an additional sketch will air between the first and second guest. October 31–November 3,2011, taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Guests included Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Jackman, Matthew Broderick and Louis C. K. June 11–14,2012, taped at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Guests included Jack McBrayer, Andy Samberg, Johnny Galecki and Adam Sandler. April 1–4,2013, taped at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Guests included Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Steven Yeun and Charles Barkley.
March 31–April 3,2014, taped at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas to coincide with the NCAA Final Four, Guests included Dirk Nowitzki, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Simon Helberg and Charles Barkley. July 8–11,2015, taped at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, Guests include Elijah Wood, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Peter Capaldi
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003, as of 2017, the Walk of Fame comprises over 2,600 stars, spaced at 6-foot intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background, in the upper portion of each star field the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. Below the inscription, in the half of the star field. Approximately 20 new stars are added to the Walk each year, special category stars recognize various contributions by corporate entities, service organizations, and special honorees, and display emblems unique to those honorees. The moons are silver and grey terrazzo circles rimmed in brass on a square pink terrazzo background, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E. M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame.
Stuart reportedly proposed the Walk as a means to maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamor, Harry Sugarman, another Chamber member and president of the Hollywood Improvement Association, receives credit in an independent account. A committee was formed to flesh out the idea, and a firm was retained to develop specific proposals. By 1955 the basic concept and general design had been agreed upon, multiple accounts exist for the origin of the star concept. By another account, the stars were inspired, by Sugarmans drinks menu, which featured celebrity photos framed in gold stars. In February 1956 a prototype was unveiled featuring a caricature of an example honoree inside a star on a brown background. The committees met at the Brown Derby restaurant, and included such prominent names as Cecil B, deMille, Samuel Goldwyn, Jesse L. Lasky, Walt Disney, Hal Roach, Mack Sennett, and Walter Lantz. A requirement stipulated by the audio recording committee specified minimum sales of one million records or 250,000 albums for all music category nominees.
The committee soon realized that many important recording artists would be excluded from the Walk by that requirement, as a result, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was formed for the purpose of creating a separate award system for the music business. The first Grammy Awards were presented in Beverly Hills in 1959, construction of the Walk began in 1958 but two lawsuits delayed completion. The first was filed by local property owners challenging the legality of the $1.25 million tax assessment levied upon them to pay for the Walk, along with new street lighting, in October 1959 the assessment was ruled legal. The second lawsuit, filed by Charles Chaplin, Jr. sought damages for the exclusion of his father, chaplins suit was dismissed in 1960, paving the way for completion of the project. Woodwards name was one of eight drawn at random from the original 1,558, the other seven names were Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, and Ernest Torrence
The film was released on April 1,2011, in the United States and the United Kingdom. Hop stars the voice of Russell Brand as E. B and it was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 23,2012, in Region 1. On Easter Island, a rabbit named E. B. is intended to succeed his father as the Easter Bunny. Intimidated by the demands and ignoring his fathers orders, E. B. runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. So his father sends the Pink Berets out to find him, Carlos the Chick plots a coup détat against him to take over Easter. At Van Nuys, E. B. is hit by Fred OHare, feigning injury, E. B. persuades Fred to take him in as he recovers, but when E. B. causes trouble, Fred attempts to release him in the wilderness. E. B. persuades to help him by claiming to be the Easter Bunny, E. B. sees the Berets closing in on him and hides inside a business where Fred is having a job interview. E. B. enjoys a successful recording session with the Blind Boys of Alabama as their substitute drummer, in the process, E. B.
gets a tip about a possible audition for David Hasselhoff, who invites him to perform on his show. Afterward, Fred attends his adoptive younger sister Alexs school Easter pageant with E. B. hiding in a satchel. E. B. alarmed that the Pink Berets have apparently found him due to the three bunny suit shadows on a wall and disgusted by Alexs awful rendition of Peter Cottontail, dashes out and disrupts the show. Fred feigns a ventriloquists act with E. B. s cooperation as his dummy and they lead the show in singing, both Freds father and Alex, are angry about the upstaging, but Fred is inspired to be the Easter Bunny himself. E. B. is skeptical, but he agrees to train the human, as the Pink Berets close in on him, E. B. prepares a decoy to fake his death and leaves for Hasselhoffs show. The Berets see the decoy and, horrified that the human has apparently killed E. B. capture Fred, Fred is held captive and confronted by E. B. s father and Carlos about killing E. B. Carlos pretends to be upset about E. B.
s death, silences Fred and seizes control of the Easter factory. Meanwhile, at the Hoff Knows Talent live show, E. B. is in his dressing room preparing for his performance but his reflection begins to berate him for acting selfish, just a production assistant arrives to tell him that he is next to perform. E. B. leaves his room and begins to feel guilty about leaving Fred so he discusses the situation with Hasselhoff. E. B. finds evidence of Freds capture and races back to the factory and he confronts Carlos, but is immobilized in gummy candy and tossed into the chocolate bunny carving line. E. B. survives by dodging the blades, after being defeated, Carlos is made to pull the Egg Sleigh and Phil is made the new head of the Easter Chicks
Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the U. S. state of California. The population was 65,201 at the 2010 census, up from 57,084 at the 2000 census, the Ventura Freeway is the citys primary thoroughfare. Camarillo is named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few Californios to preserve the citys heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers, the railroad coast route came through in 1898 and built a station here. Adolfo Camarillo eventually employed 700 workers growing mainly lima beans and citrus were grown on the ranch. Adolfo bred Camarillo White Horses in the 1920s through the 1960s and was known for riding them, dressed in colorful Spanish attire. The city grew slowly prior to World War II but the war saw the construction of the Oxnard Army Air Field to the west of town. The community grew as the new base along with nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu, the grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, are now the campus of California State University, Channel Islands.
As with most cities in Ventura County, it is noted for its resistance to new development, in 2014, the council voted against an 895-acre project that would have extended development on agricultural lands east towards the Conejo Grade. Camarillo is located at 34°14′N 119°2′W, according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.5 square miles. 0.015 square miles of the area is water and this region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Camarillo has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, the 2010 United States Census reported that Camarillo had a population of 65,201. The population density was 3,336.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Camarillo was 48,947 White,1,216 African American,397 Native American,6,633 Asian,116 Pacific Islander,4,774 from other races, hispanic or Latino of any race were 14,958 persons. The Census reported that 64,705 people lived in households,155 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, there were 1,257 non-traditional couples or partnerships. 5,986 households were made up of individuals and 3,231 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.64.
There were 17,029 families, the family size was 3.14. The median age was 40.8 years, for every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males
American Broadcasting Company
The network is headquartered on Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City. There are additional offices and production facilities elsewhere in New York City, as well as in Los Angeles and Burbank. Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC originally launched on October 12,1943, as a radio network, separated from and serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, which had been purchased by Edward J. Noble. It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS, in the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that formerly operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, who had been the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop, in 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABCs assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company. The television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States, most Canadians have access to at least one U. S.
ABC News provides news and features content for radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting. In the 1930s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies, the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Mutual Broadcasting System and the National Broadcasting Company. The last was owned by electronics manufacturer Radio Corporation of America, in 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into the practices of radio networks and published its report on the broadcasting of network radio programs in 1940. The report recommended that RCA give up control of either NBC Red or NBC Blue, at that time, the NBC Red Network was the principal radio network in the United States and, according to the FCC, RCA was using NBC Blue to eliminate any hint of competition. Once Mutuals appeals against the FCC were rejected, RCA decided to sell NBC Blue in 1941, the newly separated NBC Red and NBC Blue divided their respective corporate assets. Investment firm Dillon, Read & Co. offered $7.5 million to purchase the network, Edward John Noble, the owner of Life Savers candy, drugstore chain Rexall and New York City radio station WMCA, purchased the network for $8 million.
Due to FCC ownership rules, the transaction, which was to include the purchase of three RCA stations by Noble, would require him to resell his station with the FCCs approval, the Commission authorized the transaction on October 12,1943. Soon afterward, the Blue Network was purchased by the new company Noble founded, Noble subsequently acquired the rights to the American Broadcasting Company name from George B. Meanwhile, in August 1944, the West Coast division of the Blue Network, both stations were managed by Don Searle, the vice-president of the Blue Networks West Coast division. The ABC Radio Network created its audience slowly, the network became known for such suspenseful dramas as Sherlock Holmes, Gang Busters and Counterspy, as well as several mid-afternoon youth-oriented programs. S. From Nazi Germany after its conquest, to pre-record its programming, while its radio network was undergoing reconstruction, ABC found it difficult to avoid falling behind on the new medium of television.
To ensure a space, in 1947, ABC submitted five applications for television station licenses, the ABC television network made its debut on April 19,1948, with WFIL-TV in Philadelphia becoming its first primary affiliate
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26,1969, to March 8,1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children, considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. While the series was never a critical or ratings success during its run, it has since become a popular staple in syndication, especially among children. In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy film titled The Brady Bunch Movie. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, in 1997, Getting Davy Jones was ranked number 37 on TV Guides 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. He set to work on a script for a series tentatively titled Mine. Schwartz developed the script to include three children for each parent, while Mike Brady is depicted as being a widower, Schwartz originally wanted the character of Carol Brady to have been a divorcée, but the network objected to this.
A compromise was reached whereby Carols marital status was never directly revealed, Schwartz shopped the series to the big three television networks of the era. ABC, CBS, and NBC all liked the script, but each network wanted changes before they would commit to filming, the outstanding success of the United Artists film was a factor in ABCs decision to order episodes for the series. As the sets were built on Paramount Television stage 5, adjacent to the stage where H. R, filming of the pilot began on Friday, October 4,1968, and lasted eight days. Mike Brady, an architect with three sons, Greg and Bobby, marries Carol Martin, who herself has three daughters, Marcia and Cindy. The wife and daughters take the Brady surname, included in the blended family are Mikes live-in housekeeper, Alice Nelson, and the boys dog, Tiger. The setting is a large, two-story house designed by Mike, in the first season, awkward adjustments, gender rivalries, and resentments inherent in blended families dominate the stories.
In an early episode, Carol tells Bobby that the steps in their household lead to the second floor. Thereafter, the focus on typical preteen and teenaged adjustments such as sibling rivalry, puppy love, self image, character building. The regular cast appeared in a title sequence in which video head shots were arranged in a three-by-three grid. In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TVs top-10 credits sequences. Robert Reed as Mike Brady Florence Henderson as Carol Brady Ann B and he is the owner of a local butcher shop
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers is an American animated television series about a pampered yet spunky dog and a hyperactive rabbit who get stuck in the Amazon Rainforest together. The show originally aired from August 21,2004 to August 25,2006 and it was televised in the United States by Disney Channel. After the series ended, reruns continued to air until June 21,2010, reruns had aired on Toon Disney until September 2008. Brandy and Mr. Whiskers start getting acquainted as they begin their new lives in the Amazon Rainforest and they build a tree house to live in, using debris that fell out the planes cargo compartment. A big part of the series is Brandys desperation to getting back to her home in Palm Beach, Brandy makes attempts to get the jungle to become a civilized society by introducing elements such as fashion and shiny rocks, their type of currency. Mr. Whiskers prefers to mix things up by using the powers of invention and imagination to occupy his time, as Brandy and Mr. Whiskers get more settled in the jungle, a lot of changes are put in order.
They redecorate the house by giving the interior a more homey environment, which includes flowery wallpaper, tasteful decor. The native animals become more anthropomorphic as they have now established a new economy in the Amazon. Brandy and Mr. Whiskers discover the mall in the first episode of season 2 and they develop clothing, consumer products, theme parks, TV commercials, a boy band called Sugartoad and a shopping mall. The adaptation has lowered Brandys desire to getting back home as she herself to life in the Amazon. Brandy Harrington, Brandy is a classy yet tomboyish dog who was owned by a wealthy person. While on her way to a spa for the first time in an aircrafts cargo room, but after she callously traded Whiskers to Gaspar for a map back home, she realized that she cares for Whiskers deep down and rescued him. Brandy and Whiskers have a brother-sister relationship and they often get into fights like regular sisters and brothers. However, she is always on the lookout for escape opportunities and she is prone to act like a drama queen, and can be more annoying than Whiskers at times because of her spoiled upbringing.
Brandy thinks she is a spaniel with a pedigree, but in the episode Pedigree and she has blonde colored and straight dog ears, darker blonde fur and blue eyes. She usually wears a pink short-sleeved crop top, red jeans and she sometimes wears a pink and black polka dot bikini, and sometimes a red swimsuit. She wears what appears to be a collar on her neck, Mr. Whiskers, Mr. Whiskers is a white lop-eared rabbit who hasnt had very many friends during his lifetime. On an initial observance of Mr. Whiskers, many viewers would perceive him as a silly, smelly, hyperactive, dimwit and an most annoying pest
10.5 is a 2004 disaster film directed by John Lafia which aired as a television miniseries in the United States on May 2,2004 and May 3,2004. The plot focuses on a series of earthquakes along the United States west coast. 10.5 was widely ridiculed by both reviewers and geologists, nevertheless, it received respectable Nielsen ratings, the first part of the miniseries aired on May 2,2004 and the second one aired on May 3. A sequel,10.5, Apocalypse was aired on May 21,2006, the film begins in the Seattle, Washington area with increasingly severe earthquake activity. A quake of magnitude 7.9 is measured at the Earthquake centre, U. S. President Paul Hollister and FEMA Director Roy Nolan are informed about the situation. A magnitude 8.4 earthquake opens a crack which engulfs an entire train east of Redding, as a result, Governor Carla Williams, who has just seen her daughter and ex-husband off on a camping trip, agrees to help the Governor of Washington. Amanda Williams and her father Clark Williams arrive at a town named Browning and they discover a car with a dead family inside, and are nearly trapped in quicksand.
Roy Nolan constructs a task force of the best geologists and seismologists, including Dr. Fisher, Dr. Hill mentions her Hidden Fault theory, and is eventually given permission to prove it. She and Dr. Fisher visit a lake, where they see some animals that died from carbon monoxide poisoning, back at the Task Force Center, Dr. Hill predicts that the next quake will be near San Francisco, California. It is deemed too risky to evacuate the entirety of San Francisco, after that Dr. Hill predicts the next quake will happen at the San Andreas fault, which would wipe out the West Coast in its present shape killing 50 million people on the way. Dr. Hill hypothesizes that they could weld the fault shut by letting it experience immense heat, the President after some deliberation follows Nolans advice to execute Dr. Hill´s plan and allows the placement of the nuclear warheads. Additionally he gives the order to evacuate the entire West Coast in case it fails, five of the six nuclear bombs have been successfully installed, but during the installation of the sixth an earthquake occurs, and a warhead is lost.
Nolan tries to set it manually, but is pinned by the warhead, the Williams find a truck carrying survivors, and they are transported to Tent City, which has been set up for the refugees. In a wounded San Francisco, Carla Williams and her assistant Rachel are trapped under a wall, Carla survives, but Rachel is killed. Deciding that nothing can be done about the lost sixth warhead, Dr. Hill decides to continue with the fault welding plan, the sixth is activated by Nolan who manages to reach the control panel just in time, but is himself incinerated. It seems to work, until Dr. Hill, concerned about southern California, observes a river flowing backwards, the last warhead was not deep enough when it exploded and Southern California is still in danger. Shortly after, an earthquake occurs. Eventually the crack reaches Tent City and peaks at 10.5, when the earthquake stops, the survivors see that the southwestern coast of California has been cut away, forming a new island
Witchcraft broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised by individuals and certain social groups. Witchcraft often occupies a religious, divinatory or medicinal role, and is present within societies. The concept of witchcraft and the belief in its existence have existed throughout recorded history and it posits a theosophical conflict between good and evil, where witchcraft was generally evil and often associated with the Devil and Devil worship. Christian views in the day are diverse and cover the gamut of views from intense belief and opposition to non-belief. From the mid-20th century, witchcraft – sometimes called contemporary witchcraft to clearly distinguish it from older beliefs – became the name of a branch of modern paganism and it is most notably practiced in the Wiccan and modern witchcraft traditions, and no longer practices in secrecy. The Western mainstream Christian view is far from the only societal perspective about witchcraft, Beliefs related to witchcraft and magic in these cultures were at times influenced by the prevailing Western concepts.
Suspicion of modern medicine due to beliefs about illness being due to witchcraft continues in countries to this day. HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus disease are two examples of infectious disease epidemics whose medical care and containment has been severely hampered by regional beliefs in witchcraft. Other severe medical conditions whose treatment is hampered in this way include tuberculosis, epilepsy, the word witchcraft derives from the Old English wiccecræft, a compound of wicce and cræft. This definition was pioneered in a study of central African magical beliefs by E. E. Evans-Pritchard, European witchcraft is seen by historians and anthropologists as an ideology for explaining misfortune, this ideology has manifested in diverse ways, as described below. Some modern commentators believe the malefic nature of witchcraft is a Christian projection, many examples appear in early texts, such as those from ancient Egypt and Babylonia. Malicious magic users can become a cause for disease, sickness in animals, bad luck, sudden death, impotence.
Witchcraft of a benign and socially acceptable sort may be employed to turn the malevolence aside. The folk magic used to identify or protect against malicious magic users is often indistinguishable from that used by the witches themselves, there has existed in popular belief the concept of white witches and white witchcraft, which is strictly benevolent. Many neopagan witches strongly identify with this concept, and profess ethical codes that prevent them from performing magic on a person without their request. Probably the most obvious characteristic of a witch was the ability to cast a spell, spell being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action. A spell could consist of a set of words, a formula or verse, or a ritual action, or any combination of these. Strictly speaking, necromancy is the practice of conjuring the spirits of the dead for divination or prophecy – although the term has applied to raising the dead for other purposes
Psychokinesis, or telekinesis, is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction. Psychokinesis experiments have historically been criticized for lack of proper controls, there is no convincing evidence that psychokinesis is a real phenomenon, and the topic is generally regarded as pseudoscience. The word psychokinesis was coined in 1914 by American author Henry Holt in his book On the Cosmic Relations. The term is a blend or portmanteau of the Greek language words ψυχή – meaning mind, spirit, or breath – and κίνησις – meaning motion. Rhine coined the term extra-sensory perception to describe receiving information paranormally from an external source, following this, he used the term psychokinesis in 1934 to describe mentally influencing external objects or events without the use of physical energy. His initial example of psychokinesis was experiments that were conducted to determine whether a person could influence the outcome of falling dice.
The word telekinesis, a portmanteau of the Greek τῆλε – meaning distance –, in September 2006, a survey about belief in various religious and paranormal topics conducted by phone and mail-in questionnaire polled 1,721 Americans on their belief in telekinesis. Of these participants, 28% of male participants and 31% of female participants selected agree or strongly agree with the statement, It is possible to influence the world through the mind alone. Some phenomena – such as apports, materialization, psychic healing, retrocausality, telekinesis, in 2016, Caroline Watt stated Overall, the majority of academic parapsychologists do not find the evidence compelling in favour of macro-PK. There have been claimants of psychokinetic ability throughout history, angelique Cottin known as the Electric Girl of France was an alleged generator of PK activity. Cottin and her family claimed that she produced electric emanations that allowed her to pieces of furniture. Spiritualist mediums have claimed psychokinetic abilities, eusapia Palladino, an Italian medium, could allegedly cause objects to move during séances.
However, she was caught levitating a table with her foot by the magician Joseph Rinn, other alleged PK mediums that were exposed as frauds, include Anna Rasmussen and Maria Silbert. A photograph of her taken in 1909, which shows a pair of floating in between her hands, is often found in books and other publications as an example of telekinesis. Scientists suspected Tomczyk performed her feats by the use of a thread or hair. This was confirmed when psychical researchers who tested Tomczyk occasionally observed the thread, annemarie Schaberl, a 19-year-old secretary, was said to have telekinetic powers by the parapsychologist Hans Bender in the Rosenheim Poltergeist case in the 1960s. Magicians and scientists who investigated the case suspected the phenomena were produced by trickery, the Russian psychic Nina Kulagina came to wide public attention following the publication of Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeders best seller, Psychic Discoveries Behind The Iron Curtain. The alleged Soviet psychic of the late 1960s and early 1970s was filmed apparently performing telekinesis while seated in numerous short films
Freeform (TV channel)
Freeform is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company. Its programming includes contemporary off-network syndicated reruns and original series, feature films and made-for-TV original movies, in 1997, IFE and The Family Channel were acquired by a joint venture between News Corporation and Saban Entertainment, resulting in its re-branding as the Fox Family Channel. The new owners sought to re-position the network towards younger viewers as a companion for their popular Fox Kids programming block, on October 6,2015, Disney–ABC Television Group announced that the network would rebrand as Freeform, officially adopting that name on January 12,2016. The channel traces its origins to the launch of the CBN Satellite Service, by this point, its carriage grew to 10.9 million homes with a cable television subscription. On August 1,1988, the word Family was incorporated into the name to better reflect its programming format.
By 1990, the network had grown too profitable to remain under the Christian Broadcasting Network umbrella without endangering the ministrys non-profit status, on January 8 of that year, CBN spun out the network into a new, for-profit corporation known as International Family Entertainment. Managed by Pat Robertsons eldest son Timothy, IFE was co-owned by the Robertsons, with a minority interest held by Liberty Media, following the spin-off, the channels name was officially shortened to The Family Channel on September 15,1990. The Family Channel started airing programs aired at preschool children, pre-teens, as a stipulation included as part of the spin-out from CBN to International Family Entertainment, The Family Channel was required to continue its daily airings of CBNs flagship program, The 700 Club. During this time, from 1994 to 1997, The Family Channel sponsored NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Ted Musgrave in the #16 Ford Thunderbird for Roush Racing. In 1997, after International Family Entertainment put The Family Channel up for sale, News Corporation entered into discussions to purchase a stake in the channel with IFE as a partner.
After competing bids were submitted by Nickelodeon parent Viacom and The Walt Disney Company to acquire IFE as a whole, on June 11,1997, International Family Entertainment was acquired by the Fox/Saban consortium, Fox Kids Worldwide, for $1.9 billion. The Family Channel was officially renamed Fox Family Channel on August 15,1998, when Fox Family Worldwide bought the channel, the management team assigned to the network sought to re-program it towards a new dual audience – kids in daytime, families at night. Notable programs aired during this era included S Club 7 in Miami—a sitcom serving as a vehicle for the eponymous British pop group. The New York Times classified both series as being among a wave of television programming catered towards the demographic of children aged 9 through 14—also referred to as tweens. Airings of The 700 Club were scaled back to two per day, Fox Familys youth-oriented programming strategy alienated the networks core demographic of older viewers. The channel experienced a decline in viewership, falling in the Nielsen ratings from 10th to 17th place in cable network viewership.
In 1999, Fox spun off two digital channels from Fox Family, the Boyz Channel and the Girlz Channel, which both contained programming content targeted at the respective genders. Both networks shut down one year of operation due to a lack of demand by cable providers