ABC Family, which is rebranding as Freeform in January, continues to expand its unscripted slate, giving a green light to The Letter, a relationship-focused reality series from Sirens Media. It’s slated to begin production in 2016.
“When your best friends tell you what you ‘really need to hear,’ it can be very emotional – whether hurtful, helpful, kind or hopeful,” said Karey Burke, EVP Programming & Development. “All these emotions and transformations are explored in our explosive new reality series The Letter.”
The series asks the question: “If you could, without identifying yourself, what would you tell your best friend that he or she really needed to hear?” In each stand-alone episode, four people close to one another draw names and anonymously write to the selected person a thoughtful yet totally honest letter outlining what, in their opinion, needs to be changed in order to improve and transform for the better the life of the recipient. For one week, each “reader” must follow all the rules and instructions outlined in the letter – culminating in a dramatic and emotionally charged meeting where the authors of each letter reveal themselves to their best friends.
The Letter is produced by Sirens Media, part of Leftfield Entertainment, an ITV America company. Executive producers for Sirens Media are Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton and Lucilla D’Agostino.
The pickup follows the network greenlighting Season 2 of docuseries Monica The Medium, following 22-year-old Monica Ten-Kate, a college student who speaks to the dead.