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The summer TV season has begun, as most of the Midseason series have wrapped up and we're starting to see the networks roll out their summer offerings. Once upon a time, summer was the down season for TV, but in this day and age, cable and network television offer a nice variety of scripted and unscripted programming to fill the gap between spring and fall.
ABC Family has added another two new series today, and although dramas have been the big news with this network, today’s additions are both reality series. The two given the greenlight today are Dancing Fools, set to be hosted by Melissa Peterman of ABC Family’s comedy Baby Daddy, and The Vineyard, where the vineyard in question is Martha’s.
ABC Family has handed down series orders today for two of the three drama pilots, and word is we may yet see the third make it to the air as well. Both the Jennifer Lopez executive produced The Fosters and the murder-mystery series Twisted have been picked up and will go forward. We’re still waiting on news of the third drama pilot, Terminales which still has a strong chance of getting a series order.
ABC Family has added another face to the pilot for its adaptation of the Mexican telenovela Terminales. Abhi Sinha of The Social Network will join the cast as a co-worker of lead character April (Italia Ricci) at the Boston Globe, where both have dreams of higher achievements.
The Jennifer Lopez-produced pilot for The Fosters has cast two of the lead roles. Teri Polo, who appeared in the short-lived series Man Up! last year, has been cast along with Sherri Saum, whose recent TV credits include CSI: NY and Body of Proof. The two will play a mixed-race lesbian couple who take in a troubled teen.
It looks like three more pilots will be ordered shortly over at ABC Family. They’re finalizing negotiations to order a drama pilot and two half-hour comedy pilots as well. The drama is based on a Mexican format, Terminales, while the comedies are Phys Ed and Continuing Fred, which comes from the guy who brought us Mike & Molly.
ABC Family had mostly good news for their original series today. The cable network made the announcement that we'll be seeing more Melissa & Joey, Baby Daddy, Switched at Birth and Bunheads. Unfortunately, fans of Jane by Design will be disappointed to learn that the fashion-focused dramedy has been cancelled.
Jennifer Lopez is probably making more headlines for her celebrity status than anything else in recent years. The dancer/singer/actor has also developed a strong presence on television, however, having served as one of the judges on American Idol for the last couple of seasons. It appears she's looking to branch out on the small screen by developing a scripted series for ABC Family.
Summer is upon us and looking at the primetime line-up, it's a good time to be a dance enthusiast. While Fox has already begun airing the latest season of dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance, The CW recently premiered their ballet-focused reality series Breaking Pointe. And coming to ABC Family this Monday night is Bunheads, an original drama series about a Vegas showgirl who finds a fresh start in a new town and soon befriends a group of young ballet dancers.
With less than two weeks to go before return of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, fans looking for a way to fill their time before Season 3 premieres can get in on ABC Family's PLL scavenger hunt. The "Pretty Little Puzzle Hunt" officially kicked off yesterday, and if you're ready to play, you're in luck! You just found one of the pieces to the puzzle…
When ABC Family first announced their upcoming comedy series Baby Daddy, I thought it sounded like a multi-camera comedy version of Fox's Raising Hope, however based on the new trailer for the series, Three Men and a Baby seems like it might be a more fair comparison to make.
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but still a disappointment to fans of Make It or Break It, but the word is now official that the series will come to an end after the current season. The current third season is a short run of only eight episodes, and that will be the end of the line; in factm they were lucky to get those episodes at all.
I still don’t love the title of ABC Family’s upcoming new dance-focused drama series Bunheads, but the recently released teaser does raise my hopes somewhat that this will be a fun show for the summer. The drama follows a Vegas showgirl who marries and moves to a town where she gets a job teaching dance at her mother-in-laws dance school. The series already has a good premise going for it, and now it looks like it’ll benefit from the dance and directing expertise of Kenny Ortega.
Those of us who were eager to see how Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games would look on the big screen had our first opportunity to do just that this weekend when the film released in theaters. ABC Family’s thinking ahead, and has already nabbed the basic cable rights to the Lionsgate blockbuster, which broke numerous box office records.
The good news is, this time around ABC Family doesn’t plan to blaspheme Macauley Culkin’s original performance by using some other cute kid to play Kevin McCallister. This time around, they’ve scrapped Kevin entirely and will instead rely on Finn, an eight year-old character played by Christian Martin.