Freeform reveals 2017 slate: The Bold Type picked up, The Fosters returning
Touting a successful summer of ratings for its LGBT-themed series The Fosters, Freeform announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour it has renewed the Jennifer Lopez-produced program for a fifth season.
With the renewal, The Fosters, which stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as a lesbian couple raising a blended family, will see its broadcast count meet the 100-episode mark since its 2013 debut.
According to a Freeform press release, the show’s fourth season was the No. 1 scripted cable series in its time slot and among key adult and female demographics with 1.6 million viewers (7 million total, 4 million of which were adults 18-49), finishing summer 2016 as the No. 2 scripted basic cable series with women 18-49. New episodes from The Fosters‘ fourth season premiere Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. ET.
The network formerly known as ABC Family additionally revealed its 2017 slate of pickups and renewals at the TCA event, including a series order for The Bold Type, inspired by the life of Hearst content officer Joanna Coles. The upcoming series, set in the world of women’s magazine publishing, will premiere in summer 2017.
Emily and Haley Ferguson, fan favorite stars of ABC’s The Bachelor, are also headed to Freeform in the newest edition of the Happily Ever After? franchise. The Twins: Happily Ever After?, premiering March 20 at 9 p.m. ET, will document the sisters’ lives as they “say goodbye to the comfort and luxuries of living under their mom’s roof and begin the hilarious journey of figuring out life on their own while searching for independence and a new career,” according to the reality project’s official synopsis.
Other series set to return to the network include Emily Osment’s Young & Hungry, which premieres its fifth season Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET, and Baby Daddy, the sixth season of which debuts immediately after at 8:30 p.m. ET.