Freeform is ready to explore its issues.
The Disney-owned cable network has handed out a series order to Cosmopolitan magazine drama The Bold Type (formerly known as Issues), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 12-episode drama will debut in summer 2017. Ahead of its time in front of press at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the former ABC Family also renewed The Fosters for a fifth season, which will see the critical favorite hit the 100-episode milestone.
Previously developed at NBC, The Bold Type — inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief Content Officer (and former Cosmo Editor-in-Chief) Joanna Coles — offers a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine called Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women lean on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together, they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.
Bold Type hails from Universal Television — marking a key off-network sale for the studio and a rare studio buy for Freeform. Parenthood alum Sarah Watson created the drama and serves as showrunner. David Bernad (Superstore), Coles and Ruben Fleischer (Superstore) executive produce. Holly Whidden co-executive produces the Universal Television and The District drama.
Faking It favorite Katie Stevens stars in the drama 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. Melora Hardin (Transparent) stars as the editor-in-chief of the show’s magazine.
“The Bold Type is our love letter to modern feminism and aims to be a destination for authentic female friendship and empowerment,” said Freeform exec vp programming Karey Burke.
Bold Type arrives as Freeform is set to say farewell to flagship drama Pretty Little Liars as well as Switched at Birth in 2017. Its slate includes recently ordered comedy Alone Together, The Fosters, Baby Daddy, Shadowhunters, Stitchers, Young & Hungry, Beyond, Famous in Love and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, the latter of which may not air until 2018.