After lengthy deal-making process, ABC Family has given a series order to drama Chasing Life (formerly Terminales) for a launch in early 2014. Chasing Life, which I hear has received a 13-episode pickup, joins new ABC Family drama series The Fosters and Twisted, meaning all three ABC Family pilots from the most recent cycle went to series. (The network passed on its comedy pilots, Phys Ed and Continuing Fred.)
Chasing Life is an adaptation of the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series. The pilot was produced by Lionsgate in association with Televisa. As part of the series pickup, ABC Family and its in-house production arm BV Family Prods have come on board as co-producers. Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors), who has shepherded the project for the past two years, is executive producing alongside writers Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, who joined last year and whose script was greenlighted to pilot. Chasing Life stars Italia Ricci as April, an ambitious young newspaper reporter who tries to balance her career aspirations with her family — her widowed mom Sara (Mary Page Keller), rebellious little sister Brenna (Haley Ramm), and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic (Richard Brancatisano), April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer. Read More »
Comedy veterans Mo Gaffney and Dan Castellaneta as well as Angelique Cabral are set to co-star opposite Mimi Gianopulos in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy pilot Continuing Fred, while I Hate My Teenage Daughter alum Aisha Dee has joined another ABC Family pilot, drama Terminales. Continuing Fred centers on twentysomething Winifred “Fred” Harris (Gianopulos), a newly graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Italia Ricci has been cast as the lead of ABC Family‘s drama pilot Terminales. Based on a successful Mexican television format by Miguel Angel Fox, Terminales centers on April (Ricci), an aspiring young journalist who is trying to impress her unimpressable editor. She’s resourceful, devoted to her family and begins to fall in love when she gets devastating news: she has a terminal illness. The pilot was written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, who executive produces with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. Lionsgate TV is producing in association with Televisa. Canadian actress Ricci, repped by ICM Partners and Protégé Entertainment, is best known for her co-starring role on cult Cartoon Network series Unnatural History.
Related: ABC Family To Order Drama Pilot ‘Terminales’, Two Comedy Pilots
ABC Family has made its pilot orders, greenlighting drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. The three pilots will go into production this fall along with the previously announced drama pilots The Fosters (working title), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio. “These pilots will further our strength in both the drama and comedy areas,” said ABC Family EVP Kate Juergens, noting that the network is looking to extend its streak of launching a top-rated new series in the young demos every summer, something it has done in the past three years with Pretty Little Liars (2010), Switched at Birth (2011) and Baby Daddy (2012). Here are the new pilots’ official descriptions: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that ABC Family is finalizing deals for three pilot orders — to drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. They will join the network’s recently picked up drama pilots: multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath.
Terminales is an adaptation of the Mexican drama series created and produced by Miguel Angel Fox. Described as “Sex And The City if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer,” Terminales follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lionsgate TV and Kapital Entertainment are producing; Aaron Kaplan is executive producing; Paul Presburger is overseeing for Televisa, which owns the format. Read More »