‘More in Common’

More in Common, a weekly feel-good series from a new ABC venture called Localish, has launched on Facebook Watch. The first short-form episode looks at a softball game between police and ex-gang members in a violent West Chicago neighborhood. You can also watch it right here:

Ex-Gangs vs. Cops: Chicago Peace League

In one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, ex-gang members and police officers now play friendly games of softball together in this summer’s Peace League by BUILD Chicago. "It brings us closer to each other."

Posted by More In Common Show on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Future More in Common episodes, which will premiere Saturdays, promise other stories of Americans from different backgrounds coming together, including the first girls to join the Boy Scouts and a North Korean defector finding love in Los Angeles.

In addition to Chicago and Los Angeles, expect to see stories from New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh and Fresno. Local broadcast channels in those eight markets comprise the ABC-Owned Television Stations Group, which plans to officially launch Localish in the fall to showcase streaming content that’s “all about bringing out the good in America’s cities.”

More in Common is hosted by Localish executive producer Michael Koenigs, whose ABC News story about a former neo-Nazi forming a friendship with his black parole officer has received 51 million Facebook views since posting last October. Here it is:

Former neo-Nazi has swastika tattoo removed thanks to unlikely friendship from an inspirational African-American parole officer: "If it wasn’t for her I would have seeped back into it…I look at her as family.” http://abcn.ws/2hvfvyH

Posted by ABC News on Monday, September 25, 2017


Find More in Common at facebook.com/MoreInCommon and Localish at abc.go.com/shows/localish.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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