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ABC Family Greenlights Murder Mystery ‘Guilt’ and Tim Kring’s Supernatural Series ‘Beyond’

ABC Family has greenlit two new dramas: Amanda Knox-style murder mystery “Guilt,” and a supernatural series from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring. The network announced the series orders on Thursday.

Guilt” revolves around an American girl named Grace who, when abroad in London, becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. Daisy Head (pictured, right) stars as the leading lady in the hourlong drama.

“Guilt” hails from writer-exec producers Kathryn Price (“The Game Plan”) and Nichole Millard (“The Game Plan”). Former ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson will also serve as exec producer. Gary Fleder (“Kingdom,” “Scorpion”) directed the pilot, which shot this summer in London and Budapest. The series is a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment and BV Family Productions.

Beyond,” from Kring, stars Burkely Duffield (pictured, left) as Holden, a young man who wakes up in a hospital not realizing he’s been in a coma for 12 years, emotionally still a teenager, physically an adult, and possibly in possession of supernatural powers.

Adam Nussdorf (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) created ”Beyond,” which comes from Imperative Entertainment and Automatik, with Kring exec producing, along with Zak Kadison, Justin Levy and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

“These two shows are an exciting part of our evolution into Freeform,” said Karey Burke, exec vice president of programming and development at ABC Family. “’Guilt’ is a sexy, sophisticated event series whose European location feels bigger than anything we have ever done. ‘Beyond’ introduces our audience to a new hero and takes them into a complex supernatural universe with great suspense and deep emotion.”

The double series order boosts up ABC Family’s original content as the young-skewing cabler makes its transition to being rebranded as Freeform in 2016. Part of the net’s continued mission is to grow their slate of original programming. In addition to “Guilt” and “Beyond,” another supernatural series, “Shadowhunters,” based on “The Mortal Instruments” franchise, premieres early next year, plus a Nicki Minaj-inspired comedy was recently ordered straight to series.

“Pretty Little Liars” creator Marlene King has landed a pilot order for “Famous In Love,” starring Bella Thorne. Also in the works is a comedy from the team behind “The Office” called “Gorgeous Morons.”

The cable net recently renewed a fifth season of family drama “Switched at Birth” and a second season of summer reality series “Monica the Medium.”

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