Switched at Birth (TV series)

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Switched at Birth
SwitchedAtBirthIntertitle.png
GenreFamily drama
Teen drama
Created byLizzy Weiss
StarringKatie Leclerc
Vanessa Marano
Constance Marie
Lea Thompson
D. W. Moffett
Lucas Grabeel
Gilles Marini
Sean Berdy
Theme music composerJohn Swihart
Composer(s)John Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
American Sign Language
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (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
Nathan Easterling
CinematographyFrank Byers
Russ T. Alsobrook
Daryn Okada
Carlos González
Phil Parmet
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 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
StarringKatie Leclerc
Vanessa Marano
Constance Marie
Lea Thompson
D. W. Moffett
Lucas Grabeel
Gilles Marini
Sean Berdy
Theme music composerJohn Swihart
Composer(s)John Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
American Sign Language
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (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
Nathan Easterling
CinematographyFrank Byers
Russ T. Alsobrook
Daryn Okada
Carlos González
Phil Parmet
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 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 teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT.[1] The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments: one in the "old money" suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, and the other in working-class East Riverside, Missouri. 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 American Sign Language (ASL)".[2]

The show's debut was ABC Family's highest-rated series debut for to date.[3] The series won an honorary Peabody Award in 2013, and on July 30, ABC Family ordered a third season which premiered on January 13, 2014.[4] On August 13, 2014, ABC Family renewed the series for a fourth season set to premiere on January 6th, 2015.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Bay Kennish, a teenage girl from the wealthy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, discovers from a school lab assignment that her AB blood type is incompatible with her type A parents John and Kathryn. Genetic testing confirms she is not the Kennishes' biological daughter, which leads in turn to the revelation that the hospital mistakenly switched her with another newborn, Daphne Vasquez, who lives with her single mother Regina and grandmother Adriana in the low-income neighborhood of East Riverside, Missouri. Daphne is deaf, having lost her hearing as a result of contracting meningitis at age three. The Kennishes invite Daphne and Regina to their home, and after learning that Regina is struggling financially, propose that they move into their guest house with Adriana, an offer Regina accepts.

This forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities. The girls sometimes struggle with their identities, as Bay discovers she has inherited her artistic talent from Regina, and Daphne discovers she has inherited John's athletic skill and Kathryn's love of cooking. Both mothers learn to bond with their biological daughters, while often unintentionally angering their legal ones. John learns to relate to his new-found daughter by coaching her deaf school's basketball team and employing her in the office of one of the local chain of car washes that he owns. Bay is driven by a need to find and relate to her biological father Angelo Sorrento, who left Regina shortly after Daphne went deaf.

Characters[edit]

Background/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.[7][8] The series began airing the remaining 8 episodes of its first season beginning September 3, 2012.[9] On August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17), ABC Family renewed Switched at Birth for a second season;[10] it premiered on January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07).[11] After the spring finale on March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11), the second season resumed on June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10).[12] On July 30, 2013, ABC Family renewed the show for a third season to premiere on January 13, 2014.[4]

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.[13][14]

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.[15]

Filming locations[edit]

The show is filmed in Los Angeles, California. Establishing shots used in several episodes feature video of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, including: a shot of the Liberty Memorial in the first episode; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; and Loose Park.[16] There are scenes filmed in Santa Clarita, Valencia, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena. [17]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Constance Marie, Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Lea Thompson, D.W. Moffett, and Lucas Grabeel
Gilles Marini
Sean Berdy
Gilles Marini and Sean Berdy

Recurring characters[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The series is first-run on the ABC Family cable channel. It airs in New Zealand on TV2 and in Australia on Fox8.

The first 72 episodes are available on Netflix's Watch Instantly service.

Reception[edit]

The show's premiere on the ABC Family network was the highest-rated ever, with 3.3 million viewers. The total, including the first episode's repeat later that evening, was an estimated 4.9 million.[citation needed]

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 – August 8, 2011)
Tuesday 8:00PM (January 3 – March 20, 2012)
Monday 8:00PM (September 3 – October 22, 2012)
30
June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
3.30[22]1.3[22]
October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
1.78[23]0.8[23]2011-2012
2Monday 8:00PM21
January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)
1.70[24]0.7[24]
August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
1.96[25]0.8[25]2013
322
January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)
1.76[26]0.7[26]
December 8, 2014 (December 8, 2014)
1.40[27]0.6[27]2014
4Tuesday 9:00PM
January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
2015

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2011ALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress — Supporting RoleConstance MarieNominated
American Scene AwardsSwitched at BirthWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer TV ShowNominated
Choice Summer TV Star — MaleLucas GrabeelNominated
Choice Summer TV Star — FemaleVanessa MaranoNominated
Choice Breakout StarKatie LeclercNominated
Sean BerdyNominated
2012ALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress — Supporting RoleConstance MarieWon
Gracie AwardsOutstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series or SpecialWon
Outstanding Producer — EntertainmentLizzy WeissWon
Imagen AwardsBest Supporting Actress — TelevisionConstance MarieNominated
Best Primetime ProgramSwitched at BirthWon
Peabody Awards[28]Won
TCA AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingWon
2013Imagen AwardsBest Primetime TV ProgramNominated
Best Supporting Actress — TelevisionConstance MarieWon
Media Access Awards[29]Casting Society of America AwardDeedee BradleyWon
RJ Mitte Diversity AwardRyan LaneWon
Peabody AwardsSwitched at BirthWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Show — DramaNominated
Choice TV Actor — DramaLucas GrabeelNominated
Choice TV Actress — DramaVanessa MaranoNominated
TCA AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingSwitched at BirthNominated
TwoCents TV AwardsDrama QueensKatie LeclercWon
2014Imagen AwardsBest Primetime TV Program — Drama or ComedySwitched at BirthNominated
Best Supporting Actress — TelevisionConstance MarieNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor — DramaLucas GrabeelNominated
Choice TV Show — DramaSwitched at BirthNominated
TCA AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingNominated

Media information[edit]

ABC Family promoted the series by launching an online game, "Switched at Birth: Hunt for the Code" one week before the premiere. Bay, a graffiti artist, left her signature stencil image on ten different websites, and players searched for the picture and accompanying code to redeem sneak peeks and enter a drawing to win $4,000.[30] 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.[31] Additionally, each code had two letters for fans to collect and enter to win upon completion of the ten-digit code.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
130June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
221January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
322January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)
4TBAJanuary 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)[5][6]TBA

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