Freeform are giving a proper end to The Fosters after five seasons with a special limited event.
Executive producers Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige released a joint statement.
“First and foremost, we want to thank our fans — our supportive ‘Fosters Family’ — and Freeform for fostering this show. It’s been the privilege of our lives to get to shepherd this beautiful family through five seasons of love, laughter, heartbreak, tribulation, and triumph — and message to the world that DNA doesn’t make a family, love does. All while allowing us to explore some of the most pressing social issues of our era. Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever changing world.”
As well as the final half season 5B which will take the show to 100 episodes there will also be a limited three episode series. Perhaps the biggest news is that the network are planning an untitled spinoff which will star Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez . The show has already a 13 episode order.
The spinoff is designed to follow Mitchell’s Callie and Ramirez’s Mariana as they move on from their high school lives living with moms Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum). Although the new show will jump in time and focus more narrowly on only a part of “The Fosters” family, it is coming from the original producing team behind the show.
The Fosters Season 5B premieres Jan. 9 at 8pm on Freeform.