ABC Family has announced that Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy have been renewed, which will bringing the former past the 100 episode mark and the latter into its fourth season. The two have provided a solid foundation for the ABC Family comedy brand and will be joined by Young & Hungry and Mystery Girls beginning this summer.
The network also revealed that it’s ordered three drama pilots in contention for next year. With disappointing ratings performances from the likes of Twisted, The Lying Game, and Ravenswood, ABC Family has veered away from the teen mystery genre, as this latest development cycle features three shows removed from the Pretty Little Liars vein.
Based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road tells the story of party girl Maddie, who spends her nights living with other addicts in a rehab facility and her days pretending everything is okay while at school. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal (Easy A) and Karen DiConcetto (Ruby & The Rockits). Exploring the world of professional tennis is Unstrung, which focuses on siblings Luke and Ellie Holt as they fight to move up the rankings and stave off the pressure from fans, reporters, opponents, and themselves. Emily Whitesell (Life Unexpected) will executive produce. Finally, Alice in Arabia, from former US Army Cryptologic Linguist Brooke Eikmeier, details a kidnapping of an American girl by her Saudi Arabian extended family and how she handles being held captive in her grandfather’s royal compound.
Melissa & Joey airs Wednesdays at 8:00 on ABC Family, with Baby Daddy following at 8:30. You can check out spoilers from the latter here.
What have you thought about this season of Melissa & Joey? How long do you think Baby Daddy should continue? Which new project has the most potential for ABC Family?