A new US television drama show about a lesbian-headed family, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, will be made into a series.
Following the successful production of the pilot episode of The Fosters – which has already generated controversy – the ABC Family network announced on Wednesday that it had ordered a full series.
The Fosters is centred on a lesbian couple who are raising a mixed-race family of both biological and foster kids.
ABC Family president Michael Riley said that the one-hour series will have “groundbreaking storytelling and iconic characters” and will bring “the same depth, heart, close relationships and authenticity that our viewers have come to expect”.
The show was created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (who played Emmett Honeycutt in the hit series Queer as Folk).
Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The West Wing) will play police officer Stef Foster and Sherri Saum (In Treatment, Sunset Beach) stars as school principal Lena Foster; the two moms in the show.
The Fosters became the target of an anti-gay campaign by conservative lobby group One Million Moms even before it saw the light of day.
In September last year, on news of the show’s development, the group said that ABC Family had “lost their minds” by backing the concept and threatened to stop its production.
“Hollywood is continuing to push an agenda that homosexuality is acceptable when scripture states clearly it is a sin,” the organisation ranted.
The Fosters will go into production soon and is expected to start being broadcast in the American summer.