'The Fosters' spins off group home scenes into 'Girls United' webseries

the-fosters-girls-united-webseries.jpg "The Fosters" is getting a spinoff! Well, sort of. The ABC Family drama is getting its very own web series, which will focus on the group girls' home where foster kid Callie ( Maia Mitchell) is now living.

On the show, Rosie O'Donnell plays Rita, the group home leader, but she won't appear in "The Fosters: Girls United." Instead, the web series will follow Callie and the other girls in the home, played by Daffany Clark, Cherinda Kincherlow, Annamarie Kenoyer, Alicia Sixtos, Hayley Kiyoko and Angela Gibbs, when one of the girls goes missing.

"It's completely different. It's like its own pilot, almost," star Cierra Ramirez tells Zap2it of the group home scenes during a recent visit to the show's Los Angeles set.

Mitchell described her co-stars in the group home as "amazing" during an interview before the season premiere. "I don't know where they found these girls, but the acting is amazing," she says. The girls have all "been through the works, been through the foster system, been in juvy three times, had drug addiction since they were like 10, their families in jail -- really, really heavy."

This is great news. The group home scenes have been some of the most emotional, touching scenes of the entire show. And with a series that covers as heavy, important topics as "The Fosters," that's a hard feat.

The five "Girls United" episodes will premiere Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET following a new episode of "The Fosters."
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