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ABC Family expands to three nights

Net announces three new dramas, one comedy

In order to make room for a handful of new series, ABC Family is, for the first time, branching out to three nights of original programming.

Cabler will debut four new series in summer: dramas “Switched at Birth,” “The Nine Lives of Chlie King,” “The Lying Game” and half-hour comedy “The Great State of Georgia.”

“As we continue to build out a longer term strategy for ABC Family, the addition of four new original series, in combination with our returning original hit shows, will create a powerful programming block that offers our millennial viewers the quality storytelling they have come to expect from the network,” said president Michael Riley.

“Switched at Birth,” which premieres June 6, centers on two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Each family — one wealthy, the other from a working-class neighborhood — learn to live together for the sake of their daughters. Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin and John Ziffren exec produce.

Based on the book of the same name by Celia Thomson, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” examines a girl who finds out she’s part of an ancient race and is being hunted by assassins. Show, from exec producers Ziffren, Dan Berendsen, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo, will star Skyler Samuels and debut June 14.

Laffer “The Great State of Georgia” stars Raven-Symone as an aspiring actress with a larger-than-life personality. Kirk J. Rudell and Jennifer Weiner exec produce. “Georgia” will launch June 29.

Finally, “The Lying Game” examines twin sisters who try to find out the identity of their birth mother while their own lives become entangled. Series, which premieres Aug. 15, is exec produced by Morgenstein, Girolamo and Charles Pratt Jr.

ABC Family skeins returning include “Pretty Little Liars,” which comes back for its second season June 14, and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (March 28). “Teenager” is the net’s No. 1 original series of all time and was cable’s top show last year in femme 12-24 and 18-34 demos.

Cabler also said original telepic “Teen Spirit” is set to debut Aug. 7 and a “Harry Potter” movie marathon will run July 7-10.