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Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
Freeform orders Girl Code comedy pilot from Paul Feig
The female coder comedy is set in a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
How Grown-ish became one of TV’s most stylish shows
Costume designer Michelle Cole, who also works on Black-ish and who got her start on In Living Color, combs through specialty stores and vintage boutiques all over Los Angeles to establish Zoey Johnson’s look.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Disney Descendants star Sofia Carson joins the Pretty Little Liars spinoff
She’ll play a “beautiful, trendsetting blogger and coder who strives to be a fashion icon” on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
The Fosters stars recall the roller coaster of emotions going from cancelation to spinoff
Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez are excited that their characters, Callie and Mariana, will live on in a Los Angeles-based spinoff. “We found out the show was ending,” says Mitchell, “and they were like, ‘Do you want to keep the story alive?’ We were like, ‘Yeah, in whatever way we can. Let’s figure it out.’ They came up with a way for us to do that. There are going to be appearances from all your Fosters favorites, so it’s not just going to be our show. There are going to be new series regulars and new characters, and still the same amount of representation as we’ve had on The Fosters, and the same topics. It’s (the) same but different.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Freeform gets a new logo and tagline -- “A little forward”
The younger-skewing cable channel is undergoing a makeover two years after transitioning from ABC Family. "At Freeform, we’re purposefully and passionately moving our brand forward by defying expectations and dismantling conventions; busting stereotypes of theme, cast and culture in service to a more inclusive world on and off screen,” said Freeform president Tom Ascheim. He also promoted a video using words like "sweet," "funny," "scary" and "desperate" to describe Freeform’s programming.
- Freeform renews Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish for Season 2
- The Bold Type’s Season 2 premiere set for June 12; Nikohl Boosheri and Stephen Conrad Moore promoted to series regulars
- Famous in Love returns for Season 2 on April 4
- Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres June 7
- Freeform reveals a trailer for Siren mermaid thriller
TOPICS: Freeform, Black-ish, The Bold Type, Famous in Love, Grown-ish, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Siren, Nikohl Boosheri, Stephen Conrad Moore, Tom Ascheim, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups, Trailers & Teasers
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Party of Five reboot with immigration twist lands at Freeform
Original Party of Five creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman will be back as part of “sizable put-pilot order” for the reboot of the 1990s Fox sibling drama, which will revolve around five siblings are left alone when their immigrant parents are deported back to Mexico.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
It was up to Grown-ish to finally explore Zoey Johnson’s sexuality
Zoey’s sexuality, says Ariana Romero, was something “that Black-ish often glanced at but never actually dealt with. The result was a necessary conversation that many real young people actually have, but rarely see played out on screen.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Freeform’s Alone Together is “the latest in an awfully long line of autobiographical comedies about comedy”
The comedy starring comedians/friends Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as versions of themselves is problematic, says Margaret Lyons, because it “embodies some of the genre’s major misconceptions: that comics make good actors, that stand-up comedy is somehow inherently interesting or virtuous, that only comics experience youthful ennui.” ALSO: Alone Together seems to celebrate all the negative stereotypes surrounding millennials.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Grown-ish was Freeform’s biggest series launch since 2012
About 1.56 million watched last week’s premiere of the Black-ish spinoff.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Grown-ish needs to time to truly separate itself from Black-ish and establish its own identity
The Freeform spinoff of ABC's Black-ish that puts the focus on Yara Shahidi’s Zoey Johnson is neither great nor bad from the get-go, says Jen Chaney. “The fact is Grown-ish is a different kind of show, one that can’t push Freeform’s boundaries far enough to qualify as edgy, but definitely delves into more mature territory,” says Chaney. “The second episode, in which Zoey finds herself becoming quasi-dependent on Adderall, offers a breakdown of all the different levels of imbibing that casually go on in college, from kids drinking jello shots to taking Oxy to snorting cocaine. While families may regularly watch Black-ish together, Grown-ish feels more targeted at and appropriate for teens and young adults.”
- Shahidi proves to be great on her own show, especially with her comedic timing
- It seems nearly impossible to build a spinoff around Black-ish’s least-defined character
- Grown-ish presents an opportunity to reinvent Zoey Johnson, just as kids reinvent themselves when they leave for college
- Kenya Barris: “Of all the Black-ish characters, Zoey is most like my daughter, who goes to USC”
- Freeform immediately leaped at the opportunity to put on Grown-ish
- Shahidi: “There was so many moments that were happening that were parallel to my own life”
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 1:26PM EST
Freeform’s The Fosters is ending, but its final three episodes will introduce a spinoff series
A three-part The Fosters finale event will air next summer to cap off the drama’s five-season run. Cierra Ramirez and Maia Mitchell will star in the spinoff series, which Freeform has greenlighted for 13 episodes.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Disney star Sofia Carson joins Famous in Love
She’ll guest on the Freeform series, joining fellow Disney Channel alum Bella Thorne.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Why is Iliza Shlesinger keeping the name of her fiance secret?
The Last Comic Standing winner and Freeform Truth & Iliza talk show host has built a standup career, including Netflix specials, on mining her life as a single woman. Now Shlesinger, the author of a new book called Girl Logic, is engaged -- but she’s keeping the identity of the man she’s set to marry a secret. “My priority in life is not making sure you know my fiance’s name so the public can go and be weird about it,” she says.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Ashley Benson criticizes Pretty Little Liars for photoshopping her and her co-stars
“PLL had put up this poster and it was from our first season and it was completely crazy,” she says. “Nobody looked like themselves.”
Posted Tuesday 10/31/17 at 6:30PM EDT
Paul Feig is developing Girls Code workplace comedy for Freeform
The proposed comedy revolves around a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.