*Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”) and Teri Polo (“Meet The Parents”) have been cast in the lead of ABC Family‘s drama pilot “The Fosters,” executive produced by Jennifer Lopez.


According to Deadline.com, the project tells the story of Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum) Foster, a mixed-race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters’ lives upside down.

Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige wrote the pilot, from Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods.

Saum’s first major TV was in the soap opera “Sunset Beach” as Vanessa Hart during the entire run of the series (1997–1999). She is perhaps best known as Bess in Season 2 of the HBO drama series “In Treatment.”