Freeform made some announcements today at TCA for its 2017 schedule with the series pickup of THE BOLD TYPE (formerly ISSUES); THE BACHELOR spin-off HAPPILY EVER AFTER? franchise returns and will feature fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, premiering March 20; and a fifth season order for THE FOSTERS. It was also announced that Freeform’s original comedies YOUNG & HUNGRY and BABY DADDY will return with all-new episodes in March.
Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, the pilot THE BOLD TYPE has been picked up to series and is set to premiere in summer 2017. The show “reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the global women’s magazine Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women leans on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.”
THE BACHELOR’s spin-off HAPPILY EVER AFTER? franchise will continue with a new unscripted series, titled THE TWINS: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? and will follow the fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson from Season 20 of THE BACHELOR and Season 3 of BACHELOR IN PARADISE.
In addition, Freeform’s family drama THE FOSTERS has been greenlit for a fifth season, which will bring the series to the momentous 100-episode mark. The network will premiere all-new episodes from the fourth season on Tuesday, January 31, at 8:00 p.m. EST.
YOUNG & HUNGRY will premiere season five on Monday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. In the fourth season finale, “Gabi and Josh decided to be ‘friends with benefits,’ much to the group’s chagrin, after their previous attempts at a relationship went awry. During the new season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won’t let feelings get in the way of their new arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with his estranged father.”
Finally, the season six premiere of BABY DADDY will air on Monday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The premiere “picks up three months after the finale, and Ben is still enthusiastically searching for the mysterious Elle. Danny and Riley are hunting for a good doctor to help with the pregnancy, and Bonnie desperately wants to be involved. Tucker is back from Los Angeles, but refuses to tell anyone what happened while he was there.”
Later in the day Freeform also renewed BEYOND for a second season.