ABC Family Cancels ‘Melissa & Joey’ After Four Seasons
After four seasons of airing on the cable channel ABC Family, the comedy series “Melissa & Joey” has officially been canceled. The cast and crew have been told that they will have to be wrap up filming the series next week. Read on for the details of this news story.
As reported in Entertainment Weekly (EW) and other entertainment news sites, “Melissa & Joey” will no longer be back on an air after its fourth season ends. Its lead star, Melissa Joan Hart, announced the cancelation of the series on her Instagram and Twitter accounts and this was chimed in by her co-star Joey Lawrence.
However, fans of the show will still have some episodes to look forward to. “Melissa & Joey” will air its 100th episode as scheduled on March 18, its mid-season finale. Then, the show will go on hiatus for the rest of spring, but the last remaining episodes of the fourth season will run in the summer on ABC Family.
“Melissa & Joey” is actually one of the cable network’s top-rating programs, and for the last four years, the show has made its mark among its demographic. The series earned about 2 million viewers during its debut in 2010 and have remained steady with 1 million or so viewers in the past few years.
The show centers on Melissa Burke (Hart), a politician, and Joe Longo (Lawrence), the nanny she hired to take care of her growing nephew and niece. Over the course of four seasons, the two fell in love and got married while the kids have matured. Thus, this shifted the premise and dynamics of the series. ABC Family’s top bosses deemed it prudent to retire the show already.
“We are proud of the milestones ‘Melissa & Joey’ has achieved, being the network’s first sitcom to reach 100 episodes and the network’s first comedy to win a People’s Choice Award … Now that the kids are grown and Mel and Joe have married and are looking towards starting a family, it seemed like a natural time to bring the series to a close. We are grateful to Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, and the whole cast and crew who worked so hard on this successful show,” said Karey Burke, the program executive at ABC Family.
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