Jennifer Lopez took a risk when she created the non-traditional family drama “The Fosters.” And luckily for her, it has shown to be a risk worth taking.
ABC Family, which airs the Lopez-produced show, announced they have ordered more episodes of the hit show.
Despite having a rather controversial story line which focuses on a lesbian couple and their multi-ethnic family of foster and adopted children, “The Fosters” has struck a chord with viewers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has had “highs with each new broadcast, with one of its recent episodes ranking as Monday's top scripted TV telecast among women 12-34, as well as No. 2 among women 18-34 and [all] viewers 12-34.”
“ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have The Fosters…join our lineup as breakout summer hits,” Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, said.
Adding, “We are very proud of the original series we continue to foster, bringing real and relatable characters to life for our viewers.”
“The Fosters” will return with more episodes in January 2014 following its summer season finale on Monday in which the show’s modern moms will get married in an emotional ceremony.
"We always knew we wanted to end in some sort of a ceremony with these two women in love,” co-creator and executive producer Peter Paige told E News.
"What was just amazing serendipity is the Supreme Court ruled the same month we went on the air and the day we were shooting the wedding was the same day that the Prop 8 planners were getting married."
One of the reasons Lopez was so game to create a show depicting something other than a nuclear family is she did not want her twins, 5-year-old Max and Emma, to feel “weird” about their dynamic family makeup.
"I am a non-traditional family," the 43-year-old told ABC News. "Me being a single mom, their dad doesn't live at home with them. They have three stepbrothers from two other moms . . . that's not traditional."
"It's about love and that's what I constantly remind myself of because I kind of let society get inside my head, 'Oh, it shouldn't be like this. I did this, I did that. I failed.' And it's like, no. They're happy, they're healthy, they're loved more than anything in the world," she said. "And they're going to be fine."
Saying the drama reflects the changing nature of families today, Lopez is not ruling out making an appearance on the show in the future and may even provide music for it in later episodes.