Freeform Cancels The Fosters: How Will It All End?

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Well Fosters fans, I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is that Freeform ordered a spin-off featuring Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez); the bad news is that this current season will be the last for The Fosters.

The rest of this season will premiere January 9th and will end in a three-night series finale event that will lead into the currently untitled spin-off. The spin-off will jump ahead a few years to Callie and Mariana living and working in LA.

Executive producers Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg, and Peter Paige released a joint statement to announce the news. “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.”

While the spin-off will focus on Callie and Mariana, other members of the Adams Foster family will make appearances. Unfortunately, that most likely means Brandon (David Lambert) and unless something has drastically changed since I last watched in season four, he doesn’t generally improve things.

One of my first pieces for 4ye was titled “Why You Should Be Watching ABC Family Drama “The Fosters,” so it is a little sad to be writing about its cancellation. Even though I haven’t watched since season four, I’m still disappointed by the news because it is such a groundbreaking series and losing it is a significant blow to LGBTQ representation on television.

Stef (Teri Polo), Lena (Sherri Saum), and Jude (Hayden Byerly) have been important queer rep from the beginning and the show has had a number of other important LGBTQ storylines and characters. Although I do have faith that the spin-off will continue to represent the diverse community because Bredeweg, Paige, and Johnson will be producing it.