Trends in TV are nothing new, but the subject matter that execs latch on to can often be refreshing. Case in point: taking a cue from the critical darling Transparent, a new series about a transgender parent is coming to cable.
Set to premiere Tuesday night following the annual Pretty Little Liars special Halloween episode is Ravenswood, a spin-off series to PLL, which is set in the town of Ravenswood, a place not far from Pretty Little Liars setting Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Ravenswood has suffered under a deadly curse for generations, and the story centers on five strangers who suddenly find themselves connected by the curse and need to dig into the town's mysterious and terrible history before it's too late.
Did you miss ABC's broadcast of the excellent and sure-to-be-a-classic Disney Pixar Halloween special Toy Story of TERROR!? Well, rest assured, it's going to air again, though you probably won't find it on ABC. Additional airings of the special are scheduled for Disney's cable channels, with the first re-airing scheduled for this Saturday, as ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween event kicks off.
It's October, which means, it's Christmas time? Ok, not really, but we are at the point where talk of the holidays will start to sneak up on us. ABC Family is gearing up for their annual 25 Days of Christmas event, which traditionally begins December 1 and runs every day up to Christmas with a slew of holiday programming. That includes classic holiday films -- both animated and live-action -- and some original movies.
Two big stars from the nineties are about to reunite on a cable network. Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, two actresses who are most known for playing popular characters in Beverly Hills, 90210 have signed on for a brand new pilot being put together by ABC Family. Plus, it marks an onscreen reunion for the Beverly Hills, 90210 gals, who both later reprised their roles on the spinoff 90210.
While modernized adaptations of horror novels and films are to be expected, I didn’t see this one coming. Deadline reports ABC Family has acquired the high-profile spec script The Final Girls, which will reunite Jamie Lee Curtis with director Steve Miner, and will bring them both back to the genre that jump started their careers.
ABC Family already has a pretty hip and devoted audience tuning in for Pretty Little Liars each week, and the network is hoping just as many—if not more—individuals will invest in Ravenswood, the brand new spinoff drama set to premiere this October. We’ve finally gotten a look at what Ravenswood’s setting and cast will look like, and the drama looks particularly eerie. I guess it is about a curse.
ABC Family has had a pretty good run with the new programming that has hit the schedule in the last year. Both Twisted and The Fosters have made an impact, which is bad news for Bunheads, a show on the bubble. On Wednesday, ABC Family admitted the series will not return for a second season, effectively cancelling the ballet-oriented drama.
There has to be some intended irony in using a made up word to title a TV spelling competition. Regardless, Spell-Mageddon's title spells out the twist in this spelling-focused competition. People will compete against one another by attempting to spell increasingly challenging words while faced with "hilarious distractions."
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.