ABC Family picks up 'Melissa & Joey'

From THR:

"ABC Family continued its series pickup streak this week with a 10-episode order to comedy pilot Melissa & Joey.

It follows the 10-episode pickups of new dramas Pretty Little Liars and Huge earlier in the week.

The multicamera "Melissa & Joey," starring and executive produced by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey 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."

David Kendall and Bob Young wrote the project and are also executive producing, as is Paula Hart.

"Melissa & Joey," which reunites Hart and Lawrence who toplined ABC Family's hit original movie "My Fake Fiance," is slated to premiere in 2010.

"Melissa & Joey" was one of two comedy pilots ordered by ABC Family last fall. The other one, from writer Michael Jacobs, is not going forward.

Additionally, the network confirmed drama series "Lincoln Heights" will not be renewed for a fifth season.



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