New Seasons of 'Switched at Birth' and 'Bunheads' to Premiere Monday, January 7 on ABC Family

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December 5th, 2012

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Burbank, CA (December 5, 2012) – Monday nights on ABC Family are all new with the Season Two premiere of the award-winning family drama “Switched at Birth” and the winter premiere of the critically-acclaimed series “Bunheads” on Monday, January 7th, 2013.


First, at 8:00PM ET/PT, the fallout from the baby switch trial continues in the second season premiere of “Switched at Birth,” airing Monday, January 7th at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family.


After the verdict against the hospital makes Angelo a millionaire, he stuns the families with lavish gifts. But suspicions about Angelo’s behavior continue when a pregnant woman shows up claiming that he is the father. John and Kathryn consider a run for public office. Meanwhile, Bay must face the Student Honor Board when she is accused of cheating, and Daphne’s distraction with Chef Jeff gets her in trouble. ABC Family will air a special “Switched at Birth” marathon on Monday, January 7th, from 11:00AM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the Season Two premiere.


Then, at 9:00PM ET/PT, Michelle has returned to Las Vegas and is working as a magician’s assistant in the winter premiere of ABC Family’s original series “Bunheads,” airing Monday, January 7th at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family.


It’s been several months since the Nutcracker fiasco, where Michelle accidently maced the young performers of Paradise Dance Academy. Now she’s crashing on her friend’s couch and working as a dancer for a small-time magician in Henderson, NV. Meanwhile in Paradise, the dance studio is closed down, leaving the students to keep busy on their own. Ginny has taken over her mother’s real estate business; Melanie has been caring for her grandpa, and Boo is pulling her hair out taking care of her little brother while her pregnant mother is on bed rest. After a summer at Joffrey, Sasha returns but refuses to head back home, instead hiding out with friends.


“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 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; Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe; and Gilles Marini (“Brothers and Sisters”) as Angelo Sorrento with guest star Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”).


“Bunheads” is executive produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The series stars Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain and Emma Dumont with guest star Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”).


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 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.

  • forg

    Bunheads! More Gilmore Girls cast cameos please :D

  • EatMorePez

    Switched at Birth will be going up against The Carrie Diaries. Which will get the higher ratings?

  • Alan

    Bunheads didn’t deserved to be renewed.

  • Alan

    @EatMorePez I think TCD will beat Switched at Birth. A lot of SATC fans will watch TCD.

  • ann

    @EatMorePez Switched at Birth will do better because Carrie Diaries will be a major flop.

  • rob60990

    I don’t think SATC fans will care about TCD. Most people who catch SATC watched for the friendship between the women & the sex.

    Look forward to the return of Switched at Birth.

  • Jenny

    Personally I won’t be watching Carrie Diaries, because I pretty much know the outcome of everything and it will be way more censored since it airs on The CW.Oh,yeah plus no Miranda, Samantha, or Charlotte.

    It will be all about Bunheads and Switched at Birth for me.

  • Tom

    I hope Bunheads really kicks into gear when it returns. It’s a completely unique show and it looks like Amy Sherman may have finally worked the kinks out of it. If there’s any problem, it’s that the show’s ratings have been relatively low. Bunheads opened and closed at a 0.6 with approximately 1.5 MM viewers. The in between numbers were less impressive. I don’t know if the Olympics affected the show’s ratings but, from a numbers standpoint, Bunheads hasn’t lived up to all the media hype and promotion that preceded its debut. I can only speculate that, in order to get a second season, the ratings for Bunheads need to move up into PLL territory. That’s a minimum 1.0 demo.

  • Jenny


    You must be joking.The only show that can hit a 1.0 consistently seems to be PLL. Hoping for a 1.0 is setting your hopes way too high.

  • Tom

    @ Jenny Everything I read before Bunheads debuted indicates that it was supposed to be the show that would help define the network. Hiring Amy Sherman to write the show and Sutton Foster to front it can’t be cheap. The first ten episodes were relatively interesting, but the storyline unfolded really slowly and some of the episodes really didn’t contribute that much. Another problem is that Sutton Foster cannot showcase her considerable talent as well on television as she does on stage. So, I believe ABCF only gave Bunheads a small back order because it’s hedging it’s bets. Although it now appears that the show’s storyline is headed in the right direction, it’s going to take a lot more than a 0.6 demo and 1.5 MM viewers to keep it going.

  • Jenny


    Bunheads being the show that was supposed to define Abcfamily sounds a little silly to me.A lot people before the show even started were endlessly ridiculing the show and it’s name. I’ve know several people who just write it off simply because of the show title. Not to mention it appeals to a slightly older audience then Abc Family usually targets. A 0.6 is perfectly acceptable for Abcfamily in my opinion, and it’s actually about the average now.

  • Nikki

    I think Bunheads picked up twards the end of its original run, Gilmore Girls needed a little time before it was a hit. Her style is something you have to get used to.. and if you like it youll love everything she does, If you hate it you wont enjoy anything with her name attached. I think pairing Bunheads with Switched is a good idea.. i think the ratings will pick up. Switched already proved it can dominate over the CW shows on mondays, so if Bunheads does better they will dominate both hours on monday. And in my opinion they will do the same on tuesdays with Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game.. both shows look really good and PLL already out performs in its timeslot. ABCFamily is taking over in my opinion.. when the CW eventually fails ABCFamily will be in the spotlight.

  • Glue

    ACTUALLY, I think Bunheads’ ratings were pretty good, It premiered after a show that people stopped watching (Even I Stopped Watching)so I think that the shows ratings are good.

    Also, I wasn’t going to even START the show because of its name and the ballerina thing. But i had nothing to watch and the pilot was free on iTunes so i got it. It Ended up being my favorite show.

    But Putting BUNHEADS after Switched At Birth, Seems like a dumb idea. I don’t think It should follow any show. ESPECIALLY not PLL. Maybe it would work quite well with SAB but maybe not.

    This show hasn’t been promoted, Amy Sherman was promoted. this is how they promoted Bunheads. “WATCH ABCFamily’s New show with Gilmore Girls Creator Amy Sherman Palladino.” Then they say the the date and at the very end the name. as the promo fades out.

    So Yeah, If You Bothered to read.. That’s my honest opinion and if you don’t even watch the show… PLEASE DO. GOOD SHOW, SUBLIME CAST. PERFECT WRITING. :D

  • Nikki

    @ glue your absolutly right.. they dont promote the show they promote her.. i only started watching because of Amy and Kelly Bishop.. but the show is really good. And i think airing it after switched will help the ratings. Switched however might see its last season.. i like the show a lot but it started dropping already. If it keeps dropping it wont get another season, but i hope thats not the case. I love most of the ABCFamily shows.. and now they have them on demand so hopefully other people will get hooked too.

  • Sel

    I miss ‘Melissa and Joey’ ;(

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    Gilmore was the “best show you aren’t watching” the first season on Thursdays. It didn’t get big until the season two move to Tuesday. Bunheada premiered low but was very consistent. Those who tuned in liked it but there wasn’t much growth. Hopefully it improves now that they seem to know what they’re doing.

  • Suzy Marcus

    I loved the first few episodes of Bunheads but by the last (horrible) episode was very disgruntled with the series. I hope this second season focuses on the Bunhead (ballet students) themselves and yes, as a previous poster wrote, we get to see more of Sutton Foster singing and dancing.

  • david

    I hope this will be a good pairing for both shows. I am a fan of Gillmore Girls so that is why i watched Bunheads. They promoted the producers of the show alot in prmotions for the show. It seems to be really steady in the ratings over the summer. The story start off a little slow but it did get more interesting as it went along. As for beeting the CW Mondays i think that could be possible or they will rate pretty close together.

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