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September 13

September 13, 1999 – Times Square Studios Opens in New York City

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“Times Square Studios is completely outfitted with everything a professional working studio requires, with Sound Stages and High Definition Control Rooms that have broadcast shows worldwide.”

On September 13, 1999, the multi-use production facility Times Square Studios opened in New York City. The studio is mostly known as the home for the ABC morning program Good Morning America, but also is used for various ABC News and ESPN programs, including the annual New Year’s broadcast. The studio is fully equipped with two studios, a green room, dressing rooms, a radio broadcast studio, and a production control room with support facilities. The studio is also known for its glass walls to use Times Square as a live backdrop for the Good Morning America broadcast.

April 30

April 30, 2009 – Disney Announces Partnership with Hulu

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“…Disney has sought to meet the constantly evolving viewing habits of our consumers, and today’s Hulu announcement is the next important step in that ongoing journey.” – Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

On April 30, 2009, a press release was presented by Hulu announcing the partnership between Disney through the subsidiary ABC Enterprises Inc. This partnership made popular ABC and Disney shows available to viewers, including Lost, The Wizards of Waverly Place, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. This included full-length episodes from ABC, ABC Family, ABC Daytime, SOAPnet, Disney Channel, and from the Walt Disney Studios itself. Through this transaction, Disney also became an equity partner with Hulu, gaining three seats on the board: one for Iger; once for Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group; and Kevin Mayer, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Technology.

September 25

September 25, 2007 – The Television Series Reaper Premieres on CW

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“Sam, I’m not a carjacker. I’m the Devil!”

On September 25, 2007, the television series Reaper premiered on CW. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was put on pause due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike after its tenth episode. Although receiving great reviews from critics, the series was cancelled after its second season, for a total of 31 episodes. It was created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, and starred Bret Harrison as Sam Oliver, Tyler Labine as Sock Wysocki, Missy Peregrym as Andi Prendergast, Rick Gonzalez as Ben Gonzalez, and Ray Wise as The Devil.

The pilot episode begins on Sam’s birthday, where he is preparing for his long, boring job at the Work Bench. His parents are acting rather suspiciously, wishing him a wonderful birthday “no matter what happens.” His friend Sock arrives at Sam’s birthday, and the two head to their job, which they both hate. Sock plans on taking Sam out to get completely wasted at their usual bar, but Sam isn’t really in the mood, as his parents are acting more weird than usual. Sam also notices other strange occurrences, including oddly behaving dogs, and a string of arsons reported on the news. Sam works with Andi, whom he has a crush on. Although they are good friends, he still can’t get the courage to ask her out. While working, a giant air conditioner falls from a ledge right above Andi, and Sam is somehow miraculously able to push it away. Sock is excited about Sam’s moment of being a superhero, when Sam admits that he didn’t touch it, but was somehow able to move it with his mind.

The Devil appears in Sam's car, although Sam thinks he's a carjacker

The Devil appears in Sam’s car, although Sam thinks he’s a carjacker

Andi finds him later and thanks him for saving her life. He then attempts to ask her out again, when a pack of dogs appears, snarling at the pair of them. Sam sends Andi away before the dogs attack, and Sam flees through the aisles of the Work Bench. Having has enough, Sam heads home, when a mysterious person appears in his car, telling him that the saving Andi from the air conditioner event was a gift from him to Sam. He then tells Sam that he is the Devil, and Sam crashes his car into a large trash container. Later that night, Sam gets home to find his dad in the living room, waiting for him. Sam thinks he’s going insane, and his father asks him to sit down to explain everything: before Sam was born, his soul was sold to the Devil, to be taken when Sam turned 21. His parents tried to not have kids, but the Devil was able to trick them. Sam then goes out to meet his friends, although he is not in a party mood. He pulls Sock aside to explain what happened, and at first, Sock thinks he’s drunk.

Sam then tells Sock that he’s going home, and once he gets there, he pulls out a present from Andi from his coat pocket. It’s a special bracelet, and Sam thinks about her when he is surprised by the Devil. The Devil makes a chicken-fried steak in the kitchen while he explains what Sam will be doing for him. Sam is to work for the Devil, capturing escaped souls from Hell, “like a bounty hunter,” and take them to a portal, like the DMV. In the end, Sam will more than likely go to Heaven, and helping do the world some good. The arsons are actually caused by an escaped soul that is now a firefighter, and the Devil provides Sam with a vessel to help him capture the souls. When Sam refuses, the Devil tells him that he’ll take his mother. He explains it to Ben and Sock, bringing the vessel to work with him. The vessel provided is a Dirt Devil, and while Ben and Sock mock him, they realize after they turn it on and it nearly sucks up a truck, that maybe Sam is telling the truth.

Sam has Sock and Ben help him to capture the escaped soul with the Dirt Devil vessel

Sam has Sock and Ben help him to capture the escaped soul with the Dirt Devil vessel

That night, the guys go hunt the soul, who turns into flames and attacks them, with the vessel not working. Ben gets hurt in the process, and the three speed off. Ben is taken to the hospital to recover, and Sam feels incredibly guilty for bringing the two along. Andi shows up at the hospital, and Sam refuses to tell Andi how Ben got hurt, as he’s unable to tell her the truth about the Devil. He decides to continue this alone, and finds that there’s been a huge explosion, caused by the Soul. He feels more guilt about the victims, and comes home to find his mother drinking on the porch. She offers to give her life for Sam’s, and he lies to her, saying that everything’s back to normal. He heads to his room, and the Devil transports him to a hockey arena. Sam tells him that he has the wrong guy, and wants to go to Hell. The Devil tells Sam that he gives up too easily, and tells him to investigate first, and find out why the soul is burning things again. The Devil then kills the Zamboni driver to make a point to Sam that he never accepts failure.

Sam heads back to the Work Bench to get Sock, asking for help. Sam thinks that the soul is burning down the same places he did when he was alive, and they head to Sock’s ex-girlfriend’s workplace to find some criminal records. Josie reluctantly agrees, and they find that the soul, Ned Schmecker, died setting fire to his parents’ house. Sam and Sock head back to the Work Bench to stock up on supplies, and wait for the vessel to recharge. They head to the location of Schmecker’s parents’ house, now an elementary school, and find the soul starting his work on setting the place on fire. Although they initially stop him, he gets the upper hand. Sam is able to use his mind to send the attack back on Schmecker, and is able to capture him with the vessel. They take the vessel the next day to the DMV, where the portal is. They head to the portal and drop off the vessel, where he is mocked by the demon there. Sam heads back to the Work Bench and apologizes to Andi, and they make up. The bracelet she gave him is a charm with the Sanskrit word for strength, and when she saw it, she thought of him. The two share a moment before it’s interrupted by the Devil. Sam pulls him aside to talk to him, and the Devil congratulates him on a job well done, giving him another vessel. Sam realizes that he wants to continue the job, helping people, and Ben and Sock promise to be there to help him.

June 3

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June 3, 2007 – The Lifetime Series Army Wives Premieres

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“I was wondering if you could help me with something. See, I’m the new girl around here, and I don’t have my army wives decoder ring yet to sweet-talk my way through those magic blue doors.”

On June 3, 2007, the television series Army Wives began its run on the Lifetime channel. It was produced by Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, and was based loosely on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank. The series soon became the most successful series in Lifetime’s history, and was received well by critics. The series ran for seven seasons, with 117 episodes. It was created by Katherine Fugate, and starred Kim Delaney as Claudia Joy Holden, Sally Pressman as Roxy LeBlanc, Brigid Brannagh as Pamela Moran, Catherine Bell as Denise Sherwood, Sterling K. Brown as Roland Burton, and Wendy Davis as Joan Burton.

The first episode, “A Tribe is Born,” begins at a bar, where bartender Roxy is working her shift. 2nd Lieutenant Trevor LeBlanc shows up to see her, and proposes to her impetuously. To both of their surprises, she says yes, and the two head to the Fort Marshall in Charleston, South Carolina with Roxy’s two kids. The other main wives are quickly introduced: Claudia Joy Holden, wife of Lieutenant-General Michael Holden; Colonel Joan Burton, wife of base psychiatrist Dr. Roland Burton; Pamela Moran, wife of Master Sergeant Chase Moran; and Denise Sherwood, wife of Colonel Frank Sherwood. Each wife struggles with their own issues, which they keep hidden away. The wives attend a promotion dinner, and their interactions with their husbands are shown to the audience. Pamela, who is heavily pregnant with twins, is angry that Chase never shows up to her ultrasound appointments. Roxy, who is new to base life, continues to make one mistake after another, and ends up spilling wine all over her dress. Claudia Joy and Denise, who have been friends for years, are chatting in the bathroom, when Claudia Joy discovers that someone has been hurting Denise. Roxy steps out of a bathroom stall during the conversation, although Claudia Joy and Denise are less than thrilled at the interruption.

At the promotion ceremony, Claudia Joy protects her husband by confronting Lenore Baker, the woman who spread rumors about Michael

At the promotion ceremony, Claudia Joy protects her husband by confronting Lenore Baker, the woman who spread rumors about Michael

Claudia Joy confronts the wife of the man that was promoted, as the woman spread a rumor that Michael was a racist, which cost Michael the promotion. Pamela is hounded by two other wives about her babies, although she brushes them off brusquely. After she leaves, the two women start gossiping, which shocks Roxy, who has been standing behind them. Roland starts talking to Roxy, and the two strike up a friendship. Joan, who has been away on deployment for two years, talks with Michael, asking when things would start to feel normal again. After the dinner, Trevor is excited that he begins paratrooper training the next morning at 6; unfortunately, Roxy’s son Finn starts throwing up in the middle of the night, and the family rushes to the hospital. The hospital is overworked, and Roxy spends all night waiting. When Claudia Joy’s daughter is able to skip the line, Roxy is incensed and demands to know what she has to do to see a doctor. Claudia Joy asks that Roxy and her son take her place in the line. Pamela heads to the chaplain to talk about her troubles, and admits that she’s a surrogate parent, and will tell everyone that the babies died after she delivers. Denise sees her husband off for his deployment, and gives him a letter before he leaves. Her son Jeremy starts acting up the moment Frank leaves.

Pamela arrives home and finds that Chase has been assigned to the Delta Force, but gets into an argument about spending money. Meanwhile, Roxy has a discussion with Trevor about wanting to work, although Trevor tells her she doesn’t need to, as he can provide for the family. She then stresses about fitting in on base, but Trevor calmly helps her, and the two bond more. Roxy is soon invited to go out with the other wives to a ladies night, and they head to the Hump Bar off-post. When Roxy sees the “help wanted” sign, she applies for the job and soon gets it. The next day, Denise gives Jeremy a letter from West Point, and while at first he is excited he got in, he is soon furious, as he thinks he only got in because of his father. When Denise tries to comfort him, he hits her, cutting her cheek with his class ring. It’s revealed that Jeremy has been abusing Denise for about six months, and he believes she will never say anything. Denise finally admits the truth to Claudia Joy and Michael. Later, Michael finds Jeremy and asks to talk to him privately, and tells him that he knows that he hits his mother. He threatens Jeremy that, should he do it again, he will be treated like any other man on post who hits a woman.

Roland goes to pick up his wife Joan, who has been having a very difficult time adjusting to life back after deployment

Roland goes to pick up his wife Joan, who has been having a very difficult time adjusting to life back after deployment

Joan has been drinking in Roxy’s bar, and at one point gets drunk enough to dance on the bar. When a man starts touching her, Joan punches him out, and Roxy helps her down. They wait for Roland to show up, and he is surprised to see Roxy again. When Roland gets her from the back room, Joan admits to him that if he knew what she did over in Afghanistan, he wouldn’t love her. He tells her that it doesn’t matter what she did, he knows who she is. The wives meet once again at a fundraiser tea party of Claudia Joy’s, and the wife of the man that got the promotion, Lenore Baker, starts telling Claudia Joy in a threatening tone that she’s learning a lot about her. Roxy shows up in a revealing outfit, as she has to go to work soon after, and Claudia Joy introduces Roxy to Pamela, and the two bond over their outcast status. Pamela soon goes into labor, and she admits to Roxy the truth about the twins. Roxy pulls Denise into the house to help her out, and is soon followed by Claudia Joy. The five, after enlisting the help of Roland, head to the closest off-post hospital. As Pamela is getting close to deliver, they head to the Hump Bar instead, and Pamela delivers the twins on a pool table. The five then bond over Pamela’s secret, and promise to keep it.