Freeform Renews ‘The Fosters’ for Season 5, Plus Updates on Other Freeform Shows


Freeform, the network previously known as ABC Family, doesn’t have much in the way of returning shows after losing Pretty Little Liars and several freshman shows. One of the most long-running shows on the network, The Fosters, will live to see another season. TVLine reports The Fosters has been renewed for season 5 and that’s not at all. The Bachelor spin-off Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? will return for season 2 — with a twist.

The second half of The Fosters season 4 will premiere at the end of January on Tuesday, January 31 at 8/7c. Fans can rest easy knowing it will not be the last season of The Fosters, unlike the show that will follow it on Tuesday nights, Switched at Birth. There is no announced date yet for The Fosters season 5 but presumably it will premiere sometime in the summer like previous seasons.

There is a confirmed date for season 2 of Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, which is ditching Ben and Lauren in the title for season 2. The Bachelor spin-off, which apparently is known now as just Happily Ever After?, will focus on two other cast members from The Bachelor season 20. Season 2 of Happily Ever After? will switch to Emily and Haley Ferguson, the twins who competed for Ben Higgins on The Bachelor and later appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. The second season of Happily Ever After? now titled The Twins: Happily Ever After? will premiere on Monday, March 20, at 9/8c on Freeform.
In other Freeform news, the returns for Baby Daddy and Young & Hungry have also been announced. The two shows will return with new episodes on a new night, Monday, March 13.
Freeform has also picked up a new hour-long drama, Bold Type, from Parenthood producer Sarah Watson. The series is based on the life of Hearst Magazines’ chief content officer, Joanna Coles, and stars Katie Stevens (Faking It), Aisha Dee (Chasing Life) and Melora Hardin (Transparent). It is set to premiere in the summer.
So what do you think? Which of these announcements is the most exciting? Will Happily Ever After? work better without Ben and Lauren? Are you happy that there will be a season 5 of The Fosters? Are you looking forward to the next half of season 4?
The Fosters season 4B will premiere on Tuesday, January 31 8/7c on Freeform.
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