ABC Family Picks Up ‘Stitchers’ And ‘Young & Hungry’, Cancels ‘Mystery Girls’, Passes On ‘Unstrung’

ABC Family has made a string of pickup decisions. It has ordered to series one of its three drama pilots, the supernatural Stitchers, which marks the network’s first procedural drama series. Of the other two drama pilots, ABC Family has passed on the tennis-themed Unstrung, while there is no decision yet on rehab-themed Recovery Road.

TORI SPELLING, JENNIE GARTHOn the comedy side, ABC Family has ordered a second season of Young & Hungry, produced by Ashley Tisdale, and officially has decided against doing the same for fellow freshman comedy Mystery Girls, starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth.

Stitchers is new ground for us, and I’m excited to bring procedurals to the network,” said ABC Family President Tom Ascheim. Written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, Stitchers follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Schechter executive produces alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken. Schechter is repped by Resolution and Rain Management.

Young & HungryYoung & Hungry, about a wealthy young entrepreneur who hires feisty young blogger to be his personal chef, ranks as basic cable’s No. 1 telecast in its time period in adults 18-34 and women 18-34 and received two Teen Choice Award nominations, an encouraging sign for a new show targeting young viewers. Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee star; producing are David Holden, Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios.

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