ABC Family Casts Teri Polo and Sherri Saum in Drama Series Pilot 'The Fosters' Produced by Jennifer Lopez

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September 24th, 2012

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            Burbank, CA (September 24, 2012) – ABC Family has cast Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents,” “The West Wing”) and Sherri Saum (“In Treatment,” “Rescue Me”) to star in drama series pilot “The Fosters,” which is currently in preproduction.


“The Fosters” tells the story of Stef and Lena Foster, a mixed race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters lives upside down.

Polo will portray Stef Foster, a tough but kind police officer who is not eager to add to their already large brood, but soon realizes her family may be Callie’s best hope for a better life. Saum will portray Lena Foster, an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save as many kids as she can and agrees to take in Callie without Stef’s knowledge.

Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige wrote the pilot, which is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions. In addition to Lopez, executive producers include Simon Fields, Bredeweg, Paige, and Greg Gugliotta.


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. 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.

  • sam

    Ugh. ABC Family needs to change their name. Their programming is not suitable for family viewing.

  • Christian

    STFU Sam! I have two gay parents and I came out great. Why can’t you see that love is love?

  • silvit

    What a horrid premise. Tough but kind police officer? Can they be more stereotyped?
    But the best is this: Lena Foster, an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save as many kids as she can. This is beyond ridiculous. Can’t they write a more realistic character?
    And then they wonder why people don’t watch women-led dramas. They are BORING. Always, always about babies and a love interest. Are women only this? Why men don’t receive the same treatment? Hollywood is so sexist it’s laughable.

  • OhStop

    SilVit, just shut it. Have you even read the darn pilot? This was written by a PR person. As an agent at one of the biggies, I have read the pilot and it is incredibly layered and honest and grounded and ground-breaking for ABC Family. So many people here with opinions with nothing to back it up. Get yourself a copy or wait for the series before you pass judgement from your parents’ basement.

  • silvit


    Nothing on ABC family is layered. The writing for any of their show, along with the acting and directing, is mediocre. You can have a groundbreaking idea, but if the execution is bad, at the end it’s still crap.

    And there is nothing groundbreaking in this premise: gay interracial couple already did many, many years on BROADCAST tv (ER), and as always, one of the women had to die (it’s always the same, they either get killed or are psycho. Didn’t they kill one on Pretty Little Liars too?), gay couple with kid, one blonde the other with black hair now on Grey’s Anatomy.

    The description of the characters, especially the latter is so outlandish it’s laughable.

    The fact that it might be groundbreaking for ABC Family doesn’t mean much. It only speaks of ABC teen, watered down offering.

    Can there be a female gay character (can’t write the l word because of the filtering) that has a resemblance with a realistic female gay person?
    For once, can they NOT sleep with men (since you know, they don’t like them that way)? I guess this concept is too groundbreaking for Hollyweird.

    LOL at the parents’ basement comment. No agent would talk like that.

  • Babygate

    I have to agree that this doesn’t look to promising. First you have the ‘Fosters’ being like, foster parents? Was that done on purpose? And the cop and the school principal thing feels too pedestrian. The image it conjures up is that of a beat cop and a scene from ‘Dangerous Minds’. And it does feel formulaic and stereotypical. One is white the other one ethnic (just like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Glee and even Army Wives) and one is tough and the other one is softer. I might give it a try but it all hinges on the writing.

  • Bumblebee

    @babygate, sure pretty much every scripted Tv show premise hinges on how well written it is. The casting is off to a good start though.

    I don’t know if this is going to be any good, but at least ABCFamily is trying to branch out a bit.

  • Tom

    @ Sam ABC Family can’t legally remove the “Family” from its name. This was one of the conditions it agreed to in buying the channel formerly known as CBN. However, the ABC guys haven’t been shy about saying that they’re not going to literally stick to a family style format. Hence their use of the slogan “A new kind of family”.

  • Foreverland

    Sherri Saum
    Unconventionl family

    YES bring it on, I’m in. Could this be ABC’s answer to NBC Parenthood. I hope its just as good. (no I dont like moderm family at all)

    I hope the show gets picked up, 2013 pilot season just got interesting.

  • Deidre

    Cue the haters. All the people who are scared o any way of life that doesn’t match their own

    Ugh so tired of the judgmental narrow minded people

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