‘Pretty Little Liars’ Picked Up for Third Season; New Episodes Begin January 2

Michael Riley, president ABC Family, announced today that the network has picked up a third season of its hit original series “Pretty Little Liars.” The all new season will consist of 24 one-hour episodes that will start to air mid 2012. “Pretty Little Liars” is set to return on ABC Family with the rest of season two on Monday, January 2nd at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

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‘Intercept’ Pilot for ABC Family Begins Production

ABC Family has begun production on their new pilot, ‘Intercept,’ filming in Los Angeles. ‘Intercept’ stars Danielle Panabaker (‘Shark’), Austin Butler (‘Switched At Birth’), Chloe Wang (‘The Nightlife’) and Nolan Gerard Funk (‘Aliens in America’).

‘Intercept’ is a one-hour technology and action driven drama about a group of college students who get roped into solving crimes when one of them creates a high-tech communication device that intercepts conversations throughout the West Coast. ‘Intercept’ will be executive-produced and written by Ray Wright (The Crazies, Case 39, Pulse), as well executive produced and directed by Kevin Hooks (‘Prison Break,’ ‘Detroit 187,’ ‘Bones’).

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ABC Family to Donate to Student Suggested Projects with ‘Bright Student, Big Ideas!’

ABC Family is joining forces with DonorsChoose.org on the “Bright Student, Big Ideas!” campaign, www.ABCFamily.com/BrightStudents. For the first time ever, public school students in grades 9-12 will be able to work with their teachers to submit a project for funding. ABC Family will “Double Your Impact,” providing 50 percent of the project funding (up to $100,000 in total funding).

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‘Jane by Design’ to Premiere January 3 on ABC Family

Jane Quimby is a fresh-faced fashionista juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high-powered fashion executive — all while trying to keep her true identity a secret — in the series premiere of ABC Family’s new original series “Jane By Design” on Tuesday, January 3rd (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). The one-hour original drama stars newcomer Erica Dasher, David Clayton Rogers (“Cougar Town”), Nicholas Roux (“Lemonade Mouth”), Rowly Dennis (“Desperate Housewives”), India De Beaufort (“One Tree Hill”), Meagan Tandy (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Matthew Atkinson (“CSI”) and featuring Andie MacDowell (“Footloose,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”).

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ABC Family Announces 2011 ’25 Days of Christmas’ Schedule

ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas,” cable’s biggest programming event of the year, returns with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1 – 25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.

This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original holiday movie, “12 Dates of Christmas,” starring Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”). Premiering Sunday, December 11 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), “12 Dates of Christmas” follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past.

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ABC Family Dates ‘Jane by Design,’ Return of Other Popular Dramas

ABC Family will ring in the New Year with the world premiere of a new one hour drama, “Jane By Design,” and with all-new episodes of returning original hit series “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game,” all set to premiere the first week of January 2012.

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Chelsea Kane Joins Cast of ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’ Pilot

ABC Family announces that Chelsea Kane, best known for being a finalist on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and who stars in Disney Channel’s “Jonas” as Stella and in the upcoming ABC Family movie musical, “Elixir” (working title), has been cast as Penny in the new half-hour comedy pilot, “Baby Daddy.” Kane joins previously announced cast including Derek Theler (“90210”) and Cameron Deane Stewart (“Justice for Natalie Holloway”).

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Disney/ABC TV Group to Launch ABC Spark Channel in Canada

Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) and Corus Entertainment today announced that they have entered into an expansive licensing agreement to launch ABC Spark, a dedicated millennial-focused channel and multi-platform offering, in Canada in Spring 2012. The channel will build on the foundation that DATG has created with ABC Family, its incredibly successful millennial brand in the U.S. This deal marks the first time in history that these two companies have entered into this type of licensing agreement for a 24-hour channel.

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‘Desperately Seeking Santa’ to Premiere on ABC Family, November 27

A steely marketing executive gets more than she bargained for when her “Sexy Santa” contest winner turns out to be more than just a handsome face in the ABC Family original movie premiere of “Desperately Seeking Santa,” on Sunday, November 27 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Starring Laura Vandervoort (“V,” “Smallville”) and Nick Zano (“2 Broke Girls,” “The Final Destination”), this romantic holiday movie airs as part of the “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event.

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Jason Derulo Featured in Webdoc Series on ABCFamily.com

Twenty two-year-old pop artist Jason Derulo exploded onto the music scene last year with his self-titled debut album which sold 850,000 copies worldwide, spawned three Top 10 hits and landed him the 2011 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. But just who is Jason Derulo?

ABCFamily.com digs deeper with the exclusive world premiere of “I Am Jason Derulo,” an original three-part docu-style web series that takes an in-depth look at the emergence of this charismatic, multi-talented pop sensation. He shares his musical vision, private backstage moments, his bond with his large family, and of course his thoughts on love and romance. The series will unfold over three weeks beginning today at www.abcfamily.com/IAmJasonDerulo.

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