ABC Family Renews "Melissa & Joey" Plus Greenlights More Pilots

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Get ready for more "Melissa & Joey"!! ABC Family has renewed the half hour comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence for the second half of the season, giving it a total of 30 episodes. A new episode airs... 000_003_621_melissajoey

Get ready for more "Melissa & Joey"!!

ABC Family has renewed the half hour comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence for the second half of the season, giving it a total of 30 episodes. A new episode airs tomorrow night at 8pm EST on ABC Family. In the new episode titled "In Lennox We Trust," Lennox dates the Mayor's son who may not be the good influence Mel thinks he is.

ABC Family has also given the greenlight to four more pilots, in addition to the three that have previously been announced.

"Untitled Brenda Hampton Project," a one-hour scripted drama to be executive produced by Brenda Hampton ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "7th Heaven"), is a groundbreaking and heartfelt look at the lives and families of four ethnically-diverse teenage girls at a private school in California. The pilot follows the girls and the challenges they face at home - challenges that include a parent with terminal cancer, a brother with a behavioral disorder, and a father who parents with an unwaveringly strict hand. Casting on the project is yet to be announced.

"The Great State of Georgia" is an ABC Studios' half-hour, multi-cam comedy series about an exuberant plus-sized performer from the south and her science geek best friend who try to make headway in New York City. Pilot writers are Jennifer Weiner (author of the best-selling novels Good in Bed, and In Her Shoes (Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette starred in the feature film version by the same name) and Jeff Greenstein ("Desperate Housewives," "Parenthood," "Friends," "Will & Grace"). Casting on the project is yet to be announced.

"What Would Jane Do" a one-hour scripted drama, follows 16year-old Jane, who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life as a regular teenager in high school and as an assistant to a high powered executive in the cutthroat world of fashion...all while trying to keep her true identity a secret. Executive producer is Gavin Polone ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Gilmore Girls," "My Boys"); writer is April Blair ("Lemonade Mouth," "Major Movie Star," "Christmas Caper").

"The Lying Game," a one-hour scripted drama which follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who can't catch a break. She finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton, who – unlike Emma – was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on their birth mother. Initially excited to do this favor for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has gone missing and could be in trouble. Now, Emma must decide whether to come clean to Sutton's family and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister's true whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place. Charles Pratt, Jr. ("Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives," "All My Children," "Melrose Place") serves as executive producer and writer; Leslie Morgenstein ("Pretty Little Liars," "Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries") and Gina Girolamo will serve as executive producers. Produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series is based on the upcoming novel by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Casting on the project is yet to be announced.

Which show sounds the most interesting to you? Who would you cast?

(Photos: Randy Holmes/ABC Family)

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