ABC Family Sets Summer Lineup -- Including Rollouts for Three New Series TVWeek
ABC Family unveiled its schedule of summer premieres, with three new original series being added to the lineup. As part of its summer slate, the cable channel will debut the new programs "Chasing Life," "Young & Hungry" and "Mystery Girls."
The channel will also bring back “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” starting in June.
Here are the network's blurbs on the new shows, along with the premiere schedule:
“Chasing Life” premieres Tuesday, June 10th, at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new one-hour drama follows April (Italia Ricci), a smart, twenty-something, aspiring journalist who tries to balance her ambitious career with her family, which includes her widowed mom, Sara (Mary Page Keller), rebellious little sister, Brenna (Haley Ramm), and her grandmother, Emma (Rebecca Schull). We meet April at a pivotal moment in her life: she’s landed a fantastic opportunity to impress her hard-nosed Boston newspaper editor and an office romance with her super-sexy co-worker Dominic (Richard Brancatisano) is just beginning to blossom. In an unexpected twist of fate, April lands in the hospital where her estranged uncle George (Steven Weber) works as an oncologist, and she learns the devastating news that she has cancer. The series follows April through her journey in the face of this daunting revelation, during a time in her life when the challenges of finding love and success would be enough to keep any girl occupied. But April is determined to fight and refuses to give up her dreams and goals. Along the way, she’ll find new reserves of strength and passion within and discover that facing death may really be the only way to truly live.
“Young & Hungry,” executive produced by Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”), premieres Wednesday June 25th, at 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Gabi is desperate for the job and must prove herself, mostly to Josh’s aide, Elliot (Rex Lee), who prefers a famous chef for the job. When Josh enlists Gabi to prepare a romantic meal for him and his girlfriend, the dinner goes awry and Gabi finds herself in a very awkward position. With the help of her best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh’s housekeeper Yolanda (Kym Whitley), Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.
“Mystery Girls,” starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, premieres Wednesday, June 25th, at 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The comedy series follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90’s when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Miguel Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a “Mystery Girls” fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test. The series is also executive produced by Spelling and Garth.
Summer premiere schedule:
Tuesday, June 10th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Pretty Little Liars”
Tuesday, June 10th, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “Chasing Life”
Monday, June 16th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Switched at Birth”
Monday, June 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “The Fosters”
Wednesday, June 25th – 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “Young & Hungry”
Wednesday, June 25th – 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “Mystery Girls”