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.

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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 KingRead 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. Read More »

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CASTINGS ROUNDUP: Trio Join Cable Pilots

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EXCLUSIVE: Majandra Delfino has landed the lead opposite Raven Symone in the ABC Family comedy pilot The Great State of Georgia, Andy Buckley has joined another ABC Family pilot, The Lying Game, while veteran Miguel Ferrer has been cast in the Lifetime pilot Exit 19.

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ABC Family’s New Brenda Hampton Pilot Casts Leads

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has firmed up casting on its new untitled drama pilot from The Secret Life of the American Teenager creator Brenda Hampton. Katelyn Tarver (Nick’s Big Time Rush), Valerie Tian (Juno), Ana Lucasey (Lie to Me), and Christian … Read More »

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Raven Symone To Star In ABC Family Pilot

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EXCLUSIVE: Raven Symone is returning to series television as the star of ABC Family’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Great State of Georgia. The project, from ABC Studios, centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south who is trying to make it big as an actress in New York City. Also cast in the pilot is Brock Cuchna (Melrose Place) as Georgia’s Southern ex-boyfriend who, still madly in love with her, comes to New York to  bring her back home. The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). Symone, who landed her first regular TV role on The Cosby Show at age 3, worked non-stop for 18 years until the end of her sitcom That’s So Raven in 2007 when she took 2 years off. She returned to the business this summer as one of the two stars of the ABC Family movie Revenge of the Bridesmaid and went on to pitch the cable network a half-hour project with writer Yvette Lee Bowser for her to star in and produce. Read More »

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ABC Family ‘Nine Lives’ Pilot Finds Lead

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Skyler Samuels (ABC’s The Gates) has landed the lead in ABC Family’s pilot Nine Lives, which is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. The pilot, produced by Alloy Entertainment, centers … Read More »

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ABC Family Orders More ‘Melissa & Joey’ & Picks Up Four More Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Now this is a back order we rarely see — ABC Family is picking up 20 additional episodes of freshman comedy Melissa & Joey, bringing the show’s freshman season to a whopping 30 episodes. Who will claim now that cable creators have it easy with smaller orders than their broadcast counterparts? Additionally, ABC Family greenlighted 4 pilots, an untitled project from The Secret Life of the American Teenager creator Brenda Hampton, The Great State of Georgia, What Would Jane Do and The Lying Game. They joined the 3 pilots ordered last week by the cable network, Strut, Nine Lives and Switched at Birth, in what is shaping up as one of the largest pilot slates for a cable network. The pickup for Melissa & Joey is no surprise and had been in the works for awhile. ABC Family brass have been happy with the freshman comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence despite it falling off its big debut. Melissa & Joey premiered in June as ABC Family’s biggest ever series debut among adults 18-49, 1.3 million. Read More »

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ABC Family Picks Up Four Pilots

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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 Read More »

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