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'The Big C,' 'The Fosters,' 'Vice' honored by Television Academy

Awardees for the seventh annual Television Academy Honors were announced on Wednesday, with seven series, including cancer dramedy The Big C: Hereafter, family drama The Fosters (pictured), and news program Vice, recognized for bringing awareness to important social issues.

The full list of series being feted by the Television Academy includes Showtime’s Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, HBO’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, CBS sitcom Mom, and Conde Nast Entertainment and Glamour’s Screw You Cancer. These shows tackled topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, sex abuse in the church, alcoholism, cancer, and the foster care system.

“The programs being honored this year are some of the most emotionally moving and socially powerful programs on television,” Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement. “As our industry evolves, it is exciting to see this type of smart and empowering content presented across such a wide variety of distribution platforms.”

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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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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