Former child actors, Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, are headed back to TV. The duo has been picked up by cable channel ABC Family for a ten-part run of their new series Melissa & Joey.
The multicamera show, starring and executive produced by Hart and Lawrence, centers on a political dynasty wild child-turned-politician (Hart) who takes in her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew when her sister goes to prison and her brother-in-law flees. She turns for help to a guy (Lawrence), who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family’s “manny.”
The show, which piloted last year, is scheduled to premiere later in the year.
Access Hollywood reports that president of ABC Paul Lee said: “We love Melissa and Joey.
Melissa has a long history on the network, and she and Joey recently starred in the network’s original movie, My Fake Fiancé, which broke records for the network last year. They have fantastic chemistry and are just so relatable to our viewers. We knew we wanted to get them together again, and developed this comedy specifically with them in mind.”
Part of the Disney-ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 98 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relevant stories about today’s relationships, all told with diversity, dysfunction, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a mix of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with 13 Nights of Halloween and 25 Days of Christmas!.
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