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ABC Family Orders Three New Pilots

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:30PM
ABC FamilyEncouraged by the success of its summer hit 'Pretty Little Liars,' ABC Family announced today that it has given production orders to three new pilots.

The three new one-hour dramas, called 'Nine Lives,' 'Switched at Birth' and 'Strut,' are geared toward the network's Millenial viewers, EVP of original programming and development Kate Juergens said. "These pilots offer a great mix of heartfelt and compelling storytelling that our audience has come to expect from us," she said in a statement.

After the jump, read descriptions of the three new shows.

'Nine Lives,' based on the book 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King' by Celia Thomson, features a teenage girl who develops superpowers after her 16th birthday. Turns out, she's part of an "ancient race who have been hunted by human assassins for millenia," and is their only hope for survival.

'Switched at Birth' is pretty self-explanatory, but in case you want more details: two girls -- one poor who lost her hearing as a child and one rich with an idyllic family life -- find out they were switched at birth, forcing their families to "learn how to live together for the sake of the girls."

'Strut' follows a "showgirl named Roxy who marries a stranger after a wild evening, and overnight finds herself living in a small town in Texas and reinventing the high school's struggling drill team." The dancer will shape the awkward outsiders into an impressive group of performers, and "turn the town upside down in the process."

None of the shows have been cast yet, but the producers have impressive teen-TV pedigrees (Alloy Entertainment, The CW) that will surely work well at ABC Family.

What do you think of the new shows? Would you watch?

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I enjoyed switched at birth last week very much. I am looking forward to seeing it again tonight.

June 13 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow. none of these sound the least bit intriguing. And I love Lincoln Heights, Secret Life, Huge, Melissa & Joey, etc.

September 28 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

Isn't there a brand of cat food called "9 Lives"?
ABC Family may have an im-purr-fect lawsuit on
their claws if the show's title goes through. I'd
suggest instead of using the number 9 in the title,
that they use the word "Nine" in back of "Lives".

September 28 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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