ABC Family extends quartet of skeins

'Melissa,' 'Baby Daddy,' 'Switched,' 'Bunheads' to produce new episodes

ABC Family has renewed comedies “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy” and drama “Switched at Birth,” while picking up additional episodes for the first season of “Bunheads.”

However, “Jane by Design” with Andie McDowell has been canceled.

“Melissa” will begin its third season in the spring, while new Wednesday companion “Baby” will be starting its second. The pair were the most-watched shows in cable among adults 18-34 and 18-49 in their timeslots. “Baby Daddy” is also the No. 1 new comedy in cable among females 12-34 and 18-34.

“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 ABC Family prexy Michael Riley said. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup.”

“Switched” will return with new episodes of its current season Sept. 3, before its new season premieres in winter 2012-13. That’s also when “Bunheads,” whose final episode of its original batch airs Monday, will come back with fresh episodes. The freshman Sutton Foster starrer from Amy Sherman-Palladino has settled in as the No. 2 cable series in its 9 p.m. Monday timeslot among females 18-34.

ABC Family has also greenlit production on a “Beverly Hills Nannies” reunion special to air Sept. 4.

“So many returning originals spotlight how well our programming resonates with our audience,” ABC Family exec veep of original series programming and development Kate Juergens said. ” It also furthers our promise to continue to deliver programming that is engaging, optimistic and relatable.”

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