ABC Family Renews Comedies, Orders Pilots About Addiction, Tennis and Saudi Arabia

Melissa & Joey Season 4ABC Family made several major announcements on Monday, including the renewals of its hit comedies Baby Daddy and Melissa & Joey.

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Both sitcoms, currently in their third seasons, were renewed for Season 4. Melissa & Joey‘s fourth season will include its milestone 100th episode. (Proposal, anyone?)

In addition to those renewals, the network has also ordered three new drama pilots:

Alice in Arabia focuses on a rebellious American teenager who gets kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian extended family following her parents’ death. Before making her escape, Alice will need to learn how to survive as a prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound.

Recovery Road is the story of a party girl named Maddie who comes to the realization that she’s, in fact, an addict. By day, she’ll lead the life of a normal high school student; by night, she’ll live among other recovering addicts at a rehab facility.

Unstrung takes viewers into the world of professional tennis through the eyes of brother and sister Luke and Ellie Holt. In addition to competing — often with each other — Luke and Ellie’s futures will be placed in jeopardy by the revelation of a huge family secret.

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31 Comments
  1. YAY, I love Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Not the greatest of sitcoms, but worth watching. The new dramas, on paper, do not sound appealing, but that’s okay, got enough TV as it is

  2. Khalil says:

    I expect a Maria Sharapova cameo !

  3. Wasn’t Melissa & Joey renewed already a little after they extended the current season with 20 episodes, and then they said that season 4 would have 20 episodes…?

  4. Behzad says:

    Ok wow, these pilots actually sound better than most of the stuff the major networks have ordered.

  5. Lynn says:

    Yay for Baby Daddy! But we knew about season four of Melissa and Joey last year! Why exactly is it news now? Is it because there’s someone new in charge at ABC Family? I’m so confused.

  6. Abu says:

    I think abc family announced the renewal cuz the ordered order pilots and looking forward to the first to pilots

  7. Elle says:

    ABC Family now is very different from the ABC Family I knew as a kid O.o

  8. Brandy says:

    I’m suprised BD got renewed, it was getting 0.3-0.4 for a lot of the summer and now winter run and because of the two new comidies picked up to series.

  9. dude says:

    The pilots actually all sound good surprisingly.

  10. Dooger says:

    Alice in Arabia & Recovery Road have premises that look to suit a mini series and would otherwise be a drag to watch in a yearly long seasons.

    Same can also be said for Unstrung but it could play out differently with it’s secret yet to know…

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy got renewed for another season.

  12. meatwad says:

    Alice sounds interesting to me, depending on how they play it. Happy about Melissa & Joey

  13. Babybop says:

    Yay to the comedies! Love both those shows.

  14. Alice says:

    Oh my God Alice in Arabia sounds like it’s gonna be hella racist. Whose brilliant idea was that?

    • Balanced says:

      On what grounds do you think Alice would be racist? Have you read it?

      • Reader says:

        I have read it and it is really good. No racial or cultural bias. It shows both sides of the coin each from their own POV. The characters are strong and believable.

      • Alice says:

        The premise is a mishmash of the worst evil stereotypes about brown boogeymen ever. Kidnapped by her relatives? Held hostage in a royal compound? Surprised to find out that people there have diverse opinions? Surviving life behind the veil? The fact that the white woman writing this managed to fit all those bigoted stereotypes into just the description does not bode well for this. Not to mention the Alice in Wonderland analogy. Right, because Saudi’s aren’t real. And she’s hasn’t even written the episodes, so saying you’ve read it is just a blatant lie. If they had wanted to honestly portray an American of Saudi descent, why didn’t they show the challenges she faces living in America? Instead its like a modern-day “Not Without My Daughter” or the opening of a bad harlequin romance. I wonder if there will be a harem. Or a tiger for her to befriend before she escapes with a plucky local boy.

        • Reader says:

          Well well. I have read it. The pilot and several of the 6 episodes already written It is nothing like your limited imagination has described. To believe that it can only go as you think makes you the bigot now. Enjoy your time condemning the white girl with out the first clue of what she is going to present. I suggest you shelve your phony outrage until you know what you are talking about. But then that might take some tolerance, something you have failed to exhibit so far.

          • Biz says:

            Alice, there are episodes written and I have also read the pilot. It is a good honest script without any of the stereo types you fear. Saudis are demonized in the news. Their culture is very different. Women are in fact kept in the home, can’t drive and can only go into public in a robe in the company of a male relative. These are the facts. The show is about the personalities “behind the veils”. It does more to humanize Saudis to the world than a chamber of commerce could ever hope for. I understand your fear but in this case it is unwarranted. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you are reacting to a press release which I suspect the writer saw at the same time you did. It is an over simplification of a complex story line. You may not like the show but it goes no where near the racial, cultural slander you indicated.

    • guest says:

      Agreed. Really disappointed in ABC

  15. Seriously? And they have this sh.t still on and yet they cancelled Bunheads.

  16. shump says:

    I love Tennis. I’ll be rooting for Unstrung.

  17. True, M&J was already renewed…

  18. Samantha Fokken says:

    I love Baby Daddy! Riley and Danny Forever!