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Freeform Greenlights PARTY OF FIVE Pilot From Original Creators

By on September 6, 2018

Freeform has given the go ahead for a pilot episode of Party of Five with a modern twist.

The would-be new series reunites original series producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser who will join with Rodrigo Garcia, Michal Zebede and Sony Pictures Television for the project.

Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman wrote the pilot with Michal Zebede (Castle) and Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives) is set to direct. Keyser, Lippman and Garcia
will executive produce and Zebede serves as co-executive producer.

According to Freeform, the new iteration of Party of Five is a modern twist on the original series, following the five Buendías children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.

“Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents,” said executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser.

Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents’ deportations, don’t require any imagination; they are everywhere. This new iteration of Party of Five isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.”

“From the moment we heard that Amy and Chris were updating their iconic series with this timely and powerful twist, we knew we had to have this
pilot. We’re honored to be the home for the next, brilliant iteration of their vision,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of Programming
and Development.

The original series ran on FOX for six seasons from September 12, 1994 to May 3, 2000, and focused on the Salinger siblings who are forced to go it alone after the loss of their parents in a car accident.

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