ABC Family announced on Monday, Nov. 30 that “The Fosters” has been renewed for season 4, Entertainment Weekly reports. The renewal comes less than a week after the cable network soon to be known as Freeform revealed that the drama will air the remaining episodes of season 3 starting in January.
The series returns for the second half of the third season with its winter premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 at 9/8 p.m. CT. “The Fosters” stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as lesbian couple Stef Adams Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her wife, Lena Adams Foster, a school vice principal, as they raise a blended family of biological and adopted children of various ethnicities and backgrounds. It is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Bredeweg, Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige, Greg Gugliotta, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas and Benny Medina.
“We have so many more stories to tell about ‘The Fosters’ family — these incredible characters have come into our lives and touched so many — from Stef and Lena’s wedding to the adoptions of Callie and Jude,” said ABC Family EVP of programming and development Karey Burke. “We look forward to more of the groundbreaking storytelling from this creative team.”
According to Deadline, the show ranked as the top-rated scripted cable series in its time slot in total viewers during its recent summer run, as well among adults 18-34 and 18-49. “The Fosters” co-stars Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez and new cast member Noah Centineo, who recently replaced Jake T. Austin as Jesus.
It joins returning dramas “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched at Birth” and “Stitchers.” “The Fosters” will be paired with new series “Recovery Road” when it returns in January. Based on the popular young-adult novel by Blake Nelson, it focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Another newcomer, the “Mortal Instruments”-inspired series “Shadowhunters,” will join “PLL” on Tuesdays starting Jan. 12, while comedies “Young & Hungry” and “Baby Daddy” will return on Wednesday, Feb. 3, according to Variety. Meanwhile, “Chasing Life” was recently cancelled after two seasons.