ABC Family has made its pilot orders, greenlighting drama Terminales and 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), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio. “These pilots will further our strength in both the drama and comedy areas,” said ABC Family EVP Kate Juergens, noting that the network is looking to extend its streak of launching a top-rated new series in the young demos every summer, something it has done in the past three years with Pretty Little Liars (2010), Switched at Birth (2011) and Baby Daddy (2012). Here are the new pilots’ official descriptions:
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, The Neighbors, Terra Nova), 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-somethinginifred “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.
TV Editor Nellie Andreeva - tip her here.