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by Devon Thomas  |  01.10.2017

Disney-owned cable network Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) has handed out a series order to Cosmopolitan magazine drama The Bold Type (formerly known as Issues), according to The Hollywood Reporter

The 12-episode drama will debut in summer 2017. Ahead of its time in front of press at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the network also renewed The Fosters for a fifth season, which will see the critical favorite hit the 100-episode milestone.

Previously developed at NBC, The Bold Type — inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief Content Officer (and former Cosmo Editor-in-Chief) Joanna Coles — offers a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine called Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women lean on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together, they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.

Bold Type hails from Universal Television — marking a key off-network sale for the studio and a rare studio buy for Freeform. Parenthood alum Sarah Watson created the drama and serves as showrunner. David Bernad (Superstore), Coles and Ruben Fleischer (Superstore) executive produce. Holly Whidden co-executive produces the Universal Television and The District drama.

Faking It favorite Katie Stevens stars in the drama as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer for Scarlet magazine. Equal parts passion and determination, she is sometimes a little overwhelmed by life in New York. Melora Hardin (Transparent) stars as the editor-in-chief of the show’s magazine.

Fresh off its series pickup for The Bold Type and renewal for The Fosters, the Disney-owned cable network formerly known as ABC Family has renewed Tim Kring drama Beyond for a second season.

The news was revealed Tuesday during the show’s time in front of reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, where the cast and creators were surprised with the renewal announcement by Freeform president Tom Ascheim, who called the decision an easy one.

”Our goal for launching Beyond was to give the audience outstanding content in the way they want to watch it,” Ascheim said in a release shortly after the announcement. “The response has far exceeded our greatest expectations, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and we can’t wait to bring more Beyond to its growing fan base.”

I. Marlene King teased the final 10 episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” promising a few surprises for fans, at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, according to TheWrap.

According to King, the executive producer and creator of the series, Season 7 will be some of the most “dense” episodes of the show so far. In addition to wrapping up the story and solving any lingering mysteries, the final 10 episodes will also feature both a musical episode and yet another time jump.

“There will be a one-year time jump before it ends,” King promised, revealing few other plot details.

The final season, which is being branded by the network as #PLLEndGame, will be most rewarding for fans who have been following the show closely for years, King said.

Season 7 will also introduce a new mysterious villain for the show, which executive producer Joseph Dougherty promises will only heighten the drama fans have come to expect.

RELATED: Freeform’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’’ Mona Admits “We’re Out of Our League”

READ MORE: Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap

[Image courtesy of Freeform via Hollywood Reporter]

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