ABC Family will premiere The Mistle-Tones, an all new original musical starring Tori Spelling (‘Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood’) and Tia Mowry (‘The Game’) on Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The movie will air as part of the network’s annual ’25 Days of Christmas’ programming event.
In The Mistle-Tones, Holly (Tia Mowry), blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago. Shocked and upset when the slot goes to the barely talented best friend of the group’s leader, Marci (Tori Spelling), Holly sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. After challenging their rivals to a sing-off on Christmas Eve, Holly finds herself on a journey to the real meaning of Christmas — with some new friends and a new love thrown in for good measure. The film also stars Jonathan Patrick Moore, Reginald VelJohnson, Tammy Townsend, Andy Gala, Megan Kathleen Duffy, and Jason Rogel. The Mistle-Tones is executive produced by Maggie Malina (Single Ladies), from a script by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (My Super Psycho Sweet 16), and directed by Paul Hoen (Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam).
To make the holiday a little brighter, ABC Family will release an accompanying The Mistle-Tones movie soundtrack on Sunday, November 18. Featuring nine songs from the movie sung by the cast, the soundtrack will be available exclusively on Itunes.
ABC Family began production today on the drama series pilot “Socio,” starring Avan Jogia (“Victorious), Maddie Hasson (“The Finder”), Kylie Bunbury (“Prom”), Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers”) and Denise Richards (“Two and a Half Men”). Also recently cast in the project is Sam Robards (“Treme,” “Gossip Girl”). Kathy Najimy (“Make it or Break It”) and Grey Damon (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”) have also been cast as guest stars.
Shooting in New York, “Socio” follows Danny (Jogia), who has returned to town after serving five years in custody for murdering his aunt when he was 11. Admitting his guilt, but stubbornly refusing to discuss his motive, Danny returns to a hostile reception and a media firestorm. Ostracized by his peers, Danny reconnects with his former best friends Jo (Hasson) and Lacey (Bunbury) who are still struggling to put the past behind them. But when another student is murdered, suspicion falls on Danny and the question remains, is Danny a serial slayer, a “socio,” or is he a victim with a shocking secret?
Richards portrays Karen, Danny’s 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. Robards plays Kyle, the town sheriff, and Jo’s father, who clashes with his wife Tess (Quinn) over their daughter’s renewed friendship with Danny, convinced Danny is a hardened killer. Najimy will guest as Mrs. Fisk, a charismatic, eccentric psychology teacher and Damon plays Archie, Lacey’s hotheaded boyfriend, who is not pleased by her renewed friendship with Danny.
Gavin Polone (“Gilmore Girls,” “”Zombieland,” “Jane by Design”) is the executive producer of the pilot, which was written by Adam Milch (“Greek”). The pilot is produced by Prodco, Inc.
ABC Family will kick off the New Year with all new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favorites “Switched at Birth,” “Bunheads,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the second week of January 2013, with two nights of original programming. Viewers can also catch up on all their favorite shows leading up to the January premieres on abcfamily.com.
The second season of ABC Family’s award-winning drama series, “Switched at Birth,” begins Monday, January 7th 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT. This season sees dramatic changes in the lives of the Kennish and Vasquez families as a result of the verdict in the baby switch trial. Gilles Marini joins the cast in season two as a series regular. With an array of deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, including scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language, “Switched at Birth” was recently honored with a Television Critics Association Award for Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program. ABC Family will air a special “Switched at Birth” marathon on Monday, January 7th, from 11:00AM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the season two premiere. The season one finale airs tonight, Monday, October 22nd at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family.
ABC Family’s critically-acclaimed series, “Bunheads,” from Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring two time Tony Award-winning actor Sutton Foster, will return with all-new episodes on Monday, January 7th at 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. The new episodes pick-up a couple of months after Michelle has left Paradise to try and return to her former life in Las Vegas.
In all-new episodes of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” returning on, Tuesday, January 8th, 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT, Radley Sanitarium has given Mona a clean bill of health and she is headed back to the halls of Rosewood High, much to the Liars’ dismay. With their former tormentor now back in their everyday life, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer take very different views of the “new” Mona. Sure she made their lives a living hell, but is she really cured? And what other secrets could she be holding onto? It is up to Mona to prove to the Liars if she has changed or not. “Pretty Little Liars” won five Teen Choice Awards in 2012, including Choice TV Show Drama, Choice TV Actor Drama – Ian Harding, Choice TV Actress Drama – Lucy Hale, Choice Summer TV Star Female – Troian Bellisario, Choice TV Villain – Janel Parrish; in addition to the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama. According to SocialGuide, “Pretty Little Liars’” summer finale became the #1 “most social” TV series episode in history, breaking records with over 1.6 million comments. ABC Family will air a special “Pretty Little Liars” marathon on Tuesday, January 8th, from 11:00AM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to that night’s premiere episode. A special “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween-themed episode with musical guest star Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) will premiere on Tuesday, October 23rd (8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT), as part of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” programming event.
“The Lying Game” will return with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 8th, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. As the twins’ saga continues in season two, there are more surprises, secrets and lies. The girls’ recently revealed birth mother Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) lures Sutton (Alexandra Chando) into her plans for the Mercer family. Emma (Chando) grows closer to Thayer, while still being drawn to Ethan, who has started to reconnect with Sutton. Kristin feels betrayed after Ted came clean about his long ago affair with Rebecca, but Ted might be hiding even more shocking revelations. And Mads connects with a mysterious new guy in town who brings a whole new level of secrets with him.
Ryan Sypek (“Wildfire”) and Kate Lang Johnson (“Persons Unknown”) have been cast in the lead roles of the ABC Family comedy pilot “Phys Ed.”
“Phys Ed” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school’s star jock, Ed (Sypek), who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. Johnson will play Janie, a teacher at the school who was ignored by Ed in high school and is now the object of his affections.
ABC Family has cast Denise Richards (“Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Two and a Half Men”) to star in drama series pilot “Socio,” as Karen Ryder. Also cast is Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers,” “House”) as Tess. They join the previously announced Avan Jogia as Danny, Maddie Hasson as Jo and Kylie Bunbury as Lacey in the project. The pilot is currently in preproduction.
“Socio” follows Danny Ryder (Jogia), who has returned to town after serving five years in custody for murdering his aunt when he was 11. Admitting his guilt, but stubbornly refusing to discuss his motive, Danny returns to a hostile reception and a media firestorm. Ostracized by his peers, Danny reconnects with his former best friends Jo (Hasson) and Lacey (Bunbury), who are still struggling to put the past behind them. But when another student is murdered, suspicion falls on Danny and the question remains: Is Danny a serial slayer, a “socio,” or is he a victim with a shocking secret?
Richards will portray Karen Ryder, 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. Quinn portrays Jo’s mother, Tess, who tries to give Danny the benefit of the doubt and clashes with her husband over his harsh attitude towards the teen.
Gavin Polone is the executive producer of the pilot, which was written by Adam Milch (“Greek”).
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will premiere its final season in March 2013, closing out five seasons of the groundbreaking drama. The exciting final season will include a proposal and a wedding. Fans will also see Amy, Ricky, Ben, Adrian, Grace and Jack make plans for their lives after Grant High School. Will Amy and Ricky stay together in the end?
In an all-new holiday episode, “Hedy’s Happy Holiday House,” the gang find themselves celebrating Christmas at an abandoned toy warehouse when Kathy suddenly goes into labor. Meanwhile, Grace wishes for a Christmas miracle with Jack. An all-day marathon of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will air on Monday, November 19 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT, leading into the premiere of the new holiday episode that evening, starting at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” stands as the longest running scripted series to air on ABC Family, originally premiering in June 2008 and celebrating a record 100 episodes in June 2012. The final 12 episodes of season 5 are scheduled to premiere in March 2013. Guest stars in the final season will include Chaz Bono (“Being Chaz,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and Danica McKellar (“Young Justice,” “The Wonder Years”), both portraying themselves, and Diane Farr (“Numb3ers”), Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”) and Kathy Kinney (“The Drew Carey Show”).
The series cast includes Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Greg Finley, Daren Kagasoff, Megan Park, Francia Raisa, Michael Grant, Cierra Ramirez with Steve Schirripa. Recurring guest stars include Anne Ramsay, Renee Olstead, Camille Winbush, Allen Evangelista, Amy Rider, De’Vaughn Nixon, Luke Zimmerman, with special guest stars including Mark Derwin, Josie Bissett and Molly Ringwald.
Michael Riley, president ABC Family, announced today that the network has picked up a fourth season of its hit original series “Pretty Little Liars.” The all new season will consist of 24 one-hour episodes that will start to air mid 2013. “Pretty Little Liars” will air a special Halloween-themed episode on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT, as part of the network’s “13 Nights of Halloween” programming event, and then will return with the rest of season three in January 2013.
ABC Family’s #1 series of all time, “Pretty Little Liars” ranked as cable TV’s #1 series of summer 2012 in viewers 12-34 (2.6 million/2.8 rating) and Females 12-34 (2.2 million/5.0 rating), the #1 scripted basic cable TV series in Women 18-34 (1.2 million/3.7 rating) and the #1 series in Female Teens (1.0 million/8.6 rating). In its time period, “Pretty Little Liars” was easily the #1 cable TV show on Tuesdays at 8 o’clock throughout the season across target 18-34, 1849 and 12-34 demos.
The August 28th finale exploded social media sites across America, breaking the show’s own previous records, generating more than 709,000 tweets, peaking at an impressive 36,000 tweets per minute. With an all-day catch-up marathon and finale, “Pretty Little Liars” generated 1.9 million tweets, including more than 1.2 million between 8:00 and 10:00 pm. Moreover, according to SocialGuide, “Pretty Little Liars became the #1 “most social” TV series episode in history, breaking records with over 1.6 million comments.
“Pretty Little Liars” fans have been able to fill the void left when the show went off the air in August with ABCFamily.com’s new webisode series “Pretty Dirty Secrets.” The webisode series has been a tremendous hit with fans, vastly exceeding any short-form video series ever done on ABCFamily.com. The debut alone garnered over half a million views in 24 hours.
In the special Halloween-themed episode, entitled “This Is a Dark Ride” and airs Tuesday, Oct. 23rd (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are looking forward to some good old Halloween fun now that the traumatic events with Nate are behind them. But once aboard the Rosewood Ghost Train, the girls are in for much more than just some childish trick or treats. With “A” running amuck and unexpected party-goers popping up at every turn, this Halloween event becomes one killer party. Musical guest star Adam Lambert performs his songs “Trespassing” and “Cuckoo,” from his latest album “Trespassing,” during the Halloween festivities.
“Pretty Little Liars” is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty and Leslie Morgenstein. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Chad Lowe, Janel Parrish, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse.
ABC Family, the millennial-skewing network, has greenlit three additional pilots to add to its production slate — “Terminales,” a one hour drama adapted from a successful Televisa series, and two new 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), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Socio,” from executive producer Gavin Polone.
“ABC Family is synonymous with groundbreaking dramas, and this summer we found additional strength with our comedy lineup. These pilots will further our strength in both areas and add to our existing slate,” said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family. “In fact, over the past few years, the network launched the #1 new basic cable series in target demos with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ in Summer 2010 and ‘Switched at Birth’ in Summer 2011, and launched the #1 new cable comedy of Summer 2012 with ‘Baby Daddy.’ It’s a trend we are working to continue.”
“Terminales” is a one-hour drama based on a successful Mexican television format by Miguel Angel Fox and follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The pilot was written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz. Aaron Kaplan (“GCB,” “The Neighbors,” “Terra Nova”), Fogel and Lefkowitz will serve as executive producers. It will be produced by Lionsgate in association with Televisa.
“Phys Ed” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy series about a high school’s star jock who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. The pilot is written and-executive produced by David H. Steinberg (“American Pie 2″). It is produced by Prodco, Inc.
“Continuing Fred” is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about 20-something Winifred “Fred” Harris, a newly-graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Written by Bill Daly (“Mike and Molly”), the pilot is produced by Prodco, Inc.
ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN for the 14th consecutive spine tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert, and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Monster House,” and “Poltergeist III,” and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.
Following is a listing of frightastic programming taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN.
Night One – Friday, October 19
The 14th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with the sixth chilling installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), where Harry must look into the past to help battle the monsters of the present. An evil spirit is resurrected and will stop at nothing to bring his love back to life in The Mummy (4:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then cap off the first night of Halloween mania with a double dose of those creepy and kooky members of The Addams Family (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by Addams Family Values (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Two – Saturday, October 20
The thrills start early with a special Halloween episode of ‘Melissa and Joey’ (7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT), where Mel hears things that go bump in the night. Then conjure up even more Melissa Joan Hart in the spellbinding film Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT). A lonely boy finds an unlikely best friend in The Little Vampire (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), while a teenage girl decides to get in touch with her witchy side in Teen Witch (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Then you’ve found the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka in the candy colored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT). Revisit the mischievous ways of the creepiest family around with back to back airings of The Addams Family (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then, if you dare, you have a date with the Sanderson sisters to watch their quest for immortal life and the 300 year-old cat that tries to spoil their plans in Hocus Pocus (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus chance to catch the sisters in dastardly action immediately after (10:00 PM -12:00 AM ET/PT). If you still haven’t had enough, jump down the rabbit hole to visit Alice in Wonderland and see Johnny Depp as a truly “Mad” Hatter (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Three – Sunday, October 21
Spend the day with a master of Halloween entertainment with back to back Tim Burton chills and thrills, starting with some haunting animated favorites. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (8:00 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) gets the scares started when Jack Skellington tries to shake up Halloweentown. Continue on with Coraline (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), the story of a little girl who realizes an idealized version of her unhappy home comes with its own secrets. Then it’s back to Burton when you’re invited to attend the spookiest wedding of the year in Tim Burton’s Corpse
Bride (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Watch out for the Red Queen as you revisit the fantastical Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) followed by a return to the world of
Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (4:00 – 6:30 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to Halloweentown for another chance to see Jack Skellington create a scary Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (6:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Watch a young ghost couple battle with mortals for control of their house with the help of everyone’s favorite spook in Beetlejuice (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), then end your magical evening with the story of a young man with scissors for hands who tries to find his place in the world, in Edward Scissorhands (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Four – Monday, October 22
Halloween mania kicks off for the day with an encore presentation of the haunting story of Edward Scissorhands (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). The Kennish and Vasquez family celebrate fall on the first season finale of ‘Switched at Birth’ (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend the evening with two of the most enchanting witches around, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, as they work to rid their family of an ancient curse in Practical Magic (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Take a walk down memory lane in Rosewood when Alison was queen bee and ‘A’ first came out to play for Halloween, on a special airing of last year’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT) Halloween special episode.
Night Five – Tuesday, October 23
Watch out for a black hoodie because ‘A’ is providing a full day of suspense and danger with a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ marathon (7:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT), featuring 14 back to back episodes filled with scary dolls, mysterious strangers, and chilling text messages. Then board the Ghost Train with the residents of Rosewood on a special brand new Halloween episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) featuring singer Adam Lambert. Watch the sinister Sanderson sisters cast their spells on Hocus Pocus (9:00 PM – 11:00 AM ET/PT) and relive Adam Lambert’s ‘glampire’ and the rest of the Ghost Train frights on a bonus airing of the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween special episode (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Six – Wednesday, October 24
Revisit those wicked Sanderson sisters and their hauntingly evil plans for immortality in Hocus Pocus (5:00 – 7:00 PM, ET/PT). Zoinks! You better stock up on Scooby snacks, with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and watch the Scooby gang defeat evil doers’ dastardly plans.
Night Seven – Thursday, October 25
Watch the Mystery Inc. gang save Spooky Island in Scooby Doo (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Stop by The Haunted Mansion (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) where the spirited residents are dying to meet you. The spooktacular fun continues as three kids discover the scary house next door is actually alive and more dangerous than they ever imagined in the ABC Family Premiere of Monster House (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Eight – Friday, October 26
Return, foolish mortals, to The Haunted Mansion (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) and visit again with the ‘grim, grinning ghosts,’ for spine-tingling fun! Go from a haunted house to a monstrous house in Monster House (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up the night with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Nine – Saturday, October 27
Make sure you have plenty of Pixie dust with Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Peter Pan in Hook (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT). Then the Halloween hijinks kick in to high gear with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT). Spend some more time with the kookiest, ookiest family on the block in The Addams Family (2:00 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to the most sinister house you’ll ever see in Monster House (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Head over to Monstropolis with Mike and Sulley for the scariest laughs ever in Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus airing immediately after (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT). And revisit Coraline (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT), a little girl who discovers the world she thought she wanted is more sinister than she thought.
Night Ten – Sunday, October 28
A day full of Halloween haunts begins with those meddling kids in the Scooby gang in Scooby Doo (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT). Drop in on Uncle Fester, Cousin It and the rest of gang in The Addams Family (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT) and stay to learn some Addams Family Values (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then get to know Matilda (3:30 – 5:30 PM ET/PT), a most magical little girl. The Sanderson sisters are back to wreak havoc with sinister spells in Hocus Pocus (5:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT), make sure you don’t drink these witches’ brew. A young man learns not only is he magical, but he’s also the only one who can stop a thousand year old evil sorceress in the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Then it’s another chance to watch Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witchy sisters in an encore airing of Hocus Pocus (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Eleven – Monday, October 29
It’s a day full of sorcerers, magic, adventure and a really angry mummy, kicking off with a little girl who discovers how magical she is in Matilda (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then you have another chance to battle the forces of evil in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (3:30 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Take off on a thrilling ride with Mikey, Data, and Chunk as they search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure in The Goonies (6:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Then if you can stand more spine-tingling chills, end your evening with The Mummy (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT), where an evil spirit will stop at nothing to resurrect his long ago love.
Night Twelve – Tuesday, October 30
They’re heeeerrrreee! A day of truly spine-tingling frights starts with back to back airings of the otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in Poltergeist (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and the ABC Family premiere of Poltergeist III (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then enter another world, the world of Tim Burton, with encore presentations of Edward Scissorhands (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Beetlejuice (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Thirteen – Wednesday, October 31
All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a treat bag full of fun, starting with the wacky shenanigans of Beetlejuice (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT). Stay for the unusual story of a young man looking for his place in our strange world in Edward Scissorhands (1:00 – 3:00 PM ET/PT). It’s your last chance to hang out with Gomez, Morticia and their kooky crew in The Addams Family (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and learn some Addams Family Values (5:00 -7:00 PM ET/PT) of the frightening kind! The Halloween evening wraps up it’s spooktacularness when three witches promise to wreak havoc in Hocus Pocus (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus offering immediately after (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) .
ABC Family, the millennial-skewing network, has greenlit two new drama pilots, “The Fosters” (working title), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Socio,” from executive producer Gavin Polone. Summer to date, ABC Family’s current crop of original series have made ABC Family cable TV’s #1 network in Prime in Women 18-34, and the #2 cable TV network in Females 12-34 and Female Teens.
“ABC Family continues to find and develop original programming that adds new dimension and depth to the storytelling we offer,” said Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family. “Both these shows are headed by wonderful executive producers who know the millennial space well and know how to connect with audiences.”
From executive producer Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Back-Up Plan”) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and 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. Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.
“Socio” is a one-hour drama centered on a charismatic 16-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 series will be executive-produced by Gavin Polone (“Gilmore Girls,” “Zombieland,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Boys,” “Jane by Design). Adam Milch (Greek), who wrote the pilot, will also serve as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Prodco, Inc.