or


[09/08/05 - 12:00 AM]
ABC Becomes the First English-Language Broadcast Network to Offer Its Entire Primetime Entertainment Lineup in Spanish Through a Combination of Closed-Captioning and Dubbing

[via press release from ABC]

ABC BECOMES THE FIRST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE BROADCAST NETWORK TO OFFER ITS ENTIRE PRIMETIME ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP IN SPANISH THROUGH A COMBINATION OF CLOSED-CAPTIONING AND DUBBING

AMBITIOUS INITIATIVE TO LAUNCH WITH THE OFFICIAL START OF THE NEW TV SEASON ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

"Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" -- Two of the Top Three New Shows of Last Season - Plus Eponymously-titled Sitcoms "George Lopez" and "Freddie," Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Will be Dubbed into Spanish

Starting September 19, 2005, ABC will become the first English-language broadcast network to provide all primetime entertainment programming in Spanish via a combination of closed-captioning and dubbing, it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment.

"Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" -- two of the top three new shows of last season - plus eponymously-titled sitcoms "George Lopez" (which has been available with Spanish dubbing since its debut in 2001) and new fall comedy "Freddie," starring Freddie Prinze Jr., will be dubbed into Spanish, with the remainder of the network's primetime entertainment lineup available with Spanish-language subtitles. In addition, the network's fall theatrical premieres and select specials will also be dubbed into Spanish.

"We wanted to move beyond toe-dipping and really dive in," said Mr. McPherson. "Almost half of the 41 million Hispanics in this country watch only or mostly Spanish language television, and we want to bring that audience to ABC."

This initiative also includes the network's longform programming. The original telefilm, "Have No Fear: the Life of John Paul II" will be dubbed into Spanish. In this dramatization, starring Thomas Kretschmann ("The Pianist," "King Kong"), viewers will see, for the first time, not only the spiritual leader's remarkable public life on the world stage, but also the very intimate moments that epitomized his great humanity -- his passions, regrets, frustrations, triumphs and sorrows.

Spanish subtitled versions of the shows will be found on Closed Caption 3 channel (CC3), and viewers will be able to access the programs dubbed in Spanish via the SAP (Second Audio Program) option on their televisions. ABC is the first English language broadcast network to make such a large portion of its programming available in Spanish.

Casting is currently underway for the "voices" to take on such acclaimed roles as Bree on "Desperate Housewives" and Sawyer on "Lost."

ABC's major theatricals have previously been available in Spanish via SAP, and that tradition will continue with this fall's lineup of network premieres, including "Catch Me if You Can," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Finding Nemo," "Bringing Down the House" and "Old School." Returning theatricals "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Monsters, Inc." and "The Santa Clause" will also be available in Spanish via SAP.

For the first time, the classic Peanuts specials "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will also be offered in Spanish via SAP.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of U.S. households have televisions with SAP capability, while most stereo televisions and VCRs manufactured from1995 on are equipped with SAP options.

Additional programming may be dubbed in Spanish as this initiative continues.





  [september 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· FREDDIE (ABC)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· HAVE NO FEAR: THE LIFE OF POPE PAUL II (ABC)
· LOST (ABC)











[08/27/14 - 09:13 AM]
"Mr. Pickles" and "Squidbillies" Dominate With an Animation Doubleheader!
Look for both series on Sunday nights beginning September 21 at 11:30/10:30c.

[08/27/14 - 09:04 AM]
MTV's Hit Matchmaking Series "Are You the One?" Returns on Monday, October 6 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Adding to the drama this season is a twist that will make finding the perfect match more challenging, as an eleventh girl will join the house as a double match for one of the guys.

[08/27/14 - 09:01 AM]
CBS Announces the 18 Castaways Competing on "Survivor"
The Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, September 24 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/27/14 - 08:51 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Wins Its Two-Hour Time Period Among the Big 4 by a Margin of 91% and by 65% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 26.

[08/27/14 - 08:35 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: Another Week, Another "Got Talent" Win for NBC
The show's latest installment leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/27/14 - 08:32 AM]
Night 2 "Bachelor in Paradise" 2-Night Event Holds Steady from Night 1 In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 26.

[08/27/14 - 08:31 AM]
El Rey Network and Mark Burnett's One Three Media Announce Production Start on "Lucha Underground"
The character-driven, freestyle wrestling series is set to debut Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/27/14 - 08:31 AM]
Bounce TV Announces Bounce TV Summer Music Festival 2014
Perennial R&B powerhouse Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Grammy(R)-Award winning great Patti LaBelle will headline the 11-city tour which launches in Dallas on August 29.

[08/27/14 - 08:13 AM]
Relive the Craziest Moments in "Ink Master" History and Vote on the Most Insane Moment During "You Choose Live" Before Season Five Premiere
"You Choose Live" telecasts immediately before the season five premiere of "Ink Master," airing Tuesday, September 2.

[08/27/14 - 08:07 AM]
American Heroes Channel Presents World Television Premiere of Critically Acclaimed Documentary Film "The Hornet's Nest" on Thursday, September 11 at 9/8c
The film follows Emmy Award-winning journalists Mike Boettcher and his son, Carlos Boettcher, as they are embedded with U.S. forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan.

[08/27/14 - 08:04 AM]
Three Episodes of Cinemax Series "The Knick" to Be Presented on HBO on Labor Day
Following a hiatus this week, "The Knick" returns with new episodes on Friday, September 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/27/14 - 06:04 AM]
Amazon to Debut Jill Soloway's Highly-Anticipated Dark Comedy "Transparent" on September 26 in the US and UK
Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass star in the 10-episode series.

[08/27/14 - 06:00 AM]
Fan Favorite Chris Soules Searches for Love Again on ABC's Hit Romance Reality Series, "The Bachelor," When It Returns to ABC in January 2015
Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette."

[08/26/14 - 03:03 PM]
Video: Two New Teasers for "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Get your first taste of the franchise's newest installment, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10:00/9:00c on FX.

[08/26/14 - 02:26 PM]
2015 NBC Sports Group NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Schedules Announced
NBC's coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins Sunday, July 5 with flag-to-flag coverage from Daytona in primetime, while Nationwide Series coverage begins Saturday, July 4.