This week, 'Switched at Birth' began the second half of their second season and this new hit series just keeps on rolling. Today, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively announced that recurring star Justin Bruening will be returning to the series this season--and a new face, Larry Sullivan, will be making an appearance as well.
ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth' is about Bay Kennish, an artistic teenager raised by her wealthy parents in Kansas City, who discovers that she is not biologically related to her family--she was switched at birth accidentally with another girl, Daphne Vasquez. Daphne is a deaf teen living with her single mother. When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities as Bay relates to Regina's (Daphne's mother) artistic abilities and Daphne is drawn to John's (Bay's father) athletic skills.
On the hit series, Justin Bruening returns as Chef Jeff, a former romantic flame of Daphne's who left the relationship on bad terms. Given the drama of Jeff's departure, his sudden reappearance on the show is sure to create some fireworks. Bruening's next appearance will be in the eighteenth episode of the second season, airing July 29.
Prior to that, in the seventeenth episode of the season, 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' veteran Larry Sullivan will make a guest appearance on the series. Sullivan is slated to play Leo, someone who may or may not be the adoptive father of Angelo's baby. So it seems as though fireworks are in store for the July 22 episode, as well!
'Switched at Birth' has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of a deaf teen and the showcasing of American Sign Language. During scenes between multiple deaf characters, all sound is removed from the scene aside from ambient noise, so that viewers can focus on the facial expressive aspect of ASL.
'Switched at Birth' airs Mondays at 8pm EST on ABC Family.