BREAKING NEWS FROM FREEFORM’S TCA PRESENTATION
Jan. 17, 2020
At today’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Freeform highlighted their commitment to young adult programming with their strong slate of original winter series. Panels featured the casts and creators of Motherland: Fort Salem, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Party of Five. “Freeform is a megaphone for stories that deserve to be told and a place where the world’s biggest and most influential audience comes for provocative narratives and boundary-pushing storytelling,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. “We are proud to be home to bold, deliciously entertaining original content that continues to reflect the lives of our discerning, vocal and passionate viewers.”
Below are several network announcements with additional news to break during the panel.
FREEFORM ORDERS ‘LAST SUMMER’ TO SERIES FROM BERT V. ROYAL, JESSICA BIEL, MICHELLE PURPLE, MAX WINKLER AND eONE
Photo Credit: Freeform/Nicole Carmon
Freeform has ordered the drama Last Summer to series, from Entertainment One (eOne) and executive producers Bert V. Royal (Easy A, Recovery Road), with Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple (The Sinner, Limetown). The pilot is executive produced and directed by Max Winkler (Jungleland, Flower).
Last Summer is an unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers—‘93, ‘94, ‘95—in a small Texas town when a beautiful and popular teen, Kate, goes missing and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette, goes from being a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls (Jeanette and Kate), which will have the viewers loyalties constantly shifting as more information is revealed.
SENIORITIS KICKS IN AS ‘GROWN-ISH’ IS PICKED UP FOR SEASON 4
Fresh off of last night’s buzzed-about season premiere, grown-ish has been picked up for a fourth season on Freeform. Starring Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat and Diggy Simmons, the series is a contemporary take on the issues that students face in the world of higher education.
Currently airing on THURSDAYS at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Freeform, the gang returns as confident, eager and seasoned upper-classmen, with Zoey and her girls (… and Vivek) moving into an off-campus home, ready to take on the school year. They quickly realize that they have been mistaken about the disillusionment of adulthood, with real-life problems coming for them, including student loans, work/life balance and, of course, messy breakups.
Freeform’s grown-ish is produced by ABC Signature Studios and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Julie Bean, Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, Craig Doyle, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins.
Season two of grown-ish ranked as last year’s No. 1 live-action comedy on cable among Women 18-34 and Females 12-34.
FREEFORM ORDERS THIRD SEASON OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HIT SERIES GOOD TROUBLE
After recently being heralded as one of The New Yorker’s best television shows of 2019, Freeform has ordered a third season of Good Trouble. Starring Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Sherry Cola, Tommy Martinez, Zuri Adele, Emma Hunton and Josh Pence, the series follows residents of The Coterie as they deal with the consequences of their personal and professional decisions and realize that sometimes standing up for what you believe in comes at a price.
Currently airing on WEDNESDAYS at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Freeform, the current season picks up with Callie and Mariana’s relationship on the rocks after Callie has decided to move in with Jamie and leave the "Coterie Biatches" behind. Alice finds herself balancing her stand-up career with her love life, Davia learns the education system may be broken, Mariana navigates a new world at work, Malika faces legal consequences from her protesting, Dennis finds a new outlet to manage his depression and Gael’s creative spark is reignited.
Good Trouble is co-created and executive produced by Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina also serve as executive producers.
Good Trouble ranked as last year’s No. 2 new cable drama among Females 12-34.
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY TO AIR PILOT ON FX
Freeform’s new series Everything's Gonna Be Okay, which The New York Times called “a charming dramedy, with an oddball voice and a bittersweet undercurrent,” will have a special airing of its pilot episode on FX on WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay introduces Nicholas (Josh Thomas), a neurotic twenty-something-year-old visiting his dad and teenage half-sisters (Kayla Cromer and Maeve Press), one of whom is on the autism spectrum. When Nicholas’ trip is extended due to his father’s untimely death, the siblings are left to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to rise to the occasion, move in and hold it all together. Navigating autism, budding sexuality, consent, parenthood, adolescence, family and grief, the heartfelt comedy will follow this imperfect family as they discover the importance of finding happiness in the middle of really difficult moments, one awkward conversation at a time.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is executive produced by Josh Thomas, Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte, with David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon Television.
SEASON FINALE OF PARTY OF FIVE TO AIR AS SPECIAL 90-MINUTE EPISODE ON MARCH 4
First Look Clip of Upcoming Episode Released Here.
Freeform’s critically acclaimed new series Party of Five will have a special 90-minute season finale on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST.
From Sony Pictures Television, Party of Five follows the five Acosta children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico. In a new iteration by original series creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, this beloved story of a young family bound by adversity will be retold through the lens of current-day themes and cultural conversations.
Party of Five stars Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado and Elle Paris Legaspi.
Party of Five is created by Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, who also serve as executive producers and writers. Rodrigo Garcia also serves as executive producer. Michal Zebede serves as co-executive producer and writer.
FREEFORM RELEASES FIRST LOOK PHOTO OF SIREN SEASON THREE AND ANNOUNCES APRIL 2 PREMIERE DATE
Freeform’s mermaid drama Siren returns for a third season with a two-episode premiere on THURSDAY, APRIL 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). Ben’s shocking decision to let the reporter die at the end of season two has ripple effects in his relationship with Maddie and Ryn. Meanwhile, a dangerous, sophisticated new mermaid arrives in Bristol Cove, challenging Ryn’s leadership and igniting an epic undersea battle between rival tribes. All of this is complicated by the fact that Ryn’s baby, now being carried by a surrogate, must be protected at all costs.
Siren stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen. The series is executive produced by Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald.
Season two of Siren ranked as Freeform’s most-watched series of last year on the network.
FREEFORM IS FEELING THE LOVE WITH LOVE HOWEVER THE FF YOU WANT, BEGINNING FEB. 8
KEY ART AND FIRST LOOK CLIP RELEASED OF UPCOMING FILM THE THING ABOUT HARRY
First Look Clip Released Here.
Coming off the heels of Freeform’s beloved programming events, 25 Days of Christmas and 31 Nights of Halloween, the network will launch a Valentine’s Day-themed event, Love However the FF You Want, for eight nights beginning SATURDAY, FEB. 8. Anchoring this new campaign is Freeform’s first Valentine’s Day original film, The Thing About Harry, which premieres SATURDAY, FEB. 15, at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The stunt will also include a Valentine’s Day-themed episode of Good Trouble, and the Freeform premieres of Deadpool, Pitch Perfect 2 and The Other Woman.
Directed by Peter Paige (Good Trouble, The Fosters), The Thing About Harry tells the story of high school enemies, uber-jock Harry and out-and-proud Sam, who are forced to share a car ride to their Missouri hometown for a friend’s engagement party on Valentine’s Day. Things take a turn when Sam learns Harry has come out. Stuck spending the night together in a roadside motel, Harry and Sam begin to develop a deep friendship—with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing—leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives.
The Thing About Harry stars Jake Borelli, Niko Terho, Britt Baron, Peter Paige and Karamo. The film is executive produced by Peter Paige, Greg Gugliotta (Good Trouble, The Fosters) and F.J. Denny. The film is written by Josh Senter and Peter Paige.