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ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth' renewed for Season 4

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ABC Family announced Wednesday (Aug. 13) that it has renewed "Switched at Birth" for Season 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes less than a week before the drama closes out its third season on Aug. 18.

The series tells the story of Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), two teenage girls who discover they were mixed up at the hospital as newborns. Despite overwhelming socio-economic and ethnic differences, both families must learn to co-exist as parents and blend their lives into one for the sake of their daughters.

“Fans will be clamoring for season four and to know what happens with Daphne and Bay after the season three finale next week”, said Tom Ascheim, President of ABC Family. The show has been a solid ratings performer for the network, ranking as the highest-rated show in its time slot among female viewers. It co-stars Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy and Marlee Matlin.

The renewal was announced the same day that the cable network confirmed that rookie mystery drama "Twisted" has been cancelled after one season, The Wrap reports. The series revolved around 16-year-old Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), who was charged with killing his aunt when he was younger and shunned when he returned to his hometown years later.

"Twisted" was considered a long shot for renewal after it experienced declining ratings. It debuted to 1.2 million viewers in March 2013 before dropping to around 800,000 viewers by the end of its 19-episode freshman run in April following "Pretty Little Liars." The drama co-starred Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury, Denise Richards, Ashton Moio, Kimberly Quinn and Sam Robards.

ABC Family picked up "Pretty Little Liars" for two more seasons in June. The rest of the network's scripted programming slate currently includes dramas "Chasing Life" and "The Fosters," as well as comedies "Melissa & Joey," "Baby Daddy," "Young & Hungry" and "Mystery Girls." Meawhile, "Ravenswood," "Bunheads" and "The Lying Game" were all cancelled after short runs.

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