Freeform has picked up “Last Summer” to pilot. The one-hour drama was confirmed on Wednesday by Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development. Freeform explained that “Last Summer” is a new thriller that takes place over three summers: 1993, 1994, and 1995. The story takes place in a small Texas town where a popular teen named Kate is abducted, and seemingly unrelated, a girl named Jeanette goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town. By 1995, Jeanette becomes the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls (Jeanette and Kate), which will have the viewers loyalties constantly shifting as more information is revealed.
“At Freeform, we are constantly looking to tell bold stories that drive cultural conversation—’Last Summer’ will do just that,” said Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, Freeform. “Bert’s incredible character detail and unique voice coupled with Max’s distinctive vision is sure to leave our viewers on the edge of their seats. We are also incredibly honored to have Jessica and Michelle’s female-forward prowess contributing to this uniquely layered show.”
“I’m so happy to be back at Freeform with an amazing team of eOne, Max, Michelle and Jessica by my side,” said Royal. “We’re really excited to tell this story that we hope will spark some interesting conversations about how our society can upend a person’s life and send them to the hell of infamy before—and sometimes even, despite—the facts.”
“Last Summer” comes from eOne and is written and executive produced by Bert V. Royal, with Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, and Max Winkler, who will also direct. Jessica Biel is starring in the Facebook Watch series “Limetown,” currently scheduled to premiere on October 16th. That series comes from Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, and stars Biel, Omar Elba, Sherri Saum, Stanley Tucci, and Alessandro Juliani.
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