ABC FAMILY.COM AND LYCOS TEAM TO HOST INTERACTIVE ONLINE VIEWING PARTY FOR THE 'WILDFIRE' SEASON FINALE ON MONDAY, MARCH 26BURBANK, Calif. and WALTHAM, Mass. - March 20, 2007 - Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney-ABC Television Group's ABC Family and LYCOS are teaming to create an online viewing party at abcfamily.com to watch the WILDFIRE series' season finale on Monday, March 26. For the first time ever, fans of the series will have the opportunity to host their own viewing parties through LYCOS's proprietary watch & chat video platform, setting up private screening rooms online and scheduling a date and time to meet up with their friends and fellow WILDFIRE fans to watch the finale. Screening room hosts will have the ability to pause, rewind, and fast-forward video and can watch and chat in real time with others in the screening room while they watch. Multiple screening rooms will be able to host up to 10 viewers at a time. The WILDFIRE season finale will be available for online viewing parties beginning Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET on abcfamily.com, and running through April 1 at midnight ET. "Working with LYCOS, we are excited to be able to offer the WILDFIRE's online fan community this unique, interactive viewing experience," said Vickie Collier, executive director, digital media, ABC Family. "Viewers of ABC Family, and particularly fan of this series, are a very social and tech savvy group, and this experiment is a perfect way for them to consume content and communicate and share with friends and other fans simultaneously." "We are thrilled to be powering ABC Family's WILDFIRE finale on our LYCOS Cinema video platform," said Brian Kalinowski, chief operating officer for LYCOS, Inc. "Online viewing parties are a great example of how television networks can use the social interaction of the internet to build further buzz and awareness around their content. The watch & chat technology also gives ABC Family the ability to directly connect with the WILDFIRE fans immediately following the finale to gauge feedback aout the show, while fans can have total control of re-living the series finale and chatting with other fans in real time." With an unbelievable offer from Sheik Omar (Maurizio Farhad), Kris (Genevieve Cortese) and Matt (Micah Alberti) find a two million dollar prize hard to refuse. Even though the legalities of the offer could put Raintree in jeopard, Kris sees this as a second chance for financial redemption to make up for the monies she lost. Is she willing to take the risk? Find out in "So Long, Pardner," the season finale of WILDFIRE on ABC Family on Monday, March 26 (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT). This episode was written by Christina Lynch and Lauren Segan and directed by Bradford May. WILDFIRE, the ABC Family hit drama produced by Lionsgate in association with Piller/Segan is executive produced by Lloyd Segan ("The Dead Zone") and Remi Aubuchon ("24"). The ensemble cast includes Genevieve Cortese, Ryan Sypek, Micah Alberti, Nicole Tubiola, Nana Visitor, Greg Serano, and James Read. Distributed in over 90 million homes, ABC Family features original movies, series, and specials reflecting today's families and entertaining and connecting with adults through relevant stories about today's relationships, all told with diversity, dysfunction, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family: A New Kind of Family
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Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.>Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.
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