via press release:
ABC FAMILY ADDS MORE LAUGHS WITH MORE “MELISSA & JOEY”
With Season 3 Back Order and Fourth Season Greenlight, Series Will Reach 100 Episodes
Burbank, CA (May 28, 2013) – ABC Family today announced the network has expanded the third season of its hit original comedy series, “Melissa & Joey,” as well as ordered a fourth season, making this the network’s first comedy to reach 100 episodes. The order comes prior to the third season premiere on ABC Family on Wednesday, May 29, from 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT, leading into hit comedy “Baby Daddy.” The additional Season 3 episodes will air in 2014.
“One hundred episodes is a great accomplishment for any series, and we are thrilled to give ‘Melissa and Joey’ the opportunity to achieve this milestone, as they’ve delivered hundreds and hundreds of laughs over the seasons,” said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family.
Along with series stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson, the upcoming third season features such notable guest stars as Sterling Knight, Shannon Elizabeth, Trevor Donovan, Marla Sokoloff, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jaime Pressly and Doris Roberts, who will be appearing in two episodes as Joe’s grandmother.
“Melissa and Joey” is executive-produced by Bob Young & David Kendall, Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. The series follows local politician and former wild child Mel Burke (Hart) who employs down on his luck “manny” Joe Longo (Lawrence) as she raises her teenaged niece (Spreitler) and nephew (Robinson). “Melissa & Joey” ranks as ABC Family’s highest comedy debut ever in Total Viewers, and its second season wrapped as the series best to date in several key demos, including Adults 18-49, Women 18-34 and Viewers 12-34.
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