ABC Family Begins Production on Drama Pilot 'Socio' Starring Avan Jogia and Denise Rchards

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October 24th, 2012

via press release:




 Sam Robards has Joined the Cast and

Kathy Najimy and Grey Damon will Guest Star


Burbank, CA (October 24, 2012) – ABC Family begins 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.


Shooting in New York, “Socio” follows Danny (Jogia), who has returned to town after serving five years in custody for murdering his aunt when he was 11. Admitting his guilt, but stubbornly refusing to discuss his motive, Danny returns to a hostile reception and a media firestorm. Ostracized by his peers, Danny reconnects with his former best friends Jo (Hasson) and Lacey (Bunbury) who are still struggling to put the past behind them. But when another student is murdered, suspicion falls on Danny and the question remains, is Danny a serial slayer, a “socio,” or is he a victim with a shocking secret?


Richards portrays Karen, Danny’s mother, who once ruled the town’s social scene, but who now struggles to put on a brave face with her son returning home under a cloud of scandal and shame.   Robards plays Kyle, the town sheriff, and Jo’s father, who clashes with his wife Tess (Quinn) over their daughter’s renewed friendship with Danny, convinced Danny is a hardened killer. Najimy will guest as Mrs. Fisk, a charismatic, eccentric psychology teacher and Damon plays Archie, Lacey’s hotheaded boyfriend, who is not pleased by her renewed friendship with Danny.

Gavin Polone (“Gilmore Girls,” “”Zombieland,” “Jane by Design”) is the executive producer of the pilot, which was written by Adam Milch (“Greek”). The pilot is produced by Prodco, Inc.


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  • tv#1

    I can’t wait for this show. It sounds very interesting. I hope ABC Family picks it up because it may end up being their best original series yet.

  • EatMorePez

    Avan Jogia has been playing high school characters for about 5 years now. I guess he’s never going to “graduate”.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    Sounds like a good show – I wonder if they had their eyes on Avan for a long time during Victorious, or he auditioned? Either way I’m happy he’s getting the recognition he deserves.

    Plus, he actually looks like a high school student even though he’s in his early or mid 20’s.

  • ZmaX

    There’s something really likable about Avan Jogia, I can’t put my finger on it but he’s great. This sounds like an interesting show and I’ll definitely be watching it if/when it premieres. I’m also glad that ABC Family is trying something different and going with a male lead for this series, a nice change from all their female lead shows.

    @Nathan He’s 20 going on 21, and he does look like a believable high school student.

  • Christian

    This show would have to be absolutely atrocious to not be picked up and even then I can see ABC Family still picking it up. I don’t see any way this isn’t paired with Pretty Little Liars next summer for a night of creepy, psychotic fun!

  • Tony JJ

    This show sounds great. I cannot wait. Avan will play a great Sociopath. ABC Family would have to be on drugs to not pick this up to series!

  • Bumblebee

    I agree, if it’s any good then it seems like a natural fit with PLL, just as The Fosters might fit with SAB. Interesting that they have a male lead after so many female centric dramas. I hope Denise Richards is better than she has been in the past though.

  • Jared

    This show sounds so good and Avan Jogia sounds perfect for this role. If ABCF doesn’t pick this up to series I can see this being a great fit for the CW.

  • Annonimous

    Dexter for Facebook generation

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