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ABC Family Greenlights 'Dead of Summer' Series

ABC Family will add to its original programming slate with a new horror series set to debut in 2016, said network officials.

The series, Dead Of Summer, follows counselors at a summer camp dealing with a dark, ancient evil mythology, said network officials. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis (Lost,Once Upon A Time) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) will write and executive-produce the series, said the network, which will change its name to Freeform in January.

"Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong," said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development for ABC Family in a statement. "The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space."

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