At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the channel Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, gave a 12-episode series order to the upcoming drama THE BOLD TYPE. Sarah Watson, a writer for Parenthood, created the show, which is inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief Content Officer and former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles. It hails from Universal Television and will be co-executive produced by Coles, Ruben Fleischer, and Holly Whidden.
The series follows Jane (played by Faking It alum Katie Stevens) who has just been promoted as a writer for the magazine Scarlet. She is both passionate and determined, though sometimes overwhelmed by life in New York City. Melora Hardin of Transparent fame will star as the editor-in-chief of Scarlet.
Freeform exec VP of programming Karey Burke calls the series a “love letter to modern feminism,” which “aims to be a destination for authentic female friendship and empowerment.”
Also at TCA, the channel announced a fifth-season renewal for The Fosters.
Watson is keeping busy in the world of television as the creator for CBS’ Pure Genius and currently serving as an executive producer on the in-development series The Underwriting for Fox.
Stevens was a contestant on Season 9 of American Idol before landing the role of Karma on MTV’s Faking It. She also appeared in the 2015 film Friends and Romans.
Hardin has an extensive career, appearing in series like Monk, The Office, and the aforementioned Transparent. She has also been in numerous films, such as Self/Less and 17 Again.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor