ABC Family Gives Pilot Order To Paranormal Crime Procedural Drama

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 1:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamily1ABC Family has handed out a pilot order to drama Stitchers. Written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (Overruled), Stitchers follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their … Read More »

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ABC Family Pilot ‘Alice In Arabia’ Not Going Forward After Pressure From Muslim Advocacy Group

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 7:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamily1Four days after giving a pilot greenlight to drama Alice In Arabia, ABC Family is pulling the plug on the project about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them. “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project,” the network said in a statement. The project was met with disapproval by Muslim advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which called on ABC Family to meet with Muslim and Arab-American community leaders so they can voice their concerns about potential stereotyping. “We are concerned that, given media references to the main character ‘surviving life behind the veil,’ the pilot and any resulting series may engage in stereotyping that can lead to things like bullying of Muslim students,” CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said Wednesday. In a letter to ABC Family President Tom Ascheim, CAIR-LA wrote, “As the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, we are concerned about the negative impact this program could have on the lives of ordinary Arab-American and American Muslims.”

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spring Finale Tuesday’s Top TV Show With Females 12-34 And Most Tweeted Show Of 2014 To Date

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:16pm PDT

The spring finale of ABC Family‘s Pretty-Little-Liars__140228040725-275x264Pretty Little Liars became the most tweeted telecast of 2014 and the No. 4 most tweeted series telecast in TV history, with nearly 1.5 million tweets by nearly 411,000 unique contributors, peaking at … Read More »

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ABC Family Orders 3 Drama Pilots, Renews Comedy Series ‘Baby Daddy’ For Season 4

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamily1UPDATED: In one of ABC Family‘s first major greenlight/renewal decisions under new president Tom Ascheim, the network has picked up three drama pilots: Alice In Arabia, about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them; Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a teenage girl dealing with addiction; and Unstrung, about a brother-sister duo of tennis players. Additionally, the network has ordered a fourth season of comedy Baby Daddy and announced today a fourth-season renewal of fellow comedy Melissa & Joey, though that 20-episode pickup was originally unveiled in May.

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Alice In Arabia comes from a novice TV writer, Brooke Eikmeier, brookewho wrote the script while serving as cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language to the US Army stationed at Fort Carson, CO, where she supported NSA missions in the Middle East. ABC Family also has bought a second script from Eikmeier, who left service in September with a rank E-4 Specialist. It is about female cultural specialists embedded with Special Forces teams to help them navigate cultural issues with the local population. “These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming,” said Ascheim. Added Kate Juergens, Chief Creative Officer and EVP Original Content at ABC Family. “Innovative and authentic is the promise we make to our audience. These new projects deliver on that promise with emotional and entertaining storylines, intriguing, multi-faceted characters and complex relationships.” Last season ABC Family also ordered three drama pilots, The Fosters, Twisted and Chasing Live, all of which went to series. Here are detailed descriptions and credits for ABC Family’s newly picked up drama pilots: Read More »

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ABC Family Sets Summer Premiere Dates

TORI SPELLING, JENNIE GARTHABC Family announced the summer premieres of three new original series. Three nights of original programming will include new drama Chasing Life and comedies Young & Hungry, starring Emily Osment, and Mystery Girls, starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. Pretty Little Liars, Switched At Birth and The Fosters also return in June with new episodes.

abcfamily1Chasing Life premieres Tuesday, June 10 at 9 PM ET/PT.  The new one-hour drama follows April (Italia Ricci), an aspiring journalist who tries to balance her career with her family. Young & Hungry, executive produced by Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8 PM ET/PT. Two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi ( Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Mystery Girls premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8:30 ET/PT. The comedy follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery.

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ABC Family’s ‘Ravenswood’ Cancelled After One Season

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 7:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ravenswoodI’ve learned that ABC Family has opted not to renew the Pretty Little Liars spinoff series Ravenswood for a second season. The project received a straight-to-series order from the previous ABC Family regime and had a solid Read More »

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‘Twisted’s Avan Jogia Ropes Roles In ‘Ten Thousand Saints’ & ‘Shangri-La Suite’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 12:08pm PST

Avan Jogia Twisted EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family star Avan Jogia is keeping busy as the network’s teen mystery-drama Twisted concludes its first season this month. The former Nickelodeon star (Victorious) has joined the cast of Ten Thousand Saints opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield. American Spendor duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing the adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s 2011 novel in which Jogia will play Teddy, who knocks up Eliza (Steinfeld) and overdoses, sending his best friend Jude (Butterfield) into the straight-edge hardcore punk scene of 1980s New York City. Anne Carey, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler are producing the pic which is now filming in NYC.

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Jogia’s also in talks for a role in Painstaking Pictures, Haven Entertainment, Bona Fide, and Anonymous Content’s 1970s-set Shangri-La Suite opposite Emily Browning and Luke Grimes. Pic is directed by first timer Eddie O’Keefe from his script with Chris Hutton and follows two young lovers who meet in a mental hospital. The Bonnie & Clyde-esque pair set out to fulfill what one believes is his destiny – to kill Elvis Presley. Read More »

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TCA: New ABC Family Boss Knows His Demo

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 9:24am PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA ABC Family kicked off today’s TCA with a panel on The Fosters, which also happened to mark the first press tour appearance of the network’s new president Tom Ascheim. Before … Read More »

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‘Melissa & Joey’, ‘Baby Daddy’ Winter Premieres Hit Ratings Highs In Key Demos

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 4:30pm PST

abcfamily1Melissa & Joey‘s winter debut hit a nearly one and a half year high of 1.3 million viewers in its 8 PM slot Wednesday night, ABC Family said. The comedy also was up by 35% in total viewers compared to its … Read More »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Winter Debut Most Tweeted Season Premiere In TV History; Ratings So-So

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 2:28pm PST

UPDATED: The winter debut of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is the most-tweeted Pretty-Little-liars-pretty-little-liars-tv-show-15826047-1440-900season premiere in TV history. Tuesday’s debut generated more than 1.3 million tweets by nearly 700,000 contributors, peaking at a rate of 30,000 tweets per minute. The series now accounts for the Top 5 most-tweeted TV series telecasts on record, with eight episodes amassing more than 1 million tweets

Pretty Little Liars ranked as Tuesday’s No. 1 telecast among women 18-34 (900,000), viewers 12-34 (2.1 million) and 12-34 females (1.8 million). It also was the No. 1 cable telecast in primetime in the 18-34 demo. An average of 3.2 million total viewers tuned in to join the search for the person who wanted to kill clique boss Alison, making it  the No. 2 original cable telecast in overall audience (3.2 million) — just 100,000 viewers behind BET’s unveiling of Being Mary Jane (3.3 million).

Related: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season Finale Sets Ratings, Social Records

Back in August, Pretty Little Liars clocked its biggest summer-finale crowd in viewers 12-34, 18-34, and 18-49, as well as total viewers (3.3 million). In the finale episode, the Liars got a riddle from “A” that sends them to Ravenswood, where one of them disappeared during a magic show, and a shocking discovery proved everything they thought they knew about “A” and the “A-Team” might be wrong and that the Liars may have just started World War A. You had to be there.

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ABC Family Picks Up Comedy Pilots Starring Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth & Emily Osment To Series

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

This marks the reunion and return to primetime for former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Tori Spelling & TORI SPELLING, JENNIE GARTHJennie Garth and the first pickup decision for new ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. The network has given series orders to two of its three comedy pilots: Mystery Girls, starring and executive produced by Spelling and Garth, and Young & Hungry, starring Emily Osment and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. Production on both comedies will begin early this year for a premiere later in 2014.  “It’s great to start the new year and my tenure at ABC Family with the pickup of these two funny original series,” Ascheim said. ABC Family’s third comedy pilot, Work Mom, remains in contention. Mystery Girls and Young & Hungry join ABC Family’s established comedy series Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. “Viewers are excited abcfamily__131126001110to see Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth back on television together again, and will fall in love with Young & Hungry star Emily Osment in these comedies that bring us fun, new characters with which to laugh out loud,” said ABC Family’s Chief Creative Officer Kate Juergens. This is a big year for ABC Family comedy pilots as last cycle none of the network’s half-hour hopefuls went to series.

Related: ABC Family Sets January Premiere Date For ‘Melissa & Joey’ And ‘Baby Daddy’

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Disney To Expand Authenticated Streaming To ABC Family Shows

By | Sunday January 5, 2014 @ 2:25pm PST

abcfamilyChanges are coming Monday as Disney/ABC Television Group launches its new ABC Family authenticated streaming service, limiting the 24/7 availability of streaming content and bringing the network’s multi-platform offerings in line with the nets and HBO. Effective Monday … Read More »

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Tom Ascheim Named ABC Family President

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 12:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamilyABC Family‘s new president is Tom Ascheim. Ascheim, who has served as EVP and General Manager of Nickelodeon Television and CEO of Newsweek, will start immediately. He succeeds Michael Riley, who announced his departure in September to relocate to the UK. The hire of Ascheim comes after an exhaustive search led by TOM ASCHEIMAnne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, that included vetting a number of internal Disney candidates (Riley also came from within the company) as well as outside ones. Those considered included Riley’s No. 2, EVP Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer Kate Juergens, though, like she did when Riley’s predecessor Paul Lee left, she is expected to remain focused on the network’s programming as Sweeney reportedly searched for an executive with a strong business background. Ascheim certainly is a surprising choice. He wasn’t on people’s radar and is better known for his rocky tenure as Newsweek CEO than his TV experience. But he was on Sweeney’s radar from working together at Nickelodeon, leading to his dark-horse hire in the top ABC Family position over established TV executives who met for the job. “I knew Tom during my time at Nickelodeon, and always thought he was an incredibly smart, strategic executive,” said Sweeney, to whom Aschem will report. “Since then, he has only reinforced my opinion of his abilities. Whether in print, television, or the financial sector, Tom has gone from success to success.” Read More »

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ABC Family’s ‘Chasing Life’ Gets Back Order Ahead Of Premiere

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 6:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

abc-family-chasing-lifeEXCLUSIVE: ABC Family‘s upcoming drama series Chasing Life has not been assigned a premiere date yet, but it just received a back order for seven episodes. The cast was given the good news today, just in time for Thanksgiving. The back order brings the first season of Chasing Life to 20 episodes, which is ABC Family’s standard for a full season. Chasing Life, from Kapital Entertainment, Lionsgate, Televisa and BV Family Prods, hails from the same pilot batch as ABC Family dramas The Fosters and Twisted. The other two had initial orders for 10 episodes and received back 10 orders after strong early ratings performance last summer. For Chasing Life, whose original order was for 13 episodes, the back order comes ahead of its premiere, slated for next year, representing a strong vote of confidence by the network. Read More »

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ABC Family Sets January Premiere Date For ‘Melissa & Joey’ And ‘Baby Daddy’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 4:15pm PST

Half-hour comedies Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy are both set to return on January 15, ABC Family announced today. Melissa & Joey is up first at 8 PM, followed by Baby Daddy at 8:30 … Read More »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween Special Up To Give ‘Ravenswood’ Strong Debut

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 3:42pm PDT

There was a lot of treat with the trick for ABC Family last night. The cable channel hit its best Tuesday ever among adults 18-34 (1.8 rating) and W18-34 (31 rating) and W18-49 (2.0 rating) with the … Read More »

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ABC Family Picks Return Dates For ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Fosters’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

ABC Family unveiled debut dates for returning series Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, Switched At Birth, and The Fosters, in the second week of January. Social hit Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday, January 7 … Read More »

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ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ Gets Early Second-Season Pickup

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With production still underway on the back freshman season order for ABC Family‘s The Fosters, the network has picked up a second season of the family drama, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The second part of … Read More »

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Emily Osment To Topline ABC Family Comedy Pilot ‘Young & Hungry’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Montana alumna Emily Osment has been cast as the lead in a new multi-camera comedy project, ABC Family pilot Young & Hungry, which is executive produced by another former Disney Channel star, High School Read More »

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