Freeform has had its fill of Young & Hungry — the sitcom’s current fifth season will indeed be its last. But (and this is a pretty big “but”) the cabler announced on Thursday that it is developing a two-hour movie that will “further the adventures of Gabi, Josh and their circle of friends.” The series’ final 10 episodes (aka Season 5B) will premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 8/7c. Rumors about the series’ end game kicked up last month when leading lady Emily Osment told fans on social media that the show’s “final 10 episodes” would air sometime in 2018. And then earlier this week, the show’s Season 6 fate was all but sealed when Osment was cast in a CBS comedy pilot.
There were no additional details about the prospective reunion movie, although Freeform confirms the series’ primary creative team — including David Holden, Caryn Lucas, Ashley Tisdale, and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum — will shepherd the project. Freeform also released the following logline for Season 5B:
“Gabi and Josh [are] finally together and in love, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple. Meanwhile, the rest of Josh’s staff, Yolanda and Elliot, are grappling with the change in work dynamic with Gabi as the “woman of the house.” Sofia, Gabi’s best friend, who begins to feel like a third wheel with the new couple, sets out on her own path to find love.”
Young & Hungry stars Osment (Hannah Montana) as Gabi Diamond, a young (!) chef who’s hungry (!) for work, until she’s hired by handsome millionaire Josh Kaminski (played by S#*! My Dad Says‘ Jonathan Sadowski), with whom she eventually falls in love. Along for the ride are Josh’s publicist Elliot (Entourage‘s Rex Lee) and housekeeper Yolanda (Black Dynamite‘s Kym Whitley), as well as Gabi’s roommate Sofia (Elena of Avalor‘s Aimee Carrero).
Netflix is rounding out the cast for The Kominsky Method, a 10-episode single-camera comedy series from Chuck Lorre, starring Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Nancy Travis. Sarah Baker (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies) is set as a series regular and Susan Sullivan (Castle, Dharma & Greg), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry), Graham Rogers (Quantico, Ray Donovan), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades movies), Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang (Mom, The Big Bang Theory), and Casey Brown will recur.
Written by Lorre, The Kominsky Method centers on Sandy Kominsky (Douglas), an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach. Arkin plays his long-suffering agent and friend, Norman. Nancy Travis also stars. Osment is Theresa, a twentysomething student in Sandy Kominsky’s acting class. Underneath her sweet exterior is a formidable actress who can’t wait to show Sandy, and the world, what she’s capable of.
Gabi Diamond won’t be making her way to the unemployment line anytime soon! Freeform’s hit Wednesday night comedy Young & Hungry will be coming back for a fifth season – as revealed by star Emily Osment Monday morning via Twitter.
“Going back to work for Season 5 of Young & Hungry in one week,” Osment’s tweeted. “No one has announced it yet so I am! You’re welcome!”
The renewal news comes nearly two months after the series Season 4 finale (which aired on August 3) and puts the series on track for a Winter 2017 debut – previous seasons have debuted in February and March, making the two months our top candidates thus far.
This summer, Freeform’s Young & Hungry/Baby Daddy Wednesday night comedy block ranked as the Top 2 original ad-supported cable comedies of the summer among Adults 18-34, Viewers 12-34, and Women 12-34 and 18-34 to reach a combined 10 million total viewers. The fourth season of Young & Hungry averaged 550,000 total viewers and a 0.27 demo rating in the overnight numbers this season, inching up to both viewers and in the demo season to season. Additional details including an official premiere date and episode count are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. (Considering that Season 3 and Season 4 each ran for ten episodes, though, all signs seem to be pointing towards another 10-episode run.) The fate of the series’ spinoff project Young & Sofia also remains unclear at this point as no official decision has been announced regarding the fate of the project.
Genius Pictures is launching a special tour to promote “Love is All You Need” and the film’s anti-hate message. Over 30 days, the film will travel across the United States for special screenings and events in 20 cities, as part of the tour called “The MovieMent.” Following the screenings, director Kim Rocco Shields and the other filmmakers will discuss its anti-hate themes.
Based on Shields’ award-winning short of the same name, the story takes place in a world where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is taboo. Briana Evigan (“Step Up”), Tyler Blackburn (“Pretty Little Liars”), Emily Osment, and Jeremy Sisto star. The cities were chosen based on fan requests, places where hate crimes were committed and locations that have a special connection to the pro-tolerance message of the film. Members of the filmmaking team, cast members, and special guests will appear at screenings.
“It’s time to celebrate our similarities instead of fighting about our differences; intolerance of any kind is unacceptable,” said writer and director Kim Rocco Shields. “I am very passionate about this film and The MovieMent, and I am thrilled to be continuing the dialogue that started three years ago, with the universal language of love”. The film will release digitally on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 via iTunes.