Switched at Birth fans already got the bad news: Season 5 will be the Freeform fka ABC Family drama’s final season. And now, some worse news.
Series creator Lizzy Weiss shared on Twitter late Friday night that Bay and Daphne’s farewell tour won’t visit your screen until 2017 — meaning the show, which wrapped Season 4 on Oct. 26, 2015, will have been off the air for well over a year.
In recent years, Switched at Birth has aired the first half its season January through March, then unspooled the back half over the summer or fall — June through August or, last year, August through October.
Perhaps creating a bottleneck in the Freeform pipeline are the new series Guilt, Dead of Summer and Beyond, the first two which started production this month.
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It was announced earlier this month that Season 5, which includes the milestone 100th episode, will be the final season for the Peabody Award-winning series. The 10-episode season will conclude with a special 90-minute episode.