The four drama series will return to the cable network in January
ABC Family has set its dates for the returns of its most popular series.
The season of answers will continue on “Pretty Little Liars” when it returns to ABC Family on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8/7c. We catch up with Danny (Avan Jogia) on Part 2 of freshman series, “Twisted,” starting that same evening at 9/8c. Also, some the much-anticipated Halloween episode airs this Tuesday at 8/7c.
And its senior year on “Switched at Birth” as it comes back on Monday, Jan. 13 at 8/7c. That will be followed by return of Jennifer Lopez-produced “The Fosters” that same evening at 9/8c.
And in case you need to catch up on any of the four series, ABC Family will air marathons for each:
“The Fosters” marathon airs Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m./10c – 6 p.m./5c.
“Twisted” marathon stars Wednesday, Jan. 1, from 11 a.m./10c – 6 p.m./5c.
“Pretty Little Liars” marathon on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from Noon/11c – 8 p.m./7c.
“Switched at Birth” marathon begins Monday, Jan. 13 from Noon/11c – 8/7c.
This past summer, “Pretty Little Liars” banked its best season ever, passing the 4 million total viewer mark for the first time ever. Per usual, it sustained its ranking as one of the most social shows. Its Aug. 27 finale was the “most tweeted” episode in TV history with 1.9 million tweets. “Pretty Little Liars” accounts for the Top 4 “most social” TV episodes of all time and six of the Top 8 overall.
Also, “Twisted” ranked as the No. 2 new cable TV series of Summer 2013 in the network's key demo of viewers 12-34, and placed No. 1 on Tuesdays at 9/8c for its season in Females 12-34.
Meanwhile, “The Fosters” became the No. 1 new cable TV series of Summer 2013 with millennials. It set series highs for its Aug. 5 finale, and ended as ABC Family's No. 2 series currently in production.
“Switched at Birth” was cable TV's No. 1 scripted series on Mondays at 8/7c with total viewers and across key 18-34, 18-49 and 12-34 categories.
See below for what to expect from the Winter returns:
“Pretty Little Liars”: As the Liars go looking for answers about Alison and try to make sense of their lives for the past year, a darker side of Ezra emerges.
“Twisted”: With Danny now on the run, the town of Green Grove is even more convinced that he killed Regina, unaware the real killer is someone they never suspected. Jo continues to grapple with how much Danny and Lacey had been keeping from her, but is soon swept into the truth about what really happened to Danny's Aunt Tara. Meanwhile, Tess, being the only one who knows Danny's long thought dead father is still alive, has summoned Vikram back to town, but even she is not aware of the depth of secrets the Desai family holds.
“Switched at Birth”: Senior year means big changes for Bay and Daphne, as the Carlton School for the Deaf receives an influx of hearing students who are not happy to be there. Daphne begins working at a free clinic as part of her probation from the Senator Coto blackmail scandal, and Bay takes an art class at a local college. Toby tries to unite a divided Carlton by coaching girls’ field hockey, and the parents face the specter of the impending empty nest in unexpected ways. RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Max Adler (“Glee”), Sandra Bernhard (“Roseanne”), and Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”) will guest star in the premiere episode and recur throughout the season.
“The Fosters”: The repercussions of Callie's decision to run away impact every member of the Foster family, including newlyweds Stef and Lena, who had offered to adopt the troubled teen. Will Jude be able to accept the love of this family without his sister in the picture? And how will Brandon deal with the news that Callie has run away? Meanwhile, Jesus and Mariana prepare for the reality of Lexi leaving. Mike and Stef continue to deal with the fallout of the shooting, while Lena must come to terms with Stef returning to the force, post-shooting. How will Stef and Lena navigate all this chaos and change as a married couple? The winter season will also include Rosie O'Donnell in a recurring role as Rita Hendricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system.