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ABC to Offer Spanish Versions of All Prime-Time Shows

Sep 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC will become the first English-language broadcast network to provide all prime-time entertainment programming in Spanish via a combination of closed-captioning and dubbing.

Returning dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” and new fall comedy “Freddie” will be dubbed into Spanish. The returning sitcom “George Lopez” has been available with Spanish dubbing since its debut in 2001. The remainder of the network’s prime-time entertainment lineup will be available with Spanish-language subtitles.

In addition, the network’s fall theatrical premieres and some specials will be dubbed into Spanish, including the upcoming telefilm “Have No Fear: The Life of John Paul II” and the classic Peanuts specials “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Spanish-subtitled versions of the shows will run on Closed Caption 3 channel (CC3), while the dubbed Spanish will run via the SAP (Second Audio Program), which is available on most television sets made after 1995.

ABC is currently casting Spanish-speaking actors to take on the voice roles of the characters on “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Freddie.”