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ABC Family Show Grateful For One Million Moms’ Backlash

by David Bauder
Friday Jan 17, 2014
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Left, Maia Mitchell, executive producer Jennifer Lopez, Cierra Ramirez, from back left, David Lambert and Jake T. Austin from "The Fosters."
Left, Maia Mitchell, executive producer Jennifer Lopez, Cierra Ramirez, from back left, David Lambert and Jake T. Austin from "The Fosters."  (Source:AP Photo)

The people behind the ABC Family show "The Fosters" say that criticism from the group One Million Moms contributed to it getting off to a strong start for the cable network.

The show, which premiered last summer and returned to the schedule this week, features a biracial lesbian couple with a household of foster children.

One Million Moms, affiliated with the conservative American Family Association, urged its followers to contact ABC Family last fall to stop the show when it was a pilot and the network had yet to pick it up. The group has said it objects to the show’s redefining of marriage and family.

"A stamp of disapproval from One Million Moms is like a critic’s pick," said Peter Paige, executive producer of the show along with Jennifer Lopez, on Friday. "I’m incredibly grateful for their attention."

Teri Polo, who plays one of the moms, said the criticism contributed to "The Fosters" getting more attention when it started than it otherwise might have.

The show attracted 1.9 million people on Monday and was cable’s top show among females aged 12 to 34, its target audience, the Nielsen company said. The show gained in viewership throughout last summer, a strong sign for a new show, and has already been renewed for another season.

On its website, One Million Moms said that foster care and adoption is "a wonderful thing, and the Bible does teach us to help orphans. This program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having these two moms raise these children together." Attempts to reach a representative for the group on Friday were not immediately successful.

Paige said he had received a tweet of approval from Rosie O’Donnell, who said that she binge-watched several episodes of "The Fosters" with her daughter and asked if she could appear on the show. Paige took her up on the offer.

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  • Anonymous, 2014-01-20 01:54:33

    I live and love the Fosters! I am biracial and my partner is Caucasian we have one adopted child who has autism and one child who has aspergers! This show makes us feel as if we are not alone as we love in an area where our lifestyle receives negativity everyday. Love is love and the Fosters is in no way trying to redefine family! It is mirroring and bringing to America’s attention that families as dynamically different as ours do exist and that we are no different than anybody else! Thank you Fosters and ABC Family! Go Fosters


  • allison folkes, 2014-01-20 16:36:00

    I love watch the faster it the best TV family show it just not too lesbian raise as family it about care are being they for each other and test for love and strong keep it together


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