Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Step by Step Leaving ABC Family After 9 Years; ABC Family March 2010

We told you that ABC Family made schedule changes that started this week, now we have one more change that will occur in March. Effective Tuesday, March 2, 2010, Grounded for Life will return to ABC Family after a one-month hiatus and will air weekdays at 9am, replacing Step by Step. The contract for Step by Step expires at the end of this month, so after 9 full years on ABC Family (with a few contract renewals), the show will finally leave ABC Family. It joined the network in March 2001. The Patrick Duffy-Suzanne Somers comedy has always done well for the network, especially in the afternoons for many years. It is sad it is leaving the network, but hopefully Nick at Nite, TeenNick or another cable network picks it up very soon because it grabs big ratings, especially paired with similar comedies and both Nick at Nite and TeenNick have that. Just a thought.

Elsewhere on ABC Family March 2010, there are no regular schedule changes to the regular schedule. The season finale of Make It or Break It airs Monday, March 8, 2010 at 9pm. The following week on March 15 at 9pm, there will be an all-new special on The Secret Life of the American Teenager following an all-new episode at 8pm. Then on Monday, March 22, catch up with a marathon of The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 11am-8pm leading into the season finale at 8pm. At 9pm on March 22, ABC Family will air a special episode presentation of its original sitcom 10 Things I Hate About You. Then finally on Monday, March 29, catch-up with a marathon of 10 Things I Hate About You from 3pm-8pm leading into the season premiere at 8pm. An encore of the season premiere immediately follows at 8:30pm. Then at 9pm an encore of the Greek pilot airs at 9pm followed by the all-new season finale at 10pm. It will be interesting what will air with 10 Things I Hate About You on Mondays starting in April, since as of now 10 Things is the only original left with new episodes. Stay tuned for news on that!

Movie wise, original movie The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice will premiere on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 8pm following a marathon of previous Cutting Edge movies (The Cutting Edge, The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Golf, and The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream). On Sunday, March 21 at 8pm, ABC Family has the basic cable premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It has its network television premiere on ABC on Saturday, Feb. 27. Other movies airing on ABC Family in March include Happy Feet, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and many more.

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