‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Young & Hungry’ Comedy Series Announced for ABC Family in 2014

ABC Family announced today the pick-up of two half-hour comedy series ‘Mystery Girls,’ starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, and ‘Young & Hungry,’ starring Emily Osment, from executive producer Ashley Tisdale. Production will commence on both series in Los Angeles in early 2014, and both will premiere in 2014.

ABC Family President, Tom Ascheim said, ‘It’s great to start the new year and my tenure at ABC Family with the pickup of these two funny original series. ABC Family’s comedy lineup continues to resonate with our audience and I’m thrilled to boost that momentum by adding “Mystery Girls” and “Young & Hungry,” which are sure to become fan favorites.’

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‘WATCH ABC Family’ Platform to Launch Monday, January 6

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands and content across multiple platforms and devices, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that the new WATCH ABC Family authenticated service will launch on Monday, January 6, 2014. Similar to DATG’s WATCH ABC and suite of WATCH DISNEY services, the new WATCH ABC Family offering will allow viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series as ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Switched at Birth,’ ‘The Fosters,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Melissa & Joey’ at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices.

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Wet Seal to Launch ‘Crush’ Line of Fashion Inspired by Popular ABC Family Series

Crush by ABC Family for Wet Seal

Disney Consumer Products and ABC Family, in collaboration with The Wet Seal Inc., today announced a millennial lifestyle brand called ‘Crush by ABC Family.’ The new collection will offer an assortment of apparel and accessory styles wholly inspired by the fashion-forward female characters of ABC Family’s popular series. A first of its kind for Wet Seal, a leading specialty retailer to young women, the initial collection will be unveiled in all Wet Seal stores nationwide and online at wetseal.com this holiday season.

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ABC Family’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ 2013 Schedule

ABC Family’s annual ’25 Days of Christmas,’ cable’s biggest programming event of the year, will return with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1–25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.

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DMG Nashville: Disney’s Quiet Return to Country Music

DMG Nashville logoMore than four years ago, Disney Music Group closed the doors of its country music label, Lyric Street Records. Despite its size, it represented some of the largest acts in country music including SHeDAISY and — most notably — Rascal Flatts. While Disney attempted to shift most of its acts to other music divisions, the most successful of the lot took the news by leaving Disney altogether.

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ABC Family’s ’13 Nights of Halloween’ to Feature Special ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Ravenswood’ Series Premiere

ABC Family scares up the 2013 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN celebration, with programming filled with scares and frights as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, now in its 15th year, starting Saturday, October 19th, and concludes on Thursday, October 31st, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” and the highly anticipated premiere of spinoff series “Ravenswood.” The stunt will also include the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Men in Black,” the network premiere of “Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!,” and a ghoulish mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

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‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Work Mom’ and ‘Young & Hungry’ Comedies Ordered by ABC Family

ABC Family will produce three new comedy pilots, ‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Work Mom’ and ‘Young & Hungry,’ it was announced today by Michael Riley, President, ABC Family. These orders join the pick-ups announced earlier this year including the back-order greenlight of ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Twisted,’ the third season of ‘Switched at Birth’ and ‘Baby Daddy’ and the fourth season of ‘Melissa & Joey.’

‘We have seen great success with our comedy series and look to grow our comedy offerings. These pilots offer a great mix of humor and iconic characters,’ said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family.

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Cast of ‘The Vineyard’ Reality Series Announced, Premiering July 23 on ABC Family

ABC Family announces the young, sexy cast of its new unscripted drama series, “The Vineyard,” premiering on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Set against the idyllic backdrop of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and featuring the island’s iconic Black Dog, “The Vineyard” follows a mix of eleven locals and “wash-ashores” working, living and playing together for the summer. As summer on the island gets underway, everyone is at a significant crossroads in their personal lives as they juggle romance, friendships, rivalries and career choices.

Cast photos available at http://www.abcfamilymedianet.com

Meet the cast:

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‘Spell-Mageddon’ Game Show to Premiere on ABC Family in Summer

ABC Family has added another original series to its roster of original programming that will premiere this summer. “Spell-Mageddon” is an hour game show where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words.

“Spell-Mageddon,” which takes a traditional spelling bee to a whole new level, is created and Executive-Produced by Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif of Thinkfactory Media. Additional Executive Producers are Jeff Krask and Michael Canter. It will join ABC Family’s Wednesday night comedy line-up on Wednesday July 24th at 9pm following “Melissa and Joey” and “Baby Daddy.”

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-off, ‘Ravenswood,’ to Premiere in October; ‘PLL’ Renewed for Fifth Season

ABC Family has greenlit the original one-hour drama series ‘Ravenswood,’ a spin-off of their number one- rated series ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’ has also been picked up for a fifth season it was announced today by Michael Riley, President ABC Family. Both series will be produced by Warner Horizon Television.

From ‘Pretty Little Liars’ executive producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty and Leslie Morgenstein, ‘Ravenswood’ will center on a town, not far from Rosewood, PA (the home base of ‘Pretty Little Liars’), which has suffered under a deadly curse for generations. Five strangers suddenly find themselves connected by this fatal curse and need to dig into the town’s mysterious and terrible history before it’s too late for each of them. The series will premiere on ABC Family following the annual “Pretty Little Liars” special Halloween episode in October 2013.

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