Definitions for "ABC Movie of the Week"
The ABC Movie of the Week was a television series featuring made-for-TV movies which premiered in the fall of 1969 on ABC. It was placed on the schedule by young executive Barry Diller, then head of prime time programming at ABC, later a founder of FOX. The TV movies presented by this series began to earn praise for the upstart ABC; the "alphabet" network earned five Emmys, a prestigious Peabody award and citations from the NAACP and the American Cancer Society for an airing of Brian's Song in 1972.