July 17, 2008 / 7:39 AM / 10 years ago

ABC Family orders more "Teenager"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC Family wants to know more about “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

The cable channel is expected to announce Thursday that it has ordered 13 additional episodes of “7th Heaven” creator Brenda Hampton’s promising new drama.

The order for the show, starring Shailene Woodley as a pregnant teen and Molly Ringwald as her mother, brings the total number of episodes to 23. One of the new segments will be added to the series’ initial 10-episode episode run, which concludes September 9. The remaining 12 episodes are tentatively scheduled to air starting in January.

After three weeks on the air, “Teenager” ranks as ABC Family’s most-watched original series ever among total viewers (2.7 million), adults 18-34 (821,000), adults 18-49 (1.2 million) and viewers 12-34 (1.8 million). On iTunes, all three episodes were the No. 1 most-downloaded TV programs the day after their respective premieres.

Separately, ABC Family is launching a 12-episode online series starring pop band Plain White T's later this month. "Meet Me in California" will document the behind-the-scenes process of the "Hey There Delilah" band recording their second major-label album. The series premieres July 30 at ABCFamily.com/plainwhitets (www.abcfamily.com/plainwhitets), with new five-minute webisodes streaming every Wednesday through October.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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