ABC FAMILY LAUNCHES A NEW BLOCK OF REALITY SHOWS TUESDAY NIGHTS BEGINNING AUGUST 11
Burbank, CA (July 7, 2015) - ABC Family announced today that it is launching an all new reality block of programming on Tuesday nights, premiering in August. "Startup U," "Next Step Realty: NYC" and "Monica the Medium" will anchor an entire night of original unscripted shows, a first for the network. This new block will include updates from the original reality schedule.
Starting on Tuesday, August 11 at 9:01-10:01pm ET/PT, "Next Step Realty: NYC" will premiere after the season finale of "Pretty Little Liars." From Lincoln Square Productions, this series follows the passionate and ambitious employees of Next Step Realty. The Manhattan-based real estate firm specializes in helping recent college graduates find their first apartments in New York City while navigating interpersonal and professional conflicts in the workplace. Danielle Rossen ("What Would You Do?") serves as the executive producer.
Then it's the premiere of "Startup U" on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:01-11:00pm ET/PT. The show focuses on a group of entrepreneurial millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Led by billionaire founder and venture capitalist Tim Draper, the seven-week program teaches the fundamentals of launching a startup company under the mentorship of America's business leaders. In the end, students pitch their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists with the hope that they'll receive a life-changing investment to launch their business. "Startup U" is produced by Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner. Mike Duffy, Tim Duffy and Tim Draper serve as executive producers.
"Monica the Medium" will premiere on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00-9:00pm ET/PT, leading off the night. The show provides a fascinating look at Monica, a junior at Penn State navigating friends, family, relationships - and the fact that she's a medium and can talk to dead people. Her uncommon vocation provides an endless supply of emotional and engaging stories, with a unique millennials perspective. The show is produced by Dave Caplan's Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate TV. Caplan will serve as executive producer alongside Malachi McGlone.
"Job or No Job," ABC Family's fourth reality show of the summer, will air Wednesdays at 9:02pm ET/PT beginning August 5.
Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in 94 million homes. ABC Family entertains and connects to audiences with bold, relatable programming that celebrates the epic adventure of becoming an adult, from first kiss to first kid. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. "WATCH ABC Family" is an authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access to such popular series at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas."