You know you’re getting old when the casting you’re most excited about on an ABC Family series is the MOM. But still, it’s Caroline in the City‘s Amy Pietz, people. She’s co-starring in The Nine Lives of Chloe King (pictured), based on the book series by Celia Thomson. She’s a single mother whose teen daughter Chloe (The Gates‘ Skyler Samuels) is looking forward to celebrating her birthday — “until she starts developing heightened abilities and discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure,” the synopsis says. “Chloe soon learns she’s part of an ancient race which has been hunted by human assassins for millennia — and that she may be their only hope for ultimate survival.” I’ve never read these books, but in my mind, Pietz is Lorelai Gilmore meets Joyce Summers.
ABC Family execs must be serious Caroline in the City fans, because Lea Thompson plays a mom in the other hour drama going to series, Switched at Birth. As one would assume from the title, it revolves around two teenage girls who learn they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. One family is wealthy and includes two parents and a brother (High School Musical‘s Lucas Grabeel), the other involves a single mom, a poor neighborhood, and a daughter who lost her hearing when she was young after a case of meningitis. Now that the families know about the mix-up, they try to live together for the sake of the girls.
The third series is a half-hour comedy, The Great State of Georgia, starring Raven-Symoné as aspiring actress Georgia, who lives in New York City. Jennifer Weiner, author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, will exec produce with Kirk J. Rudell. Majandra Delfino, star of the ABC Family original movie Celeste in the City, will co-star.