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UPDATE: ‘The Lying Game’ Nears Series Order At ABC Family, Could ‘Jane’ Be Next?

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: I hear ABC Family’s series order to drama pilot The Lying Game is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, with Game joining recently greenlighed comedy series The Great State of Georgia and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. And the network may not be done yet with its series orders. I hear that a fifth pilot, What Would Jane Do, has extended the options on the actors and remains in contention. With The Lying Game, ABC Family also extended the cast first while it was figuring out a pickup deal. What Would Jane Do, written by April Blair, directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Gavin Polone, follows 16-year-old Jane (Erica Dasher), who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult.

EXCLUSIVE 12:15PM: And then there were four. I hear a series pickup for The Lying Game at ABC Family is imminent. Three weeks ago, ABC picked up 3 of its 6 pilots to series with 10-episode orders: the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. I reported at the time that, while not picked up, drama pilot The Lying Game remained in contention, with ABC Family and producers Warner Horizon and Alloy  Entertainment looking at budget and other issues to make a series order possible. In another promising sign, the … Read More »

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ABC Family Greenlights 3 New Series – One Comedy And Two Dramas

Nellie Andreeva

New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first new series pickups today, ordering 3 new shows, the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. The orders to all 3 are for 10 episodes, including the pilot.

The Great State of Georgia, from ABC Studios, centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). This marks the return to sitcoms for Symone, who made her debut in the genre at age 2 on The Cosby Show. It also brings a companion piece to ABC Family’s hot original sitcom Melissa & Joey.

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 (Skyler Samuels), 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. This marks the second Alloy series on ABC Family along with hit Pretty Little Read More »

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