Freeform orders comedy pilot ‘Now & Then’
A new comedy is headed to Freeform
Freeform has ordered a new comedy pilot “Now & Then,” the announcement was made today by Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president, Programming & Development. “Now & Then” is a single-camera comedy about a group of old college friends, who, having lost touch over the years, are brought back together unexpectedly for one wild night only to be given a new lease on life and friendship. Reuniting as friends gives them the opportunity to discover who they always promised each other they would be.
The pilot is written by Shawn Wines who will also serve as executive producer, along with executive producers Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Freeform’s current slate of scripted original series includes the fan-favorite comedy “Young & Hungry”; the upcoming new comedies “grown-ish” and “Alone Together,” which are slated to premiere in 2018; along with scripted dramas including the summer breakout hit “The Bold Type.” These shows join Freeform’s stellar hits like the supernatural thriller “Beyond”; “Famous In Love,” starring Bella Thorne; the critically acclaimed “The Fosters”; sci-fi phenomenon “Shadowhunters”; procedural drama “Stitchers”; and the highly anticipated series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” coming to Freeform in 2018.
Of these shows “Shadowhunters” is easily one of the most popular. The drama-series is based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare. “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
The new Marvel addition might shake-up the ratings next year. The series will follow the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes slated to debut early 2018. “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, James Saito and J.D. Evermore. The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Joe Pokaski (“Underground,” “Heroes”) serves as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”), Marvel’s head of Television, and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”) also serve as executive producers. Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) directed the first episode.