The new ABC Family series The Fosters from executive producer Jennifer Lopez about two moms raising a large family has gotten picked up and will begin airing in the summer. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type yet am so happy I can.
ABC Family president Michael Riley announced the news today, saying the new one-hour drama fits into the network’s “groundbreaking storytelling and iconic characters” and will bring “the same depth, heart, close relationships and authenticity that our viewers have come to expect.”
The two moms will be played by Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The West Wing) as police officer Stef Foster and Sherri Saum (In Treatment, Sunset Beach) as school principal Lena Foster. Their large, multi-ethnic brood includes biological and adopted children. Their household will be disrupted when they take in another child, Callie (played by Maia Mitchell), a troubled teen with an abusive past.
ABC Family also released the first photos of the new series, and gay ladies everywhere will no doubt be thrilled to see Stef is in uniform for all of them.
Executive producer Lopez is being joined by series creators Bradley Bredeweg (Fly Girls) and Peter Paige (Queer As Folk), who will also serve as writers and executive producers. The show will begin production in the spring.
So, thoughts on The Fosters? Excited to let this family into your living rooms every week? No matter how it turn out, you’ve got to congratulate ABC Family on being so inclusive when it comes to what makes a family in the first place.