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Former Netflix Exec Tara Duncan Named President of Freeform

Following the news last month that Tom Ascheim would depart as head of Freeform to lead Warner Bros.’ kids and young adults division, the young adult cabler has named Tara Duncan as its new president. She will step into the role on June 8, overseeing strategic planning, brand development, content strategy, original programming, production, scheduling, […]
Tags: News, Netflix, Warner Bros, Freeform, Tom Ascheim, Tara Duncan


Freeform Renews ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ and ‘Motherland: Fort Salem,’ ‘Bold Type’ Season 4 to Resume in Summer

Freeform announced a range of programming news on Tuesday. For starters, the Disney-owned cabler has renewed the freshman comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” as well as the freshman drama “Motherland: Fort Salem.” “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” is created, executive produced and stars Josh Thomas. It follows Nicholas (Thomas), a neurotic twenty-something-year-old who is forced to […]
Tags: News, Disney, Freeform, Josh Thomas, The Bold Type, Grown-ish, Nicholas Thomas, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Motherland: Fort Salem, Fort Salem


Freeform Renews Everything’s Gonna Be Okay & Motherland: Fort Salem

Freeform renews Everything’s Gonna Be Okay & Motherland: Fort Salem After scoring strong reviews and solid ratings for the cable network, Freeform has elected to greenlight second seasons for two of its freshman series, comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and supernatural drama Motherland: Fort Salem, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Freeform Cancels Party of Five Reboot After One Season “We couldn’t be happier to bring both Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Motherland: Fort Salem...
Tags: TV, Movies, America, Los Angeles, United States, TV News, Freeform, Thomas, Josh Thomas, TV Premiere, Gary Sanchez Productions, Eliot Laurence, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Motherland: Fort Salem, Fort Salem, Lauren Corrao


TV Bits: ‘Party of Five’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘The Hellfire Club’, ‘I May Destroy You’, ‘Turn Up Charlie’

In this edition of TV Bits: The Party of Five reboot has been canceled. Black Mirror: Smithereens will be part of the Emmy TV movie race. Stephen Graham is joining Peaky Blinders. HBO Max is developing a series based on Jake Tapper’s novel The Hellfire Club. Watch a trailer for HBO’s I May Destroy You. Sorry everyone, but Idris Elba’s Netflix DJ show has been canceled. Train To Busan director Yeon Sang-ho is directing a Netflix series. Party of Five got itself a reboot on Freeform, but it...
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Quarantine Romance Series ‘Love in the Time of Corona’ Ordered at Freeform

It seemed only a matter of time until someone created a series about romance during the coronavirus, and that time is already here. Freeform has ordered a four-part limited series titled “Love in the Time of Corona,” which the Disney-owned network is hoping to debut in August. The show hails from “Good Trouble” executive producers Joanna […]
Tags: News, Disney, Freeform, Joanna, Good Trouble, Coronavirus, Time Of Corona


Freeform May 2020 TV Lineup Released

Freeform May 2020 TV Lineup Released Freeform has released its new lineup of TV offerings for May 2020, including the season finales of Motherland: Fort Salem and Siren. The network will also be offering special movie marathon weekends encouraging people to #StayTheFFHome. You can check out the complete lineup below! RELATED: Freeform Cancels Part of Five Reboot After One Season Motherland: Fort Salem Season 1 May 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #1008 – “Citydrop” The witches’ training cu...
Tags: TV, Movies, Ted, TV News, Annie, Calvin, Maddie, Siren, Freeform, Abigail, Helen, Ben, Donna, Robb, Tia, Disney Pixar


Freeform Taps Kristen Andersen as Communications VP

Kristen Andersen is returning to Walt Disney Television after stints at Shondaland and Netflix. The exec has been tapped as Freeform’s new vice president of communications, meaning she will spearhead the Disney-owned network’s corporate and consumer media relations, with oversight of program publicity, industry relations, awards outreach and talent relations. Andersen’s appointment was announced by […]
Tags: News, Disney, Netflix, Freeform, Andersen, Shondaland, Walt Disney Television, Kristen Andersen


‘Party of Five’ Reboot Canceled After One Season at Freeform

Freeform has decided not to renew its “Party of Five” reboot for a second season. The one-hour drama followed the five Acosta children as they navigated daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. It starred Brandon Larracuente as Emilio, Emily Tosta as Lucia, Niko Guardado […]
Tags: News, Mexico, Freeform, Acosta, ` Party of Five, Brandon Larracuente, Emilio Emily Tosta, Lucia Niko Guardado


Freeform Cancels Party of Five Reboot After One Season

Freeform Cancels Party of Five Reboot After One Season According to Deadline, Freeform has canceled the Party of Five reboot series after one season, which wrapped its now series finale on March 4. RELATED: Asian Descent: Freeform Developing New Comedy Series From Fresh Off the Boat Team The new iteration of Party of Five is a modern twist on the original series, which told the story of an orphaned group of siblings. The new one-hour drama follows the five Acosta children as they navigate dai...
Tags: TV, Movies, Mexico, Fox, TV News, BETO, Lacey Chabert, Freeform, Julia, Keyser, Lippman, Acosta, Valentina, Party Of Five, Scott Wolf, Brandon Larracuente




Tom Ascheim to Depart as President of Freeform

Freeform president Tom Ascheim will be stepping down from his position as the head of the Disney-owned cable network, multiple sources tell Variety. More to come… 
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Freeform Boss Tom Ascheim Moves to Warner Bros

UPDATED: Freeform president Tom Ascheim will be stepping down from his position as the head of the Disney-owned cable network this summer for an executive role at Warner Bros. WB announced that Ascheim will be joining the company as president of global kids, young adults and classics. In his new role, he will report to […]
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Freeform Launches ‘#StayTheFFHome’ Campaign Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (EXCLUSIVE)

In order to promote health and safety guidelines in the wake of the novel coronavirus, Freeform is launching a multi-platform social distancing campaign called #StayTheFFHome, Variety has learned exclusively. The goal of #StayTheFFHome is to encourage the Freeform audience to take state officials’ “safer at home” and “shelter in place” advisories seriously. To further entice […]
Tags: News, Freeform, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Coronavirus, StayTheFFHome Variety


Freeform’s ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’: TV Review

Witches, despite their increasingly glamorous status in pop culture, have long been symbolic of people’s preconceived notions and fear of othered people, particularly women who deign to seize their own power (literal or otherwise). Women suspected of witchcraft and women who practice witchcraft have met terrible ends as they fought for the right to be […]
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Mandatory Streamers: Supernatural Returns in a New Time Slot

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Mandatory Streamers: Supernatural Returns in a New Time Slot Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of March 16, Supernatural has returned after a brief hiatus in a new time slot as Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester’s (Jensen Ackles) fight against God — and for free will — continues. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal anno...
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For a Show About an Alt-America Run by Witches, Motherland: Fort Salem Is Surprisingly OK

When we first heard that Freeform was working on a Handmaid’s Tale-style alternative history show where witches had been drafted into the military to escape persecution, our first thought was: “That’s redonkulus.” In some ways, that’s still true, but Motherland: Fort Salem has managed to balance out the bizarre with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Witches, Alternate History, The Man In The High Castle, Freeform, The Handmaids Tale, Alt America, Fort Salem, Motherland Fort Salem


‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Team to Develop Freeform Comedy ‘Asian Descent’

As the Fresh Off the Boat team disembarks from the groundbreaking ABC sitcom after six seasons, several of them are preparing to develop another Asian-American-led comedy on Freeform. Fresh Off the Boat executive producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan are teaming up with series writer and co-producer Cindy Fang to develop Asian Descent at Freeform, a dark comedy about an aspiring musician who moves back home with her immigrant parents. Variety reports that Fresh Off the Boat executive producer...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Abc, Freeform, Jake Kasdan, Constance Wu, FANG, Eddie Huang, Kasdan, Cindy Fang, Melvin Mar, Asian Descent Fox 21 Television Studios


Asian Descent: Freeform Developing New Comedy Series From Fresh Off the Boat Team

Asian Descent: Freeform developing new comedy series from Fresh Off the Boat team Following the series finale of ABC’s family sitcom Fresh Off the Boat last month, Variety reports that most members of the creative team behind the ground-breaking series are now partnering with Freeform to develop a brand new Asian-American comedy series titled Asian Descent. Fresh Off the Boat starred Randall Park and Golden Globe nominee Constance Wu which was based on chef Eddie Huang’s life. The sitcom ran ...
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Team to Develop Comedy ‘Asian Descent’ at Freeform (EXCLUSIVE)

Multiple members of the production team behind ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” are developing the comedy series “Asian Descent” at Freeform, Variety has learned exclusively. “Fresh Off the Boat” executive producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan are both onboard the project, along with series writer and co-producer Cindy Fang. “Asian Descent” is described as a dark […]
Tags: News, Abc, Freeform, Jake Kasdan, Fresh Off the Boat, Melvin Mar, Freeform Variety, Cindy Fang Asian Descent


Peter Paige on Writing Titular ‘The Thing About Harry’ Character as Pansexual

Freeform’s forthcoming Valentine’s Day film, “The Thing About Harry,” is an earnest romantic comedy that follows high school enemies who are forced to share a ride to their hometown to attend a friend’s engagement party, only to have car trouble, bond overnight in a motel, and come out the other side with complicated feelings about […]
Tags: News, Features, Freeform, Peter Paige, The Thing About Harry


‘The Thing About Harry’ Team Talks LGBTQ Representation on TV for a New Generation

As a queer love story backed by Disney, as well as the first original Valentine’s Day film for Freeform, there are sure to be many eyes on “The Thing About Harry.” Set in Chicago, the TV movie follows two Harry (played by Niko Terho) and Sam (Jake Borelli) who, after being stuck on what they […]
Tags: News, Disney, Chicago, Freeform, Peter Paige, Britt Baron, The Thing About Harry, Niko Terho, Jake Borellie, Sam Jake Borelli


“I’m a great pitcher” Josh Thomas tells us ‘Everything’s Gonna Be OK’ with his new show on gay life

EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY – Josh Thomas (Freeform/Tony Rivetti) “I’ve had too much caffeine. This is going to be a weird interview.” At least Josh Thomas has the courtesy to warn us. And in truth, we’ve had far weirder interviews. Aussie comic Thomas, of course, earned international acclaim for his first sitcom Please Like Me about a gay man (played by Thomas) who comes out of the closet and moves in with his suicidal mother. The show ran four seasons and grabbed the notice of Hollywood prod...
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Freeform Boss Tom Ascheim Touts ‘Four-Part Formula for Longevity’

Freeform president Tom Ascheim laid out what he called the network’s “four-part formula for longevity and maybe gentle world domination” during an executive session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday. “One, take a stand,” Ascheim began. “86% of young adults expect brands to be more than just a product. They want […]
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‘Grown-ish,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Renewed at Freeform

Freeform has renewed comedy “Grown-ish” for a fourth season, a day after its season 3 premiere, and drama “Good Trouble” for a third. The pickup announcement was made at the network’s Television Critics’ Association press tour day. “Freeform is a megaphone for stories that deserve to be told and a place where the world’s biggest […]
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Freeform Orders Drama ‘Last Summer’ With Jessica Biel Producing

Freeform has picked up the drama “Last Summer” to series, it was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The show had been picked up to pilot at the cabler back in September. Bert V. Royal serves as writer and executive producer, with Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple executive producing under their […]
Tags: News, Jessica Biel, Freeform, Television Critics Association, Tca, Bert V Royal, Michelle Purple, Last Summer


‘Everything’s Going to Be Okay’ From Josh Thomas: TV Review

One of the hallmarks of Josh Thomas’ particularly spiky and sympathetic sense of humor is how he takes a situation we’ve seen unfold on TV before and makes the bold choice to let his characters react like actual human beings. On his semi-autobiographical comedy “Please Like Me,” people struggled through depression and their gnarled feelings […]
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‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’: Josh Thomas on Importance of Authenticity in Portrayals of Autism on TV

Australian comedian Josh Thomas was just 17 when he won the competition at the Melbourne Intl. Comedy Festival — and just 25 when, in 2013, he created and starred in “Please Like Me,” nominated for five Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards during its four-season run. Now he’s back with “Everything’s Gonna Be […]
Tags: News, Features, Freeform, Josh Thomas, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Melbourne Intl Comedy Festival


Freeform’s ‘Party of Five’: TV Review

In rebooting their 1994 teen drama “Party of Five,” Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman haven’t just dusted off their old IP to cast a new slate of characters in a familiar story. Instead, they’ve twisted their original concept to fit a scenario that is top of mind in 2020. Whereas their first show followed five […]
Tags: Reviews, Freeform, ` Party of Five, Christopher Keyser, Amy Lippman


The Chainsmokers to Produce Music Drama in Development at Freeform

The Chainsmokers are set to executive produce a drama series currently in development at Freeform, Variety has learned. The series is titled “Demo.” It follows a 20-something musician who dares to leave behind her struggling indie rock band and her working class family to try writing pop songs in Los Angeles. Though at first she’s eager […]
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Freeform, The Chainsmokers


Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule Unveiled, Includes ‘The Simpsons’ Holiday Episodes & More

Halloween is over, and since Thanksgiving decorations totally suck, it’s time for Christmas. In honor of the forthcoming holiday, Freeform is wasting no time getting their 25 Days of Christmas schedule out there for people to get excited about. Every year the channel is decked out with classic holiday movies, beloved Christmas specials, and even some original Yuletide stuff, and this year is no exception. Along with the expected arrival of movies like The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Dr. Seuss’ Ho...
Tags: Television, Movies, Home Alone, Freeform, The Fosters, The-Simpsons, The-Nightmare-Before-Christmas, The Santa Clause, Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town