Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Freeform Renews 'The Fosters' & 'Beyond'; Picks Up 'The Bold Type'; Sets Premieres for 'Young & Hungry' and 'Baby Daddy'

During its day at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Freeform made a number of announcements - including renewals for dramas The Fosters and Beyond, a series pickup for drama The Bold Type (previously known as Issues), and premiere dates for returning comedies Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy.

The Fosters returns for the second half of its current fourth season on Tuesday, January 31 at 8/7c. The fifth season will likely debut in Summer 2017. Today's renewal also means the family drama will hit the 100-episode milestone.

The drama stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Noah Centineo, Cierra Ramirez, Hayden Byerly and Danny Nucci.

Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg created the drama. They executive produce with Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Greg Gugliotta, Joanna Johnson, Benny Medina, John Ziffren and Simon Fields. Nuyorican Productions, ProdCo Original and Blazing Elm Entertainment produce for Freeform.

Beyond debuted on Freeform on Monday, January 2. Its the first series where the network made the whole season available for streaming on the Freeform app, Freeform.com, On Demand and Hulu. According to the network spin, the season has already amassed 14 million views on all platforms. Network president Tom Ascheim made the renewal announcement during the show's TCA panel.

The drama stars Burkely Duffield, Jordan Calloway, Dilan Gwyn, Jeff Pierre, Jonathan Whitesell, Michael McGrady and Romy Rosemont.

Adam Nussdorf created the drama. He serves as executive producer with Tim Kring and David Eick. Automatik Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment produce for Freeform.

"Our goal for launching Beyond was to give the audience outstanding content in the way they want to watch it," said Ascheim. "The response has far exceeded our greatest expectations, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and we can't wait to bring more Beyond to its growing fan base."

Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, The Bold Type 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.

The cast includes Katie Stevens, Melora Hardin, Sam Page, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy and Matt Ward.

The first season will include 12 episodes and debut in Summer 2017. Sarah Watson (Parenthood) created the drama and will serve as showrunner. Watson and Coles executive produce with David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer. Holly Whidden is a co-executive producer. Universal Television and The District produce.

"The Bold Type is our love letter to modern feminism and aims to be a destination for authentic female friendship and empowerment," said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President of Programming, Freeform.

The fifth season of Young & Hungry will premiere on Monday, March 13 at 8/7c. The new season stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Rex Lee, Aimee Carrero and Kym Whitley. Comedy legend Betty White will guest star in the new season.

The sixth season of Baby Daddy will debut on Monday, March 13 at 8:30/7:30c. The new season stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Tahj Mowry, Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane. The comedy will hit the 100 episode milestone during this season.