ABC Family announced on Friday that it has renewed the dramedy series Greek for a fourth season.
Greek, which received a 10-episode order, will return with originals later this year. The hour-long show centers on fraternity and sorority life at Cyprus-Rhodes University.
The ABC Family show recently returned for the second half of its third season to 1.03 million viewers. Greek is now the longest-running series on the air in the cable channel’s history. The fourth, 10-episode season is scheduled to premiere some time later this year.
Though Greek doesn’t average the same number of viewers as The Secret Life of the American Teenager, this season has seen double-digit growths in certain key demographics.
Its most recent third season posted double-digit ratings gains in most key demos, including 22% among persons 18-34.
Created by Sean Patrick Smith, Greek was thought to be in danger of cancellation this season. Numerous fan campaigns have been mounted in an effort to keep the quirky campus comedy-drama on the air, and it looks like the loyalty has paid off.
In addition to the renewal, ABC Family has picked up dramas Huge and Pretty Little Liars and the comedy Melissa & Joey, while canceling Lincoln Heights after its fourth season.
In an interview with Scott Michael Foster who plays Cappie, a rowdy fraternity brother, on the show, he was asked how Greek fits into the “overall theme” of ABC Family:
“When I first read the pilot, I knew the show was going to be great,” says Foster. “You never know what;s going to happen with a show these days because they’re so hit or miss. But we really believed in the project, so I guess I am just sort of grateful when the success happens because you know that the show deserves it.”
Foster adds: “ABC Family is ready to get a new image for themselves and I think Greek really kind of started that change. I think you’ll see more programming like Greek in the future on that channel. I kind of think of ourselves as sort of a stepping stone for change in the network. It’s kind of exciting to be on the first step, the first of a new network, sort of, you know what I mean?”
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