ABC Family Orders Two New Dramas: 'The Fosters' and 'Twisted'

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February 6th, 2013

via press release:





Michael Riley, president, ABC Family, today announced the pick-up of two, one-hour drama pilots, “The Fosters,” from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Twisted” (formerly “Socio”) from executive producer Gavin Polone. Production on both series will begin this spring for summer premieres. Additional pick-ups will be announced later this month.


“ABC Family is synonymous with groundbreaking storytelling and iconic characters,” said Riley. “These new shows will bring the same depth, heart, close relationships and authenticity that our viewers have come to expect and, will pair nicely with our already established pop culture hits.”


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 (“Queer As Folk”), who will also serve as writers and executive producers, “The Fosters” stars 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 (star of Disney Channel’s upcoming “Teen Beach Movie”), Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). The series is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Joanna Johnson (“Make it or Break it”), Simon Fields, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.


“Twisted” (formerly “Socio”) is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that is centered on a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is surprisingly found dead in her home. The series will be executive-produced by Gavin Polone, (“Gilmore Girls,” “Zombieland,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Boys,” “Jane By Design”) David Babcock (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Adam Milch (“Greek”), who also wrote the pilot. The drama stars Avan Jogia (“Victorious”), Maddie Hasson (“The Finder”), Kylie Bunbury (“Prom”), Kimberly Quinn (“Terriers”), Sam Robards (“Treme,” “Gossip Girl”), newcomer Ashton Moio and Denise Richards (“Two and a Half Men”). The series is produced by Prodco, Inc.


The pick-ups come a month after the successful winter premieres of ABC Family’s established dramas “Switched at Birth,” “Bunheads,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game” on January 7 and 8. These original series returned to impressive ratings: “Pretty Little Liars” delivered the series’ #2 telecast ever in Adults 18-34, ranking as the #1 TV telecast of the day in key demos and becoming the #2 ‘most social’ TV series episode ever with nearly 1.2 million Tweets; “The Lying Game” soared to season-opening highs in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, standing as the #1 cable TV telecast in the hour in core Women; “Switched at Birth” returned as the #1 scripted cable TV telecast in the hour in Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, while “Bunheads” was the #1 scripted cable TV telecast in its time period in target Females 12-34 demo.


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.

  • Dillan

    I hope this doesn’t mean that TLG will be cancelled.

  • Nicole

    It doesnt.. both those new shows are starting in the summer… Pretty little liars the lying game and switched should be safe. the only one questionably safe is bunheads.. and i honestly think thats gunna get another season. And the network should just add another original programming night.. like wednesday or Thursday.

  • Dillan


    I can’t see Bunheads returning. But I agree with what you’re saying about adding another day for original programming.

  • Bumblebee

    There’s a good chance “Twisted” will be paired with PLL and The Fosters with S@B, because they seem like they have complimentary themes. I think TLG will probably be renewed with it’s current numbers but they might hold it until August again. And it depends on whether they pick up the 3rd pilot Terminal. A 3rd night during summer is also a possibility. I think Bunheads is probably dead, ABC Family doesn’t even bother trying to find something good for its Monday night press releases anymore, but you never know.

  • Tony JJ

    Yes for Twisted! Not sure if I like the name change yet, but it’s pretty solid. Should be a good show and hit for the network.

    @Nicole Wednesdays are already their comedy night which is pretty successful with Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy

  • Ron

    As long as they don’t cancel TLG i am good.Which has been doing pretty decent and consistent in ratings.Last night episode was intense!

  • EatMorePez

    I can already see the press release from the PTC criticizing “The Fosters”

  • Bumblebee

    @EatMorePez They already did when the pilot was announced, before it was even shot, but there will be more now.

  • Jenny

    I love TLG, so that’s my main concern here. I think they will try and pair Switched with The Fosters and PLL with Twisted. They should not be putting The Lying Game on such a long hiatus again, and instead try opening up another night.

    Bunheads I don’t believe has much of a future.

  • Nicole

    Dillian.. im not sure.. i know its not doing well but the first half of the season did pretty well and they really like Amy Sherman-Palladino so they might give it another chance. Plus its really not a bad show. And Tonyjj yeah i forgot wednesdays is comedy night.. but not till summer right.? I think the network would benifit if they added another night of original programing. And on a side not they better not cancel the lying game.. it fits nicely with PLL dont fix something if it isnt broke ya know.

  • Nicole

    if they put the lying game on a long break again its gunna kill the show.

  • Juan

    I really like the socio premise, ill watch

  • DM

    It makes the most sense for them to pair these two new shows with the current two most successful shows. I agree with the people saying that The Fosters should go after SAB and Twisted should go after TLG. I really can’t see bunheads getting renewed beyond this season. With TLG’s current numbers it could definitely get renewed for a back 10; the real test for it would be to see how well it does without PLL as its lead in. PLL is the strongest show on the network and they need to use their strongest show to lead in a brand new show. TLG could probably air in the Fall like it did in its first season.

    And in the Summer, ABC Family has the comedy shows on Wednesdays. Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy and if they bring back that nanny show it will probably be on Wednesdays again too. They have never had original programming on Thursday before and I don’t think they would start now. They don’t have enough shows to keep airing them year-round if they had them on every night.

  • Domenico

    Yes!! This summer I will spend it watching Pretty Little Liars and Twisted. Twisted seems like a great show, they should hire I. Marlene King to be a part of it. I really need another suspense-full show!!

  • LK

    Bunheads is an awesome show. I hope more people give it a chance. I will be very bummed if it doesn’t return.

  • rob60990

    “if they put the lying game on a long break again its gunna kill the show.”

    No it won’t. Tons of shows go on very long breaks and return fine. The Lying Game would fail on its own. It’s not even doing well after PLL.

  • SMG4E

    YES! I’m so excited for Twisted! It’s like the guy version of Pretty Little Liars, and I think if they pair the two together, it’ll be PERFECT. I can’t wait to hear even more details.

  • Jade

    Really looking forward to Twisted. It will definitely fit in perfectly with PLL or TLG.

  • Nicole

    Rob you say the lying game isnt doing to well after PLL.. thats funny. The last 3 weeks the lying game was the number 2 scripted show, the only one beating it was pretty little liars. So i wouldnt say its not doing well. And yes when you leave a break 6 months or longer between new episodes it kills the shows momentum. The lying game is a good show and the pairing with PLL is a great idea.. why fix it if its not broken. Plus this twisted show is going to get a lot of bad press because of the recent school shooting… i dont see it lasting to long because of that. And question do you just hate ABCFamily because it kicks the CW’s ass every night.

  • Nicole

    DM.. yeah i get that but the network never did this well till recently so adding another night of programming would probably help the network.

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