The ABC Family Channel rebranded and transformed itself into the FreeForm Channel this month in an attempt to gain a new audience who may have viewed the original name as being too family friendly and expected offerings to be tame or worse – boring.
Recovery Road is one of their first new original programs to attract viewers seeking something more edgy, cool, and perhaps controversial. From TV Guide:
Freeform is deepening its drama bench with Recovery Road, a new series that centers 17-year old Maddie (Jessica Sula) as she’s forced to go to school during the day and live in an adult sober-living house at night after her excessive drinking goes too far.
The series will take a hard look at the perils and stigmas of addiction, especially pertaining to young people. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson, but rather than spanning Maddie’s entire adolescence, the show will focus on her initial, first 30 days in rehab for the first season
You can watch the first three episodes free online at http://freeform.go.com/shows/recovery-road/episode-guide/season-01/01-series-premiere-blackout. It premiers Monday Jan 25th and I will be checking it out. Here’s the trailer: