Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are heading to Freeform. Well, technically their production company, Milojo Productions, is, but we think that still counts. Variety reports that under the Milojo Productions banner, the couple and producing partners are teaming up with Kapital Entertainment for a new drama series based on Jasmin Rosemberg’s 2008 book, How the Other Half Hamptons. From the description, it sounds like it’s going to be a wild ride.
The TV series will reportedly follow best friends Rachel, Jamie and Allison as they head to the Hamptons to stay in a 10-bedroom share house for three months alongside 40 other guests. Variety reports that the three women — characterized as “the good girl,” “the wild one” and “the suddenly single serial monogamist,” respectively — will party, hook up and dodge “unexpected twists of fate” during the course of the story. They’ll have to manage shared bathrooms, entertainment best suited for college frat parties and surviving the summer no matter what happens.
Freeform is best known for its drama series aimed at young adult audiences as well as adapting TV shows from popular books, like the sci-fi series Shadowhunters based on author Cassandra Clare’s best-selling book series. The characters in How the Other Half Hamptons are, according to Deadline, all in their 20s, which makes this the kind of hour-long weekly drama series perfect for Freeform’s viewers.
Rosemberg is one of the coproducers for the series, which will allow the adaptation to stick closely to her original book plot. Deadline notes that Ripa and Consuelos are longtime New Yorkers and Hamptons regulars, which gives them particular insight to the culture described in How the Other Half Hamptons.
No other information has been released about this new series, but we predict that casting announcements will happen soon. Milojo Productions previously produced documentaries The Streak for ESPN and Off The Rez for TLC as well as Fire Island on Logo, per Deadline. A scripted drama series is new for them, but we think it’s a great fit. We can’t wait to learn more.