Teri Polo (The West Wing, Meet the Parents) and Sherri Saum (Rescue Me, In Treatment) have been cast as lesbian moms in Jennifer Lopez’s series The Fosters for ABC Family, the network that gave the world Pretty Little Liars.
Polo and Saum will play Stef and Lena respectively, a mixed race couple raising a biological son and several adopted kids who then take in Callie, “a troubled teen with an abusive past.” The girl’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters’ lives upside down,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Saum’s Lena is a school principal who agrees to take Callie in without consulting with her partner Stef, who’s described as a “tough but kind” police officer who’s not initially looking to add to the family, reports THR.
Pop diva and actress Lopez will produce series as well as guest star on it. Also attached to produce are Simon Fields (Lopez's partner at Nuyorican Productions), Greg Gugliotta (Beautiful Girl) and out actor, director and producer Peter Paige (Queer as Folk).
Considering ABC Family’s thoughtful representation of characters on the LGBT spectrum on Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Life of the American Teenager andGreek, we’re really excited about The Fosters.