×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ABC Teases Trio of Fall Comedies Free via Watch ABC and Hulu

Alphabet net streams pilots of frosh laffers ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Trophy Wife’ and ‘Back in the Game’ ahead of broadcast debuts

ABC is streaming pilots for its three new fall comedies — “The Goldbergs,” “Trophy Wife” and “Back in the Game” — via WatchABC.com, the Watch ABC mobile app and Hulu three weeks ahead of their broadcast debut, an increasingly common tactic by TV programmers hoping to build audiences.

The three pilots are available on the Watch ABC services and Hulu now through Sept. 17. They may also become available on cable VOD services, but ABC has not locked down deals yet.

According to a Hulu rep, additional fall 2013 pilots are skedded to be available in advance of air on the service but launch plans are still being finalized.

The Goldbergs” (cast pictured above) premieres on ABC on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. Set in the 1980s, laffer centers on nerdy 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone), an aspiring director who captures the antics of his family on video. Ensemble cast includes Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile and George Segal as the clan’s grandfather-cum-Don Juan.

Trophy Wife” (premiering Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m.) features reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman), who becomes the third wife of slightly older Pete (Bradley Whitford). Cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Bailee Madison, Ryan Scott Lee and Natalie Morales.

Back in the Game” (premiering Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m.) revolves around single mom Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson), a former all-star softball player who, with her son, moves back in with her estranged, beer-guzzling father, Terry Sr., aka “the Cannon” (James Caan).

Broadcasters and cablers alike have used online sampling to build hype ahead of TV airdates for years. For example, networks have been launching shows on Hulu prior to broadcast debut since fall 2011, starting with with Fox’s preview of “The New Girl.” Other shows previewed on the service include NBC’s “Smash,” ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B—– in Apartment 23” and Fox’s “The Mindy Project.”

The Watch ABC service currently delivers on-demand access to full episodes of ABC’s daytime and primetime programming nationwide, free to any users.

This May, the Alphabet net became the first broadcast network to offer live streams of local ABC feeds through Watch ABC, available to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Houston. ABC has deals with Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse for the authenticated live TV.

More TV

  • MSNBC Adds Joshua Johnson to Anchor

    MSNBC Adds Joshua Johnson to Anchor Ranks

    Joshua Johnson, a longtime public-radio host, is joining MSNBC as an anchor, and the network is expected to release the details of the program he will lead at a later date. Johnson is known for hosting the NPR program “1A,” and will continue to do so through December 20. The program, produced by Washington D.C.’s [...]

  • Commercials Ads Streaming Illustration Placeholder

    Banner Ads Bother. Pop-Ups Annoy. Streaming Wars Aim to Revive Them

    TV’s newest commercials are starting to look an awful lot like the web’s oldest. Any user of Amazon’s Fire set-top device might have recently stumbled upon an interactive on-screen graphic from Geico, the insurance company known for its heavy use of TV ads. In just 15 minutes, the company likes to claim, it can save [...]

  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD stars Cedric the Entertainer

    TV Ratings: 'The Neighborhood' Climbs to Season High on CBS

    “The Neighborhood” hit a season high in last night’s TV ratings, as NBC narrowly topped ABC in the overall network rankings. The CBS comedy series rose to a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and was watched by around 6.5 million total viewers, comfortably beating its previous season 2 high of 5.9 million. The good news [...]

  • New AVOD Service W4Free Launches in

    U.K. AVOD Service W4Free Launches, With Sky Handling Ad Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

    A new player has joined the streaming fray in the U.K., with Video Solutions launching new ad-supported service W4Free and Comcast-owned Sky on board to handle its advertising sales. W4Free’s British rollout follows that of a sister service, Watch4, in German-speaking markets, and comes as the likes of Pluto and Tubi have been in the [...]

  • Friends Final Episode Streaming Wars

    'Friends' Props, Costumes to Be Auctioned Off for LGBTQ Charity

    Fans of “Friends” can own a piece of the sitcom — with more than 100 props, costumes, replicas and other items to go up for auction online for the first time next month. Proceeds from the auction, timed for the popular series’ 25th anniversary, will benefit The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention [...]

  • The Mandalorian Disney +

    Could Disney Plus Reach 60 Million-90 Million Subscribers Earlier Than Expected?

    There’s no doubt about Disney’s desire to make an impression on the market with direct-to-consumer service Disney Plus, trumpeting 10 million subscribers just a day after its Nov. 12 launch. That’s more than HBO Now’s 8 million lifetime subs, not to mention CBS All Access and Showtime OTT’s 8 million subs combined. Wall Street sent [...]

  • Daisy Haggard as Miri in BACK

    'Back to Life' Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

    Showtime has handed a second season order to “Back to Life,” only nine days after the limited comedy series debuted in the U.S. “Back to Life” was created and written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, with Haggard starring as Miri Matteson who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content