Freeform has had its fill of Young & Hungry — the sitcom’s current fifth season will indeed be its last. But (and this is a pretty big “but”) the cabler announced on Thursday that it is developing a two-hour movie that will “further the adventures of Gabi, Josh and their circle of friends.”
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The series’ final 10 episodes (aka Season 5B) will premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 8/7c. Rumors about the series’ end game kicked up last month when leading lady Emily Osment told fans on social media that the show’s “final 10 episodes” would air sometime in 2018. And then earlier this week, the show’s Season 6 fate was all but sealed when Osment was cast in a CBS comedy pilot.
There were no additional details about the prospective reunion movie, although Freeform confirms the series’ primary creative team — including David Holden, Caryn Lucas, Ashley Tisdale, and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum — will shepherd the project.
Freeform also released the following logline for Season 5B: “Gabi and Josh [are] finally together and in love, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple. Meanwhile, the rest of Josh’s staff, Yolanda and Elliot, are grappling with the change in work dynamic with Gabi as the “woman of the house.” Sofia, Gabi’s best friend, who begins to feel like a third wheel with the new couple, sets out on her own path to find love.”
Young & Hungry stars Osment (Hannah Montana) as Gabi Diamond, a young (!) chef who’s hungry (!) for work, until she’s hired by handsome millionaire Josh Kaminski (played by S#*! My Dad Says‘ Jonathan Sadowski), with whom she eventually falls in love. Along for the ride are Josh’s publicist Elliot (Entourage‘s Rex Lee) and housekeeper Yolanda (Black Dynamite‘s Kym Whitley), as well as Gabi’s roommate Sofia (Elena of Avalor‘s Aimee Carrero).
The comedy premiered in June 2014 and most recently aired a new episode on May 22, 2017 — during which off-again couple Josh and Gabi decided to get back together.
Manhattan Theatre Club will soon present world premiere of The Portuguese Kid, a new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, appearing as part of MTC’s upcoming 2017-2018 season.
Tony Award winner Jason Alexander (six-time Emmy Award nominee for “Seinfeld,” Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along) is joined by Pico Alexander (Punk Rock, What I Did Last Summer), three-time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott (The Front Page, Whorl Inside a Loop, Everyday Rapture), Drama Desk Award winner Mary Testa (The Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist) and Aimee Carrero (Young and Hungry, Elena of Avalor).
The Portuguese Kid will begin previews September 19, 2017 ahead of an October 24, 2017 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).
In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.
This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the MTC hits Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.
Aimee was on Good Morning America today for their Disney’s Day of Giving. Just another reason to adore her.
You can watch a segment from her interview here or on Hulu. The whole episode of Good Morning America was great and inspiring today. If you just want to watch Aimee’s part on Hulu you can jump to 46:45. I have added screencaps and stills to the gallery. Enjoy.
The world premiere play The Portuguese Kid, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, has added Aimee Carerro to the cast! The production that is set to run at New York City Center—Stage I will begin previews on September 19 ahead of an October 24 opening night.
Carerro will play the role of Patty alongside the previously announced Jason Alexander as Barry Dragonetti, Sherie Rene Scott as Atalanta, Mary Testa as Mrs. Dragonetti and Pico Alexander as Freddie.
Set in Providence, Rhode Island, The Portuguese Kid focuses on the habitually widowed Atalanta (Scott), who pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Alexander). Intending to settle her late husband’s affairs, the larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother (Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.
The creative team for The Portuguese Kid includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound design).
Carrero appeared was seen off-Broadway in What Rhymes with America. She currently stars on the Freeform comedy Young & Hungry and voices the title role of animated hit show Elena of Avalor. Her recent TV credits include recurring roles on NBC’s Blindspot and FX’s The Americans, with film roles in Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter and Fox’s The Devil’s Due.
Something tells us that Young & Hungry‘s Aimee Carrero won’t have to fake any chemistry with her newest on-screen partner.
Tim Rock — the real-life husband of Carrero (aka Sofia) — is guest-starring on an upcoming episode of the Freeform comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing a dentist with whom Sofia is set up on a blind date.
Rock’s previous TV credits include roles on American Housewife, House of Lies and Flashforward.
Though Freeform is not moving forward with its proposed Young & Hungry spinoff — which would have followed Sofia’s exploits working under Logan Rawlings (played by executive producer Ashley Tisdale) — the network did recently order additional episodes of the flagship series’ fifth season.
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Freeform picked up a fifth season of the hit original comedy series YOUNG & HUNGRY, it was announced today by Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming & Development, Freeform. The new season will kick off production next week and will premiere in 2017.
“‘Young & Hungry,’ was the number one cable comedy among Adults 18-34 during its most recent run, and saw double digit growth over the previous season in our key demographics,” said Burke. “The series has been a powerhouse for us since launch and we are thrilled to bring it back for a fifth season.”
“Young & Hungry” wrapped up its fourth season on August 3 with strong season-to-season gains in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, powered by double digits increases across male demographics. The series was the No. 1 original ad-supported cable comedy for Summer 2016 in Adults 18-34 and cable TV’s No. 1 series on Wednesdays at 8 o’clock across key target Adults 18-34, Viewers 12-34 and Female (W18-34/W18-49/F12-34) demographics. The series and cast have been nominated for seven TEEN CHOICE AWARDS and two PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS since its premiere in the summer of 2014.
“Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, is a San Francisco-based food blogger and contributed to the development of this project. The series stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley and Rex Lee.
After saving her kingdom from an evil sorceress, Elena discovers that her journey is only beginning as she learns to navigate life as a crown princess. And in case you’re wondering, Elena (voiced by Aimee Carrero) is in no need of a man to put a ring on it.
Not only is Disney working to build up its inclusiveness by centering a TV series around its first Latina princess, it’s also continuing the push for its princesses to create their own narratives that don’t revolve around snaring the affections of a man (see: Frozen).
Before you think Elena of Avalor will be a cursory gloss-over of Latin and Hispanic traditions and cultures, be advised that the series has cultural advisors in Marcela Davison Avilés, founder of The Chapultepec Group, cofounder of the international Latino arts initiative Camino Arts, and director of humanities programs at the FDR Foundation at Harvard University; and Diane Rodriguez, associate artistic director of Centre Theatre Group and cofounder of the theatre ensemble Latins Anonymous.
Elena’s descent isn’t of just one nationality—she’s from the fictional land of Avalor that pulls from a variety of Latin and Hispanic cultures.
There may be some confusion around Elena’s claim to the “first Latina princess” throne, seeing as there’s the tiny matter of the Emmy-award-winning series Sofia the First, which debuted in 2012. Elena creator and executive producer Craig Gerber—who also created Sofia—sees the new series as something of a response to the criticism that although Sofia was marketed as Latina, she didn’t really look the part. Back in 2012, executive producer Jamie Mitchell initially claimed that Sofia was Disney’s first Latina princess, but later backtracked and clarified that Sofia’s fictitious country of Galdiz was merely inspired by Spain. Seeing how strongly people reacted to the Princess Sofia dustup made Gerber realize there was a strong demand for a more authentically Latina princess (no shade, Sofia).
Check out the exclusive Elena of Avalor featurette below.