ABC Family OK for 'Greek' life

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ABC Family has given a series order to the college-set drama "Greek" and has renewed "Lincoln Heights" for a second season.

The network has made an initial order of nine one-hour episodes, plus the pilot, of "Greek," a drama that focuses on college life and the Greek system as told from the point of view of freshman Rusty (Jacob Zachar). A geek in high school, Rusty is determined to make college more exciting and decides to join a fraternity, but he faces an obstacle in the form of his sister, Casey (Spencer Grammer), a sorority member who doesn't want him to become part of her college world.

The executive producers are Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan, who also exec produce ABC Family's "Wildfire," which is in its third season. The "Greek" pilot was directed by Gil Junger ("10 Things I Hate About You," ABC Family's "Kyle XY") and written by creator-producer Sean Smith (WB Network's "Summerland," "Wildfire").

ABC Family president Paul Lee said the show, set to debut in the summer, is designed to be a companion piece to the second season of the drama series "Kyle XY."

" 'Greek' absolutely speaks to the heart of our target Millennial audience," Lee added. "The show is hilarious, but it's also full of romance and real heart. Plus we think Sean, Gil and the producers have assembled just a fantastic cast."

The ensemble cast also includes Scott Foster, Jake McDorman, Paul James, Clark Duke, Amber Stevens and Dilshad Vadsaria.

Meanwhile, "Lincoln Heights" debuted Jan. 8. The drama follows the lives of the Sutton family -- a police offer (Russell Hornsby), his wife (Nicki Micheaux) and their teenage children (Erica Hubbard, Mishon Ratliff, Rhyon Brown) -- who relocate into a rough neighborhood.

Kathleen McGhee Anderson will continue as executive producer and showrunner. The entire regular cast, which also includes Robert Adamson and Michael Reilly Burke, will return for the second season, whose premiere date is yet to be determined.

"We're just in love with this show and truly believe it's one of the best on television," Lee said. "It's brought us the most diverse audiences ABC Family has ever had."

"Lincoln Heights," produced by Balance Prods., has improved on its time period of 7-8 p.m. Mondays by double digits over a year ago. Season-to-date, the series is ranked No. 2 among basic cable programs in women 12-34 (422,000) and female teens (223,000) and among the top 5 in adults 12-34 (548,000), women 18-34 (199,000) and women 18-49 (375,000).
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