American Pie‘s Shannon Elizabeth and The Practice alum Marla Sokoloff are guest starring on the half-hour comedy toplined by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Elizabeth will drop by in episode eight as Mel’s (Hart) college roommate and sorority sister Anita. She seems well-intentioned, but over the years she’s become annoying and Mel tries to find a way to get Anita out of her life.
Sokoloff, who played receptionist Lucy Hatcher on ABC’s The Practice for more than 100 episodes, will appear in the seventh episode as Blythe, a smart and confident chiropractor who hits it off with Joe (Lawrence). While everything seems to be going well initially, Joe has second thoughts when he discovers a secret about Blythe.
Both episodes will air in the summer.
Melissa & Joey returns for season three at 8 p.m. May 29.
ABC Family giveth and ABC Family taketh away.
The network announced that it is picking up second seasons of breakout freshman series Baby Daddy and Switched at Birth, while ordering a third season of Melissa & Joey. Bunheads fans also received news to dance about as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s quirky hit has been given a back-order pick-up.
However, fans of Jane By Design were in for some bad news as ABC Family has decided not to bring back the show for a second season.
Jane By Design star Nick Roux confirmed the sad news with fans via his Twitter account on Friday, posting, “Want my #rouxers to hear this from me first. #JaneByDesign will NOT be coming back for a 2nd season. It sucks but everything happens for a reason… Or at least thats what ive been told haha.” Jane By Design’s final episode aired on July 31.
The renewed dramas, Bunheads and Switched at Birth, will premiere in the winter, while the comedies, Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, are set to return in Spring 2013.
“Two years ago, we embarked on a bold strategy to grow the breadth and scope of original programming and create a Wednesday night summer comedy destination,” Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, said of the decision to renew Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup. Our stable of strong series continues to grow, and I’m thrilled with the strength of our schedule.”
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