ABC FAMILY CASTS NEW GROUNDBREAKING DRAMA PILOT: The channel that brought the subjects of teen pregnancy and hearing impairment to the forefront in the hit dramas "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Switched at Birth" is now tackling the complex lives of a lesbian interracial family in its new drama pilot, "The Fosters."
The show has cast Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as Stef and Lena Foster, a couple who have both biological and adopted children. Polo is best known for her role as Pam Focker in "Meet the Parents" and its two sequels, while Saum's credits include the role of Keri on "One Life to Live."
Gilles Marini is now a series regular in his role as Bay's biological dad, Angelo. The first half of the show's second season ends next week, but it will return in early 2013.
The casting fallout continues on "Young and Restless." Hunter Haley King debuts as the new Summer Newman on Monday, Oct. 15. The 19-year-old played Adriana earlier this year on the TeenNick serial "Hollywood Heights."
Jennifer Landon has become the third actress to strike out as Heather Stevens, a part she began playing on "Young and Restless" this spring. Happier news for "Young and Restless" viewers is Christel Khalil's decision to remain on the show as Lily. A replacement was already being sought, following the actress's original announcement in August that she was leaving.
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