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'The Fosters' midseason premiere: See the teaser here -- EXCLUSIVE

Love! Heartbreak! Danger! Tiaras! A boy with a manicure! ABC Family’s The Fosters has it all — and come January, it’s got new episodes as well.

This blended-family drama focuses on the Foster clan, a gaggle of biological, adopted, and foster children — headed up by two lesbian moms. (They’re an interracial couple to boot.) “This series kind of take chances. It’s very heartwarming, but it’s complicated at the same time,” explains executive producer Jennifer Lopez in the teaser below. You’ll certainly get that impression from the clip, which includes highlights from season 1’s first 10 episodes — as well as hints about what’s coming next year.


Meet 'The Fosters,' a complex blended family brought to you by Jennifer Lopez -- EXCLUSIVE


Jennifer Lopez says that her new ABC Family drama “takes chances.” What kind of chances? She explains: “It’s about a biracial, lesbian couple who have biological and adopted children, all living together as a family.” (That would be why the anti-gay group One Million Moms decided to preemptively boycott the show last fall.)

The series — executive produced by Lopez — sounds sort of like a new twist on ABC’s own Modern Family… which means that naturally, the clan’s family tree is just a little tangled. Find out who’s who by watching this exclusive featurette — and don’t fret about things getting too complicated. “There’s something that every family can take out of this show and say, ‘That’s exactly what happens at my breakfast table,’ or, ‘I can’t believe she said that! That’s exactly how I say things to my son.’ It’s very relatable that way,” series star Sherri Saum promises.


'Scandal' actor joins Jennifer Lopez-produced drama 'The Fosters' -- EXCLUSIVE

The Fosters — a one-hour daytime drama that follows a pair of lesbian mothers (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) and their multi-ethnic family — is about to get a whiff of Scandal.

ABC Family tells EW that actor Sam McMurray has landed the recurring role of Frank Foster, the “gruff but loveable divorced father” of Polo’s character, Stef. Fans of Shonda Rhimes’s addictive ABC series may recognize McMurray as Pat Wexler, the U.S. Attorney who fired fellow lawyer David Rosen (Josh Malina) earlier this season.

ABC Family says that while Frank seems to get along with his daughter, he also “makes it painfully clear that he still harbors reservations about her lifestyle.” In that, the character isn’t alone — the anti-gay group One Million Moms announced that it was preemptively boycotting The Fosters (and executive producer Jennifer Lopez) last October, long before the pilot had been shot or even cast.

The Fosters will premiere Monday, June 3.

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Meet Maia Mitchell: the next big Disney star?- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Jake T. Austin: 'Wizards of Waverly Place' fans to get closure with reunion movie

Wizards of Waverly Place fans will get to reconnect with the Russo family tonight when the Disney Channel airs The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex (at 8 p.m. ET/PT). And Jake T. Austin, who played Max Russo for five years, hopes the reunion movie will be just what everyone wanted.

“We get to showcase everything we’ve been working so hard for in the last couple months. We get to bring closure to the fans,” says Austin, 18. Last year’s Wizards series finale attracted 11.3 million total viewers, making it the number one cable kids’ telecast of all time.

Tonight’s one-hour special will follow Selena Gomez’s Alex and the rest of the Russo family as they visit long-lost relatives in Tuscany. A spell goes wrong and splits Alex in two, resulting in an Evil Alex who wants to take over the world — and a Good Alex who must stop Evil Alex at any cost.

“The Russos are put in a position where they’re forced to save Alex without using magic. You get to see a different side of the family [with the relatives]. And also you get to step outside of New York for a change,” says Austin, who had no trouble getting back into the mindset of goofy little brother Max. “Falling into those shoes came so naturally to me. Playing the character for five years really helped me see things from his perspective.”


Meet Maia Mitchell: the next big Disney star?- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Don’t feel bad if the name Maia Mitchell doesn’t ring a bell. The young actress is primarily known for her work on Australian TV (Mortified, Trapped). But that could change soon, as 19-year-old Mitchell seems primed for a breakout year in the U.S. Tonight she’ll guest star on Jessie, later this year she’ll star in the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie, and it was just announced that her show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, has been picked up by ABC Family.

Take a look at this video as Mitchell introduces us to her family back home in Australia in this Disney ‘This is Who I Am’ clip.


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