'Switched at Birth' to Air Its Season Premiere Monday, September 3; Season Kicks Off With All Day Marathon

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July 10th, 2012

via press release:







Season Kicks Off with All Day Marathon starting at 7:00AM ET/PT


Burbank, CA (July 10, 2012) – ABC Family’s award-winning hit drama series, “Switched at Birth,” will return with all new episodes beginning Monday, September 3 at 8:00PM ET/PT. In advance of the premiere, Hyperion will release a Switched at Birth book (available at online retailers on August 28) divulging the contents of a memoir authored by the character Kathryn Kennish (played by Lea Thompson) in the series.


In addition, the network will air a special “Switched at Birth” marathon (13 episodes) on Monday, September 3, from 7:00AM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the season 1C premiere. “Switched at Birth” is a family drama that explores blended families and deaf culture, with an array of deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, and includes scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language. “Switched at Birth” launched as the network’s #1 series debut of all time in Total Viewers, Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, and overall, ranked as the #1 new cable series of Summer 2011 across its core female demos.


The Switched at Birth book by Kathryn Kennish (played by Lea Thompson) is the inside story of the “Switched at Birth” family as only a mother could tell it. In her memoir, Kathryn reveals the surprising and intimate layers of her story—from the private details of the switched-at-birth revelation to all that occurs in its aftermath, including Regina and Daphne's move into the Kennish household. In the wake of this immense shift, secrets and previously unexamined issues from Kathryn's and her family's past surface as they are forced to reexamine everything they assumed about what makes a family a family. The book, like the show, touches on themes that any family who has ever felt different or “not normal” will recognize and appreciate.


Currently nominated for an Imagen Award and a Television Critics Association Award, “Switched at Birth” has been honored with AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene “Crystal” Award®”, the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award and a Gracie Award.


“Switched at Birth” is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Make It or Break It”), Becky Hartman Edwards (“Parenthood”) and John Ziffren (“Melissa & Joey,” “Make It or Break It”). The series also stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez; Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish; Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez; D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish; Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish; and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe, along with guest stars Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”).


Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.


Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit www.hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.


  • rob60990

    1C? Why don’t they just call it season 2?

  • Tommy


    After it’s initial 10 episodes ABC Family renewed the series for 22 episodes to continue season 1, instead of their normal 12. Thus they still have 10 episodes left of season 1.

  • DonJ1973

    So technically this is still a continuation of the 1st season. I wish ABC Family wouldn’t have held off these episodes until the Fall with all the network competition. It would have probably done better in the summer. I’m fully expecting it to do well enough to get a 2nd season, but my guess would be that season 2 wouldn’t air until Spring 2013 at the soonest.

  • John

    IMDB has the listings that Switched At Birth has 32 episodes for it’s 1st season. That’s pretty lame, it should just be season 2 already.

  • Kyle

    @rob60990 Because the first season has a 32-episodes order, 22 already aired, 10 more to go.

  • Shawn

    I wonder whether they´re gonna leave it alone or pair it with something. The Lying Game should be ready since they´re going to start filming in the upcoming weeks…

  • david

    good to know when this show is coming back i really enjoy it. I wonder if they are going to pair it with something too.

  • Mi

    I wish they’d pair it with something, but considering TLG’s press release said “winter premiere” I guess it’ll be aired alone..

  • panda22

    This show has kinda lost it’s sheen, first 10 eps. were superb because it was fresh,the deaf angle was new for tv….but it just became too relationshippy in those back 12 episodes.

  • Mi

    There was also not much progress relationship-wise to me, felt like pretty much the same things happened in too many episodes.. I hope they improve in 1C though.

  • Kaylie

    Love this show. Hope it’ll still do well even with all the network competition. I just wish the first season didnt have so many episodes.

  • Noelle

    @Shawn You’d think so, but apparently they’re not airing TLG until early next year………

  • pat howard

    Gilles Marini as a recurring character is part of the show’s appeal – He’s great!

  • Judy

    This isn’t Season 1. Season 1 only had 10 episodes in it. I bought it. Next the show was renewed for 22 episodes for a second season. Not sure how many have been shown so far. ABC Family is continuing the last 10 episodes of Season 2. Why? is that and why did they wait so long to continue it. There is so much more of this story that needs to be told. ABS Family really hit on something here. I have enjoyed every episode since this series started and I really don’t want to see it end.

  • Melissa

    The chef that was on the show, Daphne’s boss, he was an actor on All My Children as Tad’s son Jamie,

  • hannahfaith

    ya relly am like judy i have also enjoyed all the episodes i have soffer watched

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