Freeform (formally ABC Family) is going to have an action packed January with programming sure to appeal to their targeted audience of “becomers.” Becomers are the youngest millennials. Currently millennials range from 17 to 36 years old. Becomers are high school and early college aged. According to a Freeform press release, “Becomers represent a life stage rather than a generation. In five years, millennials will be less than half of the [advertising] target.” Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come in January on Freeform.
On Monday January 2, 2017 at 8:00pm EST Shadowhunters will return for its highly anticipated second season. The season premiere is titled “The Guilty Blood.” The Teen Choice Award winner for “Choice TV: Breakout Show” is based on the young adult fantasy book series “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare. The show centers around Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), a strong, young Shadowhunter (human-angel hyrbid) who fights demons and finds herself in a love triangle, while attempting to rescue her kidnapped mother. Clary continues to learn about her past, while looking towards her future.
The show has a fervent fan base as evidenced by its 2016 win for “Best New Fandom of the Year” at the MTV Fandom Awards. The most popular “ship” within the fandom is “Malec” the evolving love between Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and Alec (Matthew Daddario). Both men will be returning for season two.
Directly following Shadowhunters on January 2 will be the two hour series premiere of the sci-fi thriller Beyond. Actor Burkely Duffield stars as Holden, a young man that wakes from a 12 year coma to find that he now has supernatural powers. Holden attempts to find out what happened to him, while finding himself in the midst of a trecherous conspiracy.
The winter premiere of critically acclaimed series The Fosters will air on Tuesday January 31, 2017 at 8pm EST. The Fosters has garnered praise for its realistic and tender portrayal of a modern, mulit-ethnic family. The matriarchs Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) are raising a group of teenagers, the majority of whom they’ve adopted. Together they face trials and tribulations, but work through them as a family. The Fosters has won a Television Academy Honors Award and GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
The season 4 summer finale, “Collateral Damage” was a cliffhanger that left many characters’ fates in the balance. From riding in a car with a possible murderer to SAT fraud to getting a knockout blow to the head, the Fosters have found themselves in several life altering situations.
Catch up with Seasons 1-3 of The Fosters on Netflix.
Switched at Birth
The fifth and final season of the award winning Switched at Birth premieres directly following The Fosters on January 31. Switched at Birth tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were switched at birth. Their lives were markedly different with Bay (Vanessa Marano) growing up in a wealthy family and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), deaf form a childhood bout of Meningitis, being raised by a struggling single mother. The series has been praised for its portrayal of blended families and deaf culture. Marlee Matlin is set to guest star in season five.
Switched at Birth has won the Peabody Award, Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program, AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene “Crystal Award,” and the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award and a Gracie Award.
Catch up of Seasons 1-4 of Switched at Birth on Netflix.