ABC Family Begins Production on Drama Pilot 'The Fosters'

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November 6th, 2012

via press release:






Burbank, CA (November 6, 2012) – ABC Family begins production this week on the drama series pilot “The Fosters,” starring Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”), Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”), Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Hayden Byerly (“Parenthood”), David Lambert (“Aaron Stone”), newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).


“The Fosters,” a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms, begins shooting in Los Angeles this week. Stef Foster (Teri Polo) is a divorcee now in a happy relationship with Lena (Sherri Saum), her soulmate and very significant other. Stef, a policewoman, is the biological mother of Brandon (David Lambert), who she had with her ex-husband Mike (Danny Nucci) who is also a cop. Stef and Lena are the adoptive parents of Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin) out of the foster system. Lena, the vice-principal at the charter school her children attend, is the more soft-hearted one and ends up taking in Callie (Maia Mitchell), a defiant teen fresh out of juvie. Stef is initially upset, because they had agreed not to foster any more kids until Brandon was out of the house and feels that Callie is bound to disrupt their stable, happy home. But they all soon realize that Callie is a broken girl who needs mending -- and they may have no choice but to take her in.


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. Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers.  The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and 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.

  • Pete

    It’s quite a mix. Gay people, interracial cast, family drama. Flop maybe?

  • g

    ABC “Family” sinks to a new low.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    Sounds interesting. It’ll all depend on the execution but I’m intrigued.

  • sam

    Sounds like a hard sell.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Sounds interesting, GO JLO!

  • Oliver

    I can’t believe ABC Family did a press release because they’re filming a pilot.

  • Nick

    Embarrassing to say the least. This is coming out of Disney?

  • psychic

    I guess they wanted to appeal to everybody. It’s going to be a Frankenstien of a show.

  • Observer

    Hey, Salli Richardson (Eureka) and Joe Flanigan (Stargate) are filming a pilot for Lifetime called Secret Life of Wives. Can we get a story about that too? No???

  • Rachel

    This show is definitely gonna be picked up. Now whether it succeeds in ratings or not is a big question mark. It can go either way.

  • silvit


    The problem is that it sounds cheesy as hell, like an old WB production. Instead of being edgy, it’s just cheesy. And I don’t think this can work now on ABC Family, given that its most successful show is Pretty Little Liars. Not that I’m sorry. :-)

  • laura


    Everything on ABC Family is cheesy as hell, including PLL.

    This shows sounds like it would pair well with Switched at Birth. Especially if Bunheads ends up dead after the winter season. The ratings were so abysmal, I’m surprised it wasn’t cancelled.

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