ABC Welcomes 'Kyle' to the Family
Network will air reruns of cable sibling's show
Starting June 30, ABC will air same-week encores of the ABC Family series "Kyle XY," a sci fi-tinged family drama about a teenage savant. The show premieres Monday, June 26 on the cable network.
ABC will air episodes of the show for at least four weeks, hoping for a win-win situation that can both raise awareness of "Kyle XY" for its corporate sibling and draw a few new viewers who aren't inclined to watch reruns of "Hope & Faith," the show "Kyle" is replacing on the schedule.
The cable-to-broadcast repurposing is an idea other networks have dabbled with in the past. NBC has aired episodes of Bravo's "Queer Eye" and the Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica," and FOX is currently airing episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" on Sundays, in advance of the show's second-season premiere on FX.
In 2002 and 2003, ABC aired reruns of USA's "Monk," which is co-produced by another Disney unit, Touchstone TV. (USA was then owned by Universal and is now part of NBC Universal.) "Kyle XY" will be the first show to cross over from ABC Family to ABC.
The show stars Matt Dallas as a teenager who is admitted to a youth detention center with no memory of who he is or where he's been. A psychologist (Marguerite MacIntyre, "The Days," "The Shield") soon realizes that Kyle has a prodigious intellect but almost no awareness of how the world works. She brings him home to live with her family, which soon discovers he has some rather unique talents.
"Kyle XY" also stars Bruce Thomas ("Legally Blonde"), April Matson ("Quintuplets") and Jean-Luc Bilodeau.