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ABC Signature
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Founded 1985 (as Touchstone Television)
2007 (as ABC Studios)
President Jonnie Davis
Notable Works Lost
Desperate Housewives
The Amazing Race
The Golden Girls
Scrubs
Grey's Anatomy
Official Site ABC Studios

ABC Signature (formerly known as Touchstone Television and ABC Studios) 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/ABC Signature

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
The Amazing Race Reality competition CBS 2001–present
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television and co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
According to Jim Sitcom ABC 2001–2009
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Scrubs Medical sitcom NBC 2001–2008
ABC 2009–2010
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Comedic talk show ABC 2003–present
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Lost Mystery drama ABC 2004–2010
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Desperate Housewives Dramedy ABC 2004–2012
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Grey's Anatomy Medical drama ABC 2005–present
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Criminal Minds Crime drama CBS 2005–2020
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television and co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Ghost Whisperer Paranormal mystery drama CBS 2005–2010
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television and co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Kyle XY Sci-fi drama ABC Family 2006–2009
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Brothers & Sisters Soap drama ABC 2006–2011
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Ugly Betty Dramedy ABC 2006–2010
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Dirt Drama FX 2007–2008
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television and co-production with FX Productions
October Road Drama ABC 2007–2008
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Army Wives Drama Lifetime 2007–2013
Produced until 2007 by Touchstone Television
Reaper Paranormal dramedy The CW 2007–2009
Cane Drama CBS 2007
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Private Practice Medical drama ABC 2007–2013
Dirty Sexy Money Drama ABC 2007–2009
Cavemen Comedy ABC 2007
Carpoolers Sitcom ABC 2007–2008
Co-production with DreamWorks Television
Samantha Who? Comedy ABC 2007–2009
Eli Stone Legal drama ABC 2008–2009
Miss Guided Comedy ABC 2008
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
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
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Life on Mars Period crime drama ABC 2008–2009
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
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
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
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
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Body of Proof Crime drama ABC 2011–2013
Happy Endings Sitcom ABC 2011–2013
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
The Protector Crime drama Lifetime 2011
State of Georgia Sitcom ABC Family 2011
Ringer Thriller drama The CW 2011–2012
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios and co-production with Warner Bros. Television
Man Up Sitcom ABC 2011
Revenge Drama ABC 2011–2015
Once Upon a Time Fantasy drama ABC 2011–2018
The River Adventure drama ABC 2012
GCB Drama ABC 2012
Missing Thriller drama ABC 2012
Scandal Political drama ABC 2012–2018
Perception Crime drama TNT 2012–2015
The Neighbors Sitcom ABC 2012–2014
Nashville Music drama ABC 2012–2016
CMT 2017–2018
Co-production with Lionsgate Television
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 2013–2020
Co-production with Marvel Television
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
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
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 2014–2020
Manhattan Love Story Romantic sitcom ABC 2014
Galavant Fantasy sitcom ABC 2015–2016
Marvel's Agent Carter Period action drama ABC 2015–2016
Co-production with Marvel Television
Secrets and Lies Mystery drama ABC 2015–2016
American Crime Crime drama ABC 2015–2017
Daredevil Superhero drama Netflix 2015–2018
Co-production with Marvel Television
The Whispers Sci-fi drama ABC 2015
The Astronaut Wives Club Drama ABC 2015
The Muppets Sitcom ABC 2015–2016
Quantico Thriller drama ABC 2015–2018
Grandfathered Comedy FOX 2015–2016
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
Code Black Medical drama CBS 2015–2018
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
Dr. Ken Comedy ABC 2015–2017
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Wicked City Period crime drama ABC 2015
Jessica Jones Superhero drama Netflix 2015–2019
Co-production with Marvel Television
The Real O'Neals Sitcom ABC 2016–2017
The Family Drama ABC 2016
Of Kings and Prophets Historical drama ABC 2016
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Crime drama CBS 2016–2017
Co-production with CBS Productions/Paramount Television/CBS Paramount Network Television/CBS Television Studios
The Catch Drama ABC 2016–2017
Uncle Buck Comedy ABC 2016
Co-production with Universal Television
Speechless Comedy ABC 2016–2019
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
Designated Survivor Political drama ABC 2016–2018
Co-production with The Mark Gordon Company following the 2015 partnership with Entertainment One
Netflix 2019
Notorious Drama ABC 2016
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Luke Cage Superhero drama Netflix 2016–2018
Co-production with Marvel Television
Conviction Legal crime drama ABC 2016–2017
Co-production with The Mark Gordon Company following the 2015 partnership with Entertainment One
American Housewife Comedy ABC 2016–present
When We Rise Miniseries ABC 2017
Iron Fist Superhero drama Netflix 2017–2018
Co-production with Marvel Television
Imaginary Mary Comedy ABC 2017
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Downward Dog Comedy ABC 2017
Co-production with Legendary Television
Still Star-Crossed Period drama ABC 2017
The Defenders Superhero drama Netflix 2017
Co-production with Marvel Television
The Good Doctor Medical drama ABC 2017–present
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
The Mayor Comedy ABC 2017–2018
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Fantasy drama ABC 2017–2018
Marvel's Inhumans Drama ABC 2017
Co-production with Marvel Television
For the People Legal drama ABC 2018–2019
Station 19 Drama ABC 2018–present
Alex, Inc. Comedy ABC 2018
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
The Crossing Sci-fi drama ABC 2018
Take Two Crime drama ABC 2018
Single Parents Comedy ABC 2018–2020
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
A Million Little Things Dramedy ABC 2018–present
The Alec Baldwin Show Talk Show ABC 2018
The Kids Are Alright Period comedy ABC 2018–2019
The Rookie Crime drama ABC 2018–present
Co-production with The Mark Gordon Company following the 2015 partnership with Entertainment One
Schooled Comedy ABC 2019–2020
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
The Fix Legal drama ABC 2019
Bless This Mess Comedy ABC 2019–2020
Co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
Grand Hotel Drama ABC 2019
mixed-ish Comedy ABC 2019–present
Emergence Mystery drama ABC 2019–2020
Stumptown Drama ABC 2019–2020
For Life Legal drama ABC 2020–present
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
The Baker and the Beauty Romantic comedy ABC 2020
Co-production with Universal Television
Prop Culture Anthology Disney+ 2020–present
United We Fall Comedy ABC 2020
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Big Shot Sports dramedy Disney+ 2020–present
Call Your Mother Comedy ABC 2021–present
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Rebel Legal drama ABC 2021–present
Co-production with Sony Pictures Television

ABC Signature

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
Benched Legal comedy USA 2014
Blood & Oil Drama ABC 2015
Dead of Summer Horror drama Freeform 2016
SMILF Comedy Showtime 2017–2019
Marvel's Runaways drama Hulu 2017–2019
Co-production with Marvel Television
Grown-ish Comedy Freeform 2018–present
Marvel's Cloak & Dagger Superhero drama Freeform 2018–2019
Co-production with Marvel Television
All About the Washingtons Comedy Netflix 2018
Untitled Marvel's Deadpool Series Animated comedy FXX unaired (2018)
Co-production with Marvel Television and FX Productions
Godfather of Harlem Crime drama Epix 2019–present
Dollface Comedy Hulu 2019–present
High Fidelity Romantic comedy Hulu 2020
Little Fires Everywhere Drama Hulu 2020
Helstrom Drama Hulu 2020–present
Co-production with Marvel Television
The Wilds Drama Amazon 2020–present
Co-production with Amazon Studios
Marvel's Ghost Rider Drama Hulu unaired (2020)
Co-production with Marvel Television
The Mighty Ducks Comedy Disney+ 2020–present

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