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).
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* 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.