ABC Family to Order Three Pilots: 'Terminales', 'Phys Ed' & 'Continuing Fred'

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September 17th, 2012


Updated to include ABC Family's press release.

via press release:



Network Greenlights Three New Pilots


BURBANK, CA (September 17, 2012) – 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.


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.


ABC Family has nearly completed the deals for the production of three pilots. The first, Terminales, based on a Mexican drama series of the same name, chronicles a hip young woman who has been diagnosed with cancer. Phys Ed is a comedy about a former high school jock who returns to his former high school to teach P.E. Continuing Fred is about an aimless young woman who lands a job teaching at an elementary school.Historically a high percentage of ABC Family's pilots have received series orders.  More details can be found on Deadline.

  • Michael

    CW can seriously learn a thing or two from ABC Family.

  • Michael

    Diversity is really important, which is lacking on the CW!

  • Jenny

    Terminales sounds dark, so I’m not sure about it. Phys Ed is a flop waiting to happen. Continuing Fred the premise could have potential if well executed.

  • David

    The CW lacks diversity this year? Vampire Diaries, Arrow, SPN, Nikita, Emily Owens,Hart of Dixie, Cult, ANTM, and whatever else is not diverse? I like ABC Family, but most of their shows revolve around the same stuff like PLL, Jane by Design, Switched at Birth, The Lying Game, Make it or Break, and even Nine Lives of Chloe King (which I sorta liked).

    The CW is killing in diversity this year, which is what they were lacking, but ABC Family has this mythical diversity that people always seem to bring up.

  • Micah

    Enough with these crappy ABC Family comedies.

  • Kaylie

    All sounds very interesting.

    The CW could seriously learn a lot from ABC Family.

  • Justin


    The one thing the CW can learn from ABC Family is that comedies can be good. What was the CW’s last true 30 minute comedy? Everybody Hates Chris?

  • Michael

    David, I’m not going to get into it here. First and foremost, this is a ratings site. However, lets just say I’m not referring to diversity (quality or portraying different concepts).

  • EatMorePez

    How can the school in Phys Ed be his “former alma mater”? Wouldn’t it just be his alma mater?

  • David


    You are right, but the CW is one of the only places that still have the majority of their shows serialized so I can deal without comedies. I do miss the UPN days of Moesha, The Parkers, Malcolm and Eddie, and the WB with Steve Harvey and the Waynes Brothers. The comedies just don’t work with what they have now though because the viewers would not toon in.


    Ok, I can understand that. I thought it was just the usual talk of ABC Family having more diverse (in concepts and genres) shows. Even when it comes to that diversity I don’t think ABC Family does much better. I remember Lincoln Heights and how good that was, but they are a victim of their success and that show would be canceled after one season now (just like Jane, State of Georgia, and Huge). Hart of Dixie is the most diverse out of all shows on these two, but that is probably as far as they will go now.

  • tv#1

    I may check out the two comedies. They sound alright. I will probably pass on the drama.

  • iMember

    I’m actually really intrigued by Terminales. It sounds like the type of show that could have the same heart and story like Switched at Birth does.

  • Steven Leitner

    Terminales sounds too much like The Big C.

  • Brandy

    Terminales sounds like The Big C for teens.Terminales &Socio sound dark ,depressing. Abcfamily is tied with CW for my favorite network,I’ve watched most of both channels programming-abcfamily:Wildfire,Nine Lives of Chloe King,Make it or Break it, Jane by Design,Bunheads,Switched at Birth,Lying Game,Pretty Little liars & may check out Terminales as its described as “Sex and the City if Carrie Bradshaw had cancer”.On Cw I’ve watched Privliged,Breaking Pointe,ANTM, OTH, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries,Secret Circle,Melrose Place,Beautiful Life, Hellcats,Plain Jane,90210,Nikita,Stylista,Hart of Dixie,Gilmore Girls,7th Heaven and will watch Emily Owens MD.

  • Nick

    Terminales looks OK, but the comedies look terrible.

    ABC Family Winter 2013 Schedule:

    8: Secret Life (final season)
    9: The Lying Game

    8: PLL
    9: Terminales

    Summer 2013:

    8: Switched at Birth
    9: Bunheads

    8: PLL
    9: Terminales

    8: Melissa & Joey
    8:30: Continuing Fred
    9: Baby Daddy
    9:30: Phys Ed

    I think The Fosters might get picked up, but there’s no place to put it. It’s not exactly compatible with PLL.

  • Jenny


    You’re saying Winter 2013 for Terminales, and the show has not been officially been green lighted to series as far as I’m aware. Don’t think it will be ready by then. Most likely summer if it even gets picked up.

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