The Fosters

Jennifer Lopez hasn’t rested on her laurels since being booted from American Idol. The pop-star turned her attention to television, executive-producing a groundbreaking pilot for ABC Family. “The Fosters” is a comedy-drama about a lesbian couple raising a “multi-ethnic” mixture of biological and foster children.

“The Fosters” stars Teri Polo and Sherri Shaum among other actors. ABC Family is offering these tidbits about the pilot:

The Fosters are a bi-racial couple who are raising a biological son along with several other adoptive children. Lena is an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save children. She decides to take in Callie, a “troubled” teen with an abusive past whose ways will turn the family lives upside down. Stef is a tough yet kind police officer who isn’t as eager to add to their family. Lena tries to introduce new children to the family, not always with Stef’s knowledge.

A newly-released trailer shows tension between the children and their parents as they attempt to navigate the pangs of growing up in an “untraditional” family. Jezebel points out:

In the trailer, Teri Polo’s character says “We’re definitely not the Brady Bunch.” A blatantly obvious signal to viewers — look how different we are! — but also a refreshing reminder that it’s not 1969. We’re living in a new era, with all different kinds of families. Unlike that ABC show called Modern Family — you know, the one where the women don’t have jobs — “The Fosters “actually feels apropos for 2013.

Another scene included in the trailer shows siblings Jesus (Jake T. Austin) confronting Marianna (Cierra Ramirez) about selling his pills for cash so she could meet her biological mother.

“The Fosters” appears to reimagine villages where the gender of parents is not nearly as important as the love and support offered.

ABC Family has championed progressive issues within its programming. The network aired a series spin-off of “10 Things I Hate About You” featuring a bold, outspoken feminist as the protagonist as well as “Huge,” a series chronicling issues kids combat at a weight-loss camp. Women and Hollywood considers “Switched at Birth” to be the “first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in ASL [American Sign Language].”

The network boasts impressive inclusivity. GLAAD found 55 percent of ABC Family’s original primetime programming features some LGBT presence. This statistics led GLAAD to bestow ABC Family with an “excellent” score from the Network Responsibility Index, a database chronicling LGBT issues in television. ABC Family is only the second network to earn this distinction.

ABC Family’s president, Michael Riley, prides the network on promoting positive programming with progressive undertones. In response to ABC’s garnering of the excellent score, he said:

We’re proud of our programming, and grateful for the recognition from GLAAD. We strive to reflect the rich diversity of our audience and the world around us, including the LGBT community, through strong characters and engaging, authentic storytelling.  Earning GLAAD’s highest rating for our inclusive programming is both an honor and a validation of our programming’s positive impact.

“The Fosters” premieres June 3 at 9/8(c).

Will you be watching “The Fosters?”

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  • Diane Martin

    It is a very deceptive “promo” designed to lure the impressionable and taint their perceptions and values. I do not watch ABC and have not allowed by mind to be tainted with such evil propaganda. May Almighty God have mercy on the twisted souls who partake of such immorality and who mock those of us who truly believe in the Word of God!

  • Cathy Frazier

    Won’t watch the show or the channel, and will tell others about this as well.

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  • Gretchen

    After checking out the previews and sneak peek scenes, I have decided to check out the show. It looks interesting and has the potential to be very good. The only way to know if it’s worth watching is to watch a few episodes before judging it based on it’s quality as a show and not for the LGBT concept. From what I’ve read so far the show focuses on family and the love a family has for each other as they go through life. It has yet to state it is about the controversial things people keep mentioning.

    I do like that it is a gay family though. It’s about time more shows start acknowledging that gay people/families exist. I have seen a lot of hate speech about gay couples/families, which I do not understand. As a Christian straight person, I do not see any valid evidence on how this threatens the idea of marriage/dating or a child who needs a loving family. Love is Love and People are People (not mater what race/religion/sexual orientation they are). God said “Love thy neighbor as thy self”, Why is it ok than to bash others in a derogatory manor if you would not like to be bashed as well?

  • Responsible Dad

    Sorry, I should have mentioned above that the kids having sex in the latest episode are different from those in the first episode. At this rate, the shows producers will very quickly exhaust their posse of kids capable of having sex on the show. Guess they’ll have to start repeating at that point.