EXCLUSIVE: I hear ABC Family is set to pick up drama pilot Jane By Design (formerly What Would Jane Do) to series, with the order expected to come through as early as tonight. It will mark the fifth new series pickup for ABC Family this year, joining recently greenlighted comedy series State of Georgia (formerly The Great State of Georgia) and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Switched at Birth and The Lying Game.
EXCLUSIVE: Lev L. Spiro is set to direct ABC Family’s drama pilot What Would Jane Do, while Erica Dasher (The Lake) was cast as the title character. What Would Jane Do follows 16-year-old Jane (Dasher), who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life as a regular teenager in high school and as an assistant to a high powered executive in the cutthroat world of fashion…all while trying to keep her true identity a secret. Spiro will direct from a script by April Blair; Gavin Polone is executive producing. CAA-repped Spiro most recently directed the directed the season 2 premiere of Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State, which posted a series high.