There will be no second season for ABC Family’s Twisted. The cable network has opted not to renew the drama, whose first-season finale (and now series finale) aired in April. The news comes as ABC Family has started to make renewal decisions on its current series and pilots, with drama Switched At Birth getting a fourth-season pickup earlier today. The network is expected to make a call on new comedies Young And Hungry and Mystery Girls in the next two weeks, with pickup decisions on pilots Recovery Road, Stitchers and Unstrung also coming in the next few weeks. Flagship drama Pretty Little Liars recently was given a two-season pickup, top comedies Baby Daddy and Melissa and Joey also are set to coming back, as is freshman drama Chasing Life, which received a back order before its series premiere. Chasing Life last night logged series highs in adults 18-34 and 18-49.
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Twisted was from the same pilot batch as Chasing Life and The Fosters. It premiered at the same time as blended family drama The Fosters last summer. Both series quickly received 10-episode back orders. By the fall, months ahead of their January 2014 back-order premieres, The Fosters had also been given a second-season order. Twisted debuted in June 2013 with 1.61 million viewers and returned in January with 1.3 million, both times following ABC Family top series, PLL. “We love Twisted, but we’re going to announce pick-ups toward the end of the summer,” ABC Family president Tom Ascheim said about the future of the show at TCA last month as quoted by TVLine.
Twisted, which was darker than ABC Family’s average fare, revolved around three best friends, Danny, Jo, and Lacey who are reunited after parting ways over a crime that Danny had committed years ago. With Danny back from juvenile, the show explores the challenges of him regaining the trust of the people around him. The cancellation will be rough on the fans of the show as Season 1 ended with a (potentially deadly) cliffhanger.