Famous in Love

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Famous in Love
Famous in Love title card.png
Based onFamous in Love
by Rebecca Serle
Developed byI. Marlene King
Rebecca Serle
ComposerMichael Suby
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Dan Farah
  • Christopher Fife
  • Miguel Arteta
  • I. Marlene King
  • Tawnya Bhattacharya & Ali Laventhol
  • Hynndie Wali
CinematographyLarry Reibman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time38–42 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution[1]
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseApril 18, 2017 (2017-04-18) –
May 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)
External links
Production website

Famous in Love is an American drama television series that premiered on Freeform on April 18, 2017, and is based on the novel of the same name by Rebecca Serle. The series stars Bella Thorne, Charlie DePew, Georgie Flores, Carter Jenkins, Niki Koss, Keith Powers, Pepi Sonuga, and Perrey Reeves. On June 29, 2018, Freeform announced that it had cancelled the series after two seasons.


Paige Townsen, an ordinary college student, gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster and must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her co-lead and her best friend.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Bella Thorne as Paige Townsen, a young college student who gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series called Locked, which causes her life to change overnight. She is in a love triangle with her longtime crush, Jake (Charlie DePew) and Rainer (Carter Jenkins), her co-star in Locked.
  • Charlie DePew as Jake Salt, a down-to-earth guy from the Midwest with an edge who aspires to be a screenwriter and an indie filmmaker. He is Paige's best friend and one of her love interests. Charlie DePew replaced Jesse Henderson in the role from the original pilot.
  • Georgie Flores as Cassandra "Cassie" Perkins, Paige's roommate and best friend. Later, she becomes the girlfriend of Adam.
  • Carter Jenkins as Rainer Devon, the son of famous producer Nina Devon, and, as later revealed, Alan Mills. He is labeled the "sexiest man alive", and is a famous actor. He has a complicated friendship with Jordan Wilder and soon develops a romantic interest in Paige Townsen.
  • Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn, Rainer's old friend who competes for the same role as Paige. She is secretly bisexual.
  • Keith Powers as Jordan Wilder, a troubled star who lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle. He and Rainer are best friends but have a complicated history which is further heightened by the fact that both share a past with Tangey.
  • Pepi Sonuga as Tangey Turner, a pop star with a controlling mother. She was sleeping with Jordan Wilder while dating Rainer Devon, which creates tension between the two men.
  • Perrey Reeves as Nina Devon, Rainer's smart and cunning mother. Confident and manipulative, she will do whatever it takes to make sure things go her way.


  • Jason Antoon as Wyatt, the original director of the movie adaptation of Locked, who leaves the production on the film during its two-month hiatus (season 1)
  • Katelyn Tarver as Rachael Davis, former Broadway actress and Alexis's love interest (season 1)
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Barrett, an entertainment and gossip reporter whose beat is Hollywood (season 1)
  • Shawn Christian as Alan Mills, the head of the film studio producing the movie who is later revealed to be Rainer's biological father
  • Vanessa Williams as Ida, Tangey's mother and manager
  • Tom Maden as Adam, a production assistant on the movie and Cassie's boyfriend
  • Danielle Campbell as Harper, a former child star whom Rainer meets in rehab and with whom he quickly becomes involved (season 2)
  • Claudia Lee as Billy, an actress working as a waitress whom Jake hires to replace Paige as the lead on his independent film (season 2)
  • Sofia Carson as Sloane, the best friend of Alexis (season 2)



Freeform, then known as ABC Family, had picked up the pilot for fast-track development on March 19, 2015.[2] The pilot was shot in November 2015; Freeform greenlit the pilot on April 7, 2016,[3] and shooting began on July 13, 2016, and wrapped up on October 19, 2016.[4] On November 18, 2016, Freeform announced that the series would premiere on April 18, 2017. Freeform also released the entire season for viewing online on April 18, 2017. The series is based on the novel of the same name, written by Rebecca Serle. Serle worked with I. Marlene King to develop the novel into a television series.[5][6] Freeform renewed the series for a second season on August 3, 2017.[7] The table read for the second season started on October 30, 2017.[8] The second season premiered on Freeform on April 4, 2018.

On June 26, 2018, it was reported that Freeform had decided to cancel the series after Hulu declined to contribute more money towards the production of a third season. Clashes between actress Bella Thorne and showrunner I. Marlene King were also cited as part of the reason for the cancellation;[9] however, these statements were dismissed by King on her Twitter account.[10][11] On June 29, Freeform officially cancelled the series.[12]


Romeo Miller was cast as Pablo $$ in a recurring role for the second season.[13] Sofia Carson appeared in multiple episodes of the second season as Sloane, the daughter of a movie mogul.[14]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)
210April 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)May 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The entire first season was released on digital platforms, such as OnDemand, the Freeform App and website, and Hulu, on April 18, 2017.[15]

No. in
Title [16][17]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [16][17]U.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Story by : Rebecca Serle
Teleplay by : I. Marlene King and Rebecca Serle
April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)0.65[18]
Ordinary college student Paige has her world turned upside down as she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and the highs and lows that come with being the new It-Girl in town, as well as balancing her college workload. As her public profile continues to rise and the undeniable chemistry with her new co-star and Hollywood heartthrob Rainer Devon grows, the more her friendships are strained with her two best friends – particularly Jake, who may be more than just her friend.
22"A Star Is Torn"Norman BuckleyI. Marlene King & Christopher FifeApril 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)0.39[19]
On the eve of the big “Locked” cast announcement party, Paige is more nervous about telling her parents the truth about snagging her dream role than the actual event. With her parents set on her education taking priority, she tries to find a way to convince them – and herself – that she can do both. Meanwhile, the gossip is still swirling about Rainer and Jordan’s fight over Tangey, and Nina is determined to shut it down so it won’t hurt the film.
33"Not So Easy A"Michael GoiTawnya Bhattacharya & Ali LaventholMay 2, 2017 (2017-05-02)0.30[20]
Having promised her parents that she would be able to balance school and the film’s schedule, Paige quickly learns that it is easier said than done. While trying to work on a crucial school paper, she keeps getting sidetracked with wardrobe fittings, photo shoots and screen tests. Leaning on Jake and Cassie for help, Paige quickly learns she may be in over her head. Meanwhile, Nina must make cuts to the movie budget, and Jake meets with an agent about his script.
44"Prelude to a Diss"Mary Lou BelliRebecca SerleMay 9, 2017 (2017-05-09)0.28[21]
Paige is determined to prove to everyone she can succeed, especially Alexis; but when everything seems to go awry on her first day on set, her confidence is shaken. And to make matters even stickier, Rainer asks Paige out on a date making her question if she wants to become the Hollywood cliché of dating her co-star or not. Meanwhile, Cassie resorts to desperate measures to pay her tuition bill, and Tangey clashes with her mother over Tangey’s career.
55"Some Like It Not"Tanya HamiltonWilliam H. BrownMay 16, 2017 (2017-05-16)0.21[22]
Paige's 21st birthday and all she wants to do is celebrate with her two best friends, but her friendship with Jake is still on the rocks after his getaway with Alexis. Rainer surprises everyone when he throws Paige a surprise birthday party, but things don't turn out as expected when Jake arrives late. Meanwhile, Jordan and Tangey renew their relationship in secret; Tangey is tired of controlled by her momager and fires back.
66"Found in Translation"Ron LagomarsinoKateland BrownMay 23, 2017 (2017-05-23)0.26[23]
Nina and Rainer take a last-minute trip to China to rescue Locked from a new setback, which derails Rainer's weekend plans with Paige. But when Alan and Rainer bond over their mutual tastes, Nina feels uncomfortable. Cassie's financial problems continue, so she feels forced to take more shifts as a topless maid. Meanwhile, Jordan deals with issues involving his mother.
77"Secrets & Pies"Roger KumbleMiguel Ian RayaMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)0.29[24]
Thinking it would help Cassie's financial problems, Paige offers her a job as her assistant. When Cassie declines, issues in their friendship are revealed. Plus, Jake starts to learn the realities of what it means to sell a script in Hollywood, and Alexis embraces her role as Producer on the project. Meanwhile, Jordan's problems continue to mount as he learns Brandy needs more money, and Barrett Hopper reveals to him that he knows the truth about his and Brandy's past.
88"Crazy Scripted Love"Geary McLeodTawnya Bhattacharya & Ali LaventholJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)0.33[25]
Paige and Cassie's fight is impacting Paige's performance, and when Jake is too busy to help, Rainer offers his own advice. Later, Jake's career takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, when Alan and Rainer spend some time together, Nina grows concerned. On top of her worries, she's facing a possible lawsuit, and she agrees to help Jordan with his mother's issues. Rainer surprises Nina with a helpful solution, but her happiness is short-lived when her worst fears about Alan and Rainer are confirmed.
99"Fifty Shades of Red"Susanna FogelChristopher Fife & William H. BrownJune 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)0.36[26]
Paige deals with Jake's impending move to Austin, and a revelation about Cassie fractures their friendship. Meanwhile, Rainer starts searching for his real father, but he's thrown into a tailspin after he puts the pieces together. Later, Jordan tries to mend his relationship with Tangey, who feels betrayed by his secret. But when he shares information about his past, she considers forgiving him.
1010"Leaving Los Angeles"Elizabeth Allen RosenbaumMelissa CarterJune 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)0.23[26]
Rainer's downward spiral continues, and Paige searches for him after he disappears. Plus, Alexis receives bad news, and she takes revenge on Rachel. Jake briefly returns to Los Angeles, and Paige tries to confess her feelings. Meanwhile, Jordan attempts to handle the Barrett Hopper problem with an exclusive, but a shocking event stops the plan. Later, Nina stages a press conference to address Rainer's public meltdown, but things are disrupted by an unexpected appearance.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
Title [16][17]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [16][17]U.S. viewers
111"The Players"Roger KumbleI. Marlene KingApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)0.29[27]
122"La La Locked"Roger KumbleMelissa CarterApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)0.19[27]
133"Totes on a Scandal"Ron LagomarsinoTawnya Bhattacharya & Ali LaventholApril 11, 2018 (2018-04-11)0.26[28]
Things are looking up for Cassie as she books an important audition and for Tangey, who has a business proposition for Pablo $$.
144"The Kids Aren't All Right"Geary McLeodBryan M. HoldmanApril 18, 2018 (2018-04-18)0.21[29]
Alexis receives a very cold shoulder from everyone on set after her reality show’s scandalous reveal; A "Backsplash" cast reunion brings back some old feelings and creates new tensions; Paige finds the perfect replacement for Jake's movie, but is later distressed when she finds out that Jake and his new star might be getting too close.
155"Reality Bites Back"Paula HunzikerJohn Webb & Garth MuellerApril 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)0.26[30]
166"The Goodbye Boy"Melanie MayronKateland BrownMay 2, 2018 (2018-05-02)0.25[31]
As “Locked” wraps production, the cast looks to the next steps in their careers, while Jake and Cassie also have to make decisions about their future. Jordan continue his Oscar campaign press tour with a stop at “Good Morning America.”
177"Guess Who's (Not) Coming to Sundance?"Troian BellisarioBryan M. HoldmanMay 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)0.32[32]
Paige and Jake continue to feel further apart as Jake and Billy head to a film festival, while Paige stays in LA for a big interview and cover photo shoot. Meanwhile, Jordan has to deal with the fallout from his recent revelation and Nina takes part in a bidding war for a highly-wanted film script.
188"Look Who's Stalking"Anna MastroTawnya Bhattacharya & Ali LaventholMay 16, 2018 (2018-05-16)0.24[33]
Paige works with police to help find her stalker, while Pablo $$ starts to show a new side to Tangey and Alexis makes a decision that lands her in hot water.
199"Full Mental Jacket"Norman BuckleyKateland BrownMay 23, 2018 (2018-05-23)0.30[34]
Paige and Rainer head to NYC to promote “Locked,” but after everything that has happened, Paige realizes that fame isn’t all that she expected. Meanwhile, Jordan is under a lot of stress and Cassie struggles with her relationship with Adam.
2010"The Good, The Bad and The Crazy"Norman BuckleyMelissa CarterMay 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)0.22[35]


The second season returned with a two-hour premiere on Freeform on April 4, 2018.[36] It aired in Canada on E! on April 8, 2018, with new episodes set to air every Sunday.[37]

In the United Kingdom, it airs exclusively on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes every Thursday.[38]

In Spain, it airs exclusively on HBO Spain with new episodes every Thursday.[39]


Viewership and ratings per season of Famous in Love
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 10 April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18) 0.65[18] June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13) 0.23[26] 0.33 TBD
2 10 April 4, 2018 (2018-04-04) 0.29[27] May 30, 2018 (2018-05-30) 0.22[35] 0.25 TBD

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Famous in Love
No. Title Air date Rating/share
1 "Pilot" April 18, 2017 0.3 0.65[18]
2 "A Star is Torn" April 25, 2017 0.2 0.39[19]
3 "Not So Easy A" May 2, 2017 0.1 0.30[20]
4 "Prelude to a Diss" May 9, 2017 0.1 0.28[21]
5 "Some Like it Not" May 16, 2017 0.1 0.21[22]
6 "Found in Translation" May 23, 2017 0.1 0.26[23]
7 "Secrets & Pies" May 30, 2017 0.1 0.29[24]
8 "Crazy Scripted Love" June 6, 2017 0.2 0.33[25]
9 "Fifty Shades of Red" June 13, 2017 0.1 0.36[26]
10 "Leaving Los Angeles" June 13, 2017 0.1 0.23[26]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Famous in Love
No. Title Air date Rating/share
1 "The Players" April 4, 2018 0.1 0.29[27]
2 "La La Locked" April 4, 2018 0.1 0.19[27]
3 "Totes on a Scandal" April 11, 2018 0.1 0.26[28]
4 "The Kids Aren't Alright" April 18, 2018 0.1 0.21[29]
5 "Reality Bites Back" April 25, 2018 0.1 0.26[30]
6 "The Goodbye Boy" May 2, 2018 0.1 0.25[31]
7 "Guess Who's (Not) Coming to Sundance?" May 9, 2018 0.1 0.32[32]
8 "Look Who's Stalking" May 16, 2018 0.1 0.24[33]
9 "Full Mental Jacket" May 23, 2018 0.1 0.30[34]
10 "The Good, the Bad and the Crazy" May 30, 2018 0.1 0.22[35]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Famous in Love Nominated [40][41]
Choice Drama TV Actress Bella Thorne Nominated [40][41]
Choice Drama TV Show Famous in Love Nominated [40][41]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actress Bella Thorne Nominated [42][43]
Choice Drama TV Show Famous in Love Nominated [42][43]


  1. ^ "Famous in Love". Warner Bros.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 19, 2015). "Bella Thorne to Star in ABC Family Drama Famous in Love from Marlene King". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 7, 2016). "Bella Thorne Drama Pilot Famous in Love Picked Up to Series by Freeform". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ DePew, Charlie (October 20, 2016). "Wrapped season 1 of @famousinlovetv yesterday and I can't believe it's already done. I get to work with the coolest people in the business and I CANT WAIT for you all to see what we've been up to at good ol' Warner Brothers Studios. I was going to post a video of the cast doing the juju but @keithpowers makes us all look like amateurs so that one will have to wait. 😂 April 2017. The clock is ticking ⏱". Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (November 19, 2016). "Pretty Little Liars Final Season & New Bella Thorne Drama Famous in Love Get Premiere Dates on Freeform". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 29, 2016). "It's Official: Pretty Little Liars to End with Season 7". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (August 3, 2017). "Famous in Love Renewed for Season 2 by Freeform". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Miller, Romeo (October 30, 2017). "The @famousinlovetv season 2 table read was liTty today. I feel like the new kid at school! Truly blessed and excited for this journey. Ps: We're about to make some bomb a$ Tv for yall though. 😜💥📽". Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Instagram.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 26, 2018). "'Famous in Love' Canceled After 2 Seasons on Freeform". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  10. ^ King, I. Marlene [@imarleneking] (June 26, 2018). "Despite what may be out there I am not in a feud w @bellathorne. We have, and have always had, a friendly and professional relationship" (Tweet). Retrieved June 27, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Highfill, Samantha (June 26, 2018). "Bella Thorne's 'Famous In Love' not yet canceled, Freeform says". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Swift, Andy (June 29, 2018). "'Famous in Love' Officially Cancelled; Freeform Laments 'Difficult Decision'". TVLine. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Swift, Andy (November 1, 2017). "Famous in Love Courts Romeo Miller to Play Hip-Hop Superstar in Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (January 29, 2018). "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists: Sofia Carson Cast in Freeform Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  15. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (March 9, 2017). "Freeform's Marlene King Series Famous in Love to Launch with Full-Season Binge". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d "Famous in Love Episode Listings". The Futon Critic.
  17. ^ a b c d "Famous in Love". Zap2it.
  18. ^ a b c Metcalf, Mitch (April 19, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 4.18.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 26, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 4.25.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 3, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 5.2.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 10, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 5.9.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  22. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 17, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 5.16.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  23. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 24, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 5.23.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  24. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (June 1, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 5.30.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  25. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (June 7, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 6.6.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  26. ^ a b c d e Metcalf, Mitch (June 14, 2017). "Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals: 6.13.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  27. ^ a b c d e Metcalf, Mitch (April 5, 2018). "Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals: 4.4.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  28. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 12, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  29. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 19, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  30. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 26, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.25.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  31. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 3, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.2.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  32. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  33. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.16.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  34. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 24, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.23.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  35. ^ a b c Metcalf, Mitch (May 31, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.30.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  36. ^ "Breaking News from Freeform's First-Ever Freeform Summit" (Press release). Freeform. January 18, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
  37. ^ Famous In Love Returns to E!. E!. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  38. ^ "Famous in Love: Amazon Prime Video". Amazon. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  39. ^ ""Famous in Love" regresa a HBO España con su segunda temporada" (in Spanish). April 8, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  40. ^ a b c Ceron, Ella (June 19, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: See the First Wave of Nominations". Teen Vogue. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  41. ^ a b c Vulpo, Mike (July 12, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal "Second Wave" of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  42. ^ a b Weatherby, Taylor. "Taylor Swift, Drake, Cardi B & More Among Teen Choice Awards 2018 Nominees: See the Full List". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  43. ^ a b "Teen Choice Awards: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. August 12, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

External links[edit]