ABC Family declares family passé—Freeform be coming for “Becomers”

After a period of soul-searching that unearthed some difficult truths about identity and the long-term viability of TV cancer patients not named Walter White, ABC Family has decided it’s leaving the “Family” behind. Beginning January 2016, the network once known as Fox Family (and The Family Channel before that, and…

Billy Zane to play an expat attorney in ABC Family’s Guilt

Cool dude Billy Zane will soon see if he can keep his cool in a courtroom as Deadline reports that the Zoolander II actor has been cast as one of the leads in ABC Family’s Guilt. He’ll play defense attorney Stan Gutterie, who’s been banished to England for pissing off too many U.S. judges. Gutterie will presumably end…

ABC Family picks up drama pilot about a family trapped in a hotel

As reported by Deadline, ABC Family has picked up the pilot for Stay, an “edge-of-your-seat thriller” that’s being directed by National Treasure’s Jon Turteltaub. The plot reportedly follows “a recently widowed police detective” who—for some reason—visits “a foreboding hotel” with his two daughters. Apparently they…

Stitchers jumps into the memories of the dead, but can’t make up its own mind

Billed as ABC Family’s first procedural drama, Stitchers has a familiar setup: Protagonist Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) is a young, bright grad student with a nebulous family background and unique psychological characteristics that prompt her to be recruited by a secret government agency, solving crimes no one else can.…

McG will direct ABC Family’s Mortal Instruments series

Last month, ABC Family picked up the rights to Shadowhunters, a TV spinoff/reboot of 2013’s The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones that will almost certainly be referred to as “Game Of Thrones meets some other popular thing” somewhere. City Of Bones was based on the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments YA…

Switched At Birth: “Yuletide Fortune Tellers” / The Fosters: “Christmas Past”

Christmas stories are traditionally made up of many different things—stories hope, of magic, of family, and of nostalgia for days gone by—but perhaps the best thing about Christmas stories is how they allow for a good dose of unguarded, unimpeachable sap. Earnestness can be a tough thing to swallow in fiction,…

Switched At Birth picked up for another season of forgetting which baby you came in with

ABC Family, like The CW, always seems like one of those networks that’s extremely proud of its shows. During every commercial break, it trots out as many as it can and has them do impressive tricks and poses for you to ooh and aah at. Because of this, even the most casual ABC Family viewer—the type that only watches …