TV spinoff shows
Succesful television shows often lead to spinoffs -- new shows that focus on specific characters, themes or events introduced in the original series. While some spinoffs have long runs like their originating series, not all shows do as well as networks hope. Here is a look at some TV shows and their progeny.
By Tracy Brown (Richard Cartwright/UPN / Jessica Burstein/NBC Universal / Comedy Central / Nickelodeon)
Are you psycho for "Bates Motel" but lost without cable? Cheer up, lil' Internet TV viewer. A&E Networks announced on Monday that it has launched A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV.
That means more than just "Bates Motel"; it includes popular shows like "Storage Wars," "Project Runway," "Devious Maids" and "Pawn Stars."
Apple TV launched in early 2007 and offered a novel way to watch content from the Internet on a regular HDTV. The latest third-generation model was released in 2013.
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By joining Apple TV, A&E becomes part of Apple TV offerings, including content from the iTunes Store, NetFlix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vevo and more.
“We’re excited to deliver our hit programming from A&E, History and Lifetime to Apple TV users,” said Dan Suratt, executive vice president of digital media and business development for A&E Networks in a news release. “With the response we've seen from our content on iOS devices and on iTunes, bringing A+E HD content to Apple TV is a natural evolution to satisfy our consumers’ demands and to provide our advertisers a new opportunity to partner with A+E Networks."
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