TV Critics Tour: ‘Samurai Girl’ Highlights ABC Family Originals


Beverly Hills, Calif.—ABC Family has scheduled a three-day, six-hour programming event in Samurai Girl, a series based on the spirit of the novels as envisioned by the producers of Alias and Gossip Girls.

The series focuses on Heaven (Jamie Chung), a 19-year-old from Japan who discovers, upon her arrival in San Francisco for an arranged marriage, that her past is linked to an ancient secret prophecy.

There are six books in the series, but producers said they did not want to reiterate the tales in the books. Instead, they create a new story based on the characters and mythology built in the books.

Chung said she had little training in martial arts prior to taking on the heavy physical demands of her role. She told critics she'd only had two weeks of training in taekwondo before she sprained her finger and quit. Based on clips, her training for the program got her on track for her role.

If the title is picked up for a series, it would probably be an hour drama, said Paul Lee, president, ABC Family. He noted, however, that the channel has a full slate of originals already.

The channel has already ordered 13 more episodes of its recently debutedThe Secret Life of the American Teenager, starring former “Brat Packer” Molly Ringwald.

The channel has also changed the airdate and time for one of its other returning series, Greek. It will return for its second season on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET. It was seen on Mondays during its first season.

ABC Family will help viewers catch up with a nine-hour marathon the day of the second-season debut beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Award-winning family drama Lincoln Heightswill return on Sept. 16, while new episodes of Kyle XY won't hit the channel until January.