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ABC Family sets summer premiere dates for 'Pretty Little Liars,' new series, more

ABC Family announced summer premiere dates for its batch of new series plus returning hits Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and The Fosters.

New drama Chasing Life will premiere after Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET, while the net’s returning series Switched at Birth and The Fosters will air Monday, June 16, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. New half-hour comedies Young & Hungry (executive produced by Ashley Tisdale) and Mystery Girls (starring and executive produced by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling in a quasi-90210 reunion) will debut back-to-back Wednesday, June 25 starting at 8 p.m.

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RJ Mitte joins 'Switched at Birth'

Forget Albuquerque — Walt Jr. is heading to Kansas.

RJ Mitte has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. He’ll play Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works in the free clinic with Daphne (Katie LeClerc). Perhaps the two can bond over a breakfast at the clinic?

“We are thrilled to cast such a phenomenal and unique actor as RJ,” said Switched at Birth creator/executive producer Lizzy Weiss said in a release. “Our show is about diversity and telling stories about people from all walks of life, and when we created the part of Campbell, we knew RJ was the perfect person to embody him. The character is charismatic, funny, and a bit of a ladies’ man, and we think Breaking Bad fans will enjoy seeing Walt, Jr. in a totally different light.”

“I love Switched at Birth, it’s super exciting to work with such an awesome cast,” Mitte added in the same release.

Switched at Birth will return for its third season in January.

ABC Family renews 'Switched at Birth,' orders more of 'The Fosters,' 'Twisted'

ABC Family has ordered a third season of Switched at Birth and given back-order pickups to its freshman summer hits The Fosters and Twisted. After finishing their current runs, they’ll return in January 2014.

The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, follows a multi-ethnic family of foster and biological children being raised by two mothers. It’s the summer’s top new cable TV show in viewers 12-34 (1.3 million) and females 12-34 (1.1 million). Twisted, about a 16-year-old outcast who returns from five years in juvenile detention and tries to reconnect with his two childhood best friends, tops the Tuesday at 9 p.m. hour on cable in those demos, along with women 18-34. The network also announced that Charles Pratt Jr. (The Lying Game, All My Children, Melrose Place) will join the show as a writer and exec producer. The Peabody Award-winning Switched at Birth, which is the first mainstream TV series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language, averages 2.4 million in total viewers.

ABC Family previously announced orders for a fourth season of the sitcom Melissa & Joey and a third season of the comedy Baby Daddy.


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