At today’s combined Walt Disney Television Upfront presentation held at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Freeform announced that Siren Season 3 has received the green light, revealed new trailers for Motherland: Fort Salem, Party of Five, and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, revealed when The Simpsons will stream on the channel, and more.
Siren, Freeform’s fan-favorite mermaid thriller, has been picked up for a third season. During the first half of its second season, Siren ranked as Freeform’s No. 1 show among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49. The second half of Season 2 will premiere on Thursday, June 13, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform.
Ben and Maddie are uncertain about the mermaids’ future after the deadly consequences of the attack on the oil rig and, with the mermaids returning to sea, are left feeling lost without Ryn. Once Helen learns she’s not the only one of her kind, she discovers there is a dark side to her people’s past. The series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen. Siren is executive produced by Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, who serves as showrunner.
Motherland: Fort Salem: Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to fight for their country, Motherland: Fort Salem follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world—but with supernatural tactics and weapons. The series stars Ashley Nicole Williams, Jessica Sutton, Taylor Hickson, Demetria McKinney and Amalia Holm. Motherland: Fort Salem is executive produced by Eliot Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson.
Party of Five: From Sony Pictures Television, Party of Five will follow the five Acosta children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico. The series stars Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado and Elle Paris Legaspi. The new iteration of Party of Five is created by Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who also serve as executive producers and writers. Rodrigo Garcia also serves as executive producer and directed the pilot. Michal Zebede serves as co-executive producer and writer.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay: From Please Like Me creator, writer and star Josh Thomas comes half-hour comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, produced by Avalon Television and Freeform. The series introduces Nicholas (Josh Thomas), a neurotic 25-year-old visiting his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. He hasn’t been particularly present in his siblings’ lives, but when their dad reveals that he is terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to rise to the occasion, move in and hold it all together. Thomas created, stars, writes and will serve as showrunner of the comedy series, coming soon to Freeform. Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte also serve as executive producers, with David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon Television. The series will also star Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press and Adam Faison.
Freeform is also welcoming the Simpson family as America’s longest-running sitcom will begin to air on the network starting this September. Viewers will be able to enjoy episodes from all 30 seasons of the dysfunctional and hilarious adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the array of quirky supporting characters living in the misfit city of Springfield. Currently in its 30th season, The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Matt Groening and developed by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Sam Simon. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are executive producers.
Freeform will also be doubling down on their commitment to Halloween and will be making this year’s 31 Nights of Halloween programming stunt even bigger with the following programming additions. After last year’s highly successful “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” Freeform will continue the party this year with a new original special, “Halloween Extravaganza Bash,” a celebration of Halloween’s biggest pop culture moments. This year, the special will honor the icons of the season as we celebrate the most beloved movies, television shows and music artists who have become synonymous with Halloween.
The network has also announced new movies joining the line-up. Marking its 25th anniversary, the classic hit Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters 2, as well as the Scream trilogy will be airing throughout the stunt, joining other fan favorites including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Addams Family. And not to be forgotten, Freeform will break its own record of the number of times one network can air Hocus Pocus, in a programming stunt with a record for 27 broadcasts of the cult classic.
As far as the holiday programming, the beloved classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will air on Freeform for the first time ever during this year’s 25 Days of Christmas programming event. From the Rankin Bass classic holiday library, the two iconic films will join other titles including Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, The Little Drummer Boy and more for the merriest time of year.
And in a holiday series showdown like no other, Wrap Battle will put the most gifted DIY-ers to the test. In the elimination gift-wrapping competition, contestants battle it out to deliver amazing results in different challenges in every episode, with each vying to win $50,000. Get your scissors and two-sided tape ready, let’s get wrapping! Wrap Battle is executive produced by Michael Levitt (“Hocus Pocus 25th Halloween Anniversary Bash”).