11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Family's 'Recovery Road' Ordered to Series
ABC Family is moving forward with Recovery Road.
The drama, originally picked up to pilot in March and redeveloped in September, has been picked up to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the popular young-adult novel by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie ultimately makes the decision to live with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility while facing the daily pressures of her teenage life.
The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal (Easy A) and Karen DiConcetto (Ruby & the Rockits). Beth Miller (Revenge of the Bridesmaids) and Craig Piligian (Survivor) from Pilgrim Studios Danielle von Zerneck (Left to Die) will serve as executive producers alongside Royal and DiConcetto.
"ABC Family is best known for its ground-breaking original series and Recovery Road is right in our wheel-house,” ABC Family exec vp programming and development Karey Burke said. "This series will explore relevant social issues for our audience and shine a light on addiction. It’s a powerful addition to our lineup and the strong, authentic characters are sure to resonate with our audience."
The Recovery Road cast will be retooled and a formal announcement is expected to come later. It's unclear which, if any, of the original pilot's cast will return. The pilot starred Samantha Logan as Maddie opposite Sebastian De Souza (Skins), with Alexis Carra as the guidance counselor. Will Lancaster, Justin Prentice and Caroline Sunshine rounded out the cast.
Recovery Road was the last pilot in the works at ABC Family. It joins a roster of original scripted fare, including Baby Daddy, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Young & Hungry and Stitchers, as ABC Family looks to age up the network as it mulls a complete rebranding that could include a name change.
A premiere date for Recovery Road has not yet been determined.