ABC Family Announces Summer Lineup Including Premieres of 'The Fosters', 'Twisted' + Return of 'Baby Daddy', Pretty Little Liars' & 'Switched at Birth'

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March 11th, 2013

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via press release:




ABC Family Hit Original Series “Melissa & Joey,” “Baby Daddy,” “Switched at Birth”

and “Pretty Little Liars” Return with All-New Episodes


Burbank, CA (March 11, 2013) – ABC Family announces a red-hot summer line-up with the premiere of four new original series including reality competition series “Dancing Fools,” family drama “The Fosters,” mystery drama “Twisted” and docu-soap “The Vineyard.” Summer premiere dates are also set for returning original series “Melissa & Joey,” “Baby Daddy,” “Switched at Birth” and “Pretty Little Liars.”


“Dancing Fools” premieres Wednesday, May 29th, at 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour comedy clip show features the funniest, most outrageous and memorable dances caught on camera. The dancers from the top two clips of the week compete on stage for a chance to win $10,000. The series is hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also stars in ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and in the upcoming ABC reality series “Bet on Your Baby.”


From executive producer Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Back-Up Plan”), ABC Family’s new original series “The Fosters” will premiere on Monday, June 3rd, at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, following the series finale of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” The one-hour drama centers on two moms (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) raising a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids. The series also stars Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.


“Twisted,” premiering on Tuesday, June 11th, at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that is centered on a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past (Avan Jogia) who has recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood (Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury). He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is found dead in her home. The series also stars Kimberly Quinn, Sam Robards, Ashton Moio and Denise Richards.


“The Vineyard,” premiering on Wednesday, July 24th, at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, is a dramatic coming-of-age docu-soap that follows a handful of 20-somethings on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. Tight quarters, new friends and new rivals, all living, working and playing together, make this picturesque playground ripe for mischief and romance.


Other original series scheduled to premiere this summer include hit comedies “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy” and fan favorites “Switched at Birth” and “Pretty Little Liars.”


“Melissa & Joey,” the hit comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence returns for the third season of the original series on Wednesday, May 29th, at 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Mel, a local politician and a former wild child, and Joe, her down-on-his-luck “manny,” work together to raise Mel’s teenaged niece Lennox and nephew Ryder.


“Baby Daddy,” the #1 new cable comedy of Summer 2012 in key female demos, returns with new episodes for its second season on Wednesday, May 29th, at 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series follows single dad Ben, his brother Danny, his buddy Tucker, and his close childhood friend (and secret admirer) Riley as they navigate single life in New York City under the constant supervision of Ben’s overbearing mother, Bonnie.


“Switched at Birth” returns with all new episodes on Monday, June 10th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Now in its second season, the award-winning family drama focuses on two teenage girls from very different homes who were accidentally switched at birth and are getting to know their biological families and each other. The series 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.


“Pretty Little Liars” returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, June 11th, at 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The hit series revolves around four teenage girlfriends who lost touch with one another after the mysterious death of a friend, Alison. The girls are suddenly reunited when they each begin receiving messages suggesting Alison is actually alive – and watching them.




Wednesday, May 29th, 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Melissa & Joey”


Wednesday, May 29th, 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Baby Daddy”


Wednesday, May 29th, 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “Dancing Fools”


Monday, June 3rd, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “The Fosters”


Monday, June 10th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Switched at Birth”


Tuesday, June 11th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT – Season premiere of “Pretty Little Liars”


Tuesday, June 11th, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “Twisted”


Wednesday, July 24th, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT – Series premiere of “The Vineyard”


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.


ABC Family Media Relations: Jori Arancio, 818/973-2167,


For additional press materials on ABC Family, go to


Dancing Fools

Official ABC Family “Dancing Fools” website:




The Fosters

Official ABC Family “The Fosters” website:





Official ABC Family “Twisted” website:




The Vineyard

Official ABC Family “The Vineyard” website:




Melissa & Joey

Official ABC Family “Melissa & Joey” website:




Baby Daddy

Official ABC Family “Baby Daddy” website:




Switched at Birth

Official ABC Family “Switched at Birth” website:




Pretty Little Liars

Official ABC Family “Pretty Little Liars” website:





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  • Dave

    So has ABCF cancelled The Lying Game? :D

  • Martin

    I guess Bunheads is cancelled, too, since it’s not on the list of returning shows..

  • Dave

    I’m really excited for Twisted. It could be a hit or miss but hopefully it attracts the PLL audience.

    Is Vine Yard a wannabe version of MTV’s retro reality drama Laguna Beach?

  • Kyle


    No news yet, but this is for the summer, TLG might be set to return in the Fall or January of 2014.

  • Jenny

    The Lying Game is missing. I don’t think it’s cancelled though, but since they are not expanding their schedule the earliest it could start would be August.
    The schedule for Twisted is confusing me. Seeing that they are apparently airing the pilot early after the PLL finale, then re-airing it again in June?
    Speaking of which where are the promos for The Fosters and Twisted. It’s been over a month since they announced they were picked up.

  • W

    I guess that means Bunheads is cancelled? I expect The Lying Game to be back in either July, August or January. TLG never premieres early. LOL.

  • rob60990

    Why is The Fosters premiering a week earlier than Switched at Birth?

    No mention of underperforming The Lying Game. :D

  • Martin

    Abc family don’t need to announce yet for other shows as they wouldn’t be premiering until at least august. So, so far, no news is good news.

  • rob60990

    Oh nevermind, it’s airing after the series finale of Secret Life. Good scheduling there.

  • W

    What this press release fails to mention is that the entire pilot of “Twisted” will air March 19 at 9PM after the Pretty Little Liars finale. According to the official ABC Family schedule site.

  • RJ

    ABC Family is doing a great job in the summer. Kudos to them!

  • W

    I wonder why the pilot of “Twisted” is being aired after the PLL finale. So the June premiere date is actually an encore/repeat of the first episode. Why would anyone want to watch the same episode twice?

  • W

    Who here is going to watch the premiere of “Twisted” on March 19 after the PLL finale? I am definitely going to watch it. I expect the ratings to be around 2 million viewers since it airs after the finale of PLL.

  • Sel

    Finally some new ‘Mel & Joey’! Does someone know how many episodes is going to be season 3?

  • Rachel

    I will watch The Fosters.

    I have no interest in yet another badly written teen murder mystery on abc family. Sorry Twisted. :/

  • Rachel


    I really don’t think it’ll do that well since abc family hasn’t shown a single promo for it. But this gives it the opportunity for word of mouth to get around and that’ll increase viewership come summer.

  • tv#1

    I am really excited for Twisted. I am glad ABC Family picked it up. I will definitely be watching. I am also excited for the return of Baby Daddy.

  • Five

    Twisted might do well initially, possibly, but I doubt it will be able to retain most of PLL’s viewers. Personally, I’m not exactly wowed by Twisted’s premise.

  • david

    I am looking forward to checking out The Fosters and Twisted and going to be watching Swithced at Birth, Pretty Little Liars, Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy.

  • Dan

    If The Lying Game or Bunheads get renewed then its likely for fall or next year. My guess is TLG might get renewed while Bunheads is probably cancelled.

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