“We have seen great success with our comedy series and look to grow our comedy offerings. These pilots offer a great mix of humor and iconic characters,” said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family.
One of the new shows, Mystery Girls, stars Tori Spelling as a former starlet who starts solving crimes with her former mystery TV show costar when a witness to a crime will only speak to the ‘Mystery Girls.’ The pilot episode was written by Shepard Boucher, and the Spelling will serve as an executive producer for the series.
Another pilot is for a half-hour workplace comedy called Work Mom. The show follows Heather who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm and hires her recently unemployed mother. The comedy happens when mom mixes up the office in ways no one could have imagined.
The third pilot is for Young & Hungry, a show about a well-off young tech entrepreneur named Nick who hires a food blogger named Gabi to be his personal chef. Disney Channel star Ashely Tisdale (High School Musical) serves as one of the executive producers.
The network has also approved a third season of Switched at Birth and Baby Daddy, and a fourth season of Melissa & Joey.