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.

  • Meghan

    I mean, TLG’s audience is still pretty solid after that almost year-long hiatus, so most fans will still be fans. A lot of people that I know who are hardcore PLL fans refuse to even give TLG a second look, so for some reason, I personally believe that viewership shouldn’t fall /that/ much if it got a different lead-in/became one.

  • Jared

    Pretty Little Liars will be used to launch Twisted during the Summer and The Lying Game season 2B will be launched during the Winter with PLL second half of there season.

  • Jenny


    I hope that’s not the case. AbcFamily will have a lot of upset fans on their hands. Fans of TLG do not want to wait that long again.

  • Nicole

    Jared is probably right. Thats how they will do it.

  • Sasha

    I’m so excited about these shows, I love the concepts and the casts.

  • Dillan

    Considering TLG’s current ratings are similar to the ratings before PLL was its lead in, I don’t think it will matter if they move it to a different night.

  • rob60990

    “And question do you just hate ABCFamily because it kicks the CW’s ass every night.”

    No, I watch Switched at Birth and Pretty Little Liars and watch nothing on the CW.

  • tv#1

    I am so happy that they picked up Twisted (formerly Socio). I will definitely watch it.

  • Nicole

    Oh my mistake.. you seemed like a CW fan. And as we all know the shows on CW are crap and ABCFamily kicks their ass every week.

  • forg

    Bye Bunheads:-(

  • Tom

    @ Nicole I keep coming back to the conclusion that Bunheads simply doesn’t interest enough viewers to be viable. ABCF did a nice job of spinning the show’s performance in this press release, but the numbers simply don’t support giving it another season. The cast is clearly excellent. My understanding is that ASP was supposed to deal with the relatively slow pace of Bunheads’ storylines. This doesn’t appear to have happened which might account for some of the vanishing viewership Bunheads is experiencing. For whatever reason, the show’s audience is contracting versus growing and that’s probably fatal considering that Bunheads was only given an eight program back order to prove itself. I suppose it’s possible that ABCF could keep Bunheads around as a vanity project, but that would be a long shot.

  • Jenny


    That is my issue with Bunheads is the very slow pace for the majority of the episodes it doesn’t feel like much happens until the very end. The rest is just kind of wasted. Amy Sherman did say the second half of the season would be improved, but I actually disagree with her it’s actually gotten worse. When they asked her about the pace of the show she said something along the lines of I have to make sure there is enough material to last for five seasons or more. But something needs to pushing the story lines a long in my opinion not just quick-witted dialogue. Things happened in Gilmore Girls, but I can’t really say the same for Bunheads.

  • Nicole

    @ Tom I dont understand why.. See ASP has a way about her writing.. she gives you characters you cheer for, and care about, and feel bad for when something happens. She gets you invested in the stories, and the people and relationships between the people. The relationships in her stories are awesome. People really need to give it a chance and look past the fast witted dialouge and jokes and they are funny most of the time. Youll see the base of the show is the peoples relationships to one another, youll get invested in the characters and see yourself rooting for them. Really gilmore girls took one whole season to catch on and if you go and watch Amy fleshed out the characters, the stories, and the relationships and then she left you guessing. Shes good at what she does, i loved gilmore girls and while Bunheads isnt gilmore girls its pretty good, id hate to see them chop it too soon. Give it a chance.

  • david

    The 2 new shows would work well with SAB and PLL. I will be watching them both. They both sound interesting to me.

  • Nicole

    @ jenny I think when she said about the 5 seasons or whatever.. she was probably just being her. I think i read that interview and she joked a lot and was very sarcastic lol. And you might wanna go back and watch the first season of gilmore girls and see she fleshed out the characters and the stories and by the time the season was over you were so excitied for the characters and wondering where it would go next. You cared about the characters and understood their relationships. Maybe even try watching Bunheads from the beginning and keep watch for those things thats the kind of show ASP writes.. if someone doesnt like her style they wont like her shows but if you do enjoy her style of writing and telling stories youll have a favorite show.

    Idk i really like Bunheads.. i find myself enjoying the relationship that Fanny and Michelle have.. they started off rocky and when they lost Hubbel it brought them together. I like the relationship with the girls.. its nice to see girls can still hang out in groups, because when i was a teen girls werent like that so
    thats really nice to see.

  • Jenny


    I’ve never had a problem with GG. It was interesting from the beginning to me. Bunheads started okay, but this second half just seems so unfocused and not much is happening. I’m seeing a decline not improvement.

  • Tom

    @ Jenny I agree with you. For the last two weeks, the show has ended with two exceptionally revealing scenes between Michelle and her brother. Those two five minute scenes were the best I’ve scene since Bunheads returned from hiatus. Casting Lolita Davidovich as Michelle’s mom was also inspired. This show could be named “Deconstructing Michelle”. The show obviously revolves around her and those scenes were critical to finally getting some understanding of how she became the isolated person that everyone knows. It just kills me though that I had to sit through a lot of mundane subplots to get there. This situation should have been explored during the first ten episodes. As you can tell, I really like the show. But, Lorelai Gilmore had many of the same issues with her family and ASP began exploring those in Episode 1. The difficulty with Bunheads is that there were never enough of these great scenes to keep the show going and that makes me sad.

  • panda22

    deadline is reporting the two comedy pilots are dead while Terminales is still eyeing a pickup and certain money/contract deals are being worked out.

    I strongly noted that they changed the title of Socio….hmmm, plus the press releases changes the original description/tagline…………

    wonder if this was in response to sandy hook….i’ll watch twists but I think i’ll pass on the fosters, another Washington Heights meets switched at birth dosent interest me.

    cant wait for Melissa and joey though…love that show!

  • Nicole

    @ Tom and Jenny well i guess we have to disagree. Yes she dove right in with the Gilmores but that was to get you hooked. And if im not mistaken it was twards the end of the episode that we met them. Then the rest of the season was giving each character depth and promise. But anyways Bunheads is a different show.. she started off slow.. but i think this second half of the season is moving along. And theres still 3 episodes left and im sure Amys got something good planned she always had awesome season finales. Side note: who remembers when Rory kisses Jess and Sookies wedding then tells her mom shes going to washington. Loved that lol. Anyways.. if Bunheads gets cancelled it gets cancelled. It was fun while it lasted. But neither of those new pilots interest me. I like the shows ive got now.. i just hope they dont cancel any of my other shows.

  • panda22

    @ ^^ everyone above re; The Lying Game….at this point I am 100% confident of a back 10 order, as to season 3….anyones guess.

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