Freeform has begun production of ‘Issues.’ Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, the scripted show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type.
As part of the network’s reality expansion, ABC Family has greenlit ‘The Letter’ to series. It was announced today by Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming & Development. The series begins production in 2016 and comes from Sirens Media. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.
Now in its 32nd year, the unforgettable Christmas special welcomes back Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) as lead host. Reporting from the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., Roberts is accompanied by Jesse Palmer, who joins the event for the first time as a correspondent. New to the GMA team as a special contributor, Palmer shares key parade updates in the midst of the action on Main Street, U.S.A. Janel Parrish, star of the ABC Family hit show “Pretty Little Liars” – which will debut under the new network name, Freeform for its winter premiere on January 12, 2016 – serves as music correspondent alongside Stitch from the Cinderella Castle.
In tandem with today’s official announcement regarding the premiere of ‘Shadowhunters’ on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on January 12, 2016 (episode titled ‘The Mortal Cup’), the network has released new publicity stills featuring the cast of the anticipated adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best selling young adult fantasy novel, The Mortal Instruments.
ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) has announced the cast of ‘Famous in Love,’ with production of the pilot from Warner Horizon Television beginning this week this week.
Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle, ‘Famous in Love’ stars Bella Thorne as Paige, an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life — and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads — while uncovering the truth about what happened to a missing, famous popstar.
ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) has announced it has given a straight-to-series order for horror tale ‘Dead of Summer’ from the ‘Once Upon A Time’ creators Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, along with ‘Once Upon a Time’ writer Ian Goldberg.
Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, “Dead of Summer” is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.
Yesterday, Walt Disney World taped several performances for its upcoming ‘2015 Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ annual parade special which will air on ABC on December 25 at 10 am ET, 9 am all other time zones. Disney Parks has provided us with several photos from the taping which included performances by Reba McEntire, Seal, Charlie Puth, Tori Kelly, David Foster and the cast of ‘Descendants’ (Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson), along with appearances by ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Janel Parrish. You can find all of the photos in our gallery below.
Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) today announced an agreement to bring the company’s media networks to PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering cloud-based live TV service. Disney will offer ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and more networks on PlayStation Vue with the service’s unique features, including the ability to play multiple streams from one account and a powerful, intuitive user interface. In addition, local ABC affiliate stations will also have the opportunity to opt-in to the PlayStation Vue service with their live linear programming.
ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas,” cable’s biggest programming event of the year, returns with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1 – 25, viewers can ring in the holidays with holiday specials, classic holiday movies, and returning favorites. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.
This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature classic Jim Henson Christmas specials “The Bells of Fraggle Rock” and “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” which have been remastered and are returning to television after several years. Additionally, December 13 features a marathon of Disney?Pixar’s “Toy Story” films. Also, the network will air “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters,” which gives an inside look at the upcoming saga series.
ABC Family has announced the schedule of its annual ‘Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas’ television event, from November 22 through November 30, which this year coincides with the 20th anniversary of Pixar’s Toy Story. In addition, ABC Family will be airing two all-new original specials: ‘Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward’ and an all-new ‘Young & Hungry’ holiday episode titled ‘Young & Christmas.’
The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, November 22nd
(5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., ET/PT) THE PARENT TRAP (1998)