ABC Family To Order Drama Pilot ‘Terminales’, Two Comedy Pilots

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that ABC Family is finalizing deals for three pilot orders — to drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. They will join the network’s recently picked up drama pilots: multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath.

Terminales is an adaptation of the Mexican drama series created and produced by Miguel Angel Fox. Described as “Sex And The City if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer,” Terminales follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lionsgate TV and Kapital Entertainment are producing; Aaron Kaplan is executive producing; Paul Presburger is overseeing for Televisa, which owns the format.

ABC Family originally put the project in development in August 2011. In April, it brought in new writers — Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, creators of the HBO comedy pilot Washingtonienne – to write a new script, which received the pilot green light. This is the third pilot order for Kaplan in the past month, along with Instant Mom at Nick at Nite and HR at Lifetime. He also received a series pickup and Nick at Nite for Wendell And Vinnie and pilot production commitments at NBC and ABC.

Phys Ed is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school’s star jock who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that even though he’s changed, nothing else really has. The pilot is written and executive produced by David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2). He is repped by APA and Jewerl Keats Ross.

Continuing Fred, from comedy veteran Bill Daly (Mike & Molly), is about twentysomething Winifred “Fred” Harris, a newly graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Daly is with UTA.

Comments (9)

  • “Described as “Sex And The City if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer…” Eeeeek. Really?

    Comment by christi — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT  
    • Yeah, exactly. ABC Family continues its slide. Execs there are clueless, gliding on the success of the last regime. Change a comin’, bet on it.

      Comment by Francis — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 9:27am PDT  
  • Bill Daly is one of the funniest and greatest writers I’ve ever been in a writers’ room with. Huge score for ABC Family. Congrats, Bill!!! And ABC Family!!!

    Comment by AWESOME!!!! — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 9:45am PDT  
  • Phys ed/David H. Steinberg – love this….abc family is lucky to have him.

    Comment by Chris Alan lee — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 10:21am PDT  
  • Is Aaron Kaplan bribing every exec in town? From what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem like he’s bringing better material to the table, and yet his success rate of getting things made is incredible.

    Comment by Huh? — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 10:44am PDT  
    • agree, somewhat. This is what’s wrong with television. The same people pitching the same crap to the same people, every year. Everyone stays hired but nothing worth watching seems to come out of the process. ugh.

      Comment by Deg — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 12:46pm PDT  
  • Bill Daly is a great guy, great writer. I hope this one scores big for him.

    Comment by Peter — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 2:11pm PDT  
  • Phys Ed sounds a LOT like Welcome Back, Kotter.

    Comment by Mr Sir — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 5:42pm PDT  
  • Terminales was a great show so hopefully this new version is good. I’m confident that it will be very well written because Joni and Susanna are good writers.

    Comment by Alma — Monday September 17, 2012 @ 11:27pm PDT  
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