The cabler, which targets females 12-34 with dramas and comedies, has also ordered three more pilots: “Bunheads,” “Baby Daddy” and “Village People.” Variety reported last week that additional shows in development include “Strut” and “Intercept.”
“The Lying Game” is another ABC Family partnership with Alloy Entertainment, which produces the hit drama “Pretty Little Liars” and also was behind “Huge” (which ran for a single season last year).
“Make It or Break It,” produced by Pirates’ Cove Entertainment, drew 1.5 million viewers overall for its season finale earlier this year. The show about teen gymnasts vying to make it to the Olympics will hope to tap into Olympics fever next summer.
It’s been a strong year for ABC Family, which averaged its largest summer aud to date (1.48 million viewers in primetime). The cabler also logged historical highs among women 18-34 (302,000), women 18-49 (486,000) and women 12-34 (520,000) for the summer.
As previously reported, the net has canceled “Nine Lives” and picked up “Jane by Design” and “Switched at Birth.”
The “Bunheads” pilot, produced by “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is a one-hour scripted drama that follows a Las Vegas showgirl who marries a smalltown guy on a whim and moves to his rural home, where she begins teaching dance.
“Baby Daddy” and “Village People” are both half-hour scripted comedies about single parents. The former tracks a twentysomething dad and is produced by “Nine Lives of Chloe King” producer Dan Berendsen; “Village People” centers on a career-minded woman who adopts a teenage mother’s infant and must care for the mother herself, as well.