Like the younger demographic ABC Family is targeting, the network is growing up oh so fast. The ABC offshoot announced its schedule today as part of its up-fronts and has added five new shows and picked up three others for additional seasons.
The network's big three programs will all be back for more, with Kyle XY and Lincoln Heights getting third seasons and Greek returning for a sophomore season (the first season was split into two chapters). Lincoln Heights, which follows an African-American family moving into the inner city, was given a 10-episode order that will begin this fall. Kyle XY, about a teen with a mysterious past, returns with 10 episodes in early 2009. Slightly raunchy college dramedy Greek goes back to school this fall with a dozen new episodes.
New programs begin this summer with The Middleman and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The comic book-inspired The Middleman, about a woman in her 20s who fights crime, will debut the first of 13 episodes on June 16. American Teenager premieres its tales of struggling with teenage pregnancy on July 1.
Two original movies will also debut this summer on the network. The Circuit, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as an up-and-coming stock-car racer, premieres June 8, and Picture This, starring Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as a girl who gets grounded the same day as the date of her life, premieres July 13.
One of ABC Family's most anticipated projects, Samurai Girl (based on the novels), airs as a special six-hour event spread over September 5, 6, and 7. Samurai Girl follows a young woman who trains to be a sword-wielding warrior to take down the powerful Japanese Yakuza.
ABC Family's final new pickups are for a pair of shows set to debut sometime in 2009. Half-hour comedy Roommates is about a quartet of post-college friends navigating their young adult years. In Sophie, a young woman deals with the worst year of her life.
The network also acquired the rights to air reruns of That '70s Show and My Wife and Kids, which will premiere on ABC Family in June and September, respectively.
ABC Family had its best year ever in 2007, according to the network, setting highs in total viewers and key demographics.