This week, ABC Family announced that it has picked up two new drama series, entitled Twisted and The Fosters. The new dramas will begin production this summer, with their television debuts set for this summer.
In a statement, ABC Family president Michael Riley commented:
“ABC Family is synonymous with groundbreaking storytelling and iconic characters. 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.”
Twisted will be a one-hour mystery series focused on a 16-year old who, after reconnecting with two female friends from childhood, finds himself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation when a fellow student is found dead at 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). Starring in Twisted will be Avan Jogia (Victorious), Maddie Hasson (The Finder), Kylie Bunbury (Prom), Kimberly Quinn (Terriers), Sam Robards (Gossip Girl), newcomer Ashton Moio and Denise Richards (Two and a Half Men).
The Fosters will be a one-hour drama executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, which tells the story of the Foster family, a multi-ethnic family made up of both biological and foster children who are being raised by two moms. In addition to Lopez, series creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige will also serve as executive producers, as well as writers on the series. The new show will star 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 (Disney Channel’s upcoming Teen Beach Movie), Danny Nucci (Titanic) and Cierra Ramirez (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).
Stay tuned for more news on these new shows.