ABC Family has ordered three pilots befitting of a network known for high-stakes teen dramas like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth.”
“Alice in Arabia,” a pilot about a teen kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family after tragedy befalls her parents, is penned by Brooke Eikmeier, who previously served in the U.S. Army as a cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language and trained to support NSA missions in the Middle East.
“Recovery Road” is a pilot about a teenage girl dealing with addiction and comes from Bert V. Royal (“Easy A”) and Karen DiConcetto (“Ruby & the Rockits”). Beth Miller (“12 Dates of Christmas,” “Revenge of the Bridesmaids”) and Craig Piligian (“Survivor,” “American Chopper”) from Pilgrim Studios and Danielle VonZerneck (“Left to Die”) will serve as executive producers.
“Unstrung” follows a brother and sister who are battling with the cutthroat and emotional stakes of the professional world tour of tennis. It’s exec produced by Emily Whitesell (“Life Unexpected”).
The network also renewed comedies “Melissa & Joey,” which is pictured above and stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, and “Baby Daddy,” which is a sort of modern-day “Three Men and a Baby.” Variety‘s ratings expert Rick Kissell reported that both showed nice gains when they returned in January.
ABC Family recently ordered to series the comedies “Mystery Girls,” starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, “Young & Hungry,” which is exec produced by Ashley Tisdale, and “Hannah Montana,” which stars Emily Osment as a food blogger with aspirations of becoming a chef.