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ABC Family Adds Unscripted Series

ABC Family will add three new unscripted series to its lineup, the network announced Wednesday.

The series are Startup U, which follows a group of entrepreneurial millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley; Next Step Realty: NYC, a business based docu-series following employees of Next Step Realty; and Monica the Medium, which follows a junior at Penn State navigating friends, family, relationships while serving as a medium that can talk to  dead people.

“ABC Family will become a brand known as much for character driven docu-dramas as we are for our character driven scripted dramas and comedies,” said Tom Ascheim, President ABC Family in a statement. “This summer will be chock-full of unscripted fare on the network as we build momentum with these three new series.”

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