ABC Family Orders Two Drama Pilots, 'The Fosters' and 'Socio'

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August 23rd, 2012

via press release:





Greenlit Pilots Include “The Fosters,” to Be Executive-Produced by Jennifer Lopez,

And “Socio,” to Be Executive-Produced by Gavin Polone



BURBANK, CA (August 23, 2012) – 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.


Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.


  • Jenny

    I’m not exactly sold on either of these, but again these are just summaries. You can’t say they are awful until you see the pilots, and give them a real chance.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Again, why is a channel with the word “family” in it continuing to develop trashy TV that kids should NOT be watching. I laugh my a$$ off everytime I see a commercial for this channel advertising some mess and then the announcer and the end says. “on ABC F A M I L Y”. So lame….

  • SQ

    If done well socio could be interesting but, it might be a long shot.

    Foster doesn’t really catch my eye, it seems like they are trying to cram in as much as possible into it. I may check out the first episode but, I am just not sure about it.

  • Christian

    Funny how someone thought The Fosters sounded like an NBC comedy because I immediately thought of the TNBC sitcom “One World” when I read the description. “Socio” sounds interesting but the title definitely has to go!

  • Gus

    They will try to water down The Fosters so it shall sound as if the whole family can watch. They shall be discreet about it. As for Socio I say no to Dexter Jr already. It sounds bad even now.

  • cuter19

    Ugh. Way to think outside the (idiot) box, ABCF. You’re trying to copy the two shows that are doing decent ratings for you. THE FOSTERS is obviously trying to be S@B, and SOCIO is obviously trying to be PLL. You tried to make a carbon copy of PLL before, remember? It’s called The Lying Game. And it’s BARELY hanging on. Come on, ABCF. Do something different — ’cause what you’re doing now ain’t bringing in the ratings like it used to.

  • enes

    i like both show , i’ll watch them :D , i hope the cast is good :)

  • Dan

    @Cuter – Thats what ABC family is all about, unusual families and lying families

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