ABC Family has placed orders for three new pilots—Terminales, based on a Televisa series, and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. The three will join Jennifer Lopez's The Fosters and Gavin Polone's Socio.
Hour-long drama Terminales is written by Susanna Fogel and Jonie Lefkowitz, with GCB and The Neighbors (both of which air on sister network ABC) producer Aaron Kaplan. The show follows a a young woman who is diagnosed with a fatal illness. Lionsgate will produce in association with Televisa.
The other two scripts are half-hour multicam comedies. Phys Ed follows a jock who returns to high school to teach and discovers that everything is more or less the same, and is written and exec produced by David H. Steinberg of National Lampoon's Barely Legal and American Pie 2 fame. The other education pun, Continuing Fred, is also about a new grad who returns to teach, except that the protagonist is a woman and the venue is elementary school.
ABC Family has had great success with Switched at Birth—which was renewed for a second season a few weeks ago—and mainstays like Pretty Little Liars, but its most recent big-ticket scripted series, Bunheads and Baby Daddy, are struggling by comparison with the rest of the slate. In the event that the network needs a new show or two to try out, the comedies here seem to be right in the fish-out-of-water niche currently occupied by both of those shows.