ABC Family, the Millennial-skewing network, continues its forward momentum as it greenlights additional seasons of its hit series. The network has ordered a third season of “Melissa & Joey,” a second season for both “Baby Daddy” and “Switched at Birth,” and has given a back-order pick-up to “Bunheads,” Michael Riley, President of ABC Family, has announced. The original dramas will premiere in Winter, with the hit comedies returning in Spring 2013.
After launching a successful Wednesday night comedy block with “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy,” cable TV’s #1 telecasts in their half-hours across the network’s core Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Millennial demos, ABC Family has ordered a third season of “Melissa & Joey” and a second season of “Baby Daddy.” Already established as a destination for hit dramas, the network will also produce a second season of the award-winning hit series “Switched at Birth,” and ordered additional episodes of the critically-acclaimed series “Bunheads.” These pick-ups join the previously announced “Beverly Hills Nannies” reunion special that will air on September 4.
“Two years ago we embarked on a bold strategy to grow the breadth and scope of original programming and create a Wednesday night summer comedy destination,” said Riley. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup. Our stable of strong series continues to grow, and I’m thrilled with the strength of our schedule.”
Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Series Programming and Development, ABC Family, continued: “I’m so pleased to add more ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Bunheads’ to our lineup, and to have already put a ‘Beverly Hills Nannies’ reunion special into production. So many returning originals spotlight how well our programming resonates with our audience. It also furthers our promise to continue to deliver programming that is engaging, optimistic and relatable.”
“Baby Daddy,” which launched as the network’s #1 comedy series in ABC Family history, is pacing as the #1 new cable comedy this summer in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34, and launch to date is the network’s #1 comedy ever and cable TV’s #2 comedy in Prime in the core demos. Providing a solid launch pad for “Baby Daddy,” “Melissa & Joey” is delivering its best season on record, ranking as cable TV’s #1 series in the half-hour across key measure 18-34, 18-49 and 12-34 demos. Newcomer “Bunheads” is a key player on Monday nights, standing as cable TV’s #2 series on Mondays at 9 o’clock in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34.
“Baby Daddy” follows Ben (Bilodeau), a young man in his early 20s living the life of a bachelor as a bartender in New York City with his buddy, Tucker (Mowry), and his brother, Danny (Theler), a professional hockey player. Their lives are turned upside down when they come home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and his protective and sometimes over-bearing mother, Bonnie (Peterman), and his close female friend, Riley (Kane), who has had a secret crush on him since childhood. Riley is hopeful that Ben will finally take notice, but she doesn’t realize that Ben’s brother, Danny, is harboring a secret crush on her.
The series stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau (“Kyle XY”), Derek Theler (“90210″), Tahj Mowry (“The Game”), with Melissa Peterman (“Reba”) and Chelsea Kane (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Jonas LA”). “Baby Daddy” is created and executive-produced by Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”). “Baby Daddy” is a multi-camera comedy that shoots in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.
Executive-produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and headlined by Tony Award(r)-winning actor Sutton Foster, “Bunheads” is the tale of a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school.
Michelle Simms (Foster) had a promising career as a classically trained professional dancer, but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she’s found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal, and her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, is gaining it. With promises of a cushy life in his coastal town of Paradise, CA, Hubbell convinces Michelle to marry him and move away. Once in Paradise, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers, who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger.
A former dancer herself, Fanny runs the local dance studio, which Michelle comes upon and ends up bonding with some of Fanny’s dance students — sweet “Boo,” who would give anything to be a “bunhead” but struggles against her body type; rebellious Sasha, who possesses the classic ballet dancer’s body and talent but — distracted by family issues at home — doesn’t seem to have her heart in dancing; shapely Ginny, who is not yet comfortable in her own skin; and fun-loving Melanie, who is ready for whatever life throws at her. Michelle’s budding relationship with these girls helps her adapt to small town living and her uneasy role as a new daughter-in-law.
The series stars Sutton Foster (“Flight of the Concords”) as Michelle Simms, Kaitlyn Jenkins as Bettina “Boo” Jordan, Julia Goldani Telles as Sasha Torres, Bailey Buntain as Ginny Thompson and Emma Dumont as Melanie Segal, with guest star Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”) as Fanny Flowers.
“Melissa & Joey”
In the hit ABC Family original comedy series “Melissa & Joey,” Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) is the former wild child of a political family who is now a successful councilwoman in Toledo. Thanks to a financial scheme gone horribly wrong, Mel’s sister ends up in prison and sends her brother-in-law on the run from the law, leaving Mel as the legal guardian for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and nephew Ryder. Spread too thin to manage by herself, Melissa gets help in the unlikely form of Joe (Joey Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, agrees to move in and becomes the family’s “manny.” Together Mel, Joe, Lennox and Ryder form an unlikely family as they navigate the comedic twists and turns of life.
“Melissa & Joey” is a half-hour multi-cam comedy executive-produced by Bob Young & David Kendall, Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence and John Ziffren. Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Joey Lawrence (“Blossom”), Taylor Spreitler (“Days of Our Lives”) and Nick Robinson star.
“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 16-year-old 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 retired professional athlete, lead a seemingly perfect life with their two children, Bay and Toby. But when the Kennishes learn the hospital made a grievous error and that 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 to blend two families into one for the sake of their daughters, despite overwhelming socio-economic, ethnic and cultural differences.
“Switched at Birth” recently received a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program, and has been honored with AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene Crystal Award(r), 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”).
“Switched at Birth” will return with all new episodes on Monday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. 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 true ‘A’ style, ABC Family is sending fans on a scavenger hunt across the Internet to solve a mysterious riddle from the diabolical lead antagonist in the hit series ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ which premieres for its third season Tuesday, June 5th at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The new ‘Pretty Little Puzzle Hunt’ game is launching today at www.abcfamily.com/prettylittlepuzzlehunt with a sinister message from ‘A:’ ‘I love games. Don’t you? But if you want a sneak peek of what the Liars are up to, you are going to have to play MY game…’
In the game, fans must find hidden rebus pieces scattered across popular websites and use them to unlock a secret password on ABCFamily.com/prettylittlepuzzlehunt. There will be new clues on the ABC Family web site every weekday beginning today, May 23, through May 31, 2012 (excluding Memorial Day) that lead users to rebus pieces on participating web sites. At the end of the hunt (June 1), the pieces have to be arranged in the correct order to reveal ‘A’s’ message and unlock the secret password to the exclusive clip. Only 250,000 passwords will be accepted so fans will have to be up for the challenge and finish the riddle quickly.
In the upcoming season premiere of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are thrown back into turmoil after one shocking night in ‘It Happened “That Night.”‘ Fans can prepare for the return to Rosewood in an all-day marathon starting at 11:00 AM ET/PT and running up to the one-hour season premiere at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Leslie Morgenstein. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Chad Lowe, Janel Parrish, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse. Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season on DVD will be available June 5th.
‘Baby Daddy’ is a hilarious new original comedy about a young man who becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. ‘Baby Daddy’ makes its world premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30 pm ET/PT, following an all-new ‘Melissa & Joey’ on ABC Family.
‘Baby Daddy’ follows Ben (Bilodeau), a young man in his early 20’s living the life of a bachelor as a bartender in New York City with his buddy Tucker (Mowry) and his brother, a professional hockey player, Danny (Theler). Their lives turn upside down when they come home one day to find a baby girl left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and his protective and sometimes over-bearing mother Bonnie (Peterman) and his close female friend, Riley (Kane), who has had a secret crush on him since childhood. Riley used to be the overweight girl next door who they called ‘fatpants,’ but she has now blossomed into a beautiful young woman in law school. Riley’s hopeful that Ben will finally take notice, but she doesn’t realize that Ben’s brother, Danny, is harboring a secret crush on her.
The series stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau (“Kyle XY”), Derek Theler (“90210”), Tahj Mowry (“The Game”) with Melissa Peterman (“Reba”) and Chelsea Kane (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Jonas LA”). “Baby Daddy” is executive produced by Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”). “Baby Daddy” is a multi-camera comedy that shoots in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.
DisneyBaby.com, a new online destination and product showcase for expectant and new parents is offering proud parents, family members and friends the opportunity to enter their favorite little character into the DisneyBaby.com “Little Character Contest.” The grand prize winner will be awarded a variety of once-in-a-lifetime prizes, including a ‘crawl on’ role for Baby on ABC Family’s upcoming original comedy “Baby Daddy,” Baby’s photo featured in a Disney Baby ad in a national baby magazine, $10,000 towards Baby’s education and a VIP trip to attend the grand opening of the first Disney Baby store at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.
To enter the contest, guests can upload their favorite photos of Baby onto the site using Disney Baby Magical Moments, an easy-to-use tool that allows guests to add their favorite baby photos and memories to a dynamic collection of shared family experiences.
“Baby Daddy” is a half-hour original comedy series about Ben who, in his 20s, becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother Bonnie, his brother Danny, his best buddy Tucker and his close female friend, Riley, who is harboring a secret crush on him. “Baby Daddy” will makes it world premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Entry Phase: From May 15 to June 18, guests across the country can enter a photo of a magical moment with Baby (newborn – age 2) into the contest by visiting DisneyBaby.com/Magical-Moments. Guests can enter an unlimited number of eligible photos during the contest entry period. Each week, one winner will be selected as a finalist by the Disney Baby team. The five weekly finalists will each receive a deluxe Disney Baby gift basket, along with a case of Huggies brand diapers featuring Disney characters.
Fan Favorite: Guests who enter the weekly contests will also automatically be entered into the fan favorite contest. The lucky guest whose little character receives the most votes during the entry phase of May 15 to June 18 will win a family-friendly Luxury Included® Caribbean Vacation provided by Beaches Resorts, a one-year supply of Huggies brand diapers and a deluxe Disney Baby gift basket.
Voting Phase and Sweepstakes: From June 28 to July 19, the five weekly finalists will have their entries showcased on the site for the public to vote for their favorite little character. Each person that votes will be entered into the Voters’ Sweepstakes, for a chance to win a luxurious beach vacation at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif. One entry per person into the sweepstakes is allowed on each day of the voting period.
Grand Prize Winner: On August 8, the finalist with the most votes will be announced as the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will win a ‘crawl on’ role on ABC Family’s new original series “Baby Daddy” for Baby; a family trip to Los Angeles that includes a VIP invitation to the Disney Baby store grand opening along with a $500 Disney Baby store shopping spree; Baby’s picture in a Disney Baby ad in a national baby magazine and on DisneyBaby.com; a $10,000 scholarship towards Baby education; and a one-year supply of Huggies brand diapers.
For additional rules visit:DisneyBaby.com/Little-Character-Contest-Rules
ABC Family sets a sizzling summer line-up with the world premiere of three new original series — the one-hour drama, “Bunheads,” the half-hour comedy series “Baby Daddy” and the one-hour docuseries “Beverly Hills Nannies.” Premiere dates have also been set for the hit ABC Family original series “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Jane By Design” and “Melissa and Joey” to round-out the three nights of original programming line-up.
Executive-produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and headlined by Tony® Award – winning actress Sutton Foster, ABC Family’s new original series “Bunheads” will premiere on Monday, June 11th at 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. “Bunheads” is the tale of a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school.
The new half-hour comedy original series “Baby Daddy” premieres on Wednesday, June 20th at 8:30PM ET/PT. From executive producer Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”), the series is about a young man (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) who becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. He decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother (Melissa Peterman), his brother (Derek Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and his close female friend, Riley (Chelsea Kane), who is harboring a secret crush on him.
From the production company of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Beverly Hills Nannies” is a new docuseries that follows the lives of a group of nannies working for families in the most exclusive zip code in the country and premieres on Wednesday, July 11th at 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT.
Other original series premiering this summer include “Pretty Little Liars” and “Jane By Design.”
Even after “A” has been revealed, it is only the beginning of the mystery and lies for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer when the hit original ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars” returns for its season three premiere on Tuesday, June 5th at 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT. “Pretty Little Liars” recently won the People’s Choice Award for “Choice Cable TV Drama” and was named Twitter’s #1 TV Trending Topic of 2011.
ABC Family’s original series “Jane By Design” will return with all new episodes on Tuesday, June 5th at 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. “Jane By Design” follows Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher), a quirky teen with an eclectic chic fashion sense who lands a job at a hip fashion house when they mistake her for an adult. Torn between her love of fashion and the need to finish high school, Jane conceals her true age to assist the demanding, but talented Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell), who travels the world in search of the next big style trend.
As previously announced, ABC Family’s longest running series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” returns with all-new episodes on Monday, March 26th at 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT. This summer, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” celebrates its fifth season and 100th episode – a first for an ABC Family scripted series. Independent Spirit Award-winner Shailene Woodley returns as Amy Juergens who, along with her friends, tries to navigate the world of love, life and high school.
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence return with all new episodes for the second season of their original series “Melissa & Joey” with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, May 30th at 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT. Mel, local politician and a former wild child, and Joe, her down-on-his-luck “manny,” continue to work together to raise Mel’s teenaged niece Lennox and nephew Ryder.
Also, fan favorite “Switched at Birth” will return with all-new original episodes in Fall 2012.
ABC Family and Fox TV Studios announced that production has begun on the latest installment in the popular “Home Alone” franchise, starring Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar, Edward Asner, Eddie Steeples, and Christian Martyn. The movie is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.
In “Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark” eight-year-old Finn (Martyn) is terrified to learn his family is relocating from sunny California to Maine, and the scariest house he has ever seen! Convinced that his new house is haunted, Finn sets up a series of elaborate traps to catch the “ghost” in action. Left home alone with his sister (Jodelle Ferland) while their parents are stranded across town, Finn’s traps catch a new target – a group of thieves (McDowell, Mazar, Eddie Steeples) who have targeted Finn’s house. Produced by Fox Television Studios, the movie is directed by Peter Hewitt (“Garfield”), and written by Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre (“The Finder”).
ABC Family and Stitch Kingdom are proud to offer the opportunity for one of our readers to win a free copy of ‘Jane by Design: Volume One’ on DVD, available to own on March 20, 2012 (now available for pre-order).
‘Jane by Design’ is a light-hearted drama about Jane, a teenager who lands a job at Donovan Decker, a hip fashion house, when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high powered executive in the cutthroat world of fashion… all while trying to keep her true identity a secret.
‘Jane by Design’ stars Erica Dasher as Jane Quimby; Nick Roux as Billy Nutter, Rowly Dennis as Jeremy Jones, India de Beaufort as India Jourdain, Meagan Tandy as Lulu Pope, Matthew Atkinson as Nick Fadden and features Andie MacDowell who stars as Gray Chandler Murray — Jane’s steely boss whose constant demands keep her on her toes.
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ABC Family, the Millennial-skewing network, continues to expand its original programming slate, giving the greenlight to the new drama series “Bunheads” (working title), it was announced today by Michael Riley, president, ABC Family.
Executive-produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and headlined by Tony Award®-winning actor Sutton Foster, “Bunheads” is the tale of a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school. “Bunheads” joins ABC Family’s recently announced new original series, “Baby Daddy” and “Beverly Hills Nannies.” All three series will begin production in Spring 2012.
Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family added, “Amy and I had a great collaboration on ‘Gilmore Girls,’ which continues to find new fans here on ABC Family, and I look forward to this new partnership being just as successful. Her vision for ‘Bunheads’ aligns beautifully with our brand and is a wonderful addition to ABC Family’s original programming slate. I know our Millennial audience is going to fall in love with Sutton Foster the same way Broadway has.”
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‘Babby Daddy,’ ‘Beverly Hills Nannies’ Join ABC Family; ‘Secret Life’ Renewed; Plus ‘Mistle-Tones’ Holiday Movie
ABC Family, the Millennial-skewing network, continues its record breaking momentum as it grows its line-up of groundbreaking original programming. Michael Riley, president ABC Family, announced the first portion of the network’s programming slate today. The network has given the greenlight to the new comedy series, ‘Baby Daddy,’ which is the highest testing comedy pilot in the network’s history, and is jumping back into the reality space with ‘Beverly Hills Nannies.’ Additionally, ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ starring Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley, was greenlit for a record breaking 5th season, taking it into over 100 episodes.
Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry have been tapped to star in The Mistle-Tones, the holiday movie which will anchor the network’s well known annual ‘25 Days of Christmas’ event. The movie begins production in Utah in February.
‘We’re very proud of our deep bench of original content successfully built out over eight years of exceptional growth,’ said Riley. ‘This Summer, we’re excited to continue to expand our content across key genres adding another season to our groundbreaking drama, “Secret Life,” wonderful comedy and a return to reality programming as we continue to innovate with our ABC Family brand.’
Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family added, “Our line-up continues to resonate with our audience and we believe that the new programming will become strong additions to our slate. This new crop of shows blends nicely with our current schedule and will continue to deliver on our promise to create shows that our fans find engaging, optimistic and relatable.”
‘Baby Daddy,’ the network’s highest testing comedy pilot ever, stars Chelsea Kane (“Dancing with the Stars”), Tahj Mowry (“The Game”) and Derek Theler (“90210”). From executive producer Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”), the half-hour series is about a young man who becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. He decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother, his brother Danny (Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Mowry) and his close female friend, Riley (Kane), who is harboring a secret crush on him. “Baby Daddy,” a multi-camera comedy, will begin production in Spring and will shoot in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.
“Beverly Hills Nannies” is a docuseries following the lives of a group of nannies working for families in the most exclusive zip code in the country. Evolution Media, the production company known for “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” will produce the series. The series will go into production in Spring.
Tori Spelling (“Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”) and Tia Mowry (“The Game”) have been tapped to star in the new original Christmas movie “The Mistle-Tones” which will begin principal photography next month in Salt Lake City, Utah. The movie is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. In “The Mistle-Tones,” Holly (Tia Mowry), blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago. Shocked and upset when the slot goes to the barely talented best friend of the group’s leader, Marci (Tori Spelling), Holly sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. After challenging their rivals to a sing-off on Christmas Eve, Holly finds herself on a journey to the real meaning of Christmas–with some new friends and a new love thrown in for good measure… “The Mistle-Tones” is executive produced by Maggie Malina (“Single Ladies”), from a script by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (“My Super Psycho Sweet 16”), and directed by Paul Hoen (“Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”).
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” a heartfelt one-hour drama from creator Brenda Hampton (“7th Heaven”), focuses on the relationships between families and friends, including how they deal with an unexpected teen pregnancy. The series cast includes Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Greg Finley, Daren Kagasoff, Megan Park, Francia Raisa, with Steve Schirripa and Molly Ringwald. The series is picked up for a record breaking 5th season, taking it into over 100 episodes – a first for the network. “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will continue its fourth season with all-new episodes beginning Monday, March 26, 8:00PM–9:00PM ET/PT. Just released today is the beautiful new key art featuring Shailene Woodley which hints at a wedding – but ultimately, will Amy and Ricky make it down the aisle?
ABC Family will present the world premiere exclusive of Gloriana’s newest video, ‘(Kissed You) Goodnight,’ on January 13th, 2012 during the airing of A Walk to Remember, beginning at 8:30 pm ET/PT. ‘(Kissed You) Goodnight’ is the first single from the band’s forthcoming second studio album on Emblem Music Group/Warner Bros. Records. The new video stars Megan Park (‘The Secret Life of An American Teenager’ and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, which premieres on ABC Family January 22nd at 8pm ET/PT). Immediately after the airing, the full length video will be available on abcfamily.com.
Gloriana released their debut self-titled album in 2009, winning the 2009 fan voted American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist. The album spawned the Gold-certified hit single ‘Wild at Heart’ and led to two years on the road as Taylor Swift’s opening act on her Fearless Tour. Since then they have continued to open for some of country music’s biggest names, including Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010 Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group, celebrated their first headlining tour across the country, and traveled overseas to entertain U.S. troops on bases in the Middle East and Europe.