‘OLTL’s’ Sherri Saum Starts Leading Role in Jennifer Lopez’ Series

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Production on the new ABC Family drama series, “” starts today, meaning (ex-Keri Reynolds, “;” ex-Vanessa Hart, “Sunset Beach”) is back to work! But just what will the actress be doing under executive producer command?

Turns out, the actress is playing opposite , and both women play gay mothers raising a mix of multi-ethnic foster and biological children. Since the show takes a hard look at gay marriage and parenting within a groundbreaking premise that addresses the foster care system, mixed racial families and teen issues, it’s sure to be a topic of discussion as the Supreme Court rules on the legalities of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage next month.

The series is also produced by and (“Queer As Folk”), who also serve as the show’s writers and creators. In addition to Saum and Polo, “The Fosters” stars (“The Wizards of Waverly Place”), (“”), (“”), (“,” “”), (“”) and (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “”).

Look for the first episode to premiere on ABC Family on Monday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.