Michael Riley, president, ABC Family, today announced the pick-up of two reality series, ‘Dancing Fools,’ which will be hosted by Melissa Peterman, star of the network’s hit comedy series, ‘Baby Daddy,’ and a docu-soap, ‘The Vineyard’ (working title). Production on both series will begin this spring.
ABC Family’s award-winning original series, ‘Switched at Birth,’ will produce an episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), a first for a scripted series on mainstream television, which will premiere Monday, March 4 at 8:00 pm ET/PT
The special episode will be told from the perspective of the series’ multiple deaf characters — with open captions for hearing viewers — in a storyline that puts the audience in the middle of a student uprising in which the very essence of their deaf identity is at stake. Now in its second season, ‘Switched at Birth’ is the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in ASL.
Muse Entertainment, in association with ABC Family, will begin production this week on the new original Thanksgiving movie Home Again (working title). Jennie Garth (‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘What I Like About You’) and Cameron Mathison (‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘All My Children,’ ‘Good Morning America’) will star in the movie, which is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual ‘Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas’ programming event in November, 2013. Also cast in the movie is Mary Kay Place (The Big Chill, ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Big Love’).
Production begins today on the ABC Family drama series pilot “Terminales,” starring Italia Ricci (Unnatural History), Mary Page Keller (‘NYPD Blue’), Vondie Curtis-Hall (‘ER’), Aisha Dee (‘I Hate My Teenage Daughter’), Richard Brancatisano (The Elephant Princess), Abhi Sinha (The Social Network), Haley Ramm (Red State) and guest stars Barry Watson (‘7th Heaven’) and Rebecca Schull (‘Wings’).
BC Family begins production this week in Los Angeles on the multi-camera comedy series pilot “Phys Ed,” starring Ryan Sypek (“Wildfire”), Kate Lang Johnson (“Persons Unknown”), Sunkrish Bala (“I Just Want My Pants Back”), Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”), and Chelsea Harris (“Grey’s Anatomy”).
ABC Family begins production this week on the drama series pilot “The Fosters,” starring Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.
WWE Studios and ABC Family today announced that WWE Studios and ABC Family are developing an upcoming television movie, Christmas Bounty, for a 2013 world premiere during ABC Family’s popular ’25 Days of Christmas’ programming event. WWE Superstar The Miz is attached to star in a lead role.
Christmas Bounty is an action-filled comedy about a former bounty hunter turned elementary schoolteacher. Determined to have a normal life, and keep her bounty hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home for Christmas to help save the family business by catching the one bounty that got away. But when her fiancé follows her home for the holiday, she struggles to hide her wild family business and a bounty hunter ex-boyfriend she thought she’d left behind. Written by Andrew Black & Vivian Lee, and James Berg & Stan Zimmerman, the movie is scheduled to go into production in early 2013.
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.
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.
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.