Freeform Cancels ‘The Fosters’ But Orders Spinoff

Good news and bad news for fans of The Fosters. Freeform announced the award-winning show will wrap up after five seasons. However, two of the characters will live on with a spinoff.

The network ordered a straight-to-series spinoff, consisting of 13 episodes, featuring Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). It’ll feature a time jump and be set several years in the future, following their young adult adventures in Los Angeles. “While living together, they take two very different paths and explore the different sides of the city — Mariana will be involved in the tech world, possibly in Silicon Beach, while Callie will continue the kind of social work she’s done,” according to Deadline.

“Both of them will be faced with the challenges of working in a cultural divide all the while pursuing their dreams that have been laid into those characters throughout The Fosters,” said Freeform’s EVP programming and development Karey Burke.

Even though the show is moving in a new direction, the new series will maintain ties to the mothership show. “We plan to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Burke said. That includes The Fosters parents, played by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum.

The Fosters returns for the second half of Season 5 on January 9. After the ten episodes air, the show will wrap up its run with a three-night limited series event over the summer. During its run, the critically-acclaimed series won several awards including two GLAAD, a Television Academy Honors Award and a Teen Choice Award.

For more info, head over to Deadline.