Monday, September 17, 2012

ABC Family Greenlights Three New Pilots

Millennial-skewing ABC Family has greenlit three additional pilots to add to its production slate -- TERMINALES, a one hour drama adapted from a successful Televisa series, and two new comedies, PHYS ED and CONTINUING FRED. The three pilots will go into production this fall along with the previously announced drama pilots THE FOSTERS (working title), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and SOCIO, from executive producer Gavin Polone.

“ABC Family is synonymous with groundbreaking dramas, and this summer we found additional strength with our comedy lineup. These pilots will further our strength in both areas and add to our existing slate,” said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family. “In fact, over the past few years, the network launched the #1 new basic cable series in target demos with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS in Summer 2010 and SWITCHED AT BIRTH in Summer 2011, and launched the #1 new cable comedy of Summer 2012 with BABY DADDY. It’s a trend we are working to continue.”

TERMINALES is a one-hour drama based on a successful Mexican television format by Miguel Angel Fox and follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The pilot was written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz. Aaron Kaplan (GCB), Fogel and Lefkowitz will serve as executive producers. It will be produced by Lionsgate in association with Televisa.

PHYS ED is a half-hour multi-camera comedy series about a high school’s star jock who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. The pilot is written and-executive produced by David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2). It is produced by Prodco, Inc.

CONTINUING FRED is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about 20-something Winifred “Fred” Harris, a newly-graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Written by Bill Daly (MIKE AND MOLLY), the pilot is produced by Prodco, Inc.

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