ABC Family’s Peabody Award-winning drama series, “Switched At Birth,” begins its fourth season on a new night: Tuesday, January 6, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. The season picks up right after graduation with the family and Emmett discovering Bay’s impulsive decision — and no one is happy about it. Meanwhile, Daphne is determined to prove herself worthy of her switchster’s sacrifice while also dealing with the challenges of a whole new world of college. Bess Armstrong (“My So-Called Life”) and Max Adler (“Glee”) will recur throughout the season. ABC Family will air a special holiday episode of “Switched At Birth” on Monday, December 8 from 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT.
ABC Family is making its new holiday episodes of “Switched At Birth” and “The Fosters” available to viewers early on its authenticated WATCH ABC Family service and VOD platforms from Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7.
WATCH ABC Family service makes it possible for fans who verify with a participating TV provider to watch a live feed of the network and the most recent episodes of their favorite ABC Family shows on demand anytime, anywhere via desktops, smartphones and tablets. The app is available for free in the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and the Windows Store.
On “Switched At Birth,” airing Monday, December 8 at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family, the Kennish and Vasquez families prepare to celebrate Christmas in their traditional ways, Bay and Daphne find themselves living each other’s lives as if the switch never happened.
As the holidays approach, Bay bristles at Kathryn’s festive holiday spirit, complete with homemade peanut brittle and Christmas karaoke, while Daphne is frustrated with Regina’s usual tradition of movies and Chinese food for Christmas. Then, after a joint family dinner including “magical” garlic knots, they wake to discover that the switch never happened. In this alternate life, Bay (Katie Leclerc) is an Olympic hopeful and Daphne (Vanessa Marano) is a successful artist with an upcoming exhibit. Is it the Christmas miracle they’ve always wanted? Could they even get back if they tried?
Monday, December 8
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
(8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE FOSTERS – NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE!
(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) SWITCHED AT BIRTH – NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE!
(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
EXCITING NEWS! #SwitchedatBirth will be back for a fourth season!
— Switched at Birth (@ABCFsab) August 13, 2014
The following week, on Monday, June 16th, “Switched at Birth” will return for its fourth season, further following the adventures of switched-at-birth teens Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc, at 8pm, followed by the third season premiere of “The Fosters,” America’s newest favorite family led by Sherri Saum and Teri Polo, also starring David Lambert, Jake T. Austin and Maia Mitchell.
On unexpected skills.
“I learned sign language when I was 17 because I had to have a foreign language to graduate and I was pretty terrible at Spanish. I had a moment of weakness right before I got ‘Switched at Birth’: I gave up on acting and I moved back to San Antonio. I didn’t really have any friends, so I joined a deaf club and had to basically relearn sign language. I would go home and I would sign to myself so that I could get the sign language down before I looked like a fool in front of my new friends, and I realize now that I was making the sounds and learning the accent.”
“The funny thing about Ménière’s disease in particular is I’d say everyone’s symptoms are different and they’re different from day to day,” Katie says. “It can be incredibly frustrating. … They say that the depression rates of people who have full-blown Ménière’s are the same depression rates as people who have terminal cancer. It makes me sad when I hear that statistic, but for me it’s a different experience. For me, a positive attitude has been the biggest tool against Ménière’s disease.”
While the condition might seem like a curse—it once left Katie with a bad spell of vertigo for four hours—she doesn’t see it that way. “Without Ménière’s disease, I wouldn’t be able to play Daphne on Switched,” she says. “It’s a way for me to have a foot in both worlds. I feel comfortable portraying a girl with hearing loss because I have hearing loss; it’s a huge blessing for me.”
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Abed is avoiding [spoilers from his] favorite book series, which just happens to resemble Game of Thrones. So he decides to walk around Greendale wearing air traffic controller headphones so he can’t hear anything. And since my character is deaf, we [hit] it off right away and get along really well. There’s a bit of a budding romance. In the end, it turns out my character might not be exactly what Abed was hoping for.