The cable network ABC Family was quite busy today, announcing the full fledged renewals of three series, picking up the "back nine" for another, and dropping the ax on a fairly well regarded freshman dramedy. The following stories were first broken by Deadline.com:
First up, after very good ratings averages, Baby Daddy has renewed for a second season. The sitcom revolves around two male bachelor friends who live together in New York, and come home one day to find a baby on their doorstep. The kid is apparently the offspring of one of the roommates, and his ex-girlfriend. Together, the two 20-somethings and their circle of friends attempt to raise the child right. Because that is exactly what would happen. Seriously though, people seem to like this one.
Next, Melissa & Joey has been picked up for a third season. Melissa & Joey is another sitcom, this time starring former teen hearthrobs Melissa Joan Hart, and Joey Lawrence. I can't say that I have any desire to add another multi-camera sitcom to my life, but I've always liked both actors, and good for them that they found another hit show.
Thirdly, family drama Switched At Birth will be coming back for season two late next year. The show centers on two teenage girls who find out that they were (gasp) switched at birth, leading both to try to connect with the biological families they've never known. The second half of season one is currently airing, with the series having become somewhat of a critical darling.
While not technically renewed for a second season, Bunheads has received its "back nine" order of episodes, making season one into a "full" season. The Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) created dramedy concerns a former Las Vegas show girl that settles down in a small town in order to run a ballet school. Well, it's a bit more complicated than just that, but I think it sums up the basics. This one is another that has earned critical raves.
And finally, another freshman dramedy, Jane By Design, has been canceled after airing one complete season. The show starred Erica Dasher as a teenager that finds herself thrust into her dream job in the fashion industry, following a series of misunderstandings. The reviews for JBD were more mixed than the others, but it seemed to be picking up steam as the series progressed. Unfortunately, Jane failed to design a proper series finale for herself, as the now last episode aired on July 31st.
Did ABC Family make the right calls here? Or did they mess up big time?