Jennifer Lopez TV pilot about lesbian couple green-lighted by ABC Family
ABC Family has green-lighted Jennifer Lopez's new TV drama pilot, which focuses on a lesbian couple's family, and has released more details about it.
OnTheRedCarpet.com had confirmed in July that the 43-year-old actress, singer and former co-judge of FOX's "American Idol" was developing the hour-long project for the cable channel and would serve as its executive producer. ABC Family said in a statement that it will be called "The Fosters" and that it has ordered a pilot episode for the drama series.
"From executive producer Jennifer Lopez ... and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and executive producers, 'The Fosters' is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms," the statement said. "Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc."
Nuyorican Productions is Lopez's firm. It was previously reported that her new show depicts the lives of two lesbians who have several children. The women then bring in a teenager into their home.
Names of potential cast members of "The Fosters" have not been released. An ABC Family spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday: "We really, really hope Jennifer will guest star or make an appearance in the pilot."
"There maybe be something in the future, but not right now," her rep told OnTheRedCarpet.com, when asked if the actress planned to appear in the project.
If "The Fosters" is picked up, it would air in 2013 at the earliest, the ABC Family spokesperson added.
Bredeweg and Paige co-produced the short-lived 2010 CW reality show "Fly Girls," which was about flight attendants. Coincidentally, Lopez rose to fame as a "Fly Girl" dancer on the 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color."
Paige is also an actor and played Emmett Honeycutt on the show "Queer As Folk." Other producers attached to Lopez's project include Nuyorican Productions President Simon Fields, who has produced films such as "Shall We Dance," which starred Lopez, and Greg Gugliotta, who produced the 2003 ABC Family movie "Beautiful Girl."
Lopez served as an executive producer of "ĦQ'Viva!: The Chosen," a Spanish-language Univision reality series that saw her and then-husband Marc Anthony traveling through Latin America to recruit performers. The program was not produced by her company.