September 17, 2012 10:49am PT by Philiana Ng
ABC Family Orders Two Comedy Pilots, 'Terminales' Drama
Nearly one month after ABC Family greenlit pilots from Jennifer Lopez and Gavin Polone, the cable network has moved forward by ordering three more -- two comedies and one based on a Mexican drama.
Phys Ed, a half-hour multi-camera comedy from Prodco, Inc., centers on a high school's star jock who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that even though he's changed, nothing else really has. David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2) wrote the pilot and will executive produce.
The second comedy pilot, Continuing Fred, is a half-hour multi-camera project from Prodco, Inc. about twentysomething Winfred "Fred" Harris, a newly graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Bill Daly (Mike & Molly) wrote the pilot.
Based on the Mexican drama by Miguel Angel Fox, the one-hour Terminales centers on a young woman's life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova) will serve as executive producer on the Lionsgate/Televisa project. Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, who wrote the pilot, also serve as EPs.
“ABC Family is synonymous with groundbreaking dramas, and this summer we found additional strength with our comedy lineup. These pilots will further our strength in both areas and add to our existing slate,” said Kate Juergens, executive vice president, original programming and development, ABC Family.
These three pilot orders join Lopez's The Fosters and Polone's Socio, which recently began shoring up its cast, for series contention at the network. ABC Family counts Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Switched at Birth and Baby Daddy as part of its growing scripted slate.