The Fosters Will Wrap After Season 5, But A Spin-Off Is On The Way!

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Another day, another TV cancellation. Freeform has officially announced The Fosters will end after season five. The network revealed it will wrap up the series with a special three-part “finale event” to air in the summer after the fifth season concludes. However, with the bad news comes a happy announcement, too! Freeform also announced that Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez, who play Callie and Mariana, will get their own spin-off show!

As sad as we are to see The Fosters go, the show will end with the series’ 100th episode, which is a perfectly complete send-off whether we want to admit it or not. After all, knowing that we have 13 episodes of the spin-off to look forward to makes it easier to say goodbye.

According to Deadline, the untitled series will jump ahead a few years and follow Callie and Mariana as they move to Los Angeles to embark on the next phase of their young adult lives.

“While living together, they take two very different paths and explore the different sides of the city — Mariana will be involved in the tech world, possibly in Silicon Beach, while Callie will continue the kind of social work she’s done,” the website reports.

“Both of them will be faced with the challenges of working in a cultural divide all the while pursuing their dreams that have been laid into those characters throughout The Fosters,” said Freeform’s EVP programming and development Karey Burke in a statement.

So exciting, right? What’s even more exciting is that the network plans to have all the characters from The Fosters make guest appearances on the spin-off! That includes parents Stef and Lena, played by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum. Honestly, we wish all shows ended with spin-offs.

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Deadline reports that one more cast member from original series may be making the jump to the spin-off, but it would be confirmed at a later date. We wonder who it could be!?

The executive producers of the show also had some nice words for fans sad to see the series end.

“First and foremost, we want to thank our fans — our supportive ‘Fosters Family’ — and Freeform for fostering this show,” Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige said in a statement on Wednesday. “It’s been the privilege of our lives to get to shepherd this beautiful family through five seasons of love, laughter, heartbreak, tribulation, and triumph — and message to the world that DNA doesn’t make a family, love does. All while allowing us to explore some of the most pressing social issues of our era. Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever-changing world.”

Ugh! This is so bittersweet, isn’t it? Mark your calendars because the second half of The Fosters premieres January 9 at 8 p.m. on Freeform!