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ABC Family Renews 'Switched at Birth', 'Melissa & Joey', 'Baby Daddy'; Orders More 'Bunheads'; Cancels 'Jane By Design'


ABC Family has renewed Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy and has also given a pick-up order for the second half of the first season of Bunheads. Jane By Design, which recently wrapped its first season, has been canceled.

 Switched at Birth, the story of two families whose lives are forever altered when they find out their daughters were switched at birth, has been renewed for a second season. The show returns on Sept. 3 with the final 10 episodes of its first season. Season 2 will debut in Winter 2013.

Bunheads will also return this winter with new episodes. The drama from executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, centers on a Vegas show girl, who impulsively decides to get married and move to a small town. Once there, she takes on a role in her mother-in-law’s ballet studio. The summer finale is set to air Aug. 20.

After finding success with its Wednesday night comedy block, ABC Family has given Melissa & Joey, the story of a woman who hires a manny to help her raise her sister’s kids, a third season pick-up. Baby Daddy, a show about a 20-something man raising a baby with the help of his friends, has been renewed for a second season. Both comedies, currently airing their second and first seasons respectively, will return in Spring 2013.

Michael Riley, the president of ABC Family, issued a statement via press release. “Two years ago, we embarked on a bold strategy to grow the breadth and scope of original programming and create a Wednesday night summer comedy destination,” he said. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup. Our stable of strong series continues to grow, and I’m thrilled with the strength of our schedule.”

No word was given as to why Jane By Design, the story of a high school student living a double life in the world of high fashion, didn’t make the cut.

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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