ABC Family Renews Baby Daddy, Melissa & Joey and Switched at Birth; Picks Up Bunheads for Full Season

ABC Family has announced renewal or pick-up news for four original programs airing on the network.

First up is Baby Daddy, which has had solid ratings since premiering this summer.  Instead of picking up additional episodes for the first season, ABC Family has simply decided to give the series a second season order.  Freshman series Bunheads has also been picked up for a full season.

Meanwhile, Melissa & Joey has been renewed for a third season and the network also gave a second season order to Switched at Birth, which will also return for new episodes on Monday, September 3.

All of the dramas will return this Winter with new episodes, while the comedies will return in the Spring of 2013.  These announcements follow the earlier news that a Beverly Hills Nannies reunion special that will air on September 4.

“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,” said Michael Riley, President of ABC Family. “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.”

Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Series Programming and Development, ABC Family, continued: “I’m so pleased to add more ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Bunheads’ to our lineup, and to have already put a ‘Beverly Hills Nannies’ reunion special into production. So many returning originals spotlight how well our programming resonates with our audience. It also furthers our promise to continue to deliver programming that is engaging, optimistic and relatable.”


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