Part of the Disney-ABC-TV Group, ABC Family, distributed in over 95 million homes, features original movies, series and specials reflecting today’s families and entertaining and connecting with adults through relevant stories about today’s relationships, all told with diversity, dysfunction, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a mix of quality acquired series and theatricals as well as original movies and scripted dramas.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
ABC Family’s hit series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” returns with 12 all-new episodes beginning Monday, June 22, (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). The network will air a special “Secret Life” marathon (nine episodes) leading up to the premiere, Monday, June 22, from 11:00 AM ET/PT – 8:00 PM ET/PT.
In the season opener, “The Big One,” Anne is dealing with the surprising news of her own pregnancy, while Amy is slowly adjusting to motherhood and a new life filled with midnight feedings and diaper changes. Meanwhile, Grace and Jack renew their relationship, Ben struggles to find his place with Amy now that Ricky has actively taken on the role of father, and an unexpected tragedy for one of the teens changes everything.
The series cast includes Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Ken Baumann, Daren Kagasoff, Francia Raisa, Megan Park and Greg Finley. Alice Hirson, Phillip Anthony-Rodriguez, Paola Turbay, Ben Weber, Allen Evangelista, Amy Rider, Luke Zimmerman and Steve Schirripa also guest star. Special guest stars include Jennifer Coolidge and Josie Bissett. Created and executive produced by Brenda Hampton (“7th Heaven”).
Lindsay Lohan stars as an assistant at a publishing company who pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired by her boss in the new original movie, “Labor Pains,” on ABC Family, premiering Sunday, July 19th (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). Along with Lohan, (“Mean Girls”) the film includes an all-star cast with Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Chris Parnell (“Saturday Night Live”), Luke Kirby (“Tell Me You Love Me”), Kevin Covais (“American Idol”) and Janeane Garofalo (“24”).
Thea’s (Lohan) life is not what she had planned – she is stuck at a dead-end job at a publishing company, raising her little sister, dating a complete loser and, to top it all off, she is behind on her rent. Thea tries to make the best of the situation, but when her anal boss, Mr. Steinwald (Parnell), decides that her latest screw up is the final straw, she has to think quickly to save her job. Put on the spot, the first thing that pops into Her mind is to tell Mr. Steinwald that she’s pregnant. And just like that, the whole office is buzzing about her big news!
With the help of her friend and co-worker, Lisa (Hines), Thea tries to pull off the deception long enough to ensure her job is secure. However the lie quickly spins out of control. Her manager, Nick (Kirby), is trying to open a family division of the company and decides that, since Thea is going through pregnancy herself, she would be the perfect person to head up the new project. So with fake belly in hand, Thea dives into the new position, which includes the task of convincing a famous talk show host (Garofalo) to promote the new book. All the while, a suspicious assistant (Covais) is tracking her every movement. Now fully submerged in the pregnancy culture and facing a budding romance with Nick, will Thea be able to figure a way out of the ruse before it blows up in her face?
10 Things I Hate About You
ABC Family premieres its new original series, “10 Things I Hate About You,” a half-hour, single-cam series inspired by the 1999 hit movie of the same name, on Tuesday, July 7 (8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT). Gill Junger, who directed the movie, will be at the helm of the ABC Family series through its first several episodes, and the weekly series will be executive-produced by Carter Covington (“Greek”). Larry Miller will also reprise his role as Walter Stratford, the over-protective father to the Stratford sisters — Kat, a feminist with a razor-sharp tongue, portrayed by Lindsey Shaw (“Aliens in America”), and Bianca, a girl with a plan to climb the social ladder at her new school, portrayed by Meaghan Martin (“Camp Rock”). Ethan Peck (“Adopt a Sailor”) takes on the role of resident bad boy Patrick Verona (originated by Heath Ledger in the 1999 film). Peck is the grandson of the legendary Gregory Peck. Nicholas Braun (“Princess Protection Program”) will portray Cameron James, Padua High’s “nice guy,” and Dana Davis (“Heroes”) will portray head cheerleader Chastity Church.
It’s Homecoming Week and the Kappa Taus’ team up with the ZBZ to go against IKI and the Omega Chis in the annual float competition. When things don’t go as planned, will Casey and Cappie be able to keep their agreement to stay out of each other’s way? What will Rusty and Ashleigh do to ensure a victory? Find out in an all-new episode of the ABC Family hit series “GREEK,” premiering Monday, June 8, 2009 (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). The episode, entitled “Tailgate Expectation,” was directed by Tim Matheson and written by Anne Kenney & Mike Berns.
Meanwhile, Evan’s parents are in town for homecoming and, after a “heart to heart” conversation with his father, Evan is faced with the possibility of losing his trust fund. And Ashleigh discovers that Fisher has a secret of blue proportions.
Wrapping it up
So that is a little update on some of the more anticpated original programming coming from ABC Family in the coming weeks.