Lionsgate, a leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Disney-ABC Domestic Television have partnered for Lionsgate to get home entertainment distribution rights to select primetime series and library titles from ABC Studios. The first programs to be released under the new agreement — popular sitcom "According to Jim: Season One," starring Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith and one-hour series "Reaper: Season One" — will be available on DVD on October 21st and November 4th, respectively. The agreement also encompasses other popular sitcoms and dramas including "Hope & Faith" (Kelly Ripa, Faith Ford), "8 Simple Rules…for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (John Ritter, Katey Sagal), "Boy Meets World" (Ben Savage, Rider Strong), "October Road" (Tom Berenger, Bryan Greenberg), "Kevin Hill" (Taye Diggs), "My Wife & Kids" (Damon Wayans), "Six Degrees" (Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen), and more.
The deal comes on the heels of a very active period for Lionsgate in the TV On DVD category. In the past month, the company announced a first-look partnership with Comcast Entertainment Group wherein Lionsgate obtained the home entertainment distribution rights to popular series airing on E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network and G4.