Upon learning that Switched at Birth would be doing an episode told entirely through sign language this season, the show's hearing cast members weren't sure quite what was in store.
"My reaction was, 'Well, it looks like I'm not going to have a whole lot to do," Lucas Grabeel told TVGuide.com with a laugh. "I'm going to have some time off."
Added Vanessa Marano: "All I know is...
Season 2 of Switched at Birth can be summed up in two words for just about every character: New beginnings.
When Season 1 left off, Bay (Vanessa Marano) had finally come to her senses after breaking the rules (and the law), Daphne (Katie Leclerc) was left heartbroken by her first love, and the Kennish' trial came to an end naming them victors in the switched at birth case, but rewarding them just a dollar in compensation and Angelo (Gilles Marini) a whopping 5 million. As Season 2 picks up (Jan. 7 at 8/7c on ABC Family), every character will essentially be starting over, but some will struggle more than others.
Switched at Birth's Daphne and Bay have had to learn to grow together, but in the final part of Season 1, they'll be breaking away.
"This cycle we really push each of the girls," executive producer Lizzy Weiss tells TVguide.com. "There's a big arc... for each of them about growing up, breaking away and pushing boundaries."
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ABC Family's hit drama Switched at Birth ends its spring season tonight (8/7c), as Daphne (Katie Leclerc) and Bay (Vanessa Marano) head to the prom — but things don't work out as planned. Lizzy Weiss is the creator and executive producer of Switched at Birth, which revolves around the complications that erupt when two different families discover that their babies — now teenagers — were mixed up at birth. Weiss, whose credits also include Blue Crush and Cashmere Mafia took time to answer TV Guide Magazine's showrunner survey and make a case for why you should switch on Switched at Birth.
Switched at Birth star Vanessa Marano admits that she initially had doubts that the producers would be able to find the right actress to play the show's deaf leading lady, Daphne.
"When I read this script, I was literally like they're never going to find this girl," Marano told reporters at ABC Family's winter TV preview Monday. "I'm so thankful that someone like Katie [Leclerc] did get cast — someone who has been doing this for so long."
On the drama Marano and Leclerc play teenagers who discover they were literally switched at birth in the hospital 16 years ago. The series largely focuses on how...