Switched at Birth (TV series)

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Switched at Birth
SwitchedAtBirthIntertitle.png
GenreFamily drama
Teen drama
Created byLizzy Weiss
StarringVanessa Marano
Katie Leclerc
Constance Marie
Lea Thompson
D. W. Moffett
Lucas Grabeel
Gilles Marini
Sean Berdy
Marlee Matlin
Composer(s)John Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
American Sign Language
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Lizzy Weiss
Paul Stupin
John Ziffren
Becky Hartman Edwards
Producer(s)David Hartle
Shawn Wilt
Sean Reycraft
Editor(s)Peter Basinski
Jill D'Agnenica
Debby Germino
Susan Kobata
Mitchell Danton
William Marrinson
CinematographyFrank Byers
Russ T. Alsobrook
Daryn Okada
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Pirates' Cove Entertainment
ABC Family Original Productions
Suzy B Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC Family
Original runJune 6, 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Switched at Birth
SwitchedAtBirthIntertitle.png
GenreFamily drama
Teen drama
Created byLizzy Weiss
StarringVanessa Marano
Katie Leclerc
Constance Marie
Lea Thompson
D. W. Moffett
Lucas Grabeel
Gilles Marini
Sean Berdy
Marlee Matlin
Composer(s)John Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
American Sign Language
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Lizzy Weiss
Paul Stupin
John Ziffren
Becky Hartman Edwards
Producer(s)David Hartle
Shawn Wilt
Sean Reycraft
Editor(s)Peter Basinski
Jill D'Agnenica
Debby Germino
Susan Kobata
Mitchell Danton
William Marrinson
CinematographyFrank Byers
Russ T. Alsobrook
Daryn Okada
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Pirates' Cove Entertainment
ABC Family Original Productions
Suzy B Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC Family
Original runJune 6, 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
External links
Official website

Switched at Birth is an American television teen/family drama series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT.[1] The one-hour scripted drama revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments.[2] The series' debut was the highest-rated show debut for ABC Family to date.[3] According to ABC Family, it is "the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in ASL [American Sign Language]."[4]

On July 30, 2013, ABC Family ordered a third season of its Peabody Award winning drama, to premiere on January 13, 2014.[5][6]

Synopsis[edit]

Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) is an artistic teenager being raised by her stay-at-home mother Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and former professional baseball player father John (D. W. Moffett), in the wealthy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, along with her older brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel). After studying blood types in school, Bay questions why her type is considered impossible given those of her parents. After genetic testing that confirms Bay is not biologically related to her parents, the family discovers that the hospital mistakenly switched Bay with another newborn, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), a deaf teen who lost her hearing as a result of meningitis, living with her struggling single mother, Regina (Constance Marie) and Puerto Rican grandmother (Ivonne Coll) in the low-income neighborhood of East Riverside, Missouri.

When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities as Bay relates to Regina's artistic abilities and Daphne is drawn to John's athletic skills and to Kathryn's cooking abilities. The Kennishes learn that Regina is facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities. Kathryn attempts to bond with Daphne while unintentionally alienating Bay. At the same time, Regina struggles with Kathryn's influence on Daphne and bonding with Bay.

Oscar-winning actress and Deaf advocate Marlee Matlin[7] plays a friend of Regina's and the mother of Emmett (Sean Berdy), Daphne's best friend and schoolmate.[8] Gilles Marini plays Angelo Sorrento, Bay's biological father. On September 18, 2012, it was announced that Marini was promoted to a series regular for the show's second season.[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast and characters[edit]

The main cast of Switched at Birth

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release
Season premiereSeason finaleVol.DateEp#
130June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)1December 13, 2011[10]10
221January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)N/AN/AN/A
321[11]January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)N/AN/AN/A

Development and production[edit]

On August 1, 2011, ABC Family announced that they were ordering more episodes for the first season of Switched at Birth, bringing the first season to a total of 30 episodes. The series continued with a winter premiere on January 3, 2012, ending on March 20, 2012, with 12 episodes.[12][13] The series began airing the remaining 8 episodes of its first season beginning September 3, 2012.[14] On August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17), ABC Family renewed Switched at Birth for a second season;[15] it premiered on January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07).[16] After the spring finale on March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11), the second season resumed on June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10).[17] On July 30, 2013, ABC Family renewed the show for a third season to premiere in January 13, 2014.[6]

The show has an American Sign Language expert who helps make sure that the sign language used by the four fluent regulars (Katie Leclerc, Sean Berdy, Constance Marie, and Marlee Matlin) all employ a similar dialect.[18][19]

Airing on March 4, 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the "Deaf President Now" protests at Gallaudet University, the season 2 episode "Uprising" (which featured a similar student-led protest surrounding the closure of Carlton School for the Deaf) was produced almost entirely in sign language with few spoken lines.[20]

Setting[edit]

The show is set in Kansas City, although it is filmed in Los Angeles, California. The Kennishes reside in Mission Hills, an old-money suburb, and before moving into the Kennishes' guest home, the Vasquezes lived in East Riverside. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Loose Park are both located in Kansas City.[21] In addition, establishing shots used in several episodes feature video of downtown Kansas City, including a shot of Liberty Memorial in the first episode. Most scenes are filmed in Santa Clarita, California.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

One week before the premiere, ABC Family launched the online game, "Switched at Birth: Hunt for the Code". Bay, a graffiti artist, left her signature stencil image on ten different websites and users searched for the picture and accompanying code to redeem sneak peeks and enter to win $4,000.[22] Each weekday, ABCFamily.com posted two clues hinting at a site featuring the image and instructed users to scan the code with a Microsoft Tag Reader for exclusive content.[23] Additionally, each code had two letters for fans to collect and enter to win upon completion of the ten-digit code.

Broadcast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The show had the highest-rated premiere ever on the ABC Family network with 3.3 million viewers. When counting the repeat of the first episode later that evening, an estimated 4.9 million people saw the premiere. The first 51 episodes are available on Netflix's Watch Instantly service.

The show is also aired in Ireland on TG4, in Denmark on DR1 and in Germany on Disney Channel.

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere
Viewers
(in millions)
18-49
rating
DateFinale
Viewers
(in millions)
18-49
rating
1Monday 9:00PM (June 6, 2011 - August 8, 2011)
Tuesday 8:00PM (January 3, 2012 - March 20, 2012)
Monday 8:00PM (September 3, 2012 - October 22, 2012)
30
June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
3.30[24]1.3[24]
October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
1.78[25]0.8[25]2011-2012
2Monday 8:00PM21
January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)
1.70[26]0.7[26]
August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
1.96[27]0.8[27]2013
321
January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)
2014 (2014)
2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s)Outcome
2011
Teen Choice AwardChoice Breakout StarKatie LeclercNominated
Sean BerdyNominated
Choice Summer TV ShowSwitched at BirthNominated
Choice Summer TV Star: MaleLucas GrabeelNominated
Choice Summer TV Star: FemaleVanessa MaranoNominated
ALMA AwardFavorite TV Actress - Supporting RoleConstance MarieNominated
American Scene AwardHonoredSwitched at BirthWon
2012
Gracie AwardOutstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series or SpecialConstance MarieWon
Outstanding Producer - EntertainmentLizzy WeissWon
Television Critics Association AwardOutstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingSwitched at BirthWon
Imagen AwardBest Primetime ProgramWon
Best Supporting Actress/TelevisionConstance MarieNominated
2013
Teen Choice AwardChoice TV Show: DramaSwitched at BirthNominated
Choice TV Actor: DramaLucas GrabeelNominated
Choice TV Actress: DramaVanessa MaranoNominated
TwoCents TV AwardDrama QueensKatie LeclercWon
Peabody AwardHonorarySwitched at BirthAwarded
Media Access Award[28]Casting Society of America AwardDeedee Bradley
(Casting Director)
Awarded
RJ Mitte Diversity AwardRyan LaneAwarded

References[edit]

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  21. ^ ABC Family, Switched At Birth - Season 1, Episode 3
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