Television is becoming a laughing matter at KFSN. The local ABC station will be adding another channel to its digital lineup with LAFF, a channel devoted to comedy.
KFSN president and general manager, Dan Adams, isn’t certain whether the new offering will be on the station’s digital channel Channel 30.2 or 30.3. The Live Well Network is currently airing on 30.2.
“There is no original programming being produced for Live Well but for now we plan to keep it on the air,” Adams says.
LAFF will be devoted to comedy around-the-clock. It will be a mix of contemporary off-network situation comedies and theatrical motion pictures targeting adults 18-49. There have been cable channels devoted to comedy, such as Ha! and Comedy Central, but never an over-the-air channel.
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Adams has not see any details on exactly what programs will be available on LAFF. The plan for now is to keep showing the Live Well Network but it could move to 30.3 once LAFF launches.
LAFF comes from Katz Broadcasting, a company established in 2014 by Jonathan Katz. Since forming, the company has launched the broadcast channels of Grit, a network targeting men, and Escape, aimed at women.
“In launching three television networks within 10 months, we are clearly very bullish on the renaissance of free broadcast television,” Katz says. “This burgeoning new broadcast ecosystem resembles the early days of basic cable, expanding to offer viewers diverse new choices and complementing the growing number of over-the-top subscription services.”
Fresno is one of the eight ABC owned stations picking up the new network. The others are based on New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh.
If LAFF takes over 30.2, it will also be available on Comcast Channel 709. Currently, there is no spot on the local cable provider for 30.3. If Live Well moves to 30.3, it will only be available via an antenna.
Originally, Live Well, the network that aired programs such as “Motion” and “My Family Recipe Rocks!,” was to end mid-January. It didn’t go dark because a replacement had not been found. For now, even with KFSN adding a new channel, the fate of Live Well is still fuzzy.
Fans of “Motion,” the outdoor exploration series created by Fresno’s Jeff Aiello, can see past episodes on the Outside Television channel available to Comcast subscribers. Aiello has moved on to his next project, “True North, a series that takes another look at exploring the outdoors.