Melissa & Joey

Freshman comedy Melissa & Joey has been picked up for a second season, ABC Family announced on Monday.

The series stars Melissa Joan Hart as a local politician who hires Joey Lawrence as her family's nanny. The season premiere, which launched last summer, was the network's highest rated comedic debut.

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"Melissa and Joey have proven to be a comedic powerhouse, with wonderful chemistry that has resonated with viewers in the tradition of great television pairings," Michael Riley, President of ABC Family said. "As our focus on comedy continues to develop, we're delighted to see it return next year as an integral part of the network's expanding slate of original series."

The two actors are both known for hit '90s shows. Hart starred on Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All  and later on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, while Lawrence starred on NBC's Blossom. The pair then worked together on the television movie My Fake Fiancé.

Melissa & Joey, which wraps up Season 1 in the fall, will return in 2012.