ABC Family has renewed their hit, though controversial, drama series The Fosters for a fourth season, the network announced on Monday. The show’s fourth season will premiere in 2016, by which time the network will have re-branded to Freeform.
Created by Bradley Bredeweg & Peter Paige, The Fosters follows a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. The drama series stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Noah Centineo, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.
“We have so many more stories to tell about ‘The Fosters’ family – these incredible characters have come into our lives and touched so many – from Stef and Lena’s wedding to the adoptions of Callie and Jude.” said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President or Programming and Development for ABC Family. “We look forward to more of the groundbreaking storytelling from this creative team.”
While The Fosters has drawn strong criticism from conservative groups, the series has nevertheless been awarded a slew of awards for its bold storytelling, including the Television Academy Honors Award and GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. It also remains a ratings hit, with the third season currently averaging more than 2.1 million viewers – making it the number one scripted drama on cable in its Monday night 8pm time-slot.
ABC Family has been busy of late building up its schedule for 2016. Alongside The Fosters, the network has also renewed flagship series Pretty Little Liars for a seventh season, while both Young & Hungry and Switched At Birth have also been renewed for next season. Elsewhere, as part of a stated plan to boost the amount of scripted content on the network, ABC Family has picked up a slew of new series, such as Shadowhunters, an as-yet Untitled Nicki Minaj Comedy, horror thriller Dead of Summer, Guilt and Tim Kring’s Beyond.