ABC Family Being Rebranded As Freeform

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Starting in 2016, ABC Family will be no more. Fear not though. All your favorite shows including Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Young and Hungry and Baby Daddy are staying put. It’s just the network, moving forward will be called Freeform. Network president Tom Ascheim made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Freeform evokes the spirit and adventure of our audience,” said Ascheim, in a release. “Freeform will deliver new, exciting original content as well as all the favorite shows our viewers already love on ABC Family.”

The relaunch marks a continued effort to evolve the young-skewing network past traditional family viewing and toward its target audience of “Becomers.” What’s a ‘Becomer’ you ask? ABC Family execs introduced the term at this year’s Upfront presentation.

“The most important question that young people ask themselves as they’re going from high school to their thirties is, ‘Who am I becoming?’ So we call the life stage ‘becoming’ and the people going through it Becomers,” Ascheim explains. Freeform “builds on ABC Family’s existing strategy of super serving ‘Becomers’ – a life stage that spans people who are 14-34” — who are “navigating the wonderful, fun, exciting, and scary time in life when you experience the most firsts – first car, first apartment, first job, first love, first heartbreak – all the firsts that exists between who they are and who they want to become.”

As someone who watches Pretty Little Liars and Baby Daddy, I agree the network name ABC Family didn’t really fit. With that being said, I’m not sure I love Freeform much better. Check out the promo video below and weigh in on the new name change afterward.

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What do you get when you put five dancers using the hottest gadget out right now and Justin Bieber’s infectious tropical house hit “What Do You Mean?” You get an epic viral clip. Warning though, don’t try to recreate the magic on your own without plenty of protective gear. This is just painful accident waiting to happen.

David Moore choreographed and directed this clip featuring dancers riding around in an abandoned warehouse on their hands-free segways. The ease that these guys glide over the floor is sick. I totally want to try it, but I know my limitations. Check out the insane clip below.

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Even though Archie Panjabi left The Good Wife months ago, it appears her feud with Julianna Margulies isn’t going to die anytime soon. Archie just called out her former co-star as a liar on Twitter. There’s definitely no love lost between these two actresses.

For years, rumored real-life tensions between Panjabi and Margulies led to their characters becoming estranged. When it came to Panjabi’s last episode, many fans hoped that the two would bury the hatch and film one last scene together. Instead, the infamous split-screened reunion came to be.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Margulies addresses the feud and that infamous scene.

“Right, I’ve heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It’s totally gossip,” Margulies said. “I heard that question had been asked to Robert King. There’s no story there, sorry … I actually had heard [that rumor] and I feel that it has been talked about and answered. I feel people just like to have gossip or make something into something that isn’t there. There’s no animosity on my part. It’s a shame, because I wonder if it was two men, when one finds out that he fucked his best friend’s wife, if it would get that same attention, you know what I mean?”

When it came to talking about their final scene together, here’s the truth according to Julianna.

check out Panjabi’s tweet after the jump


“Made for Real, Real Life,” is Campbell Soup’s new tagline for it’s first major brand push in five years. It’s all about “real food that matters for life’s moments.” The campaign features a diverse mix of American families in the spots.

My favorite among the bunch features two gay dads. Not only because it depicts a same-sex couple but also because it includes a wink and nod to one of my favorite childhood films, Star Wars. The two dads alternate feeding their adorable son Star Wars-inspired soup by quoting Darth Vader’s most iconic line.

If the bearded guy looks familiar, it’s because Larry Sullivan appeared in an episode of Will & Grace as Will’s ballet dancing boyfriend. He also appeared with his real-life partner in an ad for Sabra Hummus a few months back. Wow, ad agencies sure love Sullivan and his partner David Monahan. Check out the cute Campbell’s Soup clip below.

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Enchanted Sequel Picking Up Steam

In: Donovan, Movies

Amy Adams charmed movie goers in Enchanted as Princess Giselle trying to survive in modern-day Manhattan. Fans have been craving a sequel ever since. Eight years later, it appears the sequel might actually becoming to fruition.

A sequel was first planned in 2010 but nothing has been announced since. Finally some significant news has emerged. Collider reveals the sequel has been renamed from Enchanted 2 to Disenchanted. The news outlet also reports Disney “is now in the process of punching up the script with the hopes that it will be in greenlight-ready shape very soon.”

The film’s original director Anne Fletcher will reportedly return to the director’s chair. No word on whether Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel or Susan Sarandon will reprise their roles. Hopefully, at least Adams does. You can’t have an Enchanted sequel without her. Relive below some of Amy’s memorable musical numbers from the film

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In my next life, I’ve decided I’m coming back as Fred Goudon. Or at the very least, someone like him. He’s the one who’s immortalized those sexy French rugby players in those steamy calendars. The French photographer has now shifted his focus to hunky firemen. Tough life… NOT!!!!

From working out in the gym to lounging around in the locker room, the nation’s sexiest firefighters show off their fine physiques. The proceeds from the calendar go to the charity, Firefighters Without Borders. The organization operates worldwide in humanitarian crisis due to natural disasters or armed conflicts. Check hot preview pics and video teasers below.

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Is Brooklyn Beckham trying to become the fifth member of the British group The Vamps? Probably not. Victoria and David’s eldest son and Vamps guitarist James McVey are buddies and often appear in each other’s social media accounts. #BFFS It was only a matter of time before Beckham would pop up in one of the band’s clips.

After firing off a flare gun on his rooftop, Brooklyn jumps off, joining the group while they walk through a suburban neighborhood. Who knew the 16-year-old had such parkour skills? The Frank Borin-directed clip eventually leads to an epic rooftop party in Los Angeles.

Considering Beckham doesn’t do much else, he sure gets plenty of screentime. Check out the “Wake Up” music video below.

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For their last HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, it was all about mobsters and politicians in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era. Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter time travels to the 1970s this time around to put the spotlight on the New York music scene during that era. As with several of Scorsese’s previous work, the mob and organized crime play a factor.

Vinyl finds Scorsese and Winter teaming up with Mick Jagger for the period piece about sex and rock ‘n roll. Bobby Cannavale headlines the cast, playing Richie Finestra, a record executive trying to resurrect his label American Century. Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano play his wife and confidant respectively.

Vinyl’s ten-episode season begins in January 2016. Check out the latest trailer below.

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