Riley praised his Golden Globe-nominated actress Shailene Woodley — uh, not for your show, buddy — for a room of reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, and also announced that the network has branched out into musicals. Chelsea Kane and Jane Seymour will star in in the “Mama Mia”-like “Elixr” later in 2012.
Most importantly, though, Riley said that much like Chloe King and her many lives, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” could return for a TV movie. Nothing’s official, but the network is working on developing the project.
Of choosing not to move forward with the show, Riley says, “We never talk about canceling shows at ABC Family. We always make sure we air all of our productions because for us, it’s very much a long-term view. Honestly, we love all of our shows, and ‘Chloe King’ is such a great example of just an amazing show. We loved the cast, we loved the writing in that show. For us, it was about making some decisions. We had to choose between what we thought was resonating stronger with the audience.”
In fact, the network loved the show so much (despite canceling it) that it’s working on a TV movie continuation of the story.
“We are actually on the verge of putting a movie into development. For us, we are always looking at the intellectual property that we’re capitalizing on and making sure there is opportunity,” Riley says.
But it’s only in development stage, and is not necessarily moving forward. “We are just looking at it in development right now,” Riley says. “The idea is very much to capitalize on the storytelling that’s already been in place.”
“Chloe King” star Grey Damon spoke to Zap2it recently and gave us an idea of where the show would’ve gone in Season 2 — perhaps this could apply to the potential movie as well. “The idea that they were moving toward was that I was going to be in a coma after the kiss. They were going to play it so that because Chloe and Ben were really in true love, it somehow broke the spell, it was the exception to the rule,” Damon says. “I was really looking forward to exploring it, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.”