New York -- ABC Family set its summer series lineup and announced the third-season renewal of original drama Wildfire during an upfront presentation here Tuesday.
President Paul Lee said production on 13 new installments of Wildfire -- set in the world of horse racing and chronicling the struggles of a young woman to turn her life around -- will begin in New Mexico this summer. During its second season, the series notched a 50% rise in household ratings to a 1.2, a 25% gain to a 0.5 mark against adults 18-34 and a 55% advance to a 1.7 among teens 12-17.
Lee also noted that ABC Family will kick off its "Summer Blast" programming with the two-hour premiere of Falcon Beach June 5 at 8 p.m. Set in a New England town where locals and visitors mingle, relationships, seduction, skin and scandal will be on display. A baker's dozen worth of regular episodes will follow in the Monday 10 p.m. time slot.
Three weeks later, Kyle XY, the story of a mysterious teen-age savant with the innocence of a newborn, will arrive at 8 p.m. Over the course of 10-hour episodes, the Trager family -- headed by a psychologist mom who brings the "boy with no past" to their home -- will embrace the brilliance and cultural naiveté of Kyle (Matt Dallas).
On July 23 at 9 p.m., ABC Family will bow Three Moons Over Milford, where the residents of a picturesque small town reflect the world's reaction to the final days of Earth, which is being threatened by a cosmic explosion. Produced by sister company Touchstone Television, the series, starring Elizabeth McGovern, comprises eight hours.
Special event Fallen takes flight Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., with the first two of six hours -- the others will air in summer 2007. The project -- which Lee said could be expanded into a full series format -- centers on Aaron, a recently adopted teen-age orphan, whose search for identity reveals that he's half-man, half-angel.
The network also announced new series Lincoln Heights, in which a cop brings his suburban family back to the tough inner-city neighborhood he grew up in. It's slated to bow next January.
Continuing Disney-ABC Television's Group's aggressive move in the digital-media space, the network will relaunch an enhanced version of ABCFamily.com (abcfamily.go.com), which will feature five distinct target areas.
The premiere installment of Kyle XY will debut on the site before making its linear network debut. Tricia Wilber, senior vice president of advertising sales and promotions at Disney-ABC Cable, said the network is pursuing deals that would put sponsors within the streaming or linear version of the show's debut, or both.