ABC Family unveiled debut dates for returning series Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, Switched At Birth, and The Fosters, in the second week of January. Social hit Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday, January 7 at 8 PM ET (yes, the special Halloween episode still premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 22, at 8 PM) . The series surged to its best season on record in Summer 2013, passing the 4 million viewer mark for the first time ever, thanks in part to ranking as the No. 1 cable series for the third consecutive summer among females 12-34 — and, not coincidentally, according to SocialGuide, enjoyed the “most social” TV series episode in television history with the series’ summer finale, breaking records with more than 1.9 million tweets. Led by that August 27 finale, Pretty Little Liars accounts for the Top 4 “most social” TV episodes of all time, and 6 of the Top 8 overall. Twisted will return with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 7, at 9 PM; the third season of Peabody Award-winning Switched At Birth begins Monday, January 13 at 8 PM, with RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Max Adler (Glee), Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne), and Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) guest starring, and recurring throughout the season. The Fosters will return with all-new episodes on Monday, January 13, 9 PM. ABC Family recently announced a second season pick-up for the series, which, according to Nielsen …
ABC Family Picks Return Dates For ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Fosters’
Glee alum Max Adler and Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) are set to recur on ABC Family’s drama series Switched At Birth. Bernhard, repped by Genesis and Progressive Artists Agency, will play Teresa Lubarsky, a groovy art professor at a local college where Bay (Vanessa Marano) is taking classes. Adler, repped by CESD, Justice and Ponder and attorney Derek Kroeger, will play Tank, a fraternity brother Bay befriends in her college art class. The two will make their debut in the third-season premiere airing in January. They join fellow new recurring RJ Mitte who plays Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works in the free clinic with Daphne (Katie Leclerc).
ABC Family has ordered a third season of Switched At Birth and has given back-order pickups to freshmen The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Twisted. Charles Pratt Jr. has come in as new showrunner on Twisted, which also is expected to change its writing staff. The orders are said to be in line with ABC’s traditional full-season pickups (20 episodes) and back orders (10 episodes). All three shows will return with new episodes in January 2014. “ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have The Fosters and Twisted join our line-up as breakout summer hits,” said ABC Family president Michael Riley. The drama renewals join ABC Family’s comedy pickups of a fourth season of Melissa and Joey and third season of Baby Daddy. They also come on the heels of ABC Family officially cancelling Bunheads and The Lying Game over the past few weeks.
Alfre Woodard is joining BBC America’s Copper as recurring. Set in 1865 New York City, Copper returns for a second season on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination — with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. ICM Partners-repped Woodard will play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew. Jarred by raucous city life, Hattie must reconcile her past against hope for a future.
ABC Family Renews ‘Baby Daddy’, ‘Melissa & Joey’ & ‘Switched At Birth’, Gives Back Order To ‘Bunheads’
After a very strong launch, ABC Family’s new comedy Baby Daddy will bypass the standard back order for a full-fledged second season pickup. Fellow freshman, ballet drama Bunheads, is getting a back-order pickup while the network also is renewing comedy Melissa & Joey for a third season and Switched At Birth for a second. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup, said ABC Family president Michael Riley. The dramas will premiere in Winter, with the comedies returning in Spring 2013. ABC Family also just announced a reunion special for its new reality series Beverly Hills Nannies to air on September 4. Baby Daddy, created by Dan Berendsen, launched as ABC Family’s #1 comedy series ever and is pacing as the #1 new cable comedy this summer in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34. It also boosted its lead-in, Melissa & Joey, to its best season to date. Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads is cable TV’s #2 series on Mondays at 9 o’clock in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34. Here is more on the newly picked up series:
Disney’s announcement with Netflix this morning extends and expands a current deal, giving the streaming service rights to several shows 30 days after the last episode of the season airs. The one with Amazon is new and includes more than 800 library episodes. Both include prior seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and all episodes of Lost. They also both landed ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager and Phineas and Ferb. Beyond that there are a lot of differences, with Amazon landing prior seasons of Marvel’s animated shows including X-Men Evolution and Netflix getting ABC Studios’ Army Wives. Here’s the release for Netflix:
BEVERLY HILLS and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011 — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced that they recently entered into an extension of their previous existing licensing agreement. The extension allows Netflix to continue to stream hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family over the Internet. As part of the deal, Netflix is also adding new content to its lineup of Disney-ABC series and TV movies.
The agreement adds to the growing selection of content that can be streamed from Netflix in the United States. Episodes from new seasons of current Disney-ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30-days after the last episode of each season airs. Among the series and TV movies extended as part of the deal include:
ABC Family has ordered 22 more episodes of its new drama series Switched at Birth. The network calls the pickup “back-season”, bringing the total first-season order to the show to 32 episodes. Switched at Birth, which debuted on June 10 with for an initial run of 10 episodes, will air its summer finale Aug. 8 and will return with originals in early 2012. Following a strong start, Switched at Birth hit series highs in viewers 12-34 in its most recent airing July 25. It is currently pacing as ABC Family’s No. 2 freshman season ever in total viewers and the 18-34 and 18-49 demos, behind only the freshman season for The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Switched at Birth, starring Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano, tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin and John Ziffren serve as executive producers. There is no word yet on ABC Family’s freshman drama series The Nine Lives of Chloe King, whose ratings performance has not been as strong.
Having just picked up four new scripted series, ABC Family is heading into the summer with its largest-ever slate of originals. With seven scripted series on tap — four new (dramas Switched at Birth, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, The Lying Game and comedy The Great State of Georgia) and three returning (dramas The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars and comedy Melissa & Joey) — ABC Family is opening up a third night of original programming this summer on Wednesday. Having for the first time a pair of half-hour comedies, Melissa & Joey and The Great State of Georgia, ABC Family will launch a comedy block on Wednesday with the two sitcoms on June 29.
Secret Life, which returns on March 28 with 24 new episodes, will serve as a launching pad for newbies Switched at Birth (premieres June 6) and The Lying Game (debuts Aug. 15). Chloe King will follow Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday starting June 14.
New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first new series pickups today, ordering 3 new shows, the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. The orders to all 3 are for 10 episodes, including the pilot.
The Great State of Georgia, from ABC Studios, centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). This marks the return to sitcoms for Symone, who made her debut in the genre at age 2 on The Cosby Show. It also brings a companion piece to ABC Family’s hot original sitcom Melissa & Joey.
Nine Lives is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. Alloy Entertainment is producing the pilot, about Chloe King (Skyler Samuels), a teenager with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Dan Berendsen (Hannah Montana: The Movie) penned the script and is executive producing with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. This marks the second Alloy series on ABC Family along with hit Pretty Little …