|Headquarters||Burbank, California, U.S.|
|Parent||ABC Entertainment Group
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
Touchstone Television was started by then new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–85 television season with the short lived western, The Wildside. The next TV season Touchstone produced a hit with Golden Girls.
In 1992, Touchstone moved into producing longer forms for TV focusing on more adult fare with its first telefilm being for CBS about Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald crime reporter who would win a Pulitzer Prize.
On August 24, 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, a new Disney group taking Touchstone and other TV units out of Disney Studios.
In April 1996, due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, Disney Television and Telecommunications Group's divisions were reassigned to other groups with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios.
In 2000, Touchstone created two departments with comedy in September, and a drama department in December.
While two of their pilots were in consideration for pick up on ABC in April 2003, Tollin/Robbins Productions agreed to a two-year development deal, which included a two-year option, profit sharing and outside sales, with Touchstone Television.
ABC Television Studio
List of programs produced by Touchstone Television/ABC Studios
|America's Funniest Home Videos||1989–present||ABC||as ABC Entertainment, co-production with Vin Di Bona Productions|
|The Amazing Race||2001–present||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||2003–present||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007, co-production with Jackhole Productions|
|Grey's Anatomy||2005–present||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007, co-production with ShondaLand and The Mark Gordon Company|
|Criminal Minds||2005–present||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios, formerly Paramount Network Television and CBS Paramount Network Television|
|Castle||2009–present||ABC||co-production with Beacon Pictures, The Barry Schindel Company (season one), Experimental Pictures (2009-2013) and Milmar Pictures (2013–present)|
|Once Upon a Time||2011–present||ABC||co-production with Kitsis/Horowitz|
|Scandal||2012–present||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand|
|Nashville||2012–present||ABC||co-production with Lionsgate Television, Walk And Chew Gum, Inc., Cutler Productions (season one) Small Wishes and Opry Entertainment|
|Mistresses||2013–present||ABC||co-production with Ecosse Films and Tsiporah|
|Devious Maids||2013–present||Lifetime||co-production with Cherry/Wind Productions and Televisa International|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||2013–present||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television and Mutant Enemy|
|Black-ish||2014–present||ABC||co-production with Khalabo Ink Society, Wilmore Films, Cinema Gypsy Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment|
|How to Get Away with Murder||2014–present||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand and Nowalk Entertainment|
|Galavant||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Rhode Island Ave. Productions|
|Agent Carter||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television and F&B Fazekas & Butters|
|Secrets and Lies||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Avenue K Productions and Hoodlum Kapital Entertainment|
|American Crime||2015–present||ABC||co-production with International Famous Players Radio Pictures Corporation|
|Daredevil||2015–present||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television, DeKnight Prods. and Goddard Textiles|
|The Whispers||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Clickety-Clack and Amblin Television|
|The Astronaut Wives Club||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Fake Empire and Groundswell Productions|
|The Muppets||2015||ABC||co-production with The Muppets Studio|
|Code Black||2015||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios and Michael Seitzman's Pictures|
|Dr. Ken||2015||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television|
|Uncle Buck||2016||ABC||co-production with Universal Television|
|Jessica Jones||2015||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Wicked City||2015||ABC||co-production with Mandeville Television|
|The Family||2016||ABC||co-production with Mandeville Television and Minnesota Logging Company|
|The Real O'Neals||2016||ABC||co-production with McDermott Entertainment|
|Luke Cage||TBA||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Iron Fist||TBA||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|The Defenders||TBA||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Star Wars live-action TV series||TBA||ABC||co-production with Lucasfilm Ltd.|
|8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||2002–05||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Shady Acres Entertainment and Flody Co.|
|According to Jim||2001–09||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark, and Brad Grey|
|Alias||2001–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|America's Funniest People||1990–94||ABC||as ABC Entertainment; co-production with Vin Di Bona Productions|
|Animal Crack-Ups||1987–90||ABC||as ABC Entertainment; co-production with Vin Di Bona Productions|
|Army Wives||2007–13||Lifetime||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Blossom||1990–95||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Impact Zone Productions and Witt-Thomas Productions|
|Bob Patterson||2001||ABC||co-production with Angel Ark Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Body of Proof||2011–13||ABC||co-production with Matthew Gross Entertainment|
|Brothers & Sisters||2006–11||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Berlanti Television and After Portsmouth|
|Brotherly Love||1995–97||NBC/The WB||Season 1 produced by Touchstone Television. Season 2 produced by Walt Disney Television|
|Boy Meets World||1993–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions|
|Clerks: The Animated Series||2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Miramax Television|
|Clone High||2002–03||MTV||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Nelvana|
|Commander in Chief||2005–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Battle Plan Productions and Steven Bochco Productions|
|Cougar Town||2009–15||ABC/TBS||co-production with Doozer and Coquette Productions|
|Crumbs||2006||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Cane||2007||CBS||co-production with CBS Paramount Network Television|
|Carol & Company||1990||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Carpoolers||2007–08||ABC||co-production with DreamWorks Television|
|Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||2011||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|Daddio||2000||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Big Fan|
|Day Break||2006–08||ABC/TV One||as Touchstone Television in 2006|
|Dirt||2007–08||FX||as Touchstone Television|
|Dirty Sexy Money||2007–09||ABC|
|Desperate Housewives||2004–12||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Donas de Casa Desesperadas||RedeTV!||exclusive for Brazil|
|Ellen||1994–98||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Empty Nest||1988–95||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Fanelli Boys||1990–91||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Felicity||1998–02||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television|
|FlashForward||2009–10||ABC||co-production with HBO Entertainment and Phantom Four Films|
|Gary Unmarried||2008–10||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|Ghost Whisperer||2005–10||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Sander/Moses Productions|
|The Golden Girls||1985–92||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Golden Palace||1992–93||CBS||as Touchstone Television|
|Happy Endings||2011–13||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television and FanFare|
|Herman's Head||1991–94||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|Home Improvement||1991–99||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Hope & Faith||2003–05||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Industry Entertainment|
|Hull High||1990–91||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Imagine That||2002||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Columbia TriStar Television and Seth Kurland|
|In Case of Emergency||2007||ABC|
|Intelligence||2014||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|In the Game||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|In the Motherhood||2009||ABC||co-production with Cabloom! and Mindshare|
|The Knights of Prosperity||2007||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with B&B Productions and Worldwide Pants Incorporated|
|Kyle XY||2006–09||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Legend of the Seeker||2008–10||Syndication|
|Less than Perfect||2002–06||ABC||co-production with Nina Wass and Eugene Stein; as Touchstone Television|
|Life as We Know It||2004–05||ABC|
|Life on Mars||2008–09||ABC||co-production with 20th Century Fox Television|
|Life with Bonnie||2002–04||ABC||co-production with Bonnie Hunt's Bob & Alice Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|Lost||2004–10||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Bad Robot|
|Lucky 7||2013||ABC||co-production with Amblin Television, Remainder Men and The Beekeeper's Apprentice|
|Manhattan Love Story||2014||ABC|
|Maybe It's Me||2001–02||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with SamJen Productions and Warner Bros. Television|
|Maybe This Time||1995–96||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions|
|Monk||2002–09||USA||as Touchstone Television (final surviving series to carry the Touchstone Television logo); co-production with Mandeville Films and Universal Cable Productions|
|The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Fox Television Studios|
|My Wife and Kids||2001–05||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Wayans Bros. Entertainment and Impact Zone Productions|
|No Ordinary Family||2010–11||ABC||co-production with Oh That Gus! Inc. and Berlanti Television|
|Nowhere Man||1995–96||UPN||as Touchstone Television|
|Nurses||1991–94||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Nutt House||1989||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Brooksfilms Television and Alan Spencer Productions|
|Off the Map||2011||ABC|
|Once and Again||1999–02||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bedford Falls Productions|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||2013–14||ABC|
|The PJs||1999–2001||Fox/The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television, Eddie Murphy Productions, and Will Vilton Studios|
|Playmakers||2003||ESPN||as Touchstone Television, produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|Popular||1999–2001||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Ryan Murphy Productions, Roundtable Ink and The Shephard/Robin Company|
|The Protector||2011||Lifetime||co-production with Wass-Stein Productions|
|Reaper||2007–09||The CW||co-production with The Mark Gordon Company, Fazekas & Butters and Dark Baby Productions|
|Red Band Society||2014–015||Fox||co-production by Amblin Television and Filmax International|
|Resurrection||2014–15||ABC||co-production with Plan B Entertainment|
|Ringer||2011–12||The CW||co-production with Green Eggs And Pam Productions, Inc., Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television|
|The River||2012||ABC||co-production with Haunted Movies, J.A. Green Construction Corp. and Amblin Television|
|Rodney||2004–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||2005||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Scrubs||2001–10||NBC/ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Doozer|
|Sports Night||1998–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|State of Georgia||2008||ABC Family|
|Tilt||2004||ESPN||produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|The Wayne Brady Show||2001–02||co-production with Brad Grey and Don Mischer; as Buena Vista Television|
|Three Moons Over Milford||2006||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Ugly Betty||2006–10||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Silent H Productions, Ventanarosa Productions and Reveille Productions|
|Unhappily Ever After||1995–99||The WB||as Touchstone Television|
|Veritas: The Quest||2003||ABC||co-production with Patrick Massett and John Zinman|
|Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)||2002||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with The Cloudland Company|
|What About Brian||2006–07||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|Where I Live||1993||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Wonderland||2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Woops!||1992||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|Zero Hour||2013||ABC||co-production with Clickety-Clack and di Bonaventura Pictures|
|Cable show programs|
(ABC Entertainment Group)
ABC Signature Studios, Inc. (alternatively Signature, or ABC Signature) is the boutique production division of ABC Studios designated to sell to outside buyers for emerging and cable platforms with low cost and off-cycle programming. The division will develop year round.
ABC Studios was moving to sell to outside networks. As the studios had placed the former ABC comedy Cougar Town at TBS, and Devious Maids at Lifetime. Signature was started in October 2012 to continue the trend.
Signature developed Mistresses which was included in ABC's summer schedule and was renewed for another season. Signature was incorporated on September 23, 2013. In October 2013, the division placed its first outside project, Benched, with USA Network with a pilot order which finished shooting by December. Other projects were in the works with A&E, WE tv and TBS. In the works with ABC, Signature has a possible straight-to-series Stephen King story adaptation, Grand Central based on The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates.
- Grand Central, ABC
- Strega – a psychological horror story/soap at A&E with Gotham Group
- Borne to be Wilde – a multicamera sibling comedy at A&E from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette of their Coquette Productions
- Suburban Shootout remake, WE tv with Kapital Entertainment and Feelgood Fiction
- Corridors – a supernatural thriller based on a treatment by Fernley Phillips won by ABC Signature in a multi-studio auction
- Rated P For Parenthood – a modern-day musical parenting comedy, ABC Family, with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions and writer-actress Jamie Denbo
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- "USA Picks Up Drama Pilot 'Stanistan', Announces 5 Comedies & 6 Dramas In Development". Deadline. May 8, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.