I’ve indicated on several occasions that I’m a big fan of the ABC Family Channel, which went through many permutations before finally coming up with a format that has been providing some really solid family-safe series for the past few years. While I can’t claim that I’ve followed “Lincoln Heights” as closely as some of the other shows on the network, I hate to miss out on any opportunity to give ABC Family’s programming some love, so I just wanted to mention that the series’ third-season premiere is available for viewing over on Fancast.com.

“Lincoln Heights” follows the lives of the Sutton family, led by Eddie (Russell Hornsby), an ambitious police officer who moved his wife and three kids to the inner-city neighborhood where he was raised, with hopes of cleaning it up and making a difference. The cast includes Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard, Mishon Ratliff, Rhyon Brown, Robert Adamson and Michael Reilly Burke, and the show has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and NAMIC Awards since its premiere on ABC Family in 2007.

If, God forbid, you miss catching the premiere on Fancast, fear not: it will make its format network premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8 PM. But if you’ve got the time, then why not take advantage of the opportunity to start the season early?

In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the series…