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...
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...
Switched at Birth creator and executive producer Lizzy Weiss calls Bay and Emmett the modern day Romeo and Juliet.
When the ABC Family series left off, switched-at-birth teens Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie LeClerc) were in conflict after Emmett (Sean Berdy) chose to be with Bay over his best friend. But the new relationship has a lot more to overcome than feuding friends. Emmett as well as Daphne are both hearing impaired.
ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth lead the second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominations with five nods each.
The two will go head to head in the Choice Summer TV Show category, and compete against Keeping Up with the Kardashians, So You Think You Can Dance and Teen Wolf. Liars' Troian Bellisario and Lucy Hale (who won last year) are also up for Choice Summer TV Star: Female along with Switched at Birth's Vanessa Marano, Teen Wolf's Crystal Reed and State of Georgia's Raven-Symoné.