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ABC Family plans off-net Friday block

'Grace,' 'Jim,' 'Alias' to anchor night's p'gramming

ABC Family will launch a programming sked March 1 with a Friday night block that includes “State of Grace” and repurposed episodes of ABC network series “According to Jim” and “Alias.”

The second season of “Grace,” a series that got its start on the cabler when it was Fox Family Channel, will preem at 8 p.m. on March 1, followed by “Jim” and “Alias.” Both of those shows will air in sequence from the shows’ premiere episodes.

In a twist of programming fate, that means ABC Family will air scripted programming on the night while its much larger broadcast network parent — which once ruled Fridays with “TGIF” programming — continues to air reality fare such as “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a parade of specials.

Also in March, ABC Family is launching magic specials and Oscar-nommed features with themed programming weeks.

“March Magic Week” (March 4-17) will feature four consecutive nights of the “World’s Greatest Magic” specs. “The Nominees Week” (March 18-23) will feature a nommed film in primetime each night, starting with “The Way We Were,” followed by “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” “The Princess Bride,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Dances With Wolves.”

On Saturdays at 10 p.m., ABC Family will present repeat episodes of “Vanished,” a series of ABC News specials that began in 1999.

In addition, the net is premiering original movie “Moms on Strike” on March 17 at 8 p.m.

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