ABC Family Orders Three Drama Pilots, Brings Back Two Comedies


BURBANK: ABC Family is continuing to build up its slate of original programming, with three drama pilots getting the go-ahead and new seasons slated for two of its hit comedies.

The network is moving forward with Alice in Arabia, a drama about a rebellious American teenage girl who is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. Recovery Road is based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, about a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Unstrung explores the professional world of tour tennis as a brother and sister compete to move up the ranks.

ABC Family has also greenlit new seasons of the comedies Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy.

“These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming known for diverse stories that challenge as well as entertain our viewers,” commented Tom Ascheim, the president of ABC Family. “We’re also delighted to produce more episodes of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, two series that together have helped ABC Family establish a strong comedy block that continues to make our audience laugh out loud.”

Kate Juergens, the chief creative officer and executive VP of original content at ABC Family, said, “Innovative and authentic is the promise we make to our audience. These new projects deliver on that promise with emotional and entertaining story lines, intriguing, multi-faceted characters and complex relationships. We’re excited for what the future holds for these stories, and the fascinating worlds to which they’ll take us.”