In a move sure to offend hardcore conservatives everywhere, actresses Teri Polo and Sherri Saum have been cast in the titular roles of ABC Family's drama pilot The Fosters.
Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, the project revolves around the mixed-race lesbian relationship between Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum) as they raise a biological son and several adopted children. When a troubled teenager named Callie who has had a history of abuse shows up, Lena decides to take her into their home. Unfortunately, Callie's disobedient behavior threatens to wreak havoc on the life the Fosters have built for themselves.
Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige—creators of a short-lived 2010 CW reality show called Fly Girls that followed the personal lives of flight attendants—are credited with writing the pilot.
Best known for her movie role as Ben Stiller's wife in Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, and Little Fockers, Polo has appeared in a variety of guest roles on television and a recurring role on NBC's The West Wing. She is currently filming the independent production A Bit Of Bad Luck.
A former model, Saum has also popped up in several TV shows, including major roles on daytime soaps Sunset Beach and One Life To Live, as well as recurring primetime roles on FX's Rescue Me and the CW's Gossip Girl.
Get it? Their family name is Foster, and it's like they're a foster family. Brilliant! Plus, it's got everything the more bigoted conservatives hate: women, minorities, lesbians, lesbians being married, lesbians raising kids, interracial couples, and troubled teens, all on a channel called ABC Family. What is this world coming to?