Hallmark Channel Acquires Classic Hit Series 'The Golden Girls' From Disney-ABC Domestic Television
NEW YORK, March 26 -- Hallmark Channel has acquired the
rights to one of the most popular baby boomer series, "The Golden Girls,"
from Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The deal was announced today by
Michelle Vicary, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Scheduling.
"The Golden Girls has been on our wish list for a long time, so we're
delighted to reach this agreement," said Vicary. "This is the perfect
complement to our schedule of family-friendly programming. It will appeal
not only to our current viewers, but to fans that will follow the program
to Hallmark Channel. It will also appeal to our sponsors and our
"The Golden Girls," starring Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue
McClanahan and Estelle Getty, is centered around a Miami-based quartet of
live-in friends, proving that life can begin at 50. It follows the highs
and lows, dates and disasters of the oversexed Blanche (McClanahan); the
ever so-slightly-dotty Rose (White); the dry, cynical Dorothy (Arthur); and
her scheming Sicilian mother Sophia (Getty).
"The Golden Girls" aired for seven seasons from September 14, 1985, to
May 9, 1992 and won several awards, including the Emmy(R) Award for
Outstanding Comedy Series twice. All four stars won at least one Emmy Award
throughout the series' entire run. During its original run, "The Golden
Girls" garnered 65 Emmy nominations, 11 Emmy awards, four Golden Globe
Awards, and countless honors.
"The Golden Girls" was produced by ABC Studios (formerly known as
Touchstone Television) and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic
Hallmark Channel is known for its original movies and events, including
the recent highly-rated movie "The Good Witch," starring Catherine Bell,
and popular acquisitions including "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Little House on
the Prairie," "M*A*S*H" and "Murder, She Wrote."
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is
a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality
entertainment programming to a national audience of 84 million subscribers.
The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable
systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across
the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10
ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings
and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family
programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel,
Hallmark Movie Channel, and will launch Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April
Disney-ABC Domestic Television is the domestic distribution arm of The
Walt Disney Company, providing motion pictures and television programming
to pay television, basic cable, broadcast television, video-on-demand
(VOD), pay-per-view (PPV), mobile and broadband. Disney-ABC Domestic
Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney Enterprises, Inc.