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ABC Family Picks Up ‘Switched at Birth’ for Season 5

In advance of its season four finale Oct. 26, Switched at Birth gets a fifth season at ABC Family. The next season will bring the drama series over 100 episodes.

Switched at Birth is executive produced by Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin and Linda Gase. The series explores early adulthood, blended families and deaf culture.

“Every season Switched at Birth continues to deliver fresh, relatable storylines that tackle important social issues, reflecting what our audience experiences daily,” said Karey Burke, executive VP, programming and development, ABC Family. “We’re excited to see where Lizzy will take these characters next.”

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family changes its name to Freeform in January.                                         

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.