'Switched at Birth' Renewed by ABC Family for Third Season + 'The Fosters' & 'Twisted' Get Back Order Pick-Ups

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July 30th, 2013

Switched at Birth

via press release:







BURBANK, CA (July 30, 2013) – ABC Family, the Millennial-skewing network, continues its forward momentum. The network has ordered a third season of its Peabody Award winning drama, “Switched at Birth,” and has given back-order pick-ups to the critically acclaimed and successful summer hits, “The Fosters,” and “Twisted,” it was announced today by Michael Riley, President ABC Family. The series will premiere alongside “Pretty Little Liars” in January 2014.


“ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Twisted’ join our line-up as breakout summer hits,” said Riley. “We are very proud of the original series we continue to foster, bringing real and relatable characters to life for our viewers and know they are destined to become part of the zeitgeist alongside “Switched at Birth” and “Pretty Little Liars.”


“It’s thrilling to count our two freshman series, ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Twisted’ among our stable of strong, must-see, must-tweet series,” said Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family. “’Switched at Birth’ is like no other show on television and we are so proud to have it as part of our family. Adding additional seasons and episodes of our returning series spotlights how well our programming resonates with our audience.”


The drama pick-ups join the comedy pick-ups announced earlier this year including the fourth season of “Melissa and Joey” and the third season of “Baby Daddy.”


Summer to date, powered by its most extensive array of original series, ABC Family is cable TV’s #1 network in Prime in Women 18-34 and the #2 cable TV network in Females 12-34. ABC Family is home to the Top 2 new cable TV series this summer in Viewers 12-34 and Females 12-34 with “The Fosters” and “Twisted.” Summer to date, “The Fosters” is summer’s #1 new cable TV series in Viewers 12-34 (1.3 million/1.4 rating) and Females 12-34 (1.1 million/2.4 rating), and Monday’s #1 scripted cable TV telecast at 9 o’clock in the target demos. “Twisted” is cable TV’s #1 telecast on Tuesdays at 9 o’clock in Women 18-34 (523,000/1.5 rating), Viewers 12-34 (1.2 million/1.3 rating) and Females 12-34 (1.1 million/2.3 rating), and the #1 original scripted cable TV telecast Adults 18-34 (658,000/1.0 rating). Moreover, “Twisted is the #2 new cable TV series this summer in Viewers 12-34 and Females 12-34, behind only “The Fosters.” Summer to date, “Switched at Birth” is cable TV’s #1 scripted telecast on Mondays at 8 o’clock in Total Viewers (2.4 million) and across target Adults 18-34 (823,000/1.2 rating), Women 18-34 (681,000/1.9 rating), Adults 18-49 (1.3 million/1.0 rating), Women 18-49 (1.1 million/1.7 rating), Viewers 12-34 (1.3 million/1.4 rating) and Females 12-34 (1.1 million/2.3 rating).


“The Fosters”

“The Fosters” is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie, along with her younger brother Jude, into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

Nominated for 2013 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Show and Choice TV Breakout Show, “The Fosters” is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, (“American Idol,” “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” “The Back-Up Plan”) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“Queer As Folk”), who will also serve as writers and executive producers. “The Fosters” stars Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”) as Stef Foster, Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”) as Lena Adams, Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as Jesus Foster, Hayden Byerly (“Parenthood”) as Jude, David Lambert (“Aaron Stone”) as Brandon Foster, Maia Mitchell (“Teen Beach Movie”) as Callie, Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) as Mike Foster and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Mariana Foster. Jake T. Austin and Maia Mitchell are nominated for 2013 Teen Choice Awards and Cierra Ramirez is nominated for a 2013 Imagen Award for their performances on “The Fosters.” Joanna Johnson (“Make it or Break it”), Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers of the series, which is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.


“Switched at Birth”

In “Switched at Birth,” two families are forever altered when they discover their daughters were switched at birth. Life hasn’t been easy for hard-working, single mom Regina Vasquez, but along with her mother, Adriana, Regina has provided her daughter Daphne, a typical teenager who just happens to be deaf, with a loving and secure home. Although she attends a school for the deaf and hard-of-hearing with best friend Emmett, Daphne’s hearing loss does not prevent her from leading a full life. In sharp contrast to the Vasquezes, Kathryn, a stay-at-home mom and John Kennish, a state senator, lead a seemingly perfect life with their two children, Bay and Toby. But when the Kennishes’ learn the hospital made a grievous error and Bay is not their biological child, their entire world is turned upside down. Regina, Kathryn and John must learn to co-exist as parents, and blend two families into one for the sake of their daughters, despite overwhelming socio-economic, ethnic and cultural differences. The award-winning series, currently airing Mondays at 8:00pm ET/PT, is the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars, and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language (ASL).  A ground-breaking all-ASL episode aired in March.


“Switched at Birth” recently received a Peabody Award and is currently nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program, both of which it won last year.  The series is also nominated for a Teen Choice Award, and 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 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”).



“Twisted” is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that follows Danny Desai, a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past who returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention. Immediately branded an outcast, Danny attempts to reconnect with his two childhood best friends, Jo and Lacey, and smooth over tensions with his mother, Karen, whose socialite status plummeted after her son’s imprisonment and the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Danny’s father. When a fellow student is found dead in her home, Danny instantly becomes the prime suspect and the town spirals into a frenzy of suspicion and mystery. Jo and Lacey must decide if their childhood friend is unforgivable, or if he’s really a victim being persecuted for his own twisted secrets.

  • Billiam

    No surprise here… See @John? The Fosters got their back 9 even with only one sponsor… :) I just hope they keep their ratings in the winter with all of the competition.

  • lisa

    I might sound old fashion but what’s a back order

  • tasha

    twisted is getting new showrunner from the lying game and new writing staff. i guess abc family caught on to everyone finding the show slow and boring.

  • tasha

    this still leaves the question, when is chasing life gonna air? i’d guess they’re gonna sandwich it between sab and the fosters.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Thank goodness. Now John will stop posting that crap about The Fosters being cancelled because they don’t have sponsors.

    Also…take that OneMillionMoms or whatever the name of your whiney organization is.

  • taylor

    wont they need a show to take secret lifes place in march?
    ravenswoods looks like i’ll be a hit and i doubt abc family will wanna wasted its high ratings and not have a show benefit from it? so maybe chasing life and ravenswood will run from oct-dec. , then mar-june?

  • DonJ1973


    Back order is more episodes ordered by the network to complete the season.

    ABC Family seasons typically air in 2 batches: Summer/Spring or Winter/Summer

  • TV#1

    @ DonJ1973

    If you enjoy the other ABC Family shows than I definitely recommend giving Twisted another try. I personally think that it is the best of all their current series. I am very happy that it has received a back order.

  • Jenny

    The Fosters is so amazing. One of my favorite Abc Family shows right now. Watched the pilot for Twisted and couldn’t get over how terrible it was.

  • rob60990

    Finally a renewal for Switched at Birth. No surprise at the Fosters.

    Twisted has no future ratings wise and especially with Charles Pratt joining. Hes an awful writer.

  • TheExaminer

    great news for Switched at Birth!

  • Tony JJ

    I hope the back orders are for 12 episodes. At least for The Fosters. It’s ratings have earned 12 episodes. While I’d understand if Twisted got only 10 episodes because it’s ratings don’t prove it as a success yet.

    Though I am enjoying both shows. Twisted is only getting better so hopefully a new writer/exec producer will help the shows story telling speed up a little.

  • ToXiX

    Great news for Twisted.

    Don’t miss an all new episode tonight on abc family.

  • rob60990

    @Tony JJ, Deadline states Switched at Birth’s episode order is 20 and The Fosters & Twisted got 10 episode back orders.

  • david

    Great for all the shows. The Fosters is great, Switched at Birth i enjoy and Twisted is an interesting show at times. Pretty Little Liars is great of course.

  • laura

    so excited about switched and fosters! made my day!

  • Helen

    Happy about twisted! It’s a nice change from PPL constant searching for “A”.

  • Glue

    That’s not fair. The Fosters has 10 episode this summer. Twisted has 12. I hoped that they would order 12 episodes for The Fosters and 10 for Twisted. Especially given the ratings for the show

  • Rachel


    I agree but maybe The Fosters is more expensive to produce than Twisted? ABC Family really thought Twisted would be the hit show this summer which is why it got 12 episodes. An undeserved episode order if you ask me.

  • Jason

    so now TLG showrunner is coming to “Twisted”? WTF?!

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