In advance of the Disney Advertising Sales Virtual Roadshow presentation, updates to the Freeform schedule for 2020 and 2021 were announced today. The network has picked up both Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Motherland: Fort Salem, as well as the recently-announced scripted romantic-comedy series Love in the Time of Corona, which begins production this summer.
Marking another strong year, Freeform is the No. 2 primetime cable entertainment network of the season among Women 18-34. Freeform also delivered the No. 1 live-action comedy for young women with grown-ish. In the holiday department, Freeform continues to outperform all other networks as the No. 1 holiday destination for Adults 18-34, powered by 31 Nights of Halloween, Kickoff to Christmas and 25 Days of Christmas.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring both ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ and ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ back for second seasons. Each show’s originality, characters and themes struck a chord with our audience, and we’re excited to share the ambitious stories the writers have planned for season two,” said Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, Freeform.
“We have a strong slate ahead, and with our young adult audience coming of age in a time that will forever impact their lives, we owe it to them to tell bold, authentic stories that reflect who they are and where they are going.”
Freeform Schedule Updates
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay to Return for a Second Season
Freeform has picked up critically-acclaimed comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay for a second season. The series, which is created, executive produced and stars Josh Thomas, follows Nicholas, a neurotic twenty-something-year-old who is forced to raise his two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, after the untimely death of their father.
The series stars Josh Thomas, Kayla Cromer, Adam Faison and Maeve Press and is produced and distributed internationally by Avalon. Thomas, Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte serve as executive producers, with David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon. Additionally, Please Like Me collaborator Thomas Ward reunites with Thomas as co-executive producer.
“This is great news, not just because it means I have a group of writers that have to hang out on my screen with me all day and I don’t have to be alone anymore getting weird,” said creator, executive producer and star Josh Thomas, “but because I love this show and I love these characters and I love our cast and crew and making another season is just going to be so nice.”
Motherland: Fort Salem Renewed for a Second Season
Motherland: Fort Salem, Freeform’s fierce genre thriller, has been picked up for a second season and Lyne Renee (General Alder) has been upped to series regular. The series is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country with supernatural tactics and weapons.
The series stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney and Lyne Renee. “Motherland: Fort Salem” is written and created by Eliot Laurence, with Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick as executive producers. Steven Adelson, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl and Bryan Q. Miller will also serve as executive producers on the series.
“I could not be more grateful for the chance to keep exploring the world of ‘Motherland: Fort Salem,’” said Laurence. “Freeform has been such a fabulous home for us through the development process, production, post and marketing. I’m also blown away by the love we’ve gotten from our fans, whose excitement and passion played a massive part in this renewal. Thank you, witches!”
grown-ish, Cruel Summer and Good Trouble Move to 2021
Freeform’s number one comedy series grown-ish, which had its midseason finale in March, will return to the network next year to finish up season three. Starring Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat and Diggy Simmons, grown-ish is produced by ABC Signature Studios, a part of Disney Television Studios, and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Julie Bean, Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, Craig Doyle, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins.
From executive producers Bert V. Royal and Jessica Biel, Freeform’s highly-anticipated psychological thriller Cruel Summer will now debut in 2021. Olivia Holt (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger) returns to the network to co-star in the series. The unconventional drama takes place over three summers in the 90s when a beautiful and popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from alternating POVs.
The series stars Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee and Brooklyn Sudano. Cruel Summer comes from eOne and executive producers Bert V. Royal, with Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple. Max Winkler directs and executive produces the pilot.
Freeform’s fan-favorite series Good Trouble, which had its season two finale in March, will return to the network next year for season three. Starring Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Sherry Cola, Tommy Martinez, Zuri Adele, Emma Hunton, Josh Pence and Beau Mirchoff, the series follows residents of Downtown Los Angeles’ The Coterie as they deal with the consequences of their personal and professional decisions and realize that sometimes standing up for what you believe in comes at a price.
Good Trouble is co-created by Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina also serve as executive producers.
Love in the Time of Corona & The Bold Type to Air in Summer
Freeform’s limited scripted series Love in the Time of Corona, from Good Trouble‘s Joanna Johnson, will go into production this summer and premiere in August. This four-part romantic comedy series is a funny and hopeful look at the search for love, sex and connection during this time of social distancing.
Also this summer, fan-favorite series The Bold Type returns on Thursday, June 11, at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT, continuing its fourth season.
Celebrate the Holidays However You Want on Freeform
With the success of Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween, Kickoff to Christmas and 25 Days of Christmas, the network has become the number one destination for holiday programming of all kinds. The Halloween and Christmas programming blocks will be back and bigger than ever in 2020, continuing to delight viewers in the holiday spirit.
31 Nights of Halloween will once again feature the classics Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters, while 25 Days of Christmas will bring you The Santa Clause trilogy and be the cable home of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Building off of this year’s inaugural Valentine’s Day stunt Love However the FF You Want, the network will bring back the event in 2021 to celebrate the funnier side of love.
In Summer 2021, Freeform will launch its newest programming block, Summer Singalong, featuring great movies with great music, including the network premiere of Disney’s live-action film Aladdin, keeping the celebration going all year round.