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ABC Family Gives Straight-To-Series Order To 'Dead Of Summer'

ABC Family continues to grow the original-programming slate that will premiere under the new Freeform banner in 2016.

The network has given a straight-to-series order based on a multiple-script commitment and penalty to horror tale Dead of Summer from the dream team of Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, along with Once Upon a Time writer Ian Goldberg.

It was announced today by Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.

"The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space,” said Burke.

Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong. Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills.

Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.

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