'Faking It' Star Katie Stevens to Topline Freeform Cosmopolitan Drama 'Issues'

She'll be joined by Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee in the pilot from 'Parenthood' grad Sarah Watson.
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Katie Stevens

Freeform has assembled the cast for its Cosmopolitan drama pilot Issues.

Set to lead the cast is Faking It grad Katie Stevens in the pilot inspired by the life of Cosmo editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

Previously developed at NBC, it offers a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type.

Stevens will star as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer for Scarlet Magazine. Equal parts passion and determination, she is sometimes a little overwhelmed by life in New York. Aisha Dee (Chasing Life) is set as Kat, also recently promoted at Scarlet to social media director; she is bold, fearless and not intimidated by anyone. Meghann Fahy (Political Animals) will portray Sutton, the last of her friends to be an assistant at Scarlet. Sutton is humble and dependable, but her workload comes at two speeds — crushing or overwhelming. Furthermore, Sutton is keeping a secret from her friends.  

They join previously cast Melora Hardin (Transparent) as the editor-in-chief of the show's magazine; Sam Page (House of Cards) as the lawyer for the publishing group; and Matt Ward (Remedy) as a fellow writer who is smitten with Jane. 

Issues was created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood). David Bernad (Superstore), Coles and Ruben Fleischer (Superstore) executive produce. Holly Whidden co-executive produces the Universal Television and The District entry.

Stevens is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Bloom Hergott. The role marks her first gig since MTV's Faking It was canceled earlier this year. Dee, who returns to Freeform following Chasing Life, is with Gersh. Fahy (One Life to Live) is with Gersh and Untitled.

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