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It’s Official: ABC Family Picks Up ‘The Lying Game’ To Series, Keeps ‘Jane’ In Contention

Nellie Andreeva

I hear ABC Family has finalized its series order to drama pilot The Lying Game. Game joins recently greenlighed comedy series The Great State of Georgia and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. Additionally, a fifth pilot, What Would Jane Do, remains in contention for a series pickup after ABC Family extended the options on the actors. This has been ABC Family’s biggest development season with 6 pilot orders. With four and possibly even five of them going to series, ABC Family is making its most aggressive expansion into original programming to date. Last year, the cable network launched 3 new series, Pretty Little Liars Melissa & Joey and Huge, two of which, Pretty Little Liars and Melissa & Joey, have been renewed.

UPDATE: Here is ABC Family’s official release: Read More »

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ABC Family Developing Film With Craig Zadan And Neil Meron About Lesbian Teen Who Was Banned From Prom

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The topic of gay teen bullying has dominated the media lately with news reports of five teen boys taking their lives last month alone after being harassed because of their sexual orientation. One of the rare cases where the bullying led to a happy ending – the story of rural Mississipi lesbian high school student Constance McMillen who successfully sued the local school district for discrimination — will become a TV movie for ABC Family. The project, in early stages of development, hails from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Sony Pictures TV who have optioned the rights to McMillen’s story. Ghost Whisperer creator/executive producer John Gray will write the script and is expected to direct. Read More »

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ABC Family Picks Up Four Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first development move a month after he took over the cable network following Paul Lee’s move to ABC. ABC Family has greenlighted 3 pilots, Strut, Nine Lives and Switched at Birth. I hear the pickup of a fourth pilot, The Lying Game, is imminent. Two of the pilots, Nine Lives and The Lying Game, hail from Alloy Entertainment, the company behind ABC Family’s freshman hit Pretty Little Liars.

Strut, whose order is cast-contingent, centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who unwittingly gets married to a stranger after a wild night and becomes a high school instructor for a misfit drill team in a small Texas town. Lamar  Damon wrote the script and is executive producing with Anna Mastro, Karey Burke, Charlie Stratton and Norman Buckley.

Nine Lives is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. Alloy Entertainment is producing the pilot, about Chloe King, a teenager  with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Dan Berendsen (Hannah Montana: The Movie) penned the script and is executive producing with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

Switched at Birth, written and executive produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), is  a one-hour drama about two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a … Read More »

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