ABC Family Greenlights New Original Drama 'Chasing Life'

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April 24th, 2013


via press release:



Newest Series Joins ABC Family’s Slate of New Productions Picked up Earlier This Year Including Dramas “The Fosters,” “Twisted” and “Ravenswood,” and Reality Series “Dancing Fools”

and “The Vineyard”


Burbank, CA – April 24, 2013 – ABC Family has added another new one-hour drama series, “Chasing Life” (formerly “Terminales”), to its roster of millennial-skewing original programming. The series is scheduled to start production in Santa Clarita in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.


“Chasing Life” is adapted from the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series and is a co-production of BV Family Productions, Lionsgate, and Televisa in association with ABC Family. “Chasing Life” stars Italia Ricci (“Unnatural History”), Mary Page Keller (“NYPD Blue”), Aisha Dee (“I Hate My Teenage Daughter”), Richard Brancatisano (“The Elephant Princess”) and Haley Ramm (“Red State”).


The series follows twenty-something April (Ricci), a smart and quick witted aspiring journalist who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family – her widowed mom Sara (Keller), rebellious little sister Brenna (Ramm) and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic (Brancatisano), April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer. Aaron Kaplan (“GCB,” “The Neighbors,” “Terra Nova”), Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz will serve as executive producers.


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.

  • iMember

    Oh my gosh, ABC Family all people want to know right now is what are you planning to do with The Lying Game and Bunheads. Is it really that hard for you to make a decision and take so long to do so?

  • Hillbilly

    Comedy series ‘Family Tree’ debuts May 12 on HBO

    That’s whats on the panel on the right. Click it and you get a story about ABC Family. :???:

  • Dillan

    Seriously? They announce a new show but still nothing for TLG?!

  • Hillbilly

    I can’t find anything on Family Tree using the search box.

  • Tommy

    So “Bunheads” is going to be canceled for a twen version of “the Big C”… awesome (not).

  • DM

    They are waiting to see how Twisted and The Fosters do in ratings before making a decision about Bunheads and The Lying Game.

  • Glue

    They wait too long to release news about fates of shows. I’m really annoyed.

  • Brandy

    Guys, this is bad news for both Bunheads and Lying Game, as abcfamily has very limited schedule space.I strongly believe that Jan lineup will look like this
    Mon. Switched at Birth Chasing Life
    Tues. PLL Ravenswood.
    The fact they havent announced a descion yet isnt good, the longer it takes the more likley a shows going to be cancelled.Also, the fact that they want to wait on TLG to see how the summer shows do means if the summer shows,Twisted especiially behing PLL, do better than the TLG itll be cancelled andv means they dont have faith in TLG.I strongly believe Twisted and Ravenswood were picked up to keep more of PLLs audience than TLG does.I like both Bunheads and Lying Game so please dont think im hating on or bashing them, just being realistic.

  • Boycott this

    “They are waiting to see how Twisted and The Fosters do in ratings before making a decision about Bunheads and The Lying Game.”

    Which makes so little sense to me. If they only have room for 2 of the 4 shows how will the end of June be enough time for them to make a decision?

    What if The Fosters and/or Twisted premiere great (resulting in the cancellation of The Lying Game and/or Bunheads) but then decline each week?

    What if The Fosters and/or Twisted premiere low (resulting in ABC Family renewing The Lying Game and/or Buneheads) but then grow each week for July/August?

    Also, if they do make the decision to pick The Lying Game and/or Bunheads over Twisted and/or The Fosters in June it means that they will waste 6 weeks of promoting a show with no future. I don’t see how it makes any sense for them to make a decision on Twisted and The Fosters after they have only aired 3 or 4 episodes.

    Also, now with this horrible, off-brand “Chasing Life” show debuting in winter 2014 ABC Family will have one less spot. Instead of The Lying Game/Bunheads/Twisted/The Fosters competing for 2 of the 4 winter slots they are competing for 1 available slot.

    Finally, do they really think ABC Family’s target demographic will like Chasing Life? They really think they will want to tune in each week to see someone dying of cancer? How depressing. I’m in ABC Family’s target demographic and have seen every episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Make It Or Break It, Pretty Little Liars, Huge, Melissa and Joey, Switched at Birth, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, State of Georgia, The Lying Game, Jane By Design, Bunheads, and Baby Daddy and plan to watch The Fosters, Twisted, and Ravenswood but I have no plans to watch this depressing disaster.

  • Dillan

    Waiting for Summer shows is a silly idea, IMO. What if both “Twisted” and “The Fosters” get pretty much the EXACT same ratings as “TLG”. (I’m not counting Bunheads because that show is just dead with the amount of 0.4’s it got). So, if they do get the exact same ratings, ABC Family is in an even bigger problem by having to decide between more shows. I’m assuming if this does happen, they’ll cancel one of the new shows as TLG is closer to syndication.

  • Tony JJ

    I wonder what ABC Family plans on doing with all these shows? Do they plan on both The Fosters and Twisted being flops? They should just renew TLG though based on the fact that it’s related to PLL and I’m guessing it ended on a cliffhanger, it would just be smart of the fact that it does decently and that they wouldn’t want to piss off their fans which are potential Twisted fans/PLL fans. Cancel bunheads though, I see no room for growth, it hit multiple .4’s. TLG never hit that low.

  • Brandy

    @Tony, they dont care about pissing off fans by a show ending in a cliffhanger_ KyleXY,Nine Lives of Chloe King ,Jane By Design all ended on cliffhangers and Make it or Break it had a ending where it could go either way_fans found out who made the Olympic team, but didnt see who got gold at London, and the whole point of the show was the 2012 Olympics.I didnt watch KyleXY but read/heard it ended in a cluffhanger and the others I mentioned I watched so I know they ended on cliffhangers.

  • Brandy

    @Tiny, also as I mentioned in my first post, I believe Twisted and Ravenswood were picked up to keep more of PLS audience than LG does, it keeps only half and thats not good.

  • rob60990

    Keep sticking those nails in the Lying Game. :D

  • Nikki

    It doesnt matter.. the fosters is gunna flop and so is twisted. i cant imagine people are actually going to watch either show. And if they frigging cancel the lying game im done with them.. they will be just like the cw.

  • JJ

    abcfamily sure has made a pretty drastic change in programming. They went from pretty lying bunheads to foster kids and cancer!

  • Rachel

    Lol @ The Lying Game fans crying and calling new shows “flops” before they’ve even aired. That won’t bring your show back. ABC Family will probably expand to another night of original programming and I wouldn’t be surprised if The Fosters, Twisted, Ravenswood and Chasing Life are all there. The Lying Game has had 3 frickin years to find an audience. It’s dead.

  • panda22

    While i loved Italia Ricci on Unnatural History….i watched all 13 episodes incl. Tower Prep, i worry now both Bunheads and TLG are cancelled….its not looking good :(

    Neither Ravenswood or Chasing Life will be ready for Summer, or late Summer…they wont premiere in August. So unless they air in the primetime season in September we’re looking at a January 2014 start for both shows….as Brandy said.

    As she said PLL will have Ravenswood and S@B will have CL = Chasing Life.

  • Dillan


    The first episode of Twisted (the one that aired after the PLL final), only got a 0.5, I cannot see the show being successful.

  • DM

    It may come as a shock to everyone, but networks do not care about the fan’s feelings when they cancel shows. TV networks are a business and if a show has low ratings, it does not make them money – sometimes costing them money to run a low rated show. That is why they cancel them; not to be mean, but to make money! So yes it makes perfect sense that they would wait to see how their new shows premiered before deciding to renew/cancel their current very mediocre rated shows. If Twisted keeps PLL’s numbers better than TLG did, then Twisted will get renewed and TLG will be cancelled. Same goes for The Fosters/Bunheads. They want to keep the show that brings in more money!

    Networks don’t pick up shows specifically to pair them with other shows. They put new and weaker shows behind strong existing shows as a lead in to attract viewers. If they retain impressive number, you have a successful show (ie when SAB premiered in 2011, it had retained 100% of its lead in (Secret Life)’s audience, even beating many weeks) which will be used to lead in a new show the following season.

    When there are multiple pickups, yes they will try to keep the themes somewhat compatible if they can (Like with the new summer shows the light family dramas are paired together and the murder mysteries are paired together) but that does not always happen (ie Last Summer JBD was put Behind PLL in hopes that the network’s strongest show could boost the audience of the network’s weakest show even though they were hardly compatible).

    Ravenswood is premiering after PLL’s Halloween special in October and will run for the next 9 weeks after that without a lead in. If it’s numbers are solid like PLL’s are, they will use it as a lead in to a new show as well. It is a complete waste of resources to put two strong shows together.

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