ABC Family, the family-est cable channel for tweens on all of television, conducted some major business today with a renewal for one of its biggest hits and a pair of new-series pickups. The huge news is that The Secret Life of the American Teenager will return for a fifth season, ensuring it will eclipse the magic 100-episode mark. It also means that talented star Shailene Woodley will be too busy to move on to bigger and better things for a while. Shailene's character Amy started the series as a 15-year old, so the show may need to be renamed by the end of the season.
The Fam also gave a series order to Baby Daddy, a new comedy that deals with even more teens getting knocked up and in way over their heads. Where's the ABC Family show about teens who turn their homework in on time and have perfect attendance? Where's The Regular Life of the College-Bound Teen? I'd watch Pretty Little Studiers.
Anyway, in Baby Daddy, a young man finds a surprise on his doorstep when an ex-girlfriend drops off a baby. He chooses to raise the little one with the help of friends and family. It's like Raising Hope, but tweenier.
ABC Family is also returning to the reality sector with new series Beverly Hills Nannies, and though the title is pretty self-explanatory, I feel obligated to tell you what it's about. Ready? It's about nannies who work in Beverly Hills.
But wait, there's more! The network also announced the stars of its upcoming holiday movie The Mistle-Tones: Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry. Normally I like to spruce up studio descriptions of series and movies, but this one is already pure comedy: "In The Mistle-Tones, Holly (Tia Mowry), blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago. Shocked and upset when the slot goes to the barely talented best friend of the group's leader, Marci (Tori Spelling), Holly sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. After challenging their rivals to a sing-off on Christmas Eve, Holly finds herself on a journey to the real meaning of Christmas—with some new friends and a new love thrown in for good measure..." Legendary local Christmas group? Christmas Eve sing-off? Tori Spelling barely talented? Ha! Good one, ABC Family. She's not talented at all.