Disney Publishing Worldwide and ABC Family today announced a companion novel to the hit series, ‘The Fosters,’ titled ‘The Fosters: Keep Your Frenemies Close,’ scheduled for release on January 27, 2015. Based on characters from ABC Family’s hit TV series ‘The Fosters,’ written by former Wall Street Journal reporter and non-fiction author Stacy Kravetz. The book cover will be revealed today in five pieces via an online scavenger hunt on ‘The Fosters’ social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter, with the first piece of the puzzle shared here.
ABC Family today announced the network has picked up its first procedural drama ‘Stitchers’ to series and has ordered a second season of new comedy series ‘Young & Hungry.’
‘Stitchers’ is a procedural drama series written by Jeffrey A. Schechter. ‘Stitchers’ follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The pilot was written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, who will executive produce alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.
ABC Family brings the thrills and chills with ’13Nights of Halloween,’ a celebration filled with scares as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, now in its 16th year, starts Sunday, October 19th and concludes on Friday, October 31st. The fright fest features brand-new Halloween-themed episodes of ‘Melissa & Joey’ and ‘Baby Daddy,’ an all-new ‘Pretty Little Liars’ fan appreciation special, plus the hilariously scary prank specials ‘Freak Out.’ The stunt will also include the network television premieres of ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘ParaNorman,’ and a ghoulish mix of Halloween-themed programming.
Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family, today announced that the network will continue to grow its slate of original programming with a new hilariously scary, hidden-camera, funny-prank show, ‘Freak Out.’ The half-hour series, from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, has been picked up for 14 episodes and will premiere this fall during the network’s well-known programming event ’13 Nights of Halloween.’
Each episode of ‘Freak Out’ will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life before their eyes with elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors, and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle. Every frighteningly hilarious prank is deviously tailored with help from the victim’s friends and family to turn an everyday situation into someone’s scary moment, until they realize they’ve been pranked.
ABC Family has begun production in Los Angeles on three drama series pilots: ‘Recovery Road,’ ‘Stitchers’ and ‘Unstrung.’
Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, ‘Recovery Road’ focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Trying to save face, Maddie chooses to spend her nights living with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility and her days pretending everything is perfectly normal among her high school classmates and her closest friends. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Beth Miller and Craig Piligian from Pilgrim Studios and Danielle VonZerneck.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
More 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.