The Fosters (2013 TV series)

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The Fosters
The Fosters intertitle.png
GenreFamily drama
Teen drama
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Where You Belong" by Kari Kimmel
Composer(s)Alec Puro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • David Hartle
  • Mark Benton Johnson
Editor(s)
  • Kristin Windell
  • Sharon Silverman
  • Debra Weinstein
  • Michael Jablow
Cinematography
  • Lowell Peterson
  • Checco Varese
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC Family
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) – present
External links
Official website
 
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The Fosters
The Fosters intertitle.png
GenreFamily drama
Teen drama
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Where You Belong" by Kari Kimmel
Composer(s)Alec Puro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • David Hartle
  • Mark Benton Johnson
Editor(s)
  • Kristin Windell
  • Sharon Silverman
  • Debra Weinstein
  • Michael Jablow
Cinematography
  • Lowell Peterson
  • Checco Varese
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC Family
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) – present
External links
Official website

The Fosters is an American teen/family drama series on ABC Family that premiered on June 3, 2013. The series follows the lives of the Foster family, a lesbian couple raising children together. On July 30, 2013, The Fosters was picked up for a full season.[1] An additional ten episodes will be produced,[2] with the season returning on January 13, 2014.[3]

On October 11, 2013, ABC Family renewed The Fosters for a second season.[4][5]

Premise[edit]

Lena Adams Foster (Sherri Saum) and Stef Adams Foster (Teri Polo) are a same-sex couple living in San Diego, California. Lena, a school administrator, and Stef, a police officer, are raising three children: Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and a pair of adopted twins, Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). In the pilot episode, Lena and Stef also agree to take on a troubled foster child, Callie (Maia Mitchell), and her younger brother, Jude (Hayden Byerly). Their lives become more complicated as the family members deal with Stef being partnered at work with her ex-husband, Mike (Danny Nucci), with Mariana secretly reaching out to her drug-addicted birth mother, and with a growing romantic attraction between Callie and Brandon.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast and characters[edit]

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
121[16]June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)[16]TBATBATBA
2TBATBATBATBATBATBA

Webisodes[edit]

On January 27, 2014, it was confirmed that ABC Family greenlighted a spin-off digital series of The Fosters, named The Fosters: Girls United. The five-part web series will follow the residents of the Girls United group home. Maia Mitchell, Daffany Clark, Cherinda Kincherlow, Annamarie Kenoyer, Alicia Sixtos, Hayley Kiyoko, and Angela Gibbs will be starring in the series.[17]

Development and production[edit]

"Although [the script] was about a non-traditional family and had some newer themes, it had some really basic themes as well about family and love and what's really important. And life can be complicated and messy sometimes and not simple. It gives a really good depiction of family in this day and age."[18]

—Lopez on the show's concept.

In July 2012, The Hollywood Reporter, among other sources, confirmed that Jennifer Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican Productions, were developing a yet-to-be-titled hour-long drama project for ABC Family. Lopez serves as executive producer along with Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta, as well as co-creators/writers Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg.[19][20] In August, ABC Family ordered a pilot for The Fosters, a series which tells the story of a lesbian couple and their diverse family. The comedy-drama is about two women raising a "21st-century" multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological children.[21][22] The socially conservative One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, an SPLC certified hate group, condemned Lopez and the show, encouraging audiences to boycott it.[23] The group is against lesbian themes, stating: "While foster care and adoption is a wonderful thing and the Bible does teach us to help orphans, this program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having two moms raise these children together."[24] They issued the following statement:

"Obviously, ABC has lost their minds. They haven’t let up so neither will we. ABC’s Family Channel has several anti-family programs, and they are planning on adding to that growing list. ABC Family has approved a series pilot from Jennifer Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican, about a lesbian couple and their diverse family".[23][25][26]

In response, ABC subsequently backed the television show. ABC Family President Michael Riley said The Fosters merges perfectly with the network’s "groundbreaking storytelling and iconic characters" and will feature “the same depth, heart, close relationships and authenticity that our viewers have come to expect".[27] Other sources have also defended the show. Josh Middleton, a writer from Philadelphia magazine, called One Million Moms' statement "silliness" as well as "ridiculous" and said, "They obviously missed the boat on shows like Modern Family and The New Normal, which have been on air — and killing it in the ratings game — for a while now".[28]

On April 11, 2013, TV Guide unveiled the first official cast photo of The Fosters,[29] while its first-look trailer was released on April 19.[28] The pilot premiered on June 3, 2013.[30]

Rosie O'Donnell and Garrett Clayton booked recurring roles for the latter half of season 1.[31][32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef
2013
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Show
The Fosters
Won
[33]
Choice Summer TV Show
The Fosters
Nominated
[34]
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Jake T. Austin
Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Female
Maia Mitchell
Nominated
2014
GLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding Drama Series
The Fosters
Pending
[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 30, 2013). "'Switched at Birth' Renewed by ABC Family for Third Season + 'The Fosters' & 'Twisted' Get Back Order Pick-Ups". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ Nellie, Andreeva (July 30, 2013). "ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ & ‘Twisted’ Get Back Orders, ‘Switched At Birth’ Renewed". Deadline Hollywood. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 21, 2013). "ABC Family Announces Premiere Dates for 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Twisted', 'Switched at Birth' and 'The Fosters'". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 11, 2013). "ABC Family Renews The Fosters for Season 2". TV Line. 
  5. ^ Marechal, AJ (October 11, 2013). "‘The Fosters’ Renewed by ABC Family for Season Two". Variety. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 24, 2012). "ABC Family Casts Teri Polo and Sherri Saum in Drama Series Pilot 'The Fosters' Produced by Jennifer Lopez". Zap2It. (Tribune Media Services). Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "The Fosters — Meet the Cast". ABC Family. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bowe, Jillian (September 25, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez Soap Alum Sherri Saum Cast as Lesbian Mom in Jennifer Lopez's New ABC Family Drama". Zap2It. (Tribune Media Services). Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f 2 WKS (April 5, 2013). "ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Adds Bianca Santos". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 29, 2013). "Gabourey Sidibe Joins ‘American Horror Story’, Alex Saxon Added To ‘The Fosters’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ ANNE WINTERS, CIERRA RAMIREZ [Tune In Alert: The Fosters “Consequently” @MaiaMitchell @JakeTAustin @CierraRamirez @dglambert]
  12. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 13, 2013). "'Pretty Little Liars' Actor Lands Multi-Episode Arc on 'The Fosters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ The Fosters: Season 1 Hostile Acts (EP3) Around 22-24 Minutes (Itunes Version without comercials)
  14. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 10, 2013). "ABC Family's 'Fosters' Recruits 'Private Practice' Alum (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ Will ABC Family's Show The Fosters Be a Flop?
  16. ^ a b "Shows A-Z -fosters, the on abc family". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Gets Web Series (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  18. ^ Deluco, Concetta (April 23, 2013). "Is J.Lo Planning A Movie About the Boston Bombing?". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ 4 MOS. "Jennifer Lopez Developing Drama Project for ABC Family". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ Patten, Dominic. "Jennifer Lopez Developing Series For ABC Family". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ Daniels, Colin (August 25, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez drama pilot ordered by ABC". Digital Spy. (Lagardère Group). Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ August 24, 2012 10:30AM by The Associated Press (August 24, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez, TV Show About Lesbian Couple Gets Green Light From ABC — AOL Music Blog". Blog.music.aol.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Jennifer Lopez's New Lesbian-Themed TV Show Targeted by One Million Moms | E! Online". Au.eonline.com. October 8, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Jennifer Lopez's Lesbian-Themed Show Blasted by One Million Moms for Promoting Sin". Christianpost.com. October 9, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Show "The Fosters" Protested by One Million Moms". Gossip Cop. October 8, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "The Fosters". Onemillionmoms.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jennifer Lopez producing controversial family TV series 'The Fosters'". Voxxi.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "The Trailer for Jennifer Lopez's New TV Show About Lesbian Mom's, The Fosters | G Philly". Blogs.phillymag.com. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: First Family Photo of ABC Family's The Fosters — Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Jennifer Lopez's New Show 'The Fosters' Stirs Up Controversy Over Same-Sex Couple Raising Family : Entertainment". Latinos Post. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  31. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/the-fosters-rosie-odonnell-set-to-recur-in-second-half-of-season-1.html
  32. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fosters-garrett-clayton-joins-season-648267
  33. ^ Complete list of Teen Choice 2013 Awards winners
  34. ^ 'Man of Steel,' 'The Heat' Lead Third Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations
  35. ^ GLAAD Media Awards Noms Unveiled

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