Stop the presses. Production on the Issues TV show pilot for Freeform began last week in Toronto. The Disney–ABC owned cable channel has released the cast for the upcoming drama, inspired by the life of Cosmo‘s editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles. Sarah Watson, David Bernad, Coles, and Ruben Fleischer executive produce. Holly Whidden is co-executive producer. Issues hails from Universal Television and The District.
Katie Stevens stars as Jane, who has just gotten her dream job. Aisha Dee is Kat, who was also recently promoted. Meghann Fahy plays Sutton, who remains an assistant. This trio of friends works at Scarlet Magazine for editor Jacqueline, played by Office vet Melora Hardin. Sam Page is Richard, a wealthy, well-connected lawyer. Matt Ward has been cast as Alex, another writer. Get more details from this Freeform press release.
Freeform Announces the Cast of Scripted Drama Pilot ‘Issues’ as Production Begins
FREEFORM ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF SCRIPTED DRAMA PILOT ‘ISSUES’
AS PRODUCTION BEGINS
The Series is Inspired by the Life of Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan
Freeform announces the cast of scripted drama pilot “Issues,” as production kicked off last week in Toronto. Freeform is the new name for ABC Family.
Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, the scripted show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type.
Katie Stevens (“Faking It”) will star as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer for Scarlet Magazine. Equal parts passion and determination, she is sometimes a little overwhelmed by life in New York. Aisha Dee (“Chasing Life”) portrays Kat, also recently promoted at Scarlet to social media director; she is bold, fearless and not intimidated by anyone. Meghann Fahy (“Political Animals”) rounds out the trio as Sutton, the last of her friends to be an assistant at Scarlet. Sutton is humble and dependable, but her workload comes at two speeds – crushing or overwhelming. Furthermore, Sutton is keeping a secret from her friends.
These three friends work for Jacqueline, played by Melora Hardin (“Transparent”), the editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine. The quietly tough and confident Jacqueline can intimidate without saying a word, but she also has a strong nurturing side and encourages Jane to find her voice as a writer. Sam Page (“House of Cards”) stars as Richard, the lawyer for the publishing group, and a man with money, social connections and sophistication. Matt Ward (“Remedy”) rounds out the cast as Alex, a fellow writer at Scarlet who is smitten with Jane and joined the magazine as a last resort after losing a dream job.
Sarah Watson (“Parenthood”), David Bernad (“Superstore”), Joanna Coles and Ruben Fleischer (“Superstore,” “Zombieland”) will serve as executive producers. Holly Whidden is a co-executive producer. The series is a Universal Television and The District production.
About Freeform (the new name for ABC Family)
Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, Freeform is distributed in 94 million homes. The network connects to audiences and goes beyond entertainment with bold original programming and immersive social engagement. The network delivers a unique mix of quality original and acquired series, plus fan favorite movies and the holiday events “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” The Freeform app is a service that allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide array of devices.
What do you think? How do you like the Issues cast? Do you hope Issues is ordered to series by Freeform?