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ABC Family Picks Return Dates For ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Fosters’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Following’ Add Recurrings

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 5:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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). Read More »

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ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ & ‘Twisted’ Get Back Orders, ‘Switched At Birth’ Renewed

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ Rises, ‘Switched At Birth’ Down In Season Return

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT

The second week of ABC Family’s The Fosters saw double digit growth for the new Jennifer Lopez produced drama. The 9 PM show about two lesbian moms raising a biological son, adopted twins and two foster children was up 20% in total viewers to 1.70 million. It was also up 10% among Adults 18-49 to 480,000 and surged 36% to 977,000 among its target demo of viewers 12-34 from its June 3 premiere. Things were not so rosy for its lead-in. After a midseason spring finale on March 11, Switched At Birth returned on Monday for the rest of its second season down hard. The drama declined from both its Season 1 break return last year and its Season 2 premiere earlier this year.  Compared to its Season 1 return on September 3, 2012, Switched At Birth was down 26% in total viewers to 1.661 million and down by 24% in the 12-34 demo to 835,000. The comparison to its Season 2 debut wasn’t anywhere near as harsh. In relation to the 1.697 million total viewers and 866,000 viewers among the 12-34 demo that its January Season 2 premiere garnered, the show dipped just 2% and 4% respectively last night. Season 2 of Switched At Birth wraps on August 12, 2013.

Related: ‘Secret Life Of The American Teenager’ Rises In Series Finale

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Alfre Woodard Joins ‘Copper’, ‘Under The Dome’ & ‘Switched At Birth’ Add Recurring

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.  Read More »

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ABC Family Renews ‘Baby Daddy’, ‘Melissa & Joey’ & ‘Switched At Birth’, Gives Back Order To ‘Bunheads’

By | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 12:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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: Read More »

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Disney-ABC Strikes New Streaming Deals With Netflix And Amazon

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:

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ABC Family Orders 22 More Episodes Of ‘Switched At Birth’

By | Monday August 1, 2011 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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More Cable Ratings: ‘Protector’ Starts Low, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Rise

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 5:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime’s new scripted series The Protector was off to a soft start, drawing 1.9 million viewers for its premiere on Sunday, holding onto 50% of its Army Wives lead-in. For comparison, the network’s recent drama series Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives launched with 2.8 million and 3.4 million viewers. For the 2 premiere night airings, The Protector averaged a combined 2.7 million viewers. MTV’s new series Teen Wolf rebounded in its third outing last night, up 23% from its Monday time-slot premiere last week among persons 12-34 with a 1.6 rating. The show was also up double digits in total viewers to 1.8 million. Read More »

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‘Switched At Birth’ Sets Premiere Ratings Records For ABC Family

By | Tuesday June 7, 2011 @ 3:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s  premiere of ABC’s newest drama Switched At Birth broke the network’s ratings records for a series debut in total viewers and all key demos. It drew 3.3 million viewers and 1.0 million/1.5 rating in adults 18-34 at 9 PM. (The show, about two teen girls who were accidentally switched at birth, also posted new premiere records in women 18-34, adults and women 18-49). Switched At Birth outpaced ABC Family’s previous record holders, the debuts of The Secret Life of the American Teenager in total viewers (2.8 million) and Pretty Little Liars in adults 18-34 (837,000) and women 18-34. Switched at Birth‘s total premiere night audience for the 9 PM and 10 PM airings was 4.9 million. Switched at Birth is the first of 4 new series ABC Family will unspool this summer, along with Chloe, The Lying Game and State of Georgia.

 

 

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ABC Family Expands Schedule To 3 Nights Of Original Programming

Nellie Andreeva

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.

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ABC Family Greenlights 3 New Series – One Comedy And Two Dramas

Nellie Andreeva

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 Read More »

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TV CASTINGS: Actors Board Two ABC Family Pilots And Fox Series ‘Terra Nova’

Nellie Andreeva

After an extensive search, Alexandra Chando (Rockville CA) has landed the lead in the ABC Family drama pilot The Lying Game. Additionally, DW Moffet is set to co-star on another ABC Family pilot, Switched a Birth, while The Whole Truth co-stare Christine Adams has been tapped for the last regular role on Fox’s upcoming drama series Terra Nova. The Lying Game, from Warner Horizon and Alloy, centers on Emma (Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando) that was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life until she goes missing and Emma goes on a quest to find her. Charles Pratt, Jr. is the writer/executive producer on the pilot based on the upcoming novel by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Chando is with Gersh and J. Mitchell Management. Read More »

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ABC Family Picks Up Four Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first development move a month after he took over the cable network following Paul Lee’s move to ABC. ABC Family has greenlighted 3 pilots, Strut, Nine Lives and Switched at Birth. I hear the pickup of a fourth pilot, The Lying Game, is imminent. Two of the pilots, Nine Lives and The Lying Game, hail from Alloy Entertainment, the company behind ABC Family’s freshman hit Pretty Little Liars.

Strut, whose order is cast-contingent, centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who unwittingly gets married to a stranger after a wild night and becomes a high school instructor for a misfit drill team in a small Texas town. Lamar  Damon wrote the script and is executive producing with Anna Mastro, Karey Burke, Charlie Stratton and Norman Buckley.

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, 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.

Switched at Birth, written and executive produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), is  a one-hour drama about two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a … Read More »

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