ABC is dusting off two reality titles from its library shelf — the first seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” — making the shows available for free on its streaming apps for web, mobile and connected-TV devices.
Also Thursday, the network is launching two new ABCd original comedies, “Broken” and “Serious Music,” as well as an all-new episode of “On the Record” featuring Nashville recording artist Fancy Hagood and additional episodes of interview series “A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus.”
The additions are part of ABC’s ongoing effort to fuel more streaming on its redesigned apps, which it relaunched in July. In addition to the current on-air shows, ABC added full seasons of 38 older shows, including “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty,” and has launched about a dozen ABCd short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell, Iliza Shlesinger and YouTube comedian Lisa Schwartz.
“The Bachelor,” which ABC first aired in 2002, featured management consultant Alex Michel choosing among a bevy of would-be mates, including runner-up Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter), who starred in spinoff “The Bachelorette” in 2003.
In the final ep of “The Bachelorette’s” first run, Trista was proposed to by Ryan Sutter, and the free episodes on ABC’s apps include the couple’s three-part wedding special that aired in the fall of 2013. Both shows are produced by Warner Bros. Television.
The two new ABCd originals are: “Broken,” starring co-creators Jennifer Bartels and Mike Still as best friends who find themselves way in over their heads when their drunken New Year’s hookup fast-tracks to marriage and their honeymoon ends in a break up; and “Serious Music,” in which two struggling comedians, Lucy (Jessica McKenna) and Gabe (Zach Reino), go from rags to riches when a self-absorbed popstar mistakes their parody video for a sick jam and hires them to be his new songwriters.
In the new episodes of “A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus,” host Marcus attempts to seduce actor and former Rams NFL player Terry Crews; has a breakfast cook-off against ABC’s “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally; invites artist and DJ Moby to her apartment for vegan BBQ; chats up Maria Bamford (“Lady Dynamite”) about love and internet dating; and has a girls day at the nail salon with Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings,” “Gone Girl,” “Drunk History” “Burning Love”).