It was a banner day for ABC Family today with the announcements that the sitcoms Melissa & Joey and newcomer Baby Daddy are both being picked up for third and second seasons respectively while the popular teen drama Switched at Birth is getting a second season order after a prolonged first season. In addition, the new dramedy Bunheads has received an order for additional episodes known in the industry as a “back-order pick-up”.
‘Melissa & Joey’ stars Melissa Joan Hart as a former wild child of a political family who is now a successful councilwoman in Toledo. Thanks to a financial scheme gone horribly wrong, Mel’s sister ends up in prison and sends her brother-in-law on the run from the law, leaving Mel as the legal guardian for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and nephew Ryder. Spread too thin to manage by herself, Melissa gets help in the unlikely form of Joe (Joey Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, agrees to move in and becomes the family’s “manny.” Together Mel, Joe, Lennox and Ryder form an unlikely family as they navigate the comedic twists and turns of life.
The next new episode of ‘Melissa & Joey’ will air this Wednesday at 8/7c.
The new sitcom ‘Baby Daddy’ follows Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau from ‘Kyle XY’), a young man in his early 20s living the life of a bachelor as a bartender in New York City with his buddy, Tucker (Tahj Mowry from ‘The Game’), and his brother, Danny (Derek Theler from ’90210), a professional hockey player. Their lives are turned upside down when they come home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and his protective and sometimes over-bearing mother, Bonnie (Melissa Peterman from ‘Reba’), and his close female friend, Riley (Chelsea Kane from ‘Jonas LA’), who has had a secret crush on him since childhood. Riley is hopeful that Ben will finally take notice, but she doesn’t realize that Ben’s brother, Danny, is harboring a secret crush on her.
The next new episode of ‘Baby Daddy’ will also air this Wednesday at 8:30/7:30c.
‘Bunheads’ is the latest dramedy from Amy Sherman-Palladino (the creator of ‘Gilmore Girls’), which tells the story of Las Vegas showgirl Michelle Simms (Broadway star Sutton Foster), who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school. The series also features newcomers Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain and Emma Dumont as well as Kelly Bishop (‘Gilmore Girls’).
The mid-season finale of ‘Bunheads’ will air this Monday, August 20 at 9/8c.
Lastly, ‘Switched at Birth’ chronicles two families that are forever altered when they discover their daughters were switched at birth. Life hasn’t been easy for hard-working, single mom Regina Vasquez (Constance Marie), but along with her mother, Adriana, Regina has provided her 16-year-old daughter, Daphne (Katie Leclerc), a typical teenager who just happens to be deaf — with a loving and secure home. In sharp contrast to the Vasquezes, Kathryn (Lea Thompson), a stay-at-home mom, and John Kennish (D.W. Moffat), a retired professional athlete, lead a seemingly perfect life with their two children, Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Toby (Lucas Grabeel). But when the Kennishes learn the hospital made a grievous error and that Bay is not their biological child, their entire world is turned upside down. Regina, Kathryn and John must learn to co-exist as parents and to blend two families into one for the sake of their daughters, despite overwhelming socio-economic, ethnic and cultural differences.
‘Switched at Birth’ will return with all new episodes of its first season on Monday, September 3 at 8/7c.