TVLine Items: ABC Family's Eerie Hotel Stay, Live NYC Lip Sync and More

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If Shadowhunters and Stitchers aren’t exactly your cup of tea, perhaps ABC Family’s newest pilot will make you Stay with the network.

The cabler has greenlit Stay, a one-hour drama about a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who, after getting stranded at a foreboding hotel, must unravel the building’s mysteries to escape.

Relative newcomer Spenser Cohen penned the pilot script and will executive-produce alongside Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) and Anna Halberg.

ABC Family previously announced pilot orders for Gorgeous Morons (about two handsome, but simple, brothers whose lives are rocked by their brainy female roommate) and Beyond (about a young man who wakes from a 12-year-long coma and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into a dangerous conspiracy).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle will host a live — and free! — performance of the show in Central Park on July 13. Though performers have not yet been announced, Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J will host.

* British actress Rosie Day (Homefront) has joined Season 2 of Outlander as Mary Hawkins, the daughter of a baronet and Silas Hawkins’ niece, EW.com reports.

* Evan Handler (Californication) and Russell Hornsby (Grimm) have joined the cast of The Breaks, VH1’s upcoming original movie about three friends who work to make it big in the hip-hop industry. Handler will play legendary promo man and music publisher Jonah “Juggy” Aaron, while Hornsby will portray radio host Sampson Green.

* Morgan Freeman will host and produce National Geographic’s upcoming series The Story of God. Slated to premiere in 2016, the project will explore mankind’s biggest questions about the divine, from the mystery of creation to the promise of resurrection.

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8 Comments
  1. anonymous says:

    This is completely ridiculous!!! ABC Family premieres all these new shows and most of them suck and will probably be cancelled anyway and furthermore the show that has even remotely a chance to make it is Stitchers because it’s an amazing and awesome show with a hot young and talented cast and is well written.

    • matraupach says:

      I just fear that they may cancel some of the good shows they have right now to make space in the schedule.

      • johnhelvete says:

        ABC Family plans to double the number of shows they air over the next 4 years. That might mean some shows doing 13-16 episode seasons instead of their usual 20 episode seasons but they are already starting to air shows at 10pm this summer (Chasing Life) and they are likely going to have more of a year round schedule instead of summer/winter.

        • matraupach says:

          I know that, but the number of new pilots is still shocking high.
          I mean right now they have 4 upcoming new drama shows.
          This twice the old number of drama shows in total.

          In case of Chasing Life: I am not sure why they left it on that spot, it is kinda strange…

          Some say it is out of fear to run against Jane the Virgin, but on that time-slot the targeted demo won’t watch the show either.

  2. Stay and Beyond sound great.

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  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    I really hope that in the next number of months, the execs at CBS Daytime better end The Price is Right sometime in the near future and Drew Carey continues to be very bad at what he does: hosting a game show. If the entire Price is Right crew doesn’t want to get fired then TV’s longest running game show will definitely come to an end like in 2017.

  5. Isn’t Beyond just The Dead Zone 2.0?