What a horrible timing for ABC Family’s drama pilot Socio. The pilot had been gaining momentum and just started making if-come deals to writers — a promising sign that a series order may follow. But in light of today’s tragic killings in a Connecticut elementary school, will the project make it to the air?
Socio is already darker than the typical ABC Family fare. Referred to as “Dexter in high school”, it centers on a charismatic 16-year-old alleged sociopath who returns to his hometown after serving time for murdering his aunt to re-join his childhood friends, now in high school. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. Socio is one of two ABC Family drama pilots that have been delivered, along with family comedy-drama The Fosters. (The third of the network’s current batch, Terminales, is wrapping post-production). I hear ABC Family brass have been high on Socio, thus the permission to start making offers to writers as the net nears greenlight decisions. But will a U.S. TV network (Disney-owned no less) proceed with a series order to a project about school violence and a young killer in the immediate aftermath of today’s massacre? (The real-life killer in Newtown, Conn., who murdered 27 people, including 20 children, was 20).
If Socio goes to series, it will join A&E’s upcoming Psycho prequel Bates Motel, about the teen years of series killer-to-be Norman Bates, which, also in unfortunate timing, released its first trailer this morning.
EXCLUSIVE: Denise Richards (Madea’s Witness Protection) is set to star in to star in ABC Family’s drama pilot Socio. Also cast in the pilot is Kimberly Quinn (Terriers). Written by Adam Milch, Socio follows Danny Ryder (Avan Jogia), who has returned to town after serving five years in custody for murdering his aunt when he was 11. Richards, repped by ICM Partners and KLWGN, will play Danny’s perfectly coiffed mother, who once ruled the town’s social scene, but who now struggles to put on a brave face with her son returning home under a cloud of scandal and shame. Read More »
Having just done the renewal/cancellation of its summer series, ABC Family is embarking on its next pilot cycle with the pickup of two new drama pilots, multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath.
Created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will serve as executive producers, The Fosters is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Lopez will executive produce with her producing partner at Nuyorican Prods. Simon Fields as well as Greg Gugliotta. Nuyorican is producing with ABC Family’s in-house production arm Prodco, Inc.
Socio is a one-hour drama centered on a charismatic sixteen-year-old alleged sociopath, who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood, and who becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. The project, which has Dexter Jr. vibe, was written by Adam Milch (Greek) who will serve as co-executive producer. Read More »