ABC Family handed a fourth season renewal to their hit comedy series Baby Daddy.
In addition, the network have confirmed the fourth season order for fellow comedy series Melissa & Joey, which was previously renewed in May 2013, before current network President Tom Ascheim took over late last year. The network is also intent on growing their slate of originals, which also includes Pretty Little Liars, and as such have handed out pilot orders to three new drama projects: Alice in Arabia, Recovery Road and Unstrung.
Penned by Brooke Eikmeier, Alice In Arabia tells the story of a rebellious American teenage girl who, after tragedy befalls her parents, is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. Alice finds herself a stranger in a new world but is intrigued by its offerings and people, whom she finds surprisingly diverse in their views on the world and her situation. Now a virtual prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound, Alice must count on her independent spirit and wit to find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil.
Recovery Road, which is based on the novel by Blake Nelson, follows Maddie, a teenage girl dealing with addiction. She has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Trying to save face, Maddie chooses to spend her nights living with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility, and her days pretending everything is perfectly normal among her high school classmates and her closest friends. The script was written by Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto.
Unstrung explores the sexy, cutthroat, and emotional stakes of the professional world tour of tennis as brother and sister Luke and Ellie Holt compete to move up the ranks. The Holts may seem to have it all in a world where success is not only determined by prowess on the court, but by looks, charm and the ability to hide your faults under pressure from fans, critics, opponents, and even your closest allies. But a major family secret threatens to turn their lives, and their hard-earned family “brand,” upside down.
“These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming known for diverse stories that challenge as well as entertain our viewers,” said Ascheim. “We’re also delighted to produce more episodes of ‘Melissa & Joey’ and ‘Baby Daddy,’ two series that together have helped ABC Family establish a strong comedy block that continues to make our audience laugh out loud.”
While Kate Juergens, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Original Content for ABC Family, added: “Innovative and authentic is the promise we make to our audience. These new projects deliver on that promise with emotional and entertaining storylines, intriguing, multi-faceted characters and complex relationships. We’re excited for what the future holds for these stories, and the fascinating worlds to which they’ll take