[10/21/13 - 11:30 AM]
ABC Family Announces Premiere Dates for Its Hit Returning Series
"Pretty Little Liars," "Twisted," "Switched at Birth," and "The Fosters" are all due back in January.

[via press release from ABC Family]



Burbank, CA (October 21, 2013) - ABC Family will kick off the New Year with all new episodes of returning original hit series and fan favorites "Pretty Little Liars," "Twisted," "Switched at Birth," and "The Fosters," all of which are set to premiere the second week of January 2014, with two nights of original programming.

The hit ABC Family original series "Pretty Little Liars" returns on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT. As the Liars go looking for answers about Alison and try to make sense of their lives for the past year, a darker side of Ezra emerges. "Pretty Little Liars" won six Teen Choice Awards in 2013, including Choice TV Show, Choice Summer TV Show, Choice TV Actress Drama - Lucy Hale, Choice TV Actor Drama - Ian Harding, Choice Summer TV Actress - Troian Bellisario, Choice Summer TV Actor - Keegan Allen and Choice TV Villain - Janel Parrish. According to SocialGuide, "Pretty Little Liars" summer finale became the #1 "most social" TV series episode in history, breaking records with over 1.9 million tweets. ABC Family will air a special "Pretty Little Liars" marathon on Tuesday, January 7, from 12:00PM - 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the premiere. The special Halloween episode premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 22, at 8:00PM ET/PT, on ABC Family.

"Twisted" will return with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 7, 9:00PM - 10:00PM ET/PT. With Danny now on the run, the town of Green Grove is even more convinced that he killed Regina, unaware the real killer is someone they never suspected. Jo continues to grapple with how much Danny and Lacey had been keeping from her, but is soon swept into the truth about what really happened to Danny's Aunt Tara. Meanwhile, Tess, being the only one who knows Danny's long thought dead father is still alive, has summoned Vikram back to town, but even she is not aware of the depth of secrets the Desai family holds. ABC Family will air a special "Twisted" marathon, on Wednesday, January 1, from 11:00AM - 6:00PM ET/PT.

The third season of ABC Family's Peabody Award-winning drama series, "Switched at Birth," begins Monday, January 13, 8:00PM - 9:00PM ET/PT. Senior year means big changes for Bay and Daphne, as the Carlton School for the Deaf receives an influx of hearing students who are not happy to be there. Daphne begins working at a free clinic as part of her probation from the Senator Coto blackmail scandal, and Bay takes an art class at a local college. Toby tries to unite a divided Carlton by coaching girls' field hockey, and the parents face the specter of the impending empty nest in unexpected ways. RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), Max Adler ("Glee"), Sandra Bernhard ("Roseanne"), and Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty") will guest star in the premiere episode and recur throughout the season. ABC Family will air a special "Switched at Birth" marathon on Monday, January 13, from 12:00PM - 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the premiere.

Winner of 2013's Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Show, "The Fosters" will return with all-new episodes on Monday, January 13, 9:00PM - 10:00PM ET/PT, picking up from the summer cliffhanger. The repercussions of Callie's decision to run away impact every member of the Foster family, including newlyweds Stef and Lena, who had offered to adopt the troubled teen. Will Jude be able to accept the love of this family without his sister in the picture? And how will Brandon deal with the news that Callie has run away? Meanwhile, Jesus and Mariana prepare for the reality of Lexi leaving. Mike and Stef continue to deal with the fallout of the shooting, while Lena must come to terms with Stef returning to the force, post-shooting. How will Stef and Lena navigate all this chaos and change as a married couple? The winter season will also include Rosie O'Donnell in a recurring role as Rita Hendricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system. ABC Family recently announced a second season pick-up for the critically-acclaimed series. ABC Family will air a special "The Fosters" marathon on Tuesday, December 31, from 11:00AM - 6:00PM ET/PT.

ABC Family's #1 series of all time, "Pretty Little Liars," surged to its best season on record in Summer 2013, passing the 4 million Total Viewer mark for the first time ever, and ranking as the #1 cable TV series for the third consecutive summer in target females 12-34. Moreover, led by its August 27 finale, the 'most tweeted' episode in TV history (1.9 million), "Pretty Little Liars" accounts for the Top 4 'most social' TV episodes of all time, and 6 of the Top 8 overall. The #1 new cable TV series of Summer 2013 in core Millennial demos, "The Fosters" set series highs for its August 5 finale, wrapped as the network's #2 series currently in production. The perfect companion for "Pretty Little Liars," newcomer "Twisted" ranked as the #2 new cable TV series of Summer 2013 in Viewers 12-34 and Females 12-34, and placed #1 on Tuesdays at 9 o'clock for its season in Females 12-34. "Switched at Birth" stood as cable TV's #1 scripted series on Mondays at 8 o'clock Total Viewers and across key 18-34, 18-49 and 12-34 categories.

About ABC Family

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today's families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today's relationships - told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(R) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides full episodes of the network's hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

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