*ABC Family has picked up a sitcom starring Raven-Symone, and two hourlong dramas to premiere later this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The Great State of Georgia,” toplined by the 25-year-old former Disney star, is a multicamera comedy centered on an aspiring actress with a larger-than-life personality who is joined by her science geek best friend (“Roswell’s’ Majandra Delfino) as they live in New York City.
The series will be executive produced by Kirk J. Rudell and “In Her Shoes” author Jennifer Weiner. Meagen Fay co-stars as Aunt Honey. ABC Studios is producing.
The project received a nine-episode order in addition to the pilot.
As for the two greenlit dramas, “Switched at Birth” tells the story of two teenage girls, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), who find out they were switched as babies in the hospital. Bay grew up in a wealthy family while Daphne, who lost her hearing due to meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood.
Lastly, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” — based on the novel of the same name by Celia Thomson — follows Chloe (Skyler Samuels) as she develops abilities and finds out that a mysterious figure is pursuing her. Chloe learns that she’s part of an ancient race that has been hunted by assassins for millennia.
These mark the first series pickups by new ABC Family president Michael Riley.