ABC Family, soon to be rebranded as Freeform starting in 2016, has issued series orders to two new scripted dramas.
The first is a soap opera called Guilt from Kathryn Price (The Game Plan, Fallen) and Nichole Millard (The Game Plan, Imaginary Bitches), which the network describes as a “one-hour soapy drama about a young American woman in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. As the investigation unfolds, viewers will question whether she’s a naïve, young girl whose poor decisions are being magnified under the ruthless glare of the British tabloids, or whether she’s a sociopath who brutally murdered her friend. Even her sister, who comes to London to defend her, will question how well she knows her little sister as more and more ugly truths come out. This mystery will twist through all layers of London society – from a posh but depraved sex club, all the way up to the Royal Family itself.”
The second is supernatural drama Beyond, created by Adam Nussdorf (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, TRON: Uprising) and executive produced by two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Tim Kring (Heroes, Touch). The series follows “a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.”
“These two shows are an exciting part of our evolution into Freeform,” said Karey Burke, the executive 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.”